Updated (February 2013): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

70

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
0.0 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
Help
Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX200V

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
Help
More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
Help
More than 10% larger screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
Help
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
Help
More than 9x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Size
Smaller
122×87×93 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
Help
Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
Help
Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Thinner
3.7" vs 4.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX30 ISDigital
              DSC-HX200VTunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX30 IS1/3200s
              DSC-HX200V1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS601 g
              DSC-HX200V583 g
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS4.3"
              DSC-HX200V3.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS123×92×108 mm
              DSC-HX200V122×87×93 mm

              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX30 IS1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              DSC-HX200V1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS35x
              DSC-HX200V33.8x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $466

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $382 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $459 - $498

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $503

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $298

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

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