• 1/2.4 inch 27.1mm2
  • 9.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 560.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2 inch 30.7mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-HX1 advantages over Fujifilm HS30EXR

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.71 vs 1.39 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    91 mm vs 126 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    515g vs 687g
    Lighter weight

Fujifilm HS30EXR advantages over Sony DSC-HX1

  • Larger sensor
    1/2 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
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 560 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 600 vs 390 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    7 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    460k 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
    16.0 vs 9.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

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
  • 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
  • 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 Canon SX10 IS

Sony DSC-HX1
Canon SX10 IS
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Manual focus
  • HDMI out
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Fujifilm HS30EXR
Canon SX10 IS
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SX1 IS

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
Fujifilm HS30EXR
Canon SX1 IS
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon P100

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
Fujifilm HS30EXR
Nikon P100
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm HS20EXR

Sony DSC-HX1
Fujifilm HS20EXR
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $289
  • 1/2 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • RAW file ability
Fujifilm HS30EXR
Fujifilm HS20EXR
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $289
  • 1/2 inch
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Fujifilm HS25EXR

Sony DSC-HX1
Fujifilm HS25EXR
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $279
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Fujifilm HS30EXR
Fujifilm HS25EXR
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $279
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
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