Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Canon Powershot SX40

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v


Canon Powershot SX40



Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Great battery life
Battery life
410 shots
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

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


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot SX40.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v.


Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Super zoom

$348 - $384

Zoom Significantly more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Size Larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Travel zoom

$399 - $428

Size Significantly smaller
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$548 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
True resolution Much higher true resolution
GPS No built-in GPS

Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$389 - $449

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$265 - $330

Zoom More zoom
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Super zoom

$149 - $230

Size Significantly smaller
Screen size Significantly larger screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies


Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v
Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Canon Powershot SX40
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Showing 23 comments

Petebuster1 (4:56 PM, August 05, 2012)
The sx40 thers little or nothing in it but the extra zoom give the the sx40 the edge
Marksesl (10:40 AM, May 06, 2012)
If you are going to be shooting at concerts, I would go with the Canon because of its superior sound quality. 
Rochelimit (6:41 AM, May 06, 2012)
Argh I'm confused. I checked Canon SX40 and found that the image are blurry, even in broad day light. I think I'm going for Sony DSC HX200v because it got a better image stabilization, very important during super zoom moment. 

Say I am in a concert, sit very far behind, and wanted to shoot the singer jumping around on the stage. I think Sony would give me a much better result than Canon. Not sure though x_x
Tanmaysamant_cool_handsome (4:02 PM, March 19, 2012)
Im an amateur at photography but i need to buy a camera for my family for carryin around on tours and trips ... I would mostly b using the automatic features until i learn more about the cams and i wanna know which one of these 2 is easier to carry around + whether il have to use a sling bag all the time to carry one or they are light and portable enough to carry in one's hand ??
Ur opinions please :)
loadedish (1:29 AM, March 17, 2012)
can someone help me out a bit? im looking between these two cameras for action shots for skateboarding and longboarding. will these also do well for nature shots? thank you for your information =]
Daniel (2:02 AM, February 23, 2012)
And also the Canon SX30IS as well.
Daniel (2:01 AM, February 23, 2012)
I'm looking for a good quality camera for bird photography and bird videography. I'm looking at these two as well as the Fujifilm Finepix S4000. Anyone have any recommendations between those three? Thanks!
Laura (1:48 AM, February 16, 2012)
Which of the cameras would be the best if i want to take a family photo of 30 people and enlarge it.
Firuz (7:18 AM, February 13, 2012)
i love sx40 its the best brige camera 2011/2012
thefacts (6:17 PM, January 31, 2012)
Im sure you already returned it then righht?
thefacts (6:16 PM, January 31, 2012)
Gautam (11:59 AM, January 25, 2012)
Without doubt go for the H100V. With intelligent and superior auto modes, you can shoot like a professional without knowing much. And if you can master all the features, you will proud of it.
Mir (5:51 PM, January 15, 2012)
Sorry for my bad english! I don't know which camera I want. I've been spending a lot of hours behind the computer and I'm sick of it! I'm hoping that you can help me!! I'm a beginner but I want to do something more. Dslr is nothing for me because I don't want to carry around a lot of stuff. 
I need a camera which is easy to use. Very important to me is that the camera make's good pictures and the video quality needs to be very good (because I don't want to carry around a videocamera too)!  I'm a beginner so I need a camera which makes good pictures in automatic mode. When I have the camera I hope I will learn more about the settings, ISO and all other things. For me it's like chinese. I just don't get where you are talking about. I hope I will later. Hope you can help me!
Marksesl (4:38 PM, January 13, 2012)
I have always been torn between the Canon Poweshot series cameras and the Sony cybershot series camers.  I photography band quite a bit and sound quality in the videos is very important to me that if sound is important to you then you must go with the Canon PowerShot camera.  The sound is full and rich in base.  The Cybershot cameras have lots of nice features, and a stronger flash (which can be very important)  but the sound is thin, very thin, compared to the Powershot.
Gsutterfield (5:50 PM, December 11, 2011)
I bought the Sony dsc hx100 and am not real happy.  The colours especially reds look a bit orange.  My twin bought the Canon sx40 and  the colour is beautiful. The zoom on the Sony is not smooth.....oops too far.....oops too close.  I don't consider that as much a problem as the colours.
Noud Bb (9:08 AM, December 08, 2011)
I'm torn between these two.. I want an easy to use camera which will work fast and produce perfect focus and quality pics.. Functions are great (Sony), but do they all work like they're meant to all the time? Or do they become a battle..??
I just want something which works and produces all the time.. so i'm leaning towards the Canon.. But not sure..

Comments?? Thoughts?
Still looking (5:32 PM, December 01, 2011)
Any one notice that hx100v lens movement is bumpy when switching on and off. At first i thought the piece was faulty, but saw the same in a other shops too. Also a reddish tint in low ligt photos (auto mode). I have been comparing these two for almost a month. sx40hs photos are super (less noise at 100% crop at full zoom including digital zoom) whereas hx100v is loaded with features. I think i will go for the sx40hs... too difficult to decide.
Newcali714 (11:42 AM, December 01, 2011)
-.- this is a comparison of cameras not an English class
Superpainkiller (6:06 PM, November 22, 2011)
you "bought" it yesterday...
Ocoss (5:05 AM, November 22, 2011)
I buy yesterday AND very happy with sony
Ocoss (5:03 AM, November 22, 2011)
I test both AND No doubt Sony have everthing AND very GOOD quality
Iiypu3564 (6:44 AM, November 18, 2011)
i need to know which is the best camera canon sx40hs r sony dsc hx100v
Gmamarshanc (1:11 PM, November 17, 2011)
If you had to choose, which one would you buy??? Does anyone have an opinion on the Nikon p500 and the fact you have to charge batteries in camera. Is it a problem. Going to buy 1 of these 3 cameras, but can't decide