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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
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x34 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 16x
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Around 5x more zoom
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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 0 cm vs 5 cm
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Almost the same
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
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 300 shots
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Around 30% 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
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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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
Size Much smaller 105x59x34 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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5.8x smaller
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 1.3" vs 4.3"
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3.2x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 245 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 Common Weaknesses
        Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
        SX40:1080p @ 24fps
        DSC-HX9v:1080p @ 60fps
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light

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

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

        Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $219 - $230

        Size Significantly smaller
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $299

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $445

        Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $323 - $376

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $398

        Zoom More zoom
        Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $160

        Size Slightly smaller
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Travel zoom

        $151

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $340

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        appearance

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        Canon Powershot SX40 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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