Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V front

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V Key Specs

Canon SX70 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 608g - 127 x 91 x 117mm
  • Introduced September 2018
Sony HX50V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5 - 6.3) lens
  • 272g - 108 x 64 x 38mm
  • Announced April 2013
  • Old Model is Sony HX30V
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Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V Overview

Following is a detailed comparison of the Canon SX70 HS versus Sony HX50V, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Canon and Sony. The resolution of the SX70 HS (20MP) and the HX50V (20MP) is very close and both cameras posses the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The SX70 HS was manufactured 5 years after the HX50V which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Canon SX70 HS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony HX50V being a Compact camera.

Before delving right into a detailed comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the SX70 HS matches up vs the HX50V with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX70 HS over the Sony HX50V

 SX70 HS HX50V 
AnnouncedSeptember 2018April 2013More modern by 66 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution922k921kClearer display (+1k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Sony HX50V over the Canon SX70 HS

 HX50V SX70 HS 

Common features in the Canon SX70 HS and Sony HX50V

 SX70 HS HX50V 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry around your camera regularly, you should factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon SX70 HS provides external dimensions of 127mm x 91mm x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") having a weight of 608 grams (1.34 lbs) and the Sony HX50V has proportions of 108mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 272 grams (0.60 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are using during that time. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the SX70 HS and the HX50V.

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SX70 HS and HX50V is 63 and 89 respectively.

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V top view buttons comparison

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to imagine the contrast in sensor sizes merely by researching technical specs. The picture here will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the SX70 HS and HX50V.

As you can tell, each of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same MP therefore you should expect comparable quality of photos however you might want to factor the release date of the cameras into account. The younger SX70 HS provides an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V sensor size comparison

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon SX70 HS
Portrait photography with Sony HX50V
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
manual focus
MP count decent (20MP)
comes with face detection focus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon SX70 HS
Street photography with Sony HX50V
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors (608 grams)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (272g)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Sports photography information
Sony HX50V Sports photography information
incredible zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
includes tracking autofocus
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
great battery life (400 CIPA)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Travel photography details
Sony HX50V Travel photography details
has bluetooth
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
really wide (21mm)
very long reach (1365mm)
heavier than competitors (608 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
great battery life (400 shots)
lighter than competition (272 grams)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
missing Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5 )
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX70 HS as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX50V as a Landscape photography camera
focusing manually
really wide (21mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
great battery life (400 per charge)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5 )
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Vlogging advice
Sony HX50V Vlogging advice
really wide (21mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have external mic port
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
heavier than competitors (608g)
reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (272 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5 )
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone support
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Canon SX70 HS vs Sony HX50V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX70 HS and Sony HX50V
 Canon PowerShot SX70 HSSony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
General Information
Brand Name Canon Sony
Model Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2018-09-20 2013-04-24
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 8 -
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 5184 x 2920
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 21-1365mm (65.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Max aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/3.5 - 6.3
Macro focus range 0cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 922k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech - XtraFine LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
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
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at Auto ISO) 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, on, slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Advanced Flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 608 gr (1.34 pounds) 272 gr (0.60 pounds)
Physical dimensions 127 x 91 x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") 108 x 64 x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 325 photographs 400 photographs
Battery style Built-in Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $550 $439