• 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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Advantages

Sony HX50V over Nikon S9700

  • Longer battery life
    400 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More pixels
    20.4 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S9700 over Sony HX50V

  • Newer
    14 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon SX170

Sony HX50V
Canon SX170
  • $392
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $148
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Nikon S9700
Canon SX170
  • $307
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $148
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Canon SX600 HS

Sony HX50V
Canon SX600 HS
  • $392
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $177
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Newer
Nikon S9700
Canon SX600 HS
  • $307
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $177
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Sony HX50V
Panasonic ZS40
  • $392
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $436
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • RAW file ability
Nikon S9700
Panasonic ZS40
  • $307
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster shutter
  • $436
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • RAW file ability

Compared to Canon SX710 HS

Sony HX50V
Canon SX710 HS
  • $392
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • GPS
  • $296
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
Nikon S9700
Canon SX710 HS
  • $307
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • GPS
  • $296
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon S9900

Sony HX50V
Nikon S9900
  • $392
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $324
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Newer
Nikon S9700
Nikon S9900
  • $307
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $324
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
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