I own the HX9V, the 2011 compact version of this camera but very similar. Absolutely love it EXCEPT in certain situations the color accuracy is very off, and the settings aren't very adjustable. (I've always had this issue with Sony.) Great picture quality overall, great videos, and packed with cool features (sweep panorama, background defocus, HDR with no tripod, great in low light, etc).
So I snagged a Canon SX40 for $250 from Amazon but I still have it NIB.
Should I gift that one and get the sony instead? What does the extra $158 get me?
The flash on the Canon doesn't automatically pop up when needed for a shot. You have to manually lift it (which I find irritating). I spent a lot of time researching trying to decide between the SX40 & the HX100 (2011 version of Sony HX200). It seemed for fast action shots (like shooting sports), the Sony was better (which is what I wanted it for). The reviews also made it seem like it was easier to get a clear shot with no tripod & long zoom using the Sony. 98% of the shots I take at 30x zoom are clear as long as I try to keep my hands still. I do sometimes notice the color will be off in pictures. I took a picture of a pitcher wearing a white jersey & on his arm that is throwing there looks like a fuzzy blue line on his jersey.
Depending on what you want the camera for, if you can get the Canon under $300 I would give it a shot over the HX200 for $400.
2005 I got the Sony DSCH5 and loved it for everything except when using flash...it always overexposed something wicked and I could never figure out how to change that so I only used it for daytime photos....then last year it crapped out after a rogue wave splashed some water on me beachside...so I've been looking for a point and shoot camera to replace..anyone know how this Sony performs at night or indoors with flash?
Bought this camera Saturday at best buy after reading reviews between this and the canon sx40 for the last 3 months. I hadn't made up my mind until I played with them both in the store for about an hour. The sony just looks and feels better to me.They are both nice cameras tho. Anyway, I had to run back up to best buy after seeing this post so I could get the price difference taken off my credit card purchase. I paid $449 for it on saturday(which was on sale lol). This is an online price, store still shows $449.
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