Though it can't match the stalker creds of Olympus' SP-570 UZ, Sony's latest top-of-the-line megazoom has its own attractions. Like the recently announced H10, the H50 offers a modest update over its predecessor.
Though Sony increases its resolution to 9.1-megapixels, it incorporates the same f/2.7-4.5 31mm-465mm-equivalent 15x zoom lens (naturally with Sony's Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization system). That 31mm wide-angle remains a bit narrow compared with Olympus' 26mm and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18's 28mm. On the upside, it also retains the tilting 3-inch LCD.
As with the newly announced W300, the H50 introduces user-selectable noise reduction and a host of other trademark Sony in-camera features made possible by updated image-processing firmware, such as smile shutter, child-priority face detection and autoexposure adjusting D-Range Optimizer.
When it ships in the beginning of May, the Cyber-shot DSC-H50 will be replacing the H9 at the more popular $399 price point of the H7.