Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V

Nikon Coolpix P7100 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V front

Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V Key Specs

Nikon P7100
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-200mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 395g - 116 x 77 x 48mm
  • Launched February 2012
  • Replaced the Nikon P7000
  • New Model is Nikon P7700
Sony HX20V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 254g - 107 x 62 x 35mm
  • Introduced July 2012
  • Earlier Model is Sony HX10V
  • Updated by Sony HX30V
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Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V Overview

Lets look more closely at the Nikon P7100 versus Sony HX20V, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Nikon and Sony. There exists a crucial gap between the image resolutions of the P7100 (10MP) and HX20V (18MP) and the P7100 (1/1.7") and HX20V (1/2.3") provide different sensor measurements.

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The P7100 was introduced 5 months prior to the HX20V so they are both of a similar generation. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick view of how the P7100 matches up against the HX20V with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon P7100 over the Sony HX20V

 P7100 HX20V 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Sony HX20V over the Nikon P7100

 HX20V P7100 
Display resolution922k921kClearer display (+1k dot)

Common features in the Nikon P7100 and Sony HX20V

 P7100 HX20V 
IntroducedFebruary 2012July 2012Similar generation
Manual focus More precise focus
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Nikon P7100 enjoys external dimensions of 116mm x 77mm x 48mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 1.9") having a weight of 395 grams (0.87 lbs) while the Sony HX20V has dimensions of 107mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 254 grams (0.56 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are using at the time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the P7100 and the HX20V.

Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the P7100 and HX20V is 82 and 90 respectively.

Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V top view buttons comparison

Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's tough to imagine the gap between sensor measurements only by reading specifications. The visual below should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the P7100 and HX20V.

To sum up, each of these cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The P7100 having a larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field easier and the Sony HX20V will offer you more detail using its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics a good deal more aggressively.

Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V sensor size comparison

Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon P7100 Portrait photography features
Sony HX20V Portrait photography features
focusing manually
includes face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
MP count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")
manual focus
megapixel count good (18MP)
features face detection autofocus
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon P7100 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX20V as a Street photography camera
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
small sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than average (395g)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (254 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon P7100
Sports photography with Sony HX20V
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
great battery life (350 per charge)
slow frames per second (1.3 fps)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
great zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon P7100
Travel photography with Sony HX20V
great battery life (350 per charge)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
heavier than average (395 grams)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
lighter than average (254g)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long zoom (500mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon P7100 Landscape photography info
Sony HX20V Landscape photography info
focusing manually
pretty wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (350 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon P7100 Vlogging features
Sony HX20V Vlogging features
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
comes with mic socket
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
heavier than average (395g)
decently wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (254g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have external microphone socket
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Nikon P7100 vs Sony HX20V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon P7100 and Sony HX20V
 Nikon Coolpix P7100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix P7100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-02-20 2012-07-20
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed C2 BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 99 9
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-200mm (7.1x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.6 f/3.2-5.8
Macro focus range 2cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.8
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 921 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT LCD monitor with anti- reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Viewfinder coverage 80% -
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.3 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 9.00 m 7.10 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Manual, Slow sync, Rear curtain flash Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
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 395 grams (0.87 pounds) 254 grams (0.56 pounds)
Physical dimensions 116 x 77 x 48mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 1.9") 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 41 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 19.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 165 not tested
Battery life 350 photographs 320 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 second delay) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $750 $397