Close Encounters with the SONY DSC-H50 Super Zoom

When decay sets in... the rot starts... then death... (taken in Davao City using a Sony DSC-H50)
When decay sets in... the rot starts... then death... (taken in Davao City using a Sony DSC-H50)

"DSLRs were designed around the "razor and blade" marketing model. The body the razor... the lens the blade."

DSLR or Point-and-Shoot (huh?)

"Geez... why did you buy that? You should have bought a DSLR. What a dork."

I just smiled. He sure didn't know the struggle I had before I opted for a superzoom. I've had my share of experience with DSLRs. I got my hands dirty on a Canon 350d. I eventually sold it after a couple of months. Why? I needed a computer.

My hands on experience with a 350D made me realize that these cameras (DSLRs) were never made with a bargain in mind. They were, well, designed by the manufacturer to bring in profits for a long long long time. It is built around the "razor and blade" business model. The camera body the razor and the lens the blade. 

These views are clearer when seen through the eyes of an eternally cash strapped fellow like me.

Hmmm... do they look big? Or is it just me?
Hmmm... do they look big? Or is it just me?
Sure it looks cool... but I want a camera for photography no weight lifting...
Sure it looks cool... but I want a camera for photography no weightlifting...

Some people would have you believe that once you have a DSLR you'll morph into a professional photographer. They'd talk you to death about artifacts, noise, vigenetting, chromatic aberation... so you gotta buy this this and that... I, webmaster of amorsiko.com, learned to plug my ears with rolls of film.

Here's a fact. See those two "small cameras" on top? The superzoom Sony DSC-H50 has more reach than both of them. Zooms were never good for DSLRs. I'd say they work better with primes.

And Hell.. you won't see me lugging them around like some astronaut.I'm into photgraphy not weightlifting. 

But I'm not saying DSLRs are not any good. They do actually produce better images than point-and-shoot cameras. But it comes with skill and money... yes money. I myself am eyeing to get myself a Canon 40D before I reach the sunset of my life.

So which superzoom did I choose? Why of course the Sony DSC-H50.

The Sony DSC-H50. Front and back view. Pretty cool...
The Sony DSC-H50. Front and back view. Pretty cool...

The SONY DSC-H50

I gathered as much as I can about the current Prosumer superzooms in the market before I comitted my self to the Sony DSC-H50. I wanted to be sure I got the best out of the money I scrounged with blood and sweat. Hahahaha!!!

I landed with the Sony DSC-H50. Here are the technical specifications of the camera. And I suggest you read them if your planning to buy a one.

Sony DSC-H50 Technical Specifications

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Front ViewBack ViewTilting lcdTop ViewBattery compartmentMemory Stick slot
Front View
Front View
Back View
Back View
Tilting lcd
Tilting lcd
Top View
Top View
Battery compartment
Battery compartment
Memory Stick slot
Memory Stick slot

Technical highlights of the Sony DSC-H50:

  • It has an effective 9.1 megapixel resolution
  • 15x Optical Zoom (31 - 465mm) - See if a DSLR can beat that.
  • A quite large (well they also describe a 2" LCD as very large) 3.0" Tilting clear photo LCD monitor
  • variable noise reduction
  • color filter kit
  • enriched bracketing e.g. white balance, exposure, color mode
  • nightshot (you really can see in complete darkness at up to 20 feet)
  • advanced sports mode (burst shots at 2 shots per second)
  • 15 mb internal memory. (I ran around the neighborhood taking 3 shots then running back home to download it to the computer then running out again... well... I didn't have the money at that time to buy a decent memory stick).
  • sensitivity of up to ISO3200
  • optical steady shot
  • in-camera retouching
  • lithium-ion battery with at least 150 minutes of battery life.
  • manual control of shutter speed, aperture, sensitivity, focus and exposure
  • Oh... one thing... even the smile detection works on dogs. I swear.. it did work on our dog.

Macro shot of bug running awayf from me... (taken at around 10 centimeters using a Sony DSC-H50)
Macro shot of bug running awayf from me... (taken at around 10 centimeters using a Sony DSC-H50)
Public Display of Affection. (close up shot using a Sony DSC-H50 taken at around 3 feet away)
Public Display of Affection. (close up shot using a Sony DSC-H50 taken at around 3 feet away)
Close up shot of a busy bee stealing honey from a sleeping flower... (taken at a couple of feet away with a Sony DSC-H50)
Close up shot of a busy bee stealing honey from a sleeping flower... (taken at a couple of feet away with a Sony DSC-H50)
Praying mantis caught away from church. (Close up shot at around 4 feet using a Sony DSC-H50)
Praying mantis caught away from church. (Close up shot at around 4 feet using a Sony DSC-H50)

Cool things I liked with the Sony DSC-H50

When you have used a DSLR, a Canon 350D in my case, you'll appreciate the freedom offered by manual controls. Manual controls are not often included with point-and-shoot cameras. The Sony DSC-H50 offers almost full control on the aperture, shutters speed, focus, exposure, flash intensity and metering.It even has a histogram.

Most important is the lens. It is the equivalent of 31 to 465mm (35mm). That is a lot of lens from the point of view of a DSLR user. An equivalent lens for DSLR, the closest, would cost around $3000. That's for the lenses alone.

Without the extra weight of the lenses, the Sony DSC-H50 weighs a lot lighter than any DSLR setup I or you can think of. Just imagine yourself mountain climbing with that long camera on top.

The DSC-H50 also starts fast. Very fast. You can virtually shoot then turn the camera off in less than 2 seconds. The advanced sports mode works beautifully. Using burst shot mode you can actually get at least two shots in a second. that's almost like entry level DSLRs.

Macro and closeup shots are amazing. The colors are vibrant and natural. Add in the color filters and you get enhanced images that had a DSLR been used would emloy a variety of filters. Take a look at the shots I made.

The tilting LCD is also a plus factor. Take a look at the first photo on this hub. Had I been using a non tilting LCD I would... what... been on my stomach framing the shot. Or maybe just holding it down and hoping for the best. The large LCD with the grids on is big help during composition.

It also works quite well in low light situations even without the flash. Unfortunately, images taken using ISO400 are kind of noisy but still usable. It would have been better if it had a flash shoe mount.

                  I'll be updating this list so... watch and wait for it

 

A poll is in order. Take sides.

Which digital camera would you choose: A DSLR (e.g. Nikon D40) or a Superzoom (e.g Sony DSC-H50)

  • A superzoom. Of course.
  • Superzooms are for wimps. I'll get a DSLR anytime.
  • Both I guess. I got tons of money that need spending.
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Share you opinions. They matter the most. 8 comments

SANJU 5 years ago

i have cam DSC H-50 made in japan.How to change the language.


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Canon cameras are really cool,I have Nikon..lol


Prateek 5 years ago

can u suggest some additional lenses both wide angle and tele ones that can be used with the H50 . I am looking for min 10 x . Thanks


Nikhil 7 years ago

Hi i own a H50 and i am very happy with it.I wanted to know if its worth buying a tele-conversion lens for this model?


bombay_c_earl 7 years ago

ingon no makoy.. pangit daw imo camera! hehe


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

that's cool.


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premsingh 7 years ago

Since you have asked my comments on your hub, I'll just say you've produced a great hub but how many viewers are interested in such stuff, limited. Your hub is perfect from all view points. Only thing to do is to choose a topic that is bit sensational, or provides the information a large segment of viewers is looking for. Anyway, great hub. DOn't take my comments otherwise.


mikeq107 7 years ago

Hi Needfull:0)

Great Hub...my wife is the photo wiz and quite good so I have no Idea what you are saying but Cynthia speaks your language LOL...

Later Mike ;0)

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