Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v vs Pentax X90

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

37

Pentax X90

32

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

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-HX9v.

differences

Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the X90's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
0.9 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5.6x closer to the lens
Zoom
More zoom
26x vs 16x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
105×59×34 mm vs 112×81×99 mm
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4.3x smaller
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.9"
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2.9x thinner
Weight
Lighter
245 g vs 428 g
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More than 40% lighter
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 digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $501

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              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
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $466

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              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
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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