• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 960.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony WX500 advantages over Canon SX730 HS

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 390 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX730 HS advantages over Sony WX500

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More telephoto lens reach
    960 mm vs 720 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    5 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Sony WX500
Panasonic ZS40
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon SX730 HS
Panasonic ZS40
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony HX90V

Sony WX500
Sony HX90V
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon SX730 HS
Sony HX90V
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon A900

Sony WX500
Nikon A900
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Higher-res screen
  • $371
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon SX730 HS
Nikon A900
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Newer
  • $371
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony HX80

Sony WX500
Sony HX80
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Newer
Canon SX730 HS
Sony HX80
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic ZS70

Sony WX500
Panasonic ZS70
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon SX730 HS
Panasonic ZS70
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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