Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Canon Powershot SX40

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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
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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
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
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 27 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
35x vs 30x
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Around 40% more zoom
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$404.95 vs $604.49
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The best price we've seen is $200 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
Size
Smaller
122x87x93 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
410 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
3.7" vs 4.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
577 g vs 600 g
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40:380 shots
              DSC-HX100v:410 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              DSC-HX100v:1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              DSC-HX100v:577 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              DSC-HX100v:3.7"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              DSC-HX100v:122x87x93 mm
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX40:35x
              DSC-HX100v:30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $239

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is significantly lighter
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $383

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

              Super zoom

              $432

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $876

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              Canon Powershot SX40 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v
              Canon Powershot SX40 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              discussion

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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)
              lol
               
              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 mean...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