• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 384.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 676.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-HX9V advantages over Olympus SP-720UZ

  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 73 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    244g vs 405g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k 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
    16.2 vs 14.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Olympus SP-720UZ advantages over Sony DSC-HX9V

  • More telephoto lens reach
    676 mm vs 384 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent optical quality; High resolution; High-resolution Panorama mode; Good video quality; Good grip; Fast autofocus.

  • Sluggish user interface and Full HD video mode; Heavy noise suppression; GPS is sometimes slow to sync.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus SP-610UZ

Sony DSC-HX9V
Olympus SP-610UZ
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus SP-720UZ
Olympus SP-610UZ
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Panasonic ZS8

Sony DSC-HX9V
Panasonic ZS8
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $259
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Olympus SP-720UZ
Panasonic ZS8
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $259
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon L120

Sony DSC-HX9V
Nikon L120
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $226
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Olympus SP-720UZ
Nikon L120
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bulb shutter
  • $226
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Sony HX10V

Sony DSC-HX9V
Sony HX10V
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Higher extended ISO
Olympus SP-720UZ
Sony HX10V
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bulb shutter
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Sony H90

Sony DSC-HX9V
Sony H90
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Olympus SP-720UZ
Sony H90
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
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