Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

70

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

67

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Size
Really small
Compact (106×59×33 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
1.3"

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-HX9v or Canon SX230 HS

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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)
Weight
Lighter
215 g vs 245 g
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More than 10% lighter
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
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
300 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX230 HS1080p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX9v1080p @ 60fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              SX230 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              DSC-HX9v
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              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-HX9v16x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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 Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $262

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $410

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $400

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger

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              Avatar for Rohan Rane Rohan Rane (10:24 AM, January 24, 2012)
              On Semi-SLR Compact range... SONY Scores Definitely. HX9V is a better choice, review could be skewed the other way round.. which made me think of buying Canon SX220HS didn't wanted GPS so didn't go for 230HS. 


              After through review on all the sites and their scores SX230 HS felt being a good choice and thought of ordering it online. Luckily, a friend of mine suggested to test 220hs at a nearby electronic store. Went there and tested 220hs... looked good / performed good & felt good in hand. Then this ugly looking monster piece made by Sony came in my hand on the salesman insistence. And that was it...... Dramatic reduction in noise at max zoom level, sharpness at its best (we took a snap of a car parked on the other side of the lane from the glass panel ) I could read the car number from the picture at max zoom, canon failed in this test. Twilight images very sharp and excellent quality, night view of the cities snaps took without flash.......was what made me flabbergasted. 

              The only feature i miss here is the high speed movie recording..... really great fallback from Sony's end. However, Images are in no way comparison. 

              P.S. Flash is really annoying in HX9v..... almost on every alternate pics i accidently press the Flash panel in or doesn't let it protrude out. Very Very annoying. I'm worried if I don't break the protruding flash in near future. 
               
              Borg Domenic (10:35 AM, January 23, 2012)
              I may well like to choose the Nikon S9100, but I read in a certain review, that the image quality is inferior to SX230HS. Also it lacks that necessary manual focusing.  But to choose the SX230HS, I would love it to be something like in the comment I wrote further up to Hwdqihavi.

               
              Borg Domenic (10:34 AM, January 23, 2012)
              I fully agree with you.  After 47 days of thorough review researches regarding best image quality in a compact camera, I have finally settled for the SX220HS.  But I am still not satisfied. I wish that perhaps CANON would finally produce a better SX220HS which will eliminate those occasional chromatic aberrations+vin+extreme focal lens jittering when on video recording and when such camera would have more wide angle + a little bit more of telezoom + a stronger built-in flash having better metric coverage.  Why do camera firms install those annoyingly pop-up flashes?  I may sound crazy, but in my opinion, excuse me if I am wrong, that's what the average enthusiastic photographer really asks for in a compact travel zoom.
               
              Avatar for Fangtooth Fangtooth (10:28 PM, January 08, 2012)
              Tell me somethin... how is 16x "more than 30% more zoom" than 14x?
               
              boca (8:18 AM, December 31, 2011)
              Sony is actually a much better camera: I have both. The smearing you're talking about is only visible if you keep default sharpening setting, but if you change it there is no smearing. Also, the review neglects to mention that Sony's 1080/60P produces stunning videos while 24P on Canon instead of film look produces just a jerky video. And, panoramas are not just stitched in camera by Sony, but can be made in high resolution at over 40 megapixels that no other camera of its class is capable of. I am not a Sony fan, in fact, before this camera I never owned any made by Sony, but this one won me over.
               
              Mahegoud (5:22 PM, December 23, 2011)
              i don't under stand which one i should consider ....
               true resolution or Mega pix...
              sony 16 MP   .... true resolution 9.7 MP
               
              Hwdqihrvi (6:42 PM, December 18, 2011)
              I think the SX230 is quite better...it's prettier as well.  I think the Sony is just a gimmicky camera (16 MP, panorama, 3D), those are things you aren't going to use on a daily basis. I think you should go for the SX220, as the GPS isn't as important as they want it to be...
               
              Acerox (9:45 PM, December 08, 2011)
              Hi Steve,
              Very nice page preview, thanks. It is true that they give the best score to the Canon but actually when checking the "Sample Gallery" the photos of the Sony look nicer than the canon ones, at least to me... what do you think?

              Still it is not clear to me which one to buy :(
               
              Avatar for Steven Steven (2:55 AM, December 07, 2011)
              As you can see in their compact superzoom group test, Canon SX230 HS has consistently the best image quality in all the conditions (adequate lighting, low light, and with flash). They concluded that the best in the group are:
              - Canon SX230 HS (because of image quality and JPEG processing)
              - Nikon S9100 (because of its wider-angle + longest-telephoto lens)

              http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/q311travelzoomgrouptest/
               
              mjo (5:12 PM, December 02, 2011)
              i read on both dpreview and snapsort about low light performance, it's not clear which one is batter... in the performance hx9v has the most votes but dpreview gives more rank to sx23hs for lowlight. which one is batter?
               
              mjo (5:05 PM, December 02, 2011)
              costco instore has it for 259 includes 4gb card, case and 100prints
              happy shoping...
               
              Madeline Osborne (6:08 PM, November 16, 2011)
              YES! The overall picture quality is well worth the small amount price difference. Also, if you do a bit of web searching, you can find an excellent package deal on the Sony with a small tripod, 4 g. card, USB card reader, cleaning kit, and LCD covers along with the camera, including free shipping, for only $299 USD through Amazon.
               
              Madeline Osborne (6:05 PM, November 16, 2011)
              You totally neglect to point out the grasping capabilities - The sony has a very nice grip on the right hand side to hold onto it better. Also, the one ounce weight difference is not that big a deal.
               
              Shgl_amit (2:01 PM, October 27, 2011)
              plz suggest i purchase camera hx9v Or Sx230hs which i purchase
               
              Howie (10:15 PM, October 24, 2011)
              Well, I personally don't think so. though the Sony is an excellent camera.
              Superficially the Sony has lots of attractive features, feels and looks good, and is a very fast performer. However , on sustained usage, it's failings begin to show ie. LCD barely usable in very bright light, several seconds delay when going into movie mode from still image mode, and excessive processing with smearing of, particularly, facial features.
               If all you want to photograph is landscapes and animals the Sony is excellent-but for humans the Canon gives better quality images.  Incidently, there is little between the movie quality of the two cameras, but the Canon files are larger and I require a 16GB card, whereas I find 8GB is enough for the Sony.
               
              Poit2 (2:47 AM, October 14, 2011)
              Is the extra money for the Sony really worth it?
               
              Avatar for Battal Aljadei Battal Aljadei (6:37 AM, May 12, 2011)
              hx9v rocks :)