Updated (February 2010): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Nikon Coolpix P100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P100

57

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1.

competitors

Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840

Super zoom

$159 - $197

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Zoom More zoom
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500

Super zoom

$139

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900

Super zoom

$597

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Super zoom

$627

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Super zoom

$265 - $268

Zoom Much more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Aperture Narrower aperture
Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

Super zoom

$135

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

discussion

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Nabilelsherif (8:04 PM, March 04, 2011)
sony is better
 
antonio mendez (5:59 PM, February 28, 2011)
The Nikon P100 has a lot of 1 and 2 star reviews (out of 5) from the amazon.com customer who bought it.
It appears to have good specs, but some relaibility probles. The HX1 reviews are among the best of any super zoom camera.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:44 PM, January 03, 2011)
Thanks for sharing that info Marcus! Snapsort has the correct resolution values on the specs page but in the comparison uses a true resolution calculated based on the sensor size of each camera, hence the different values.
 
Marcuswjm (3:12 AM, January 02, 2011)
I bought the Nikon P100 used it for a month, and returned it to the store and bought the Sony HX1. Some of the specifications are wrong; the HX1 has 9.1 megapixels not 8.1; the P100 has 10.3 megapixels. The HX1 has 20x optical zoom and a 20x digital zoom; the p100 4x digital zoom. In the continuous shooting mode at full resolution, P100 shoots 10fps but only 6 shots; HX1 shoots 10 fps with 10 shots. The Sony HX1 focuses faster, it also comes with a real battery charger; with the Nikon P100 you have plug your camera into outlet with an adapter. The Sony is a lot more user friendly than the Nikon; I paid more for the Sony and I am glad I did.
 
Aquarian_738 (1:40 PM, September 27, 2010)
indeed sony hx1 is capable of taking high quality images and p100 is of its own kind but the real thing is the image stability which we get in that sony hx1 very good ...!!! and iam gonna get this one for sure
 
Avi (11:34 AM, September 23, 2010)
Although P100 has quite more zooming power but it is very difficult to hold static when the barrel is in fully open situation (at 26X zoom) so usually taking fine picture is bit difficult for a normal user, but in case oh HX1 you are compromising on zoom the image quality is much better on full zoom.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (11:55 PM, September 17, 2010)
Good call on the flip-out screen, our mistake, we'll get that fixed. Snapsort knows the HX1 is 9.1m (see the HX1 specs), but calculates a true resolution based on limitations of the camera's sensor size.
 
Scott T. (11:50 PM, September 17, 2010)
Ummm the Sony HX-1 does have a flip-out screen and it is 9.1MP, not 8.1MP !!! Seems like a shame to review camera's without the facts all in place.
 
Avatar for Anthony Petruzzi Anthony Petruzzi (2:19 AM, September 12, 2010)
The panoramic function is why I want to buy the Sony (I own a DSC9.) The HX1 also has a stacking feather taking multiple pictures of different brackets and then combining them for the best highlights and shadows. Also on my DSC( I have a 55 mm skylight filter which fits over the lens and is held on with a piece of tape(its snug even without tape) the lens goes in and out just fine and I can screw a polarizer on it withvery miner clipping at wide angle.
 
ali firts (4:00 AM, September 10, 2010)
I wanted to get the Nikon P100 but the Sony HX1´s shutter speed is higher (1/4000 vs 1/2000. Now, I will choose sony.
 
Mmcmert (0:22 AM, August 04, 2010)
Nikon have panaromic photos too, but taking panaromic photo is easier in sony than nikon. With sony just turn the camera to the place where you want to take panoramic photo, but nikon you have to put half of the photos together to match and take photo.
 
Avatar for jorgepaiva jorgepaiva (2:57 AM, May 14, 2010)
It looks that Sony make panoramicx photos and Nikon doesn't have this
 
Avatar for laertebruno laertebruno (2:47 AM, April 07, 2010)
I'm crazy to buy a new camera. I always owned Sony cameras, their pics are great, rich color and clear. But, this evaluation showed me new horizons, now I really don't know which one to choose.