Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Small Sensor Superzoom. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Sony and Canon. Although Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and Canon PowerShot SX730 HS are both equipped with the same BSI-CMOS sensor, they boast of different resolution. Thus, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 has a sensor with a resolution of 18.0 MP, while Canon PowerShot SX730 HS has a different resolution of 20.3 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and Canon PowerShot SX730 HS and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 Key Features:
Canon PowerShot SX730 HS Key Features:
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 5.9 fps||4.1 fps faster|
|Flash Range||5.4 vs 4||1.4 better flash range|
|Battery Life||390 shots vs 250 shots||140 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||245 g vs 300 g||55 g lighter|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Sensor Resolution||20.3 MP vs 18.0 MP||11.3% more pixels|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/3200 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots vs 921k dots||0.1% higher resolution screen|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots | 922k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Raw Support||No | No||Doesn's support RAW format|
|Sensor Resolution||18.0 MP | 20.3 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and Canon PowerShot SX730 HS from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 55g less than the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and Canon PowerShot SX730 HS any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 features a 18.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor and boasts of a Bionz X processor . Canon PowerShot SX730 HS, in its turn, comes with a 20.3 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and Canon PowerShot SX730 HS by the size of their sensors.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and Canon PowerShot SX730 HS are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and Canon PowerShot SX730 HS in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80||Canon PowerShot SX730 HS|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 or Canon PowerShot SX730 HS, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and Canon PowerShot SX730 HS here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80||Canon PowerShot SX730 HS|
|Model||Cyber-shot DSC-HX80||PowerShot SX730 HS|
|Announced||Mar 07, 2016||Apr 06, 2017|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||18.0 MP||20.3 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4896 x 3672||5184 x 3888|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||12,800||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||80|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots||922k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/3200 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||5.9 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, slow sync, rear sync||Auto, slow synchro|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)||1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||245 g||300 g|
|Physical Dimensions||102 x 58 x 36 mm||110 x 64 x 40 mm|
|Battery Life||390 shots||250 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|