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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
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
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Zoom More zoom 30x vs 24x
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Around 60% more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
        DMC-FZ48:1080p @ 30fps
        DSC-HX100v:1080p @ 60fps
        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
        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
        Size Large Help
        DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm
        DSC-HX100v:122x87x93 mm
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        External flash No external flash support Help
        Less expandable
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-FZ48:24x
        DSC-HX100v:30x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Super zoom

        $398 - $400

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $180 - $279

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $704

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $409 - $598

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Super zoom

        $188 - $231

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $325

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Super zoom

        $379

        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

        Super zoom

        $530

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

        Super zoom

        $350 - $399

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $365

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Size Slightly larger
        Panasonic Lumix FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix FZ70

        Super zoom

        $398

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Thicker

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Super zoom

        $469

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive
        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Super zoom

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $398

        Size Significantly smaller
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $468

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Larger
        Battery life Shorter battery life

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