• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 750.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony QX30 advantages over Nikon S9900

  • Larger lens aperture
    f/3.2 vs f/3.7
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Lighter weight
    193g vs 289g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.4 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S9900 advantages over Sony QX30

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 300 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 57 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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 Sony HX30V

Sony QX30
Sony HX30V
  • $550
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon S9900
Sony HX30V
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Manual focus

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Sony QX30
Panasonic ZS40
  • $550
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
Nikon S9900
Panasonic ZS40
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Nikon S9700

Sony QX30
Nikon S9700
  • $550
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More pixels
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon S9900
Nikon S9700
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Canon SX710 HS

Sony QX30
Canon SX710 HS
  • $550
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
  • $317
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Internal flash
Nikon S9900
Canon SX710 HS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $317
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Manual focus

Compared to Sony HX80

Sony QX30
Sony HX80
  • $550
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon S9900
Sony HX80
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in GPS
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
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