Comparison & Difference between Canon PowerShot SX40 HS VS Sony Cybershot DSC-HX200V


Both cameras offers some very competitive features with some better than the others. Depending upon your need if you select Canon Powershot SX40 HS you will get better zoom, aperture, LCD movement, macro capability and option of using external flash whereas Sony cybershot DSC-HX200V offers better picture resolution (Megapixels), built-in speaker, flash range, movie frame rate per second and fastest & slowest shutter speed. Read conclusion for more details however with the price difference and preferred features I would personally prefer Canon SX40 HS.

Similarities in Canon Powershot SX40 HS and Sony Cybershot DSC-HX200V

  1. Same sensor size 6.17 x 4.55 mm
  2. Same sensor type BSI-CMOS
  3. Built in image stabilization
  4. Almost same shooting speed at 10fps (frames per second)
  5. Exposure compensation is same @ ±2 EV
  6. Both supports Wi-Fi
  7. Lithium-Ion batteries

Difference / comparison between Canon SX40 HS and Sony Cybershot DSC-HX200V

Features Canon SX40 HS Sony DSC-HX200V
Megapixels 12.1 Megapixels 18.2 Megapixels
Focal length 24 – 840 mm 27 – 810 mm
Aperture F2.7 – F5.8 F2.8 – F5.6
Optical Zoom 35x 30x
Macro focus range 0 cm 1 cm
Movie Resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 24fps 1920 x 1080 @ 60fps
Built-in speaker No Yes
LCD Type Fully articulated Tilting
Flash Range 7m 12.4m
LCD size 2.7″ 3″
Shutter speed range 15 sec – 1/3200 sec 30 sec – 1/4000 sec
External flash Yes No
Weight 600g 583g
Size 123 x 92 x 108 mm 122 x 87 x 93 mm

Detailed Comparison & Conclusion

  1. Canon SX40 is almost $50 cheaper than Sony HX200V but still offers some very great features including 35x zoom vs 30x of Sony and fully articulated LCD which you can rotate and flip according to your convenience.
  2. With Canon SX40 HS you can take excellent macro shots (1:1 image ratio). You can put your camera as close to your subject as possible and it will focus properly and get a clear shot. With Sony you can take macro shots from minimum 1cm distance.
  3. Canon offer better aperture range from F2.7 – F5.8 with which the you can take better pictures on an individual object as well as sharper pictures of landscapes etc.
  4. If you make more movies in camera than it offers high resolution movies which can be views in big screen televisions easily. Its wide angle is slightly wider so better to take landscapes and group photos, it can take closer macro photos.
  5. Things in which Sony Cybershot wins are the better resolution (18.2 Megapixels vs 12.1 for canon), faster movie making speed as it captures 60 frames in 1 minute as compared to 30 in Canon + you can playback the movie with sound whereas Canon camera doesn’t have any speaker so you have to connect it to the TV or computer to listen to the sound. It doesn’t matter much because
    built-in camera sound is mostly too low however its still a feature.
  6. Sony Cybershot flash range is better means if you want to capture an object in dark, it throws flash in greater distance 12.4 meters as compare to the 7 meters in Canon however you can use external flash with Canon whereas Sony doesn’t support external flash. You can buy cheap external flash and use it to produce professional photography results specially when you bounce the light off ceiling. You can use Vivitar 285HV Pro Thrister Flash manually for greater results.
  7. With 18.2 Megapixels on Sony HX200V you can print your photos in larger size and can crop it in a better way however if you don’t print your pictures in very large sizes and not in habit of cropping then difference between these cameras doesn’t matter much.
  8. Both cameras offer similar weight and are of similar size.

Canon Powershot SX40 HS

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX200V