Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v


Canon PowerShot SX230 HS



Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v.


Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Travel zoom

$202 - $209

Zoom Much more zoom
Size Smaller
GPS No built-in GPS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Travel zoom


Zoom Much more zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$368 - $455

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Zoom Much less zoom

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

Nikon Coolpix S230

Nikon Coolpix S230



Size Significantly smaller
Thickness Much thinner
Zoom Much less zoom
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Travel zoom

GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam


Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Battery life Much longer battery life
Zoom Much less zoom


Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
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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'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)
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 Battal (6:37 AM, May 12, 2011)
hx9v rocks :)