• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24mm - 720mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25mm - 750mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX50V advantages over Canon SX700 HS

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer battery life
    400 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More pixels
    20.4 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX700 HS advantages over Sony HX50V

  • Less expensive
    $279 vs $348
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Newer
    14 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Sony HX50V
Panasonic ZS40
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $390
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • RAW file ability
Canon SX700 HS
Panasonic ZS40
  • $276
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $390
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • RAW file ability

Compared to Olympus SH-1

Sony HX50V
Olympus SH-1
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • GPS
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
Canon SX700 HS
Olympus SH-1
  • $276
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • NFC
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon SX710 HS

Sony HX50V
Canon SX710 HS
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • GPS
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
Canon SX700 HS
Canon SX710 HS
  • $276
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony WX500

Sony HX50V
Sony WX500
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $324
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Newer
Canon SX700 HS
Sony WX500
  • $276
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $324
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony HX90V

Sony HX50V
Sony HX90V
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Hot shoe
  • $423
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon SX700 HS
Sony HX90V
  • $276
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $423
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
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