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Sony Cybershot H50
Sony Cybershot H50

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Sony Cybershot H50

We've given the H50 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The DSC-H50 is packed with features including Smile Shutter technology which will automatically take a picture when the subject smiles. No need to press the shutter. Coupled with Face Detection which will balance focus, exposure and color for up to 8 faces in the picture and intelligent scene recognition and the H50 is a solid entry into the mid range point and shoot category.


  • 9.1 Megapixels
  • 15x Optical Zoom / up to 81x digital Zoom
  • Smile shutter, face detection, intelligent scene recognition and Double AntiBlur Solution.
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • MPEG1 Movie Mode
  • Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot Exposure Modes
  • 80-3200 ISO Levels
  • JPEG File Formats
  • 3-inch LCD
  • MS Duo / MS PRO Duo Storage Media (plus 15MB internal capacity)
  • Proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable
  • Part Number: DSC-H50/S
  • UPC: 4905524507010
  • Release Date: Mar 04, 2008

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Sony Cybershot H50 Reviews

Sony Cybershot H50 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5



  • 3.0 out of 5
Sony H50 for nature photography (Marilyn Patterson — 09/24/2009)

the Sony H50 takes great photos in all types of lighting. It takes great close-ups of wildflowers and zooms in to take distant photos of birds in trees. You can crop the images really close and the detail holds up. I have put an image on the computer and had to examine the picture inch by inch to find the bird in the tree. After extreme cropping you can still see the individual feathers. I do talks for nature clubs using my photos and people are amazed that they are taken with a point and shoot on automatic. I do wish the viewfinder was a little bigger and brighter. Unfortunately this camera died at 11 months and Sony couldn't fix it after 3 tries. They replaced it with the HX-1 which takes poor quality photos except under perfect lighting conditions. Birds live in the woods so the conditions I shoot under are seldom ideal. The H50 was so quick to use and the images were so sharp that many times I took a photo when I couldn't identify a bird using my binoculars. Sony made a real mistake when they discontinued this camera. They have sacrificed quality images for bells and whistles on the HX-1.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love my camera (angela waggoner — 09/10/2009)

I bought this not without knowing a lot about cameras. It's awesome. It takes amazing outdoor pictures. I'm learning to take better indoor pictures. My photography teacher tells me I have made a great investment with this one. I would definately buy another one.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It's a good camera, with a few issues. . . (MSP — 07/29/2009)

It generally takes pretty good pics.
battery drains fairly quickly, even when powered off.
Red -rings around sunsets
lens cap pops off when powered on.

  • 4.0 out of 5
nothing (payman shayanfar — 07/14/2009)

it is good digital camera for home.

  • 2.0 out of 5
quality pic is poor (J Warfield — 07/07/2009)

I purchased H50 as birthday gift to myself one yr ago. I have gotten poor pic quality from day. Sony support can only offer to "reset to default". I had others to try using it - maybe its me. They felt same way. I have since gone back to my beloved Sony F707 which does a much better job. I guess I was crazy to "upgrade". Disappointed in Sony support in this issue.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Better than a Pro camera (doesn't matter — 06/27/2009)

I love this camera. I went over on a trip and I had this camera and my friends had a Nikon pro and by the middle of the trip they were wishing they had my camera. The color was so vivid and it focuses and shoots so fast. So much more little added things that just make it an amazing deal.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excelent (Ovijeet — 06/16/2009)

I have bought the Sony H50 last three month ago... its an awesome one... its a semi DSLR Camera with all the features needed.

  • 2.0 out of 5
dsc H50 (Jack Stewart — 04/17/2009)

There is a continuous drain on the battery - in fact, the battery requires recharging if left unused in the camera for 2 weeks.

  • 5.0 out of 5
amazing camera (Dhananjay Gupta — 04/12/2009)

you will not believe how good the pictures come out in low light. i have used both canon and olympus but this sony is a real beauty!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera for all... (Myelin — 03/01/2009)

One of the best camera because...

1. Excellent still pics.

2. Not bulky like Canon SX10 IS.

3. Ease of operation.

4. Not expensive, compared to other cameras of similar specifications, like Lumix FZ28, SPUZ 750, SX10 IS etc.

5. Good battery life.

6. Tilting LCD 3.0' screen

7. And of course, super powerful 15X zoom

The only little cons which I see in the camera are the sound of zooming in/out is also recorded while making videos and it is delicate and require careful handling; as most of the other cameras of similar category.

My suggestion : Go for it without looking here and there. Best value for money. I got it for around 210 Euros without Memory Stick and Carry Case. Total Cost with them is around 270 Euros.

  • 5.0 out of 5
SONY H-50 (Johny — 12/03/2008)

This camera's picture quality is excellent....I love this camera.....This camera rocks...........

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fast Start, Very Good Auto-Focus, Excellent Stabilized Zoomed In Shots, Excellent Night Shots (Loloy D — 11/03/2008)

I read the other reviews on the Panasonic Lumix FZ28 and Olympus SP-570 UZ from here and I find them quite amusing. I bought my Sony H50 about 2 weeks ago and already took hundreds of test shots and about as much live event shots. I wonder why the people who bought those other brands didn't consider the Sony H50 in their purchase (but this works for some of us since it helps drive the H50 price down, I guess). I paid $411 for a package inclusive of a 4 GB Pro Duo MagicGate memory stick. Based on my country's dollar exchange rate at the time, I had gotten the base boxed product for $346.

I am rating my over-all satisfaction at 98% with this product. I previously owned a Kodak DX4530 and a Nikon CoolPix 3100, although I use and take care of a lot of other camera brands from closer family ties. My wife is a Nokia big plan monster so I also got a lot of experience in dealing with photos taken from Nokia's 5-megapixel and 3-megapixel 3G phones. I also bought a Canon DC310 videocam early this year. I also considered purchasing the Nikon D40 or the reduced-price Canon S5IS, but I ultimately ended up with the Sony H50. What I am trying to establish here is that I'm an average photo enthusiast who can't manage digital SLR and lens prices but bold enough to explore photographic possibilities out of today's digital point-and-shoot cameras. So I guess I didn't have much expectations out of my latest purchase. Now I guess I should have raised my standards higher because the H50 simply blows my charts.

The Sony H50 turns on fast and quick enough to help me miss out a lot less on those fleeting moments. I actually timed it manually and I get values ranging from 2.96 to 3.16 seconds.

I also enjoy crisp low light event shots and I get them at fast enough speeds making me able to do them at quick succession.

The stabilized zoomed in shots are excellent and I very rarely get a blurry pic, except when I tried to shoot my 5 year old son frolicking at a playground during dusk.

I tried taking pictures of CRT TV screens and LCD monitors and I was amazed at how it was able to vividly capture those motion picture images.

Macro-mode manual focus was a bit of an exercise but I think I have to read more from the manual in the CD to get this right. Macro-mode auto-focus is not as impressive as the other features of this camera. I feel I get a lot better macro-mode pictures from 800x600 shots taken by the Canon DC310. General use auto-focus, however, is quite superb, and I am even able to get decent artsy bokehs. I only rarely get a misfocus - and this only happens when I try some really fancy, off-center subjects. When misc-focuses occur though, these misdeeds correct themselves when I retry auto-focusing a few more times. I also get a hard time auto-focusing on the designs of "glassy" bathroom walls. I wonder what made that so.

I have yet to try lots of sport-mode scenes but I do get impressively defined colorful skies on landscapes, even when in auto-mode, and while moving in a vehicle!

Battery performance has so far been satisfactory, having chalked up around 270+ 5MP shots on a single full charge, going through what I would consider my normal on-off cycles, with some picture reviews and a few deletions.

Controls are very easy to navigate and when you've used a Sony digicam before, everything will be quickly familiar. The solid form factor has led me to hold the camera well and steady, and I distinctly believe it allows me to grip it good enough so I don't get to drop it accidentally. I have to say this is pretty weird but I mostly test this "grip-wellness" on mobile phones, which I accidentally drop quite a lot actually. I don't think I'm clumsy, but I sincerely guess "grip-wellness" has a science of its own.

I think I miss a low-power standby mode. I don't think I'll still get by even with an admittedly quick 3-second startup.

My bottomline is "nothing beats good clean and crisp" pictures 98% of the time. Even when there's little light. This is a far cry from what I reading of those who bought the Lumix FZ28 and the SP-570 UZ. With all the H50's great and working features, I'd say it's a bargain.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good (Kishore Das — 10/28/2008)


  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Output (Arun Sohani — 10/14/2008)

i have alredy use cyber shot but in output it delivers you the "QUALITY". excellent zooming almost SLR only,, thing to be added is its screen which oparates only vertically.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera for the price (Jorge E Guti��rrez — 10/13/2008)

Excellent zoom and image quality. Video function is great because you can use the zoom, which is a restriction in other cameras. Fast start, and works fine and quick when you need to shot several times in sequence. Great size for the foldable LCD display. Cons: the viewfinder, but not a problem if you have 3 inches on the foldable LCD. More Pro´s: Cool accesories. Carl Zeiss Rocks !!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic_Performance (Rajesh Kumar — 09/24/2008)

I recently purchased SONY DSC-H50. It is one of the best feature packed digital camera. Pictures are of superb quality. Price is also very reasonable (approx Rs. 20,000/- showroom price). The most appealing feature is that being a digital camera, it has a lot of manual settings. Anyone can learn a lot of photographic tricks. The battery power is also satisfactory. Anyone either a beginner or a professional can use this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
SONY H50 (Paul McKee — 09/17/2008)

I looked at a lot of cameras before I bought this one. I am very impressed with it. I use the Advanced Sports Shooting mode a great deal because I take pictures at all of the football games I go to. From my seat in the stands, I am taking photos that rival professional quality. The optical zoom feature is incredible. You will be amazed at how great the detail is when you use the zoom. Catching the perfect pose is much easier with the burst mode which catches action through multiple shots. Then you just pick the one you want. For the money, you will be very impressed with this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic (Madhan — 09/06/2008)

Actually before buying the camera i went through almost all the reviews available on the internet.Most of them say good and some bad about this camera.Its my time to give my opinion,i say this camera is fantastic ,when you hold it its so handy inspite of its big lenses.the picture quality is really great.The zoom is fantastic you can even see craters on moon with a perfect setting .

  • 5.0 out of 5
its fully loaded (swapnil — 08/05/2008)

well i was going thru all the reviews of all the camera in this class
and i came down to sony dsc h50 and canon s5is..
well, then i bought sony and i dont regret at all..
canon is good but a bit complicated as if u wona have great result u have to turn it manual to get one but in sony in auto mode u can get good pics..well that good news for my wife, as she can only click and camera does all the work "even auto macro"

pros: night shots, auto macro, zeiss lence, and crisp picz
cons: battrey pack, only pro duo memory stick (expensive)

all in all gr8 buy !!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect (K. Tadzreli — 07/23/2008)

The picture quality is superior.
There is only one thing aganst: A short battery life.

  • 5.0 out of 5
SONY H50 ZOOM CAMERA (Babu Jaseen — 07/12/2008)

One of the best camera I ever had. Good Picture Quality and Zoom(15x). Strong Colours.Very good optics.Nice features.Good in macro mode too. Very easy to handle with a Great SLR look.There is little noise on higer ISO.The bad is that no RAW data facility.I got some softness on the edges on some pictures. I dont know why.Sony Camera is getting better than before on their new models.However this camera is good value for the money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best ultra-zoom I have used (Rob Smallenberg — 04/28/2008)

I bought this when BestBuy was putting its first shipment on the shelves. I have also owned the Canon Powershot S3-IS and the Olympus SP 560-UZ. Though I haven't had much time to experiment with it, my initial reaction is "awesome!"

The stand out features so far are:

1. The image stabilization which is head and shoulders above any other I've exerienced in a camera of this type; and

2. The Carl Zeiss lens which is the best I have seen so far on an ultra-zoom.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sony H50 (j. Mcmahn — 04/28/2008)

i just got the new sony H50 and though Im in no way a profesional photographer I wanted to share the way in which I bought it. I live in Thailand where electronics are supposed to be cheap but after shopping around here I found the best price at and they were able to ship to me here in the jungle. Its a great site to find cameras and other electronics.