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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$326.00 vs $469.99
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The best price we've seen is $144 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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
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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
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-FZ48:400 shots
              DSC-HX100v:410 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-FZ48:3.6"
              DSC-HX100v:3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-FZ48:498 g
              DSC-HX100v:577 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              DMC-FZ48:6,400 ISO
              DSC-HX100v:None
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-FZ48:1,600 ISO
              DSC-HX100v:3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 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 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-FZ48:24x
              DSC-HX100v:30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $430

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $368

              Size Is significantly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $349 - $405

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $619

              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

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $344

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Slightly larger
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $344 - $598

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $377 - $418

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $669

              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

              $406 - $448

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $393 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              GPS No built-in GPS

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