Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

66

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Great battery life
Battery life
410 shots
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
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 Cybershot DSC-HX100v.

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
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
Help
Around 40% more zoom
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
Help
Almost the same
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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
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 9x faster continuous shooting
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
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Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX100v's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
3.7" vs 4.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
577 g vs 601 g
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Almost the same
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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS0.0 cm
              DSC-HX100v1.0 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX30 IS1/3200s
              DSC-HX100v1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS601 g
              DSC-HX100v577 g
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS4.3"
              DSC-HX100v3.7"
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS123×92×108 mm
              DSC-HX100v122×87×93 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX30 IS1,600 ISO
              DSC-HX100v3,200 ISO

              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-HX100v1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS35x
              DSC-HX100v30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              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
              Size Is slightly larger
              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 slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $630

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              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

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $459 - $498

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom

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              discussion

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              Foo bar (10:25 PM, April 24, 2012)
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              Amrits (0:42 PM, August 16, 2011)
              Recently i bought  Sony HX 100 V in which IMAGE STABILIZATION is extremely good.
               
              Avatar for Ahmed Ahmed (6:20 PM, July 05, 2011)


              I am going to buy Sony HX100V, but I don't need GPS
              feature, so any way to disable it, as I know for canon SX220 HS the GPS consumes
              the battery charge even when the camera is off


               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:07 PM, May 04, 2011)
              I have not used either camera so I can not say for sure, but I am not sure if you will see any huge difference in image stabilization. Both cameras have similar in lens image stabilization.
               
              JM (7:47 AM, May 04, 2011)
              I have canon SX30IS...BUT IMAGE STABILIZATION NOT UP TO MARK....WHAT ABOUT SONY HX100V IMAGE STABILIZATION???HOPING TO SWITCH...ADVICE /SUGGESTIONS R WELCOM