• 1/2.4 inch 27.1mm2
  • 9.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 560.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/3.1 inch 16.5mm2
  • 13.2 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-HX1 advantages over Nikon S33

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.4 inch vs 1/3.1 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.71 vs 1.13 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    560 mm vs 90 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 390 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S33 advantages over Sony DSC-HX1

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 91 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    4 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    180g vs 515g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    13.2 vs 9.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • 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 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
Nikon S33
Canon SX10 IS
  • $109
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

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
Nikon S33
Canon SX1 IS
  • $109
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

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
Nikon S33
Nikon P100
  • $109
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon S32

Sony DSC-HX1
Nikon S32
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
Nikon S33
Nikon S32
  • $109
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch

Compared to Nikon W100

Sony DSC-HX1
Nikon W100
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $157
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S33
Nikon W100
  • $109
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $157
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
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