• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1008.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX420 IS advantages over Sony RX10 IV

  • Less expensive
    $279 vs $1698
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,008 mm vs 600 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    85 mm vs 127 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    325g vs 1095g
    Lighter weight
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Sony RX10 IV advantages over Canon SX420 IS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 720p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.4 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer video battery life
    75 vs 50 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 195 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    480k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    23.8 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

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The Competition

Compared to Canon SX500

Canon SX420 IS
Canon SX500
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • HDMI out
Sony RX10 IV
Canon SX500
  • $1710
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon SX400 IS

Canon SX420 IS
Canon SX400 IS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More pixels
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Sony RX10 IV
Canon SX400 IS
  • $1710
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon SX410 IS

Canon SX420 IS
Canon SX410 IS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Sony RX10 IV
Canon SX410 IS
  • $1710
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony RX10 III

Canon SX420 IS
Sony RX10 III
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1398
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX10 IV
Sony RX10 III
  • $1710
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $1398
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic FZ2500

Canon SX420 IS
Panasonic FZ2500
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Sony RX10 IV
Panasonic FZ2500
  • $1710
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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