Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 front

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1 Key Specs

Canon SX70 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 608g - 127 x 91 x 117mm
  • Announced September 2018
Sony HX1
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1440 x 1080 video
  • 28-560mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 544g - 115 x 83 x 92mm
  • Revealed April 2009
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Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1 Overview

Below, we are analyzing the Canon SX70 HS and Sony HX1, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by brands Canon and Sony. There exists a sizeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the SX70 HS (20MP) and HX1 (9MP) and the SX70 HS (1/2.3") and HX1 (1/2.4") use different sensor dimensions.

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The SX70 HS was announced 9 years later than the HX1 and that is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before delving in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the SX70 HS grades against the HX1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX70 HS over the Sony HX1

 SX70 HS HX1 
RevealedSeptember 2018April 2009Fresher by 115 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution922k230kCrisper display (+692k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony HX1 over the Canon SX70 HS

 HX1 SX70 HS 

Common features in the Canon SX70 HS and Sony HX1

 SX70 HS HX1 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor its weight and size. The Canon SX70 HS has physical measurements of 127mm x 91mm x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") accompanied by a weight of 608 grams (1.34 lbs) while the Sony HX1 has specifications of 115mm x 83mm x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6") with a weight of 544 grams (1.20 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you choose at the time. Below is the front view sizing comparison of the SX70 HS versus the HX1.

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SX70 HS and HX1 is 63 and 67 respectively.

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its hard to picture the contrast between sensor sizing purely by reading through a spec sheet. The graphic below may give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the SX70 HS and HX1.

Clearly, both the cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The SX70 HS using its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF easier and the Canon SX70 HS will give extra detail with its extra 11MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The fresher SX70 HS should have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1 sensor size comparison

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon SX70 HS
Portrait photography with Sony HX1
focusing manually
MP count decent (20MP)
provides face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has manual focus
can't use external flash
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Street photography features
Sony HX1 Street photography features
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (608g)
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor is very small (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW format
more heavy than others (544g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX70 HS as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX1 as a Sports photography camera
excellent zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
excellent zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
low megapixels (9MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.4")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SX70 HS
Travel photography with Sony HX1
has bluetooth
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
really wide (21mm)
great zoom (1365mm)
more heavy than competition (608g)
slow max aperture (f3.4)
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
very long reach (560mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than others (544g)
low megapixels (9MP)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Landscape photography details
Sony HX1 Landscape photography details
focusing manually
really wide (21mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
supports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.4)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX70 HS as a Vlogging camera
Sony HX1 as a Vlogging camera
really wide (21mm)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external microphone socket
slow max aperture (f3.4)
more heavy than competition (608g)
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1440 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone socket
more heavy than others (544g)
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Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX70 HS and Sony HX1
 Canon PowerShot SX70 HSSony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Model type Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2018-09-20 2009-04-22
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 8 Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 9
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 21-1365mm (65.0x) 28-560mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/2.8-5.2
Macro focusing range 0cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 922 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at Auto ISO) 9.20 m
Flash settings Auto, on, slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1440x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 608g (1.34 pounds) 544g (1.20 pounds)
Dimensions 127 x 91 x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") 115 x 83 x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Battery life 325 photographs -
Style of battery Built-in -
Battery ID - NP-FH50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at release $550 $47,999