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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 107x62x35 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1900 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.2
Help
At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Size
Much smaller
107x62x35 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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5.3x smaller
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Thickness
Much thinner
1.4" vs 4.3"
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3.1x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
254 g vs 600 g
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2.4x lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$329.95 vs $404.95
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The best price we've seen is $75 cheaper (around 20% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              DSC-HX20V:1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $360

              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $249 - $250

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $396

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $383

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $268

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $240

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $248

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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              Canon Powershot SX40 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              discussion

              Canon Powershot SX40
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              Dominik (3:36 AM, June 12, 2012)
              iam thinking about buying one of these cameras for an everyday use. now take away the price and the fact that the canon has more optical zoom. witch camera produses better image quality (lowlight and normal light) outside and inside. also what about the Video quality? I was going to buy a bridging camera like a canon G1x or a compact camera with interchangeable lenses like the nex7 but the price just put me off. so what do you guys think? I like to use them in and outdoors. taking shots when traveling panorama, animals, people... a bit all around.