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

58

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

52

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
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
Lens

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
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
35x vs 30x
Help
Around 40% more zoom
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
Help
Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 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
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
122x87x93 mm vs 123x92x108 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 1 f-stop 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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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 super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX30 ISf/2.7
              DSC-HX100vf/2.8
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS0 cm
              DSC-HX100v1 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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS4.3"
              DSC-HX100v3.7"
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS123x92x108 mm
              DSC-HX100v122x87x93 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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS35x
              DSC-HX100v30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $340

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              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
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $357

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $499 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Zoom Less zoom

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398 - $411

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $460

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $260 - $348

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $200 - $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

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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