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

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Focus points
Many focus points
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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
Size
Slightly smaller
120×80×92 mm vs 122×87×93 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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$469.99 vs $502.95
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The best price we've seen is $33 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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 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
              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-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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              DMC-FZ481/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              DSC-HX100v1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FZ4824x
              DSC-HX100v30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $475

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $297

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $198

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $322 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              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-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $1,014

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $630

              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-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $419 - $498

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

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

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