• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX20V advantages over Olympus SH-50

  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus SH-50 advantages over Sony HX20V

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $400 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • More telephoto lens reach
    600 mm vs 500 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • 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

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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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 Sony DSC-HX9V

Sony HX20V
Sony DSC-HX9V
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
Olympus SH-50
Sony DSC-HX9V
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus

Compared to Olympus SZ-31MR

Sony HX20V
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Slow-motion videos
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 HX10V

Sony HX20V
Sony HX10V
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Olympus SH-50
Sony HX10V
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Sony HX30V

Sony HX20V
Sony HX30V
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Olympus SH-50
Sony HX30V
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Olympus SH-1

Sony HX20V
Olympus SH-1
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $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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