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Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V

Portability
70
Imaging
35
Features
32
Overall
33
Samsung HZ25W front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V front
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
40
Overall
39

Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V Key Specs

Samsung HZ25W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-624mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 428g - 116 x 83 x 92mm
  • Released July 2010
  • Alternative Name is WB5000
Sony TX100V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 147g - 97 x 59 x 18mm
  • Revealed January 2011
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Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V Overview

In this write-up, we will be contrasting the Samsung HZ25W versus Sony TX100V, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Ultracompact by companies Samsung and Sony. There exists a significant gap between the image resolutions of the HZ25W (12MP) and TX100V (16MP) but they feature the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The HZ25W was revealed 6 months earlier than the TX100V so they are of a similar generation. The two cameras offer different body type with the Samsung HZ25W being a Compact camera and the Sony TX100V being a Ultracompact camera.

Before delving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the HZ25W scores versus the TX100V with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung HZ25W over the Sony TX100V

 HZ25W TX100V 
Manual focus More precise focus

Reasons to pick Sony TX100V over the Samsung HZ25W

 TX100V HZ25W 
Screen sizing3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1229k230kClearer screen (+999k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Samsung HZ25W and Sony TX100V

 HZ25W TX100V 
RevealedJuly 2010January 2011Similar generation
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V Physical Comparison

If you're intending to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to consider its weight and volume. The Samsung HZ25W has got external measurements of 116mm x 83mm x 92mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.6") along with a weight of 428 grams (0.94 lbs) while the Sony TX100V has sizing of 97mm x 59mm x 18mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.7") having a weight of 147 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are employing during that time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the HZ25W versus the TX100V.

Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the HZ25W and TX100V is 70 and 95 respectively.

Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V top view buttons comparison

Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its difficult to see the difference between sensor dimensions purely by reviewing specs. The pic below might give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the HZ25W and TX100V.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Sony TX100V to offer you more detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots far more aggressively.

Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V sensor size comparison

Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung HZ25W as a Portrait photography camera
Sony TX100V as a Portrait photography camera
34
manual focus
supports RAW formats
manual mode not available
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
30
megapixel count decent (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung HZ25W Street photography features
Sony TX100V Street photography features
55
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus by touch
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
more heavy than others (147 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung HZ25W
Sports photography with Sony TX100V
34
incredible zoom range (26-624mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
39
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung HZ25W as a Travel photography camera
Sony TX100V as a Travel photography camera
52
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
long reach (624mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
65
includes focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (147g)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung HZ25W
Landscape photography with Sony TX100V
43
manual focus
reasonably wide (26mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual mode not available
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
missing Time Lapse mode
43
reasonably wide (25mm)
very good size screen (3.5 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung HZ25W as a Vlogging camera
Sony TX100V as a Vlogging camera
24
reasonably wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic support
32
reasonably wide (25mm)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
missing microphone port
more heavy than others (147g)
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Samsung HZ25W vs Sony TX100V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung HZ25W and Sony TX100V
 Samsung HZ25WSony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V
General Information
Brand Samsung Sony
Model Samsung HZ25W Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V
Alternative name WB5000 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Released 2010-07-06 2011-01-06
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 64 125
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-624mm (24.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focus range 10cm -
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3.5 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 1,229 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - XtraFine OLED display with TruBlack technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 16s 2s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed - 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.60 m 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 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 data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 428g (0.94 lbs) 147g (0.32 lbs)
Dimensions 116 x 83 x 92mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.6") 97 x 59 x 18mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Battery model - NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SC/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $350 $380