• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 750.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX50V advantages over Nikon S9700

  • Longer battery life
    More info 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 advantages over Sony HX50V

  • Less expensive
    $233 vs $278
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Newer
    18 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 panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Sony HX50V
Panasonic ZS40
  • $364
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer battery life
  • $366
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • RAW file ability
Nikon S9700
Panasonic ZS40
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster shutter
  • $366
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • RAW file ability

Compared to Canon SX710 HS

Sony HX50V
Canon SX710 HS
  • $364
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $327
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
Nikon S9700
Canon SX710 HS
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $327
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon S9900

Sony HX50V
Nikon S9900
  • $364
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $295
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Newer
Nikon S9700
Nikon S9900
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
  • $295
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Newer

Compared to Sony WX500

Sony HX50V
Sony WX500
  • $364
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Newer
Nikon S9700
Sony WX500
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Sony HX90V

Sony HX50V
Sony HX90V
  • $364
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Hot shoe
  • $425
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon S9700
Sony HX90V
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $425
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
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