Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens

galleries

Explore our gallery of 19 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 27 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Size
Slightly smaller
120x79x91 mm vs 122x87x93 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
498 g vs 577 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
30x vs 24x
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Around 60% more zoom
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
410 shots vs 400 shots
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$289.95 vs $308.81
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The best price we've seen is $19 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
              f/2.8
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-FZ48400 shots
              DSC-HX100v410 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-FZ483.6"
              DSC-HX100v3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-FZ48498 g
              DSC-HX100v577 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              DMC-FZ486,400 ISO
              DSC-HX100vNone
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-FZ481,600 ISO
              DSC-HX100v3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ48120x79x91 mm
              DSC-HX100v122x87x93 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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
              DMC-FZ4824x
              DSC-HX100v30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $411 - $428

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $200 - $248

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              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
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $357

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $330 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $314

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Slightly larger
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $987

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 - $378

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $340

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $148

              Size Much smaller
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

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