• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 27.00mm - 810.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX100V advantages over Olympus SH-50

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    810 mm vs 600 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus SH-50 advantages over Sony HX100V

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $450 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 93 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    269g vs 577g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    17 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FZ100

Sony HX100V
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Hot shoe
Olympus SH-50
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Olympus SZ-31MR

Sony HX100V
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
Olympus SH-50
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Sony HX200V

Sony HX100V
Sony HX200V
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher extended ISO
Olympus SH-50
Sony HX200V
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic FZ60

Sony HX100V
Panasonic FZ60
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $270
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Higher extended ISO
Olympus SH-50
Panasonic FZ60
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner
  • $270
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus

Compared to Olympus SH-1

Sony HX100V
Olympus SH-1
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus SH-50
Olympus SH-1
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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