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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Battery life
Great battery life
410 shots
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
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
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
Size Slightly smaller 120x79x91 mm vs 122x87x93 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 410 shots vs 400 shots
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        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
        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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-FZ48:24x
        DSC-HX100v:30x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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
        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Super zoom

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $337

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $230

        Size Is slightly smaller
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $315

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $590 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

        $289 - $390

        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

        $379

        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

        $704

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $365 - $598

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Size Significantly smaller
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

        Pro digicam

        $898

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Super zoom

        $398

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Size Larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $348 - $448

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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $478

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Larger
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Super zoom

        $349

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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