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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

64

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

55

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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

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
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 3.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$268.00 vs $337.09
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The best price we've seen is $69 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 12.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Slightly more focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 IS:3.2"
              DSC-HX200V:3.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SX500 IS:1
              DSC-HX200V:9
              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 IS:30x
              DSC-HX200V:33.8x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $220 - $770

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $249 - $250

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $250 - $279

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $604

              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

              $350 - $598

              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

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