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Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
57
Overall
44
Olympus Stylus XZ-10 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41

Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V Key Specs

Olympus XZ-10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F1.8-2.7) lens
  • 221g - 102 x 61 x 34mm
  • Announced January 2013
Sony HX9V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 245g - 105 x 59 x 34mm
  • Launched July 2011
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Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V Overview

Its time to take a deeper look at the Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. There exists a large gap between the sensor resolutions of the XZ-10 (12MP) and HX9V (16MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The XZ-10 was launched 19 months after the HX9V which makes them a generation away from one another. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a in depth comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the XZ-10 scores against the HX9V when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-10 over the Sony HX9V

 XZ-10 HX9V 
LaunchedJanuary 2013July 2011Newer by 19 months
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony HX9V over the Olympus XZ-10

 HX9V XZ-10 
Screen resolution921k920kCrisper screen (+1k dot)

Common features in the Olympus XZ-10 and Sony HX9V

 XZ-10 HX9V 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V Physical Comparison

If you're intending to travel with your camera frequently, you will need to consider its weight and size. The Olympus XZ-10 has physical measurements of 102mm x 61mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.3") having a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs) and the Sony HX9V has specifications of 105mm x 59mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. Following is a front view measurements comparison of the XZ-10 vs the HX9V.

Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the XZ-10 and HX9V is 91 and 91 respectively.

Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very difficult to see the difference between sensor dimensions merely by reviewing technical specs. The picture here will provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the XZ-10 and HX9V.

As you have seen, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same resolution. You can expect the Sony HX9V to deliver extra detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The fresher XZ-10 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus XZ-10
Portrait photography with Sony HX9V
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you can focus manually
provides face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
39
manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-10 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX9V as a Street photography camera
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than average in class (221 grams)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (245 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-10 Sports photography details
Sony HX9V Sports photography details
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
44
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus XZ-10
Travel photography with Sony HX9V
60
has built in flash
rather wide (26mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than average in class (221g)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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lighter than average in class (245g)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
great reach (384mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus XZ-10 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX9V as a Landscape photography camera
53
you can focus manually
rather wide (26mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have Time Lapse mode
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manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus XZ-10
Vlogging with Sony HX9V
35
rather wide (26mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic jack
heavier than average in class (221g)
33
fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average in class (245g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly display
does not have external mic support
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Olympus XZ-10 vs Sony HX9V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-10 and Sony HX9V
 Olympus Stylus XZ-10Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2013-01-30 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - BIONZ
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 35 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-130mm (5.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximum aperture f/1.8-2.7 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 920k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology - XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 4.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps, 18Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9Mbps) 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 221 gr (0.49 pounds) 245 gr (0.54 pounds)
Physical dimensions 102 x 61 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.3") 105 x 59 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
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
Other
Battery life 240 photographs -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID Li-50B NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $428 $328