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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V vs Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 107x62x35 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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)
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
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
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 320 shots
Help
Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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
Help
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              DSC-HX30V: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

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $377 - $378

              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

              $234 body only

              $374 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $459 - $550

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $209

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $536 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $298 - $448

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $75 - $385

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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