• 1/2.4 inch 27.1mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 250.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 483.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-HX5V advantages over Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.62 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Lighter weight
    200g vs 283g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 16 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 advantages over Sony DSC-HX5V

  • 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/2.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More telephoto lens reach
    483 mm vs 250 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    19 mm vs 28 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    5 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    2765k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.3 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Canon SD4500 IS

Sony DSC-HX5V
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $294
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in GPS
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 24p video
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $574
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon S8100

Sony DSC-HX5V
Nikon S8100
  • $294
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Nikon S8100
  • $574
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Ricoh CX5

Sony DSC-HX5V
Ricoh CX5
  • $294
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Wider angle lens
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Ricoh CX5
  • $574
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Samsung WB850F

Sony DSC-HX5V
Samsung WB850F
  • $294
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • HDMI out
  • $486
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Larger lens aperture
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Samsung WB850F
  • $574
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $486
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Samsung Galaxy Camera

Sony DSC-HX5V
Samsung Galaxy Camera
  • $294
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Samsung Galaxy Camera
  • $574
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Headphone jack
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
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