Updated (February 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS 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

52

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Size
Really small
Standard size (104×70×80 mm)
Weight
Light-weight
341 g

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-HX200V or Canon SX500 IS

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
104×70×80 mm vs 122×87×93 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
341 g vs 583 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$166.00 vs $659.99
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The best price we've seen is $494 cheaper (4x 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)
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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much 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
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX200V's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SX500 IS1
              DSC-HX200V9

              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX500 IS1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              DSC-HX200V1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX500 IS720p @ 25fps
              DSC-HX200V1080p @ 60fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS30x
              DSC-HX200V33.8x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $379

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Focus points More focus points
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Zoom More zoom
              Focus points More focus points
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $230

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398 - $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
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $370

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $810

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Size Significantly smaller
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS

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