Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS.
Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
Help
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SX230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 1 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
106×59×33 mm vs 105×60×34 mm
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
215 g vs 222 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-H90

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
290 shots vs 210 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
16x vs 14x
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More than 30% more zoom
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 travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              SX230 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              DSC-H90
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX230 HS3.2 fps
              DSC-H901 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              SX230 HS106×59×33 mm
              DSC-H90105×60×34 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX230 HS14x
              DSC-H9016x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $228

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Super zoom

              $174

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony DSC WX100

              Sony DSC WX100

              Travel zoom

              $177

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Size Larger

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