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Samsung HZ15W vs Sony TX1

Portability
90
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33
Samsung HZ15W front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 front
Portability
96
Imaging
34
Features
21
Overall
28

Samsung HZ15W vs Sony TX1 Key Specs

Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Launched February 2009
  • Alternate Name is WB550
Sony TX1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 142g - 94 x 58 x 17mm
  • Introduced August 2009
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Samsung HZ15W vs Sony TX1 Overview

In this write-up, we will be evaluating the Samsung HZ15W and Sony TX1, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Ultracompact by companies Samsung and Sony. The sensor resolution of the HZ15W (12MP) and the TX1 (10MP) is relatively well matched but the HZ15W (1/2.3") and TX1 (1/2.4") enjoy different sensor dimensions.

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The HZ15W was revealed 5 months before the TX1 which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Samsung HZ15W being a Compact camera and the Sony TX1 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go in to a in-depth comparison, below is a simple view of how the HZ15W matches up versus the TX1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Sony TX1

 HZ15W TX1 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony TX1 over the Samsung HZ15W

 TX1 HZ15W 
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Samsung HZ15W and Sony TX1

 HZ15W TX1 
IntroducedFebruary 2009August 2009Similar age
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Samsung HZ15W vs Sony TX1 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to lug around your camera frequently, you will need to think about its weight and volume. The Samsung HZ15W offers physical dimensions of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") with a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs) whilst the Sony TX1 has sizing of 94mm x 58mm x 17mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7") along with a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the HZ15W against the TX1.

Samsung HZ15W vs Sony TX1 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the HZ15W and TX1 is 90 and 96 respectively.

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Samsung HZ15W vs Sony TX1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its hard to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements just by looking at specs. The photograph here will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the HZ15W and TX1.

All in all, both the cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The HZ15W with its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF less difficult and the Samsung HZ15W will give you greater detail because of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will let you crop shots a little more aggressively.

Samsung HZ15W vs Sony TX1 sensor size comparison

Samsung HZ15W vs Sony TX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung HZ15W vs Sony TX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung HZ15W Portrait photography features
Sony TX1 Portrait photography features
32
has manual focus
includes face detection focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
20
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
no external flash support
low MP (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.4")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Samsung HZ15W Street photography highlights
Sony TX1 Street photography highlights
53
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
more heavy than competitors (249g)
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.4")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung HZ15W
Sports photography with Sony TX1
27
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
low MP (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,250 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.4")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung HZ15W Travel photography info
Sony TX1 Travel photography info
54
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors (249 grams)
low MP (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
51
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low MP (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung HZ15W Landscape photography factors
Sony TX1 Landscape photography factors
41
has manual focus
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
32
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.4")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung HZ15W Vlogging factors
Sony TX1 Vlogging factors
29
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection focus
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external microphone port
more heavy than competitors (249g)
28
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic jack
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Samsung HZ15W vs Sony TX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung HZ15W and Sony TX1
 Samsung HZ15WSony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1
General Information
Brand Samsung Sony
Model Samsung HZ15W Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1
Also Known as WB550 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Launched 2009-02-23 2009-08-06
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-240mm (10.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.8 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focus distance 5cm 8cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 16 secs 2 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1250 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.70 m 3.00 m
Flash options Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG -
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 249 gr (0.55 pounds) 142 gr (0.31 pounds)
Dimensions 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") 94 x 58 x 17mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7")
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
Other
Self timer Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail price $330 $350