Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V vs Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

60

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Great battery life
Battery life
450 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Size
Really small
Standard size 104x69x80 mm
Weight
Light-weight
341 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Size
Smaller
104x69x80 mm vs 122x87x93 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
341 g vs 583 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$144.00 vs $334.19
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The best price we've seen is $190 cheaper (2.3x less)
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 3.7"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX200V

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX200V's lens captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops)
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Battery life
Much longer battery life
450 shots vs 195 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 12.5x faster continuous shooting
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX200V's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
33.8x vs 30x
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Around 30% more zoom
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Focus points
More focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS3.2"
              DSC-HX200V3.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS30x
              DSC-HX200V33.8x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $260 - $378

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $163

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179 - $207

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $286

              Focus points More focus points
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $411 - $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $330 - $398

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $290 - $600

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $282 - $348

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

              Super zoom

              $453

              Size Smaller
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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