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Nikon Coolpix P100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P100

50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
190 ms shutter lag
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
230 ms shutter lag

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P100

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1440 x 1080 @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.8 MP vs 8.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
26.1x vs 20x
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More than 70% more zoom
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
Weight
Lighter
481 g vs 544 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX1

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Slightly smaller
115x83x92 mm vs 114x83x99 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.6" vs 3.9"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 8s
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Around 4x 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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P100:3.9"
              DSC-HX1:3.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P100:481 g
              DSC-HX1:544 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              P100:114x83x99 mm
              DSC-HX1:115x83x92 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P100:26.1x
              DSC-HX1:20x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              P100:460k dots
              DSC-HX1:230k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              P100:26 mm
              DSC-HX1:28 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $233 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $453

              Zoom More zoom
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $490 - $497

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $300 - $349

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Super zoom

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $649 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $377 - $418

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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              Nikon Coolpix P100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
              Nikon Coolpix P100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              discussion

              Nikon Coolpix P100
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
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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.