• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 14.7 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.4 inch 27.1mm2
  • 9.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 560.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G10 advantages over Sony DSC-HX1

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.4 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 91 mm
    Thinner
  • More dots on screen
    461k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    14.7 vs 9.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony DSC-HX1 advantages over Canon G10

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    560 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.31 vs 0.57 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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
  • 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 Nikon P6000

Canon G10
Nikon P6000
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Lighter weight
Sony DSC-HX1
Nikon P6000
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • RAW file ability

Compared to Canon SX1 IS

Canon G10
Canon SX1 IS
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony DSC-HX1
Canon SX1 IS
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Canon G11

Canon G10
Canon G11
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More pixels
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony DSC-HX1
Canon G11
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon P100

Canon G10
Nikon P100
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • RAW file ability
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony DSC-HX1
Nikon P100
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Longer exposure
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon P7000

Canon G10
Nikon P7000
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony DSC-HX1
Nikon P7000
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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