Sony HX1 vs Sony A99

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 front
Sony SLT-A99 front

Sony HX1 vs Sony A99 Key Specs

Sony HX1
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1440 x 1080 video
  • 28-560mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 544g - 115 x 83 x 92mm
  • Introduced April 2009
Sony A99
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 812g - 147 x 111 x 78mm
  • Introduced December 2012
  • Older Model is Sony A900
  • Later Model is Sony A99 II
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Sony HX1 vs Sony A99 Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Sony HX1 versus Sony A99, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Advanced DSLR and they are both offered by Sony. There exists a crucial gap among the resolutions of the HX1 (9MP) and A99 (24MP) and the HX1 (1/2.4") and A99 (Full frame) provide different sensor sizes.

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The HX1 was launched 4 years prior to the A99 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Sony HX1 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony A99 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before delving into a in depth comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the HX1 matches up against the A99 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony HX1 over the Sony A99

 HX1 A99 

Reasons to pick Sony A99 over the Sony HX1

 A99 HX1 
IntroducedDecember 2012April 2009Fresher by 44 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1229k230kSharper screen (+999k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony HX1 and Sony A99

 HX1 A99 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Touch screen Missing Touch screen

Sony HX1 vs Sony A99 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera, you'll need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Sony HX1 offers physical measurements of 115mm x 83mm x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 544 grams (1.20 lbs) whilst the Sony A99 has dimensions of 147mm x 111mm x 78mm (5.8" x 4.4" x 3.1") having a weight of 812 grams (1.79 lbs).

Take a look at the Sony HX1 versus Sony A99 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you select at that time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the HX1 versus the A99.

Sony HX1 vs Sony A99 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the HX1 and A99 is 67 and 57 respectively.

Sony HX1 vs Sony A99 top view buttons comparison

Sony HX1 vs Sony A99 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very difficult to picture the gap in sensor sizing merely by seeing specifications. The graphic here should provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the HX1 and A99.

To sum up, the two cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The HX1 due to its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field tougher and the Sony A99 will produce more detail utilizing its extra 15 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures more aggressively. The older HX1 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony HX1 vs Sony A99 sensor size comparison

Sony HX1 vs Sony A99 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony HX1 vs Sony A99 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony HX1 Portrait photography details
Sony A99 Portrait photography details
you can focus manually
no external flash support
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
has no RAW format
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony HX1 Street photography highlights
Sony A99 Street photography highlights
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
has no RAW format
more heavy than others in class (544 grams)
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
above average high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sony HX1 Sports photography details
Sony A99 Sports photography details
amazing zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
low megapixels (9MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
has no phase detect auto focus
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
not so great battery (500 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Sony HX1 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A99 as a Travel photography camera
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
long reach (560mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than others in class (544 grams)
low megapixels (9MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
environment sealing
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
screen is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
not so great battery (500 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony HX1 Landscape photography advice
Sony A99 Landscape photography advice
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (9MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
has no RAW format
no Timelapse function
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
above average high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
two card slots
not so great battery (500 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony HX1 Vlogging details
Sony A99 Vlogging details
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
low quality video (1440 x 1080 resolution)
no microphone jack
more heavy than others in class (544g)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external mic socket
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Sony HX1 vs Sony A99 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony HX1 and Sony A99
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1Sony SLT-A99
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Sony SLT-A99
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2009-04-22 2012-12-12
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.4" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.104 x 4.578mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 27.9mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 9MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3456 x 2592 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW support
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 19
Cross focus points - 11
Lens mount fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range 28-560mm (20.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.2 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Number of lenses - 143
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1
Type of screen Tilting Fully Articulated
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen technology - TFT Xtra Fine color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.71x
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 9.20 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/250 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Highest video resolution 1440x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
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 544 grams (1.20 pounds) 812 grams (1.79 pounds)
Physical dimensions 115 x 83 x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6") 147 x 111 x 78mm (5.8" x 4.4" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 89
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.0
DXO Low light score not tested 1555
Battery life - 500 pictures
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FH50 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD, SDHC and SDXC
Card slots One Two
Launch cost $47,999 $1,998