Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v vs Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

67

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX210 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SX210 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size
Slightly smaller
105x59x31 mm vs 105x59x34 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
220 g vs 245 g
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More than 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
16x vs 14x
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More than 30% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX9v's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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 travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX210 IS220 g
              DSC-HX9v245 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX210 IS1,600 ISO
              DSC-HX9v3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX210 IS105x59x31 mm
              DSC-HX9v105x59x34 mm

              Compared to recent travel 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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $241 - $348

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $258

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              $106

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $170

              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Size Larger
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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