Canon PowerShot SX540 HS vs Sony DSC-HX90V

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Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
Sony DSC-HX90V

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
2.1MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS has a megapixel count of 20.3MPMP, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90V is only an 18.2MPMP digital camera (2.1MP lower). 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.

20x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS has an optical zoom of 50xx, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90V is only a 30xx optical zoom digital camera (20x smaller). 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.

Smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 3.4 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.1 smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90V (3.5).
$69 cheaper
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS costs $68.89 less than the Sony DSC-HX90V.
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 2 user reviews, the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS has an average review score of 100%, however the Sony DSC-HX90V has an average rating of 87% (based on 99 reviews).
5 Reasons For
50% longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has a maximum camera shutter speed of 30ss. That's 15s longer than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (30ss). Read more

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

41% shorter Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has a height of 58.1mmmm. That's 23.6mm shorter than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (58.1mmmm).
Thinner Edit
Sony DSC-HX90V is 35.4mmmm deep. That's 56.5mm thinner than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (35.4mmmm).
Narrower Edit
Sony DSC-HX90V is 102mmmm wide. That's 18mm narrower than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (102mmmm).
390 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V takes 390 shots shots per battery charge, however the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS only takes 205 shots shots per battery charge. 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.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is only 15ss maximum shutter speed, but the Sony DSC-HX90V is a 30ss maximum shutter speed digital camera (15s longer). Read more

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

A lot taller Edit
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is 81.7mmmm tall, but the Sony DSC-HX90V is a 58.1mmmm tall digital camera (23.6mm shorter).
Significantly thicker Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 91.9mmmm deep digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90V is a 35.4mmmm deep digital camera (56.5mm thinner).
18mm wider Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 120mmmm wide digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90V is a 102mmmm wide digital camera (18mm narrower).
One hundred and eighty-five less shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is 205 shots, but the Sony DSC-HX90V only takes 390 shots shots per battery charge. 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.

7 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V is an 18.2MPMP digital camera. That's 2.1MP lower than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (18.2MPMP). 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-HX90V is a 30xx optical zoom digital camera. That's 20x smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS (30xx). 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.

Slightly larger minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has a minimum aperture of 3.5, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is a 3.4 minimum aperture digital camera (0.1 smaller).
More expensive by $69
The Sony DSC-HX90V is $68.89 more expensive than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS.
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Older by nine months
The Sony DSC-HX90V is nine months older than the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS.
User review Rating is considerably Worse
The average user rating of the Sony DSC-HX90V is 87%, whereas the average user rating of the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is 100% (based on 2 reviews).

Awards

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel Count
20.3MP
BEST
18.2MP
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
 5184 x 2912
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2432
 2736 x 2736
 3648 x 2048
 2592 x 1944
 2048 x 1536
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 640 x 360
BEST
 5184 x 3456
 5184 x 2912
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2432
 2736 x 2736
 3648 x 2048
 2592 x 1944
 2048 x 1536
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 640 x 360
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3888
BEST
 5184 x 3888
Image Format
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
BEST
Total Megapixel Count
21.1MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
4x
BEST
120x
Maximum Aperture
6.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
3.4
BEST
3.5
Maximum Focal Length
1,200mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.3 - 215 4.1 - 123
Extra / Smart Zoom
100x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
13/10 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 AI
 Face detection
 AI Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 AI
 Face detection
 AI Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
Focus Points Selection
 Manual
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 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 Speed
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 12800
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 12800
Maximum ISO Speed
3,200 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum ISO Speed
80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 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

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
15s 30s
BEST
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Flash Sync-Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data
Tele Flash Range
1.3 - 3 2.5 - 3
Flash Range
0.5 - 5.5 0.3 - 5.4
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
59.94fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
BEST
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Memory

Memory Card
 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 Slot
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,600 pixels
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Push
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Push
Shooting Mode
 Aperture priority
 Aperture priority
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,5,10
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
Display Language
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 218g
Height
81.7mm 58.1mm
BEST
Depth
91.9mm 35.4mm
BEST
Width
120mm 102mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
442g 245g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
NB-6LH NP-BX1
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,240mAh
Shot Per Battery Charge
205 shots 390 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Included Cable
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
BEST
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