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Sony HX9V vs YI M1

Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V front
 
YI M1 front
Portability
87
Imaging
60
Features
66
Overall
62

Sony HX9V vs YI M1 Key Specs

Sony HX9V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 245g - 105 x 59 x 34mm
  • Revealed July 2011
YI M1
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 350g - 114 x 64 x 34mm
  • Launched September 2016
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Sony HX9V vs YI M1 Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Sony HX9V versus YI M1, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by brands Sony and YI. The image resolution of the HX9V (16MP) and the M1 (20MP) is very similar but the HX9V (1/2.3") and M1 (Four Thirds) enjoy totally different sensor dimensions.

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The HX9V was released 6 years earlier than the M1 which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Sony HX9V being a Compact camera and the YI M1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving straight into a thorough comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the HX9V grades vs the M1 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony HX9V over the YI M1

 HX9V M1 

Reasons to pick YI M1 over the Sony HX9V

 M1 HX9V 
LaunchedSeptember 2016July 2011Newer by 62 months
Display resolution1040k921kClearer display (+119k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony HX9V and YI M1

 HX9V M1 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Sony HX9V vs YI M1 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera regularly, you have to think about its weight and size. The Sony HX9V comes with exterior measurements of 105mm x 59mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs) while the YI M1 has specifications of 114mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.3") with a weight of 350 grams (0.77 lbs).

Take a look at the Sony HX9V versus YI M1 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you use at that time. Below is the front view size comparison of the HX9V compared to the M1.

Sony HX9V vs YI M1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the HX9V and M1 is 91 and 87 respectively.

Sony HX9V vs YI M1 top view buttons comparison

Sony HX9V vs YI M1 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's hard to envision the gap between sensor dimensions just by going over technical specs. The image here may give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the HX9V and M1.

As you can tell, both the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The HX9V featuring a tinier sensor will make getting shallow depth of field more difficult and the YI M1 will deliver greater detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop images far more aggressively. The more aged HX9V is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony HX9V vs YI M1 sensor size comparison

Sony HX9V vs YI M1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony HX9V vs YI M1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony HX9V
Portrait photography with YI M1
39
manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
76
you can focus manually
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony HX9V Street photography highlights
YI M1 Street photography highlights
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (245 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
74
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
comes with focus via touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony HX9V Sports photography details
YI M1 Sports photography details
44
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
55
MP count good (20MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
better than average battery (450 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony HX9V Travel photography information
YI M1 Travel photography information
69
lighter than others in class (245g)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
great zoom (384mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
78
better than average battery (450 shots)
has bluetooth
comes with focus via touch
MP count good (20 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony HX9V
Landscape photography with YI M1
49
manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
77
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (450 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony HX9V Vlogging details
YI M1 Vlogging details
33
quite wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others in class (245 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic jack
33
touchscreen capability
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
missing microphone port
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Sony HX9V vs YI M1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony HX9V and YI M1
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9VYI M1
General Information
Company Sony YI
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V YI M1
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2011-07-19 2016-09-19
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor BIONZ -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 81
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 24-384mm (16.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.8 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Slow
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 75 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Max video resolution 1920x1080 4096x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 245 gr (0.54 lbs) 350 gr (0.77 lbs)
Dimensions 105 x 59 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 114 x 64 x 34mm (4.5" x 2.5" 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
Other
Battery life - 450 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BG1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $328 $320