Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 107x62x35 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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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
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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
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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
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Battery life Longer battery life 380 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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-HX30V

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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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX30V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
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
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 Common Weaknesses
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        SX40:0 cm
        DSC-HX30V:1 cm
        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 SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $230

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $484 - $774 body only

        $200 - $595 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $207 - $300

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Super zoom

        $999

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $259

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $299 - $390 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $427

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $431

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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $348

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $365

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Travel zoom

        $83 - $449

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $479 - $498

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $288

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

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