Sony DSC-H50

DSC-H50 - 9.1MP, 3456 x 2592, 30x, 15x, 16:9, CCD, AF, 7.62 cm (3.0 ") TFT LCD, USB 2.0

Beauty is in the details, and this model captures them all. The DSC-H50 is a full-featured point-and-shoot with outstanding high-power zoom capability. It includes Smile Shutter™ technology which captures smile the moment they happen, as well as Face Detection technology to optimize focus, exposure and color for up to eight faces. Shoot detailed images with 9.1 megapixel resolution, and bring your subjects closer with the 15x optical zoom Carl Zeiss® lens. Intelligent Scene Recognition automatically selects your camera's settings based on detected lighting conditions, while Sony's Double Anti-Blur solution helps keep your images blur-free. The DSC-H50 completes the package with a 3.0" ClearPhoto LCD Plus™ display that lets you easily view your images and menu options. Also available in black.

9.1 MP Super HAD™ CCD

More megapixels give you more detail and definition when you make big prints or crop in tight on your subject. The advanced Sony® Super HAD™ (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD design allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.

Carl Zeiss® 15X Optical Zoom Lens

15X optical zoom provides a superb ability to bring long-distance subjects up close — a significant advantage for situations where you can’t be near the action, such as sporting events or wildlife photography.

9-Point Auto Focus

Because an off-center subject can make your shot more interesting, a 9-point auto focus measures auto-focus at 9 precision points instead of 5 -- giving you greater creative freedom to compose your image.

3.0” Tilt-up Clear Photo LCD Plus™ Display

The large, bright 3.0” Clear Photo LCD Plus™ display tilts up for comfortable low-angle shooting, and an anti-reflective coating provides for excellent visibility to help you compose, view, and share photos with superb clarity and color reproduction, even in bright sunlight.

15 MB Internal Memory

Even if you forget your flash memory card, you can get the shot because 15 MB internal memory lets you capture a limited number of shots with in-camera convenience, then easily transfer your shots to a PC or optional Memory Stick Duo™ media.

Memory Stick Duo™ Media Convenience

A built-in slot accepts optional Memory Stick Duo™ media or Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media -- the compact, high-capacity storage media that make it easily to upload photos to your PC and are compatible with millions of devices worldwide.

16:9 High-Resolution Mode

In addition to the standard 2-megapixel size, the convenient 16:9 aspect ratio shooting mode for HDTV display can now be shot in 7-megapixels, making it possible to obtain beautiful, high-definition prints with the same aspect ratio as HDTV.

Bracket Shooting Mode

In addition to standard exposure bracketing (±0.3EV/±0.7EV/±1.0EV), Bracket Shooting mode now includes settings for white balance and color modes. This function records three images with one shot, each with a different white balance or color mode applied, making it easy to capture the ambience and feeling of the original scene.

Burst Mode

You can fire off three shots automatically at 1-second intervals (VGA standard mode) or 2-second intervals (full resolution mode) -- a great way to capture a child’s first steps or a pet’s best tricks.

Color Filter Kit

Five color filter effects -- including Red, Green, Blue, Warm, and Cool -- provide the same effects via in-camera image processing that are typically achieved with colored lens filters. Each effect provides increased creative control when shooting.

Color Mode “Real”

For users who want to retouch their images after shooting, Color Mode “Real” helps enable faithful color reproduction by minimizing in-camera image processing. The color modes available are Real, Standard, Vivid, Sepia, and Monotone.

Convenient Photo Modes

To adjust quickly for specific shooting situations, you can choose from several convenient photo modes, including Auto, Program Auto, and Scene Selections such as Twilight, Landscape, Soft Snap, Snow, High Sensitivity, and Beach environments.

Dynamic Range Optimization

Powered by the exclusive Sony BIONZ®® high-speed processing engine, Dynamic Range Optimization preserves image data in bright highlights and reveals more detail in shadows or backlit areas -- for great results even in difficult lighting conditions.

Electronic Color Viewfinder

In addition to the LCD screen, a built-in electronic color viewfinder lets you shoot in traditional camera style and save battery power by turning your LCD screen off.

Face Detection

Face Detection technology automatically controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help reveal faces in shadows, make skin tones look more natural, reduce red-eye, and eliminates harsh facial glare.

Function Guide

This beginner-friendly function helps manage various functions and settings by displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen. The Function Guide can also be switched off.

HD Slide Show with Music

It’s the high-definition viewing experience that makes photos more entertaining to watch, accompanied by your choice of visual effects and any of four preset musical selections stored in memory or your favorite music downloaded from PC to your camera for use as background music.

HDTV Compatibility

High-resolution images can be enjoyed in all their beauty simply by connecting the camera directly to a Sony BRAVIA® HDTV or other compatible HDTV. This provides an excellent alternative to viewing photos as prints or on a computer monitor, and is ideal for users who want to share photos in the comfort of their living room. Optional HD solutions include a Cyber-shot® cradle/charger with component cable output, or component cable directly to your HDTV.

High Sensitivity (ISO 3200) Mode

With high sensitivity of ISO 3200, you can shoot effectively in low light without flash to preserve the mood, while the Sony Clear RAW™ Noise Reduction system helps suppress the color noise that can degrade low-light shots.

In-Camera Retouching

Add creative effects to photos after you shoot using any of 10 editing functions, including: Trimming, Red-Eye adjustment, Soft Focus filter, Unsharp Mask, Cross filter, Partial Color filter, Fish-eye filter, Retro, Radial Blur and Happy Face. The Happy Face effect uses photo retouching to put a smile on faces, with smile levels adjustable from 1 to 5.

Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode

Intelligent Scene Recognition mode automatically detects six different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera setting: Backlight, Backlight & Portrait, Twilight, Twilight & Portrait, Twilight with Tripod and Portrait. Intelligent Scene Recognition has two different modes, advanced and auto. Advanced mode takes two shots, one with the standard automatic settings and the other with optimized settings. Auto mode takes a single shot, arbitrarily deciding on the proper setting.

MPEG Movie VX Fine Mode

Capture VGA (640 x 480) audio/video clips at a high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second7), with the length of your video limited only by the capacity of your media.

Multi-Resizing Function

Resize your photos in-camera for virtually any purpose! Standard 4:3 images can be resized to widescreen 16:9 and 2 MP resolution for display on an HDTV. Conversely, high resolution, widescreen 16:9 images can be resized to 4:3 size with VGA (640 x 480) resolution -- perfect for sharing with friends and family via e-mail (internet connection required). A simple 4-direction touch-screen control also makes it easy to trim photos.

NightShot® Infrared System

Sony’s NightShot® Infrared System lets you shoot photos in near-dark or totally dark (0 lux) conditions without using a flash, so you can capture creative night scenes that lie beyond the power of conventional cameras.

“PhotoTV HD”

PhotoTV HD compatibility allows the camera to be connected to a PhotoTV HD-capable Sony BRAVIA HDTV via the optional HD output adaptor, for highly detailed, high-definition color images displayed in unprecedented realism and full HD quality.

Optical Viewfinder

In addition to the LCD display, a built-in optical viewfinder lets you compose your photos in traditional rangefinder camera style, and also helps save battery power by turning off your LCD display.


Expanding the HD Slide Show with Music feature, PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music to produce fun and entertaining slide shows. The five standard visual effects (Simple, Basic, Nostalgic, Active and Stylish) have been supplemented with Face1: Basic, Face2: Nostalgic and Face: Stylish for a total of eight effects. Additionally, the number of music tracks stored in the camera memory has been doubled from four to eight, and music playback time has been extended from three to five minutes per track. More personalized slide shows are also possible by transferring music from a PC to the camera.

Picture Motion Browser Software

Supplied software makes it easier to upload, organize, and search photos on your PC. When shooting photos using your camera and an optional GPS unit, the software even provides a convenient map view function that lets you sort photos by location and display their origin on a world map.


Maximum memory card size 
8 GB


Maximum video resolution 
640 x 480 pixels
Video resolutions 
320 x 240, 640 x 480 pixels
Video formats supported 
Motion JPEG frame rate
30 fps

Technical details

USB 2.0
Colour of product 
Black, Silver
ISO sensitivity 
80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto
Aperture range (F-F) 
2.7 - 4.5
Focal length range (f-f) 
5.2 - 78 mm
Auto focusing (AF) modes 
Centre weighted Auto Focus, Flexible Spot Auto Focus, Monitoring Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Bundled software 
Picture Motion Browser 3.0<br />Music Transfer
Camera file system
DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1
Camera shutter speed 
1/4 - 1/4000s
Compatible memory cards 
MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo
Flash modes 
Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Forced off, Forced on, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Internal memory 
15 MB
Light exposure control
Program AE
Light exposure correction
± 2EV (1/3EV step)
9.1 MP
Memory slots 
On Screen Display (OSD) languages
Optical zoom 
Scene modes 
Beach, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Twilight
Sensor type 
Video capability 
Viewfinder type 
White balance 
Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent

Ports & interfaces

Built-in microphone 


Power source type 
Battery type 
Battery life (max) 
Number of batteries supported 


Display resolution (numeric) 
230000 pixels
Field of view

Technical details

Display diagonal 
7.62 cm (3")

Lens system

Extra/Smart zoom
Focus adjustment
Auto / Manual
Digital zoom 
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
31 - 465 mm
Image stabilizer 


Camera type 
Bridge camera
Photo effects 
Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
Camera playback
Movie, Single image, Slide show
Image editing
Rotating, Trimming
Image quality adjustment
Contrast, Sharpness
Start-up time
2000 ms
Built-in processor


Macro focusing range (tele)
1.2 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide)
0.01 - ∞

Light exposure

Light exposure modes 
Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual


Built-in flash 
Flash range (tele)
1.2 - 5.5m
Flash range (wide)
0.2 - 9.1m

System requirements

Mac compatibility 
Windows operating systems supported 
Windows 2000 Professional, Windows ME, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional
Mac operating systems supported 
Mac OS 9.1, Mac OS 9.2, Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah, Mac OS X 10.1 Puma, Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger


Battery life (CIPA standard)
300 shots

Packaging content

Battery technology 
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Cables included
Batteries included
Battery charger included

Picture quality

Image sensor size
25.4/58.4 mm (1/2.3")
Maximum image resolution 
3456 x 2592 pixels
Image formats supported 
Still image resolution(s) 
640 x 480, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1944, 3456 x 2592, 4224 x 2376
Supported aspect ratios 
3:2, 16:9

Weight & dimensions

Filter size 
7.4 cm
Weight (including battery)
10.95 cm
8.57 cm
8.34 cm

Other features

USB 2.0 ports quantity 
Lens system 
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar