Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Pentax X90

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

66

Pentax X90

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Great battery life
Battery life
410 shots
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
0.9 cm

galleries

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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 2 f-stops better
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
26 mm vs 27 mm
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
112×81×99 mm vs 122×87×93 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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
  1. Lens
vs
  1. 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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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              X900.9 cm
              DSC-HX100v1.0 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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              X90112×81×99 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
              X901/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              DSC-HX100v1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              X9026x
              DSC-HX100v30x
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              X9026 mm
              DSC-HX100v27 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $630

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $466

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $475

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $235

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $530

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $275

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $395 - $498

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              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
              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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom

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