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Sony Cyber-shot HX9V
Overview - Full review
Sony Cyber-shot HX10V
Overview - Full review
Sony Cyber-shot HX20V
Overview - Full review
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
Overview - Full review
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Overall Scene
Sony Cyber-shot HX9V
Sony Cyber-shot HX10V
Sony Cyber-shot HX20V
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
Score
4/5
4/5
5/5
4/5
Handling
4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5
Responsiveness
4/5 5/5 5/5 3/5
Picture Quality
5/5 5/5 5/5 5/5
Video
5/5 4/5 5/5 5/5
User Score
4/5 (18)
5/5 (3)
4/5 (19)
4/5 (4)
Specifications
Specifications
SensorBSI CMOS 16 Mpx, 1/2.3", 56 Mpx/cm
Lens 16x 24 -384 mm f/3.3 -5.9
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.5 cm, not TN, 921600 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 3200 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,50 fps, Stereo
Internal memory20MB
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / NP-BG1
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight62 x 105 x 35 mm / 238 g
Specifications
SensorBSI CMOS 18 Mpx, 1/2.3", 63 Mpx/cm
Lens 16x 24 -384 mm f/3.3 -5.9
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.5 cm, not TN, 921600 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 3200 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,50i fps, Stereo
Internal memory0.019GB
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / ACC-CSFG
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight14.2 x 15.5 x 10 mm / 232 g
Specifications
SensorBSI CMOS 18 Mpx, 1/2.3", 63 Mpx/cm
Lens 20x 25 -500 mm f/3.2 -5.6
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.5 mm, not TN, 921600 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 3200 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,50 fps, Stereo
Internal memory105MB
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / NP-BG1 (3.4 Wh)
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight63 x 107 x 36 mm / 243 g
Specifications
SensorBSI CMOS 12 Mpx, 1/2.3", 42 Mpx/cm
Lens 14x 28 -392 mm f/3.1 -5.9
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderNA
Screen7.5 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 16:9,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 3200 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,24 fps, Stereo
Internal memoryN.A.
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / NB-5L
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight62 x 106 x 33 mm / 213 g
Conclusion
The Sony Cyber-shot HX9V is a decidedly top-of-the-range camera. It's nice to use, user-friendly, reliable and has a selection of manual settings for users who don't want to rely on auto modes. The quality of the lens is a cut above most competitors and advanced image processing gives shots that are ready to use with no post-editing required.
It's hard to find fault with the Sony Cyber-shot HX10V. It's basically a slightly more responsive HX9V that takes more natural-looking images at high ISO settings.
The Sony HX20V is a very nice camera indeed. It has plenty of features, offers good performances, and takes great pictures ... so long as you don't mind their slightly 'processed' look. The lens, however, could deliver more consistent levels of sharpness across the frame, as it's no better (and in some situations actually a bit worse) than the lenses in the HX10V and some other competitors.
The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a very good camera indeed. It takes high-quality photos, films great video, and the interface and controls are nicely designed. It's just a shame about the battery life, which lasts well under 300 photos (even without the GPS switched on!), which costs this otherwise excellent camera its fifth star.
Pros

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Pleasant to use, good auto modes

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Consistent lens quality, even when zooming

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Full HD video mode recording 50 full frames per second

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Improved sound quality, as good as Panasonic TZ cameras

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Advanced image processing (accentuation of specific zones and detials)

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Good build quality, design and handling

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Consistent image quality at wide-angle and telephoto settings

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Image processing gives more natural results than previous models

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Very responsive

+

Good build quality, design and handling

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Good screen with relatively accurate display quality

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Full HD video at up to 50p with stereo sound

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Advanced image processing, digital noise kept in check

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Very good general responsiveness

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Excellent overall image quality (sharpness, sensitivity)

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Sharp 1080p video with decent functions (zoom etc.)

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Audio quality (stereo effect in particular)

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High-end build and advanced settings (PSAM, manual focusing)

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Clear, simple interface in Auto modes

Cons

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Limited manual mode (only two aperture settings)

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GPS isn't sensitive enough

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Using the GPS runs down the battery

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Images can look over-processed (block colours heavily smoothed)

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No custom controls and limited manual mode

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Interlaced video only

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No RAW mode and Jpeg shots are quite heavily processed—too processed for some users

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Lens quality could be more consistent, especially at mid and long focal lengths

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Could be more responsive

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Poor battery life

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Annoying pop-up flash