Canon PowerShot SX420 is vs Sony DSC-HX90

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Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Higher megapixel Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX420 is is a 20MP digital camera. That's 1.8MP higher than the Sony DSC-HX90 (18.2MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX420 is is a 42x optical zoom digital camera. That's 12x bigger than the Sony DSC-HX90 (30x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

GPS (satellite) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX420 is has a GPS (satellite), but the Sony DSC-HX90 does not have a GPS (satellite). Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

Cheaper by £115
The Canon PowerShot SX420 is is £115.09 cheaper than the Sony DSC-HX90.
Better selling
The Canon PowerShot SX420 is ranks No. 2449 by number of sales, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 ranks No. 6561.
6 Reasons For
97% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 120x digital zoom digital camera. That's 116x bigger than the Canon PowerShot SX420 is (120x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

50% longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 15s longer than the Canon PowerShot SX420 is (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 691,600 pixels higher than the Canon PowerShot SX420 is (921,600 pixels).
390.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a digital camera that takes 390.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX420 is only takes 195.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

8 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony DSC-HX90 is 89%, but the average rating of the Canon PowerShot SX420 is is 84% (based on 5 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Twenty-nine times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX420 is is a 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 116x smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90 (120x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Significantly shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX420 is has a slowest camera shutter speed of 15s. That's 15s shorter than the Sony DSC-HX90 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Four times lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX420 is has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,000 pixels. That's 691,600 pixels lower than the Sony DSC-HX90 (921,600 pixels).
Only 195.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX420 is takes 195.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Sony DSC-HX90 only takes 390.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Fewer sellers
The Canon PowerShot SX420 is is only stocked by 3 retailers, but the Sony DSC-HX90 is stocked by 11 retailers. Read more
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
User review Rating is Worse
The average user rating of the Canon PowerShot SX420 is is 84%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony DSC-HX90 is 89% (based on 142 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is an 18.2MP digital camera. That's 1.8MP lower than the Canon PowerShot SX420 is (18.2MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 30x optical zoom digital camera. That's 12x smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX420 is (30x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Does not have a GPS (satellite) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 does not have a GPS (satellite), but the Canon PowerShot SX420 is has a GPS (satellite). Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

More expensive by £115
The Sony DSC-HX90 is £115.09 more expensive than the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS.
Older by nine months
The Sony DSC-HX90 is nine months older than the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS.
Less popular
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 6561 by number of sales in our digital cameras, but the Canon PowerShot SX420 is ranks No. 2449.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel
20MP
BEST
18.2MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Maximum Image Resolution
 4896 x 3264
 4896 x 3264
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Total Megapixels
20.5MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
42x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
4x 120x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
6.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,008mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.3 - 180.6 4.1 - 123
Extra/Smart Zoom
84x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
12/11 Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Aspheric Elements
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 AI
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 AI Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 AI
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 AI Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
9 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 400
 800
 1600
 320
 3200
 12800
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 400
 800
 1600
 320
 3200
 12800
ISO Sensitivity (max)
1,600 Unknown - Click to provide data
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s 30s
BEST
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Sync-Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (tele)
1.4 - 2.7 2.5 - 3
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 5 0.3 - 5.4

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
25fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
BEST
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Push
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Push
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,5,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 218g
Height
69.1mm 58.1mm
Depth
85.1mm 35.4mm
Width
104.4mm 102mm
Weight (including Battery)
325g 245g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
NB-11L / NB-11LH NP-BX1
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,240mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
195 shots 390 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
CameraWindow DC,Map Utility,Image Transfer Utility Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
BEST
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 4+
 DIGIC 4+
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
User Guide
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
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