Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Pentax X90

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

58

Pentax X90

47

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
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Macro focus
Great macro
0.9 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Pentax X90. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v.

differences

Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The X90's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
26 mm vs 27 mm
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
112x81x99 mm vs 122x87x93 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
428 g vs 577 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
30x vs 26x
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More than 30% more zoom
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.7" vs 3.9"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              X900.9 cm
              DSC-HX100v1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              X903.9"
              DSC-HX100v3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              X90428 g
              DSC-HX100v577 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              X90112x81x99 mm
              DSC-HX100v122x87x93 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
              X9026x
              DSC-HX100v30x
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              X9026 mm
              DSC-HX100v27 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $178

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398 - $405

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $460

              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-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $260 - $348

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

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $340

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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