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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
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
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 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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        SX230 HS:Lens, Sensor shift
        DSC-HX9v:Lens
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX230 HS:215 g
        DSC-HX9v:245 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        1.3"
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
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        Size Large Help
        SX230 HS:106x59x33 mm
        DSC-HX9v:105x59x34 mm

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $265

        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
        Canon Powershot S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $255 - $400

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Zoom Has slightly less zoom
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $300 - $310

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $340 - $399

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $290 - $320

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $292 - $300

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

        Travel zoom

        $269

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Travel zoom

        $280

        Size Slightly smaller
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $259

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom More zoom
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $368

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Size Larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $330

        Zoom More zoom
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Size Larger
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $280

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        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
        Zoom Less zoom

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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 :)