Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

57

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Pentax X90

48

Pentax X90

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Weight
Light-weight
428 g
 

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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$245.00 vs $404.49
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The best price we've seen is $159 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              X90:0.9 cm
              DSC-HX100v:1 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
              X90:3.9"
              DSC-HX100v:3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              X90:428 g
              DSC-HX100v:577 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              X90:112x81x99 mm
              DSC-HX100v:122x87x93 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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              X90:26x
              DSC-HX100v:30x
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              X90:26 mm
              DSC-HX100v:27 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $418

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $457

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $280 body only

              $385 - $410 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Lowest price More expensive
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $219

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Super zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Slightly larger
              Olympus SP-620 UZ

              Olympus 620 UZ

              Travel zoom

              $206

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $462

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $448

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $416

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

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