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

$300 - $428

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


Size Significantly smaller
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Super zoom


Wide angle Better wide angle
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$394 - $480

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

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$291 - $350

Zoom More zoom
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Super zoom

$279 - $280

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Zoom More zoom
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies


Advantages of the Canon SX40

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 27 mm
More than 10% better wide angle
Slightly more zoom
35x vs 30x
Around 40% more zoom
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
Almost the same
Lowest price
$382.77 vs $635.99
The best price we've seen is $253 cheaper (around 40% less)
Canon Powershot SX40 Learn more about
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
More than 4x higher resolution screen
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
More than 10% larger screen
122×87×93 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
Around 20% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
410 shots vs 380 shots
Around 10% more shots per battery charge
3.7" vs 4.3"
More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
2x longer exposures
Slightly lighter
577 g vs 600 g
Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
20% faster max shutter speed
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Learn more about
the Sony DSC-HX100v


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

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              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX400.0 cm
              DSC-HX100v1.0 cm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              SX4010.3 fps
              DSC-HX100v10 fps
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40380 shots
              DSC-HX100v410 shots
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40600 g
              DSC-HX100v577 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX40123×92×108 mm
              DSC-HX100v122×87×93 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX401080p @ 24fps
              DSC-HX100v1080p @ 60fps


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


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              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