• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 27.00mm - 810.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 448.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX200V advantages over Canon SX170

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    810 mm vs 448 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 450 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX170 advantages over Sony HX200V

  • Thinner
    43 mm vs 93 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    251g vs 591g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Extremely versatile superzoom that covers everything from wide angle to mega-telephoto; Portable design doesn't sacrifice comfort; Detailed images thanks to high-resolution 18.2MP BSI CMOS sensor.

  • Slow to use overall; Poor image quality at high ISOs; Images not as sharp or as bright at full telephoto as we had hoped.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FZ100

Sony HX200V
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Hot shoe
Canon SX170
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Sony HX100V

Sony HX200V
Sony HX100V
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
Canon SX170
Sony HX100V
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Panasonic FZ60

Sony HX200V
Panasonic FZ60
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $270
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
Canon SX170
Panasonic FZ60
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $270
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Canon SX160

Sony HX200V
Canon SX160
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Canon SX170
Canon SX160
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out

Compared to Nikon L620

Sony HX200V
Nikon L620
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $127
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Thinner
Canon SX170
Nikon L620
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $127
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer stills battery life
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