• 1/2.4 inch 27.1mm2
  • 9.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 560.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-HX1 advantages over Panasonic ZS70

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.71 vs 1.19 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

Panasonic ZS70 advantages over Sony DSC-HX1

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    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
  • 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
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 560 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 91 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    3 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    322g vs 515g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 9.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 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

  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon P90

Sony DSC-HX1
Nikon P90
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
Panasonic ZS70
Nikon P90
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

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
Panasonic ZS70
Canon SX1 IS
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

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
Panasonic ZS70
Nikon P100
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Panasonic ZS60

Sony DSC-HX1
Panasonic ZS60
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $359
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Panasonic ZS70
Panasonic ZS60
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Newer
  • $359
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Bigger RAW buffer

Compared to Canon SX730 HS

Sony DSC-HX1
Canon SX730 HS
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Panasonic ZS70
Canon SX730 HS
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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