Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V front

Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V Key Specs

Sony H70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 194g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Released January 2011
Sony HX10V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-400mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 234g - 105 x 60 x 34mm
  • Released February 2012
  • Newer Model is Sony HX20V
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Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V Overview

Its time to examine more in depth at the Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are built by Sony. The sensor resolution of the H70 (16MP) and the HX10V (18MP) is relatively comparable and they come with the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The H70 was revealed 13 months prior to the HX10V which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the H70 matches up versus the HX10V in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony H70 over the Sony HX10V

 H70 HX10V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX10V over the Sony H70

 HX10V H70 
ReleasedFebruary 2012January 2011Fresher by 13 months
Screen resolution922k230kClearer screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Sony H70 and Sony HX10V

 H70 HX10V 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera, you will need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Sony H70 features physical measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 194 grams (0.43 lbs) while the Sony HX10V has dimensions of 105mm x 60mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are employing at the time. Following is the front view dimensions comparison of the H70 against the HX10V.

Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the H70 and HX10V is 93 and 91 respectively.

Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V top view buttons comparison

Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very hard to see the gap in sensor sizing simply by seeing specs. The visual here should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the H70 and HX10V.

All in all, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Sony HX10V to show greater detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots much more aggressively. The older H70 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V sensor size comparison

Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H70 Portrait photography details
Sony HX10V Portrait photography details
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
good resolution (18 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony H70 Street photography highlights
Sony HX10V Street photography highlights
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (234 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony H70 Sports photography features
Sony HX10V Sports photography features
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
max fps very slow (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
incredible zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (18MP)
has tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H70 as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX10V as a Travel photography camera
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
lighter than competitors (234g)
good resolution (18MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (24mm)
great zoom (400mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony H70
Landscape photography with Sony HX10V
relatively wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
manual focus not available
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
decently wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (18 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H70 Vlogging details
Sony HX10V Vlogging details
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic socket
decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (234 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of external microphone port
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Sony H70 vs Sony HX10V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H70 and Sony HX10V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2011-01-06 2012-02-28
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 16 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-250mm (10.0x) 24-400mm (16.7x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display tech Clear Photo LCD XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.60 m 5.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 194g (0.43 lb) 234g (0.52 lb)
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 105 x 60 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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
Battery life - 320 photographs
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BG1 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $199 $616