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

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
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
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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
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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
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At its widest zoom, the SX30 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
Help
Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$507.95 vs $604.49
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The best price we've seen is $97 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 9x faster continuous shooting
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
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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              DSC-HX100v:1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX30 IS:$507.95
              DSC-HX100v:$604.49
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS:601 g
              DSC-HX100v:577 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              DSC-HX100v:3.7"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
              DSC-HX100v:122x87x93 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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS:35x
              DSC-HX100v:30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398 - $499

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $549

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $876

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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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