Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Great battery life
Battery life
410 shots
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

Focus points
Many focus points
23
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-HX100v or Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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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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Focus points
Significantly more focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
120×80×92 mm vs 122×87×93 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Weight
Lighter
498 g vs 577 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$556.00 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $144 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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 2 f-stops 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
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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
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-FZ48400 shots
              DSC-HX100v410 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              DMC-FZ4860s
              DSC-HX100v30s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              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-FZ481,600 ISO
              DSC-HX100v3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ48120×80×92 mm
              DSC-HX100v122×87×93 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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              DMC-FZ481/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              DSC-HX100v1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FZ4824x
              DSC-HX100v30x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-FZ481080p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX100v1080p @ 60fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Super zoom

              $598

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $312 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $300 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $660

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $370

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

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $426

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Size Significantly smaller
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS

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