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Canon PowerShot SX420 IS vs Sony Cyber-shot HX80

We compare the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS to the Sony Cyber-shot HX80: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Superzoom category.

Here are both models side by side. The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is on the left, the Sony Cyber-shot HX80 on the right:

PowerShot SX420 IS vs Cyber-shot HX80 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS vs Sony Cyber-shot HX80: Specifications at a glance

PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Introduced in January 2016
  • Superzoom
  • Sensor: Compact
  • 20 megapixel
  • 2 frames/second
  • 100 - 3200 ISO
  • 1280 x 720 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor
  • Zoom 24-1008mm (42x), f3.5-6.6
  • WiFi built-in
  • 104.4 x 69.1 x 85.1mm³ (4.1" x 2.7" x 3.4")
  • 442g (14.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for PowerShot SX420 IS

Cyber-shot HX80

  • Introduced in March 2016
  • Superzoom
  • Sensor: Compact
  • 18 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 80 - 3200 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Zoom 24-720mm (30x), f3.5-6.4
  • WiFi built-in
  • 102 x 58.1 x 35.5mm³ (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4")
  • 245g (7.9 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Cyber-shot HX80

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for PowerShot SX420 IS and Cyber-shot HX80

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

PowerShot SX420 IS vs Cyber-shot HX80: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format, Compact.

The Compact sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 28mm² (0.04 sq.in.).

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS on the left, the Sony Cyber-shot HX80 in the right column:

Advantage Canon PowerShot SX420 IS...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

PowerShot SX420 IS

Cyber-shot HX80

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)20.0018.00
More AF points (4)91

Conclusion: Advantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS are the higher resolution, the faster and more accurate auto focus.

The PowerShot SX420 IS scores 9 points.

...and here's where the Sony Cyber-shot HX80 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

PowerShot SX420 IS

Cyber-shot HX80

Faster (4, frames/second)210
Sensitivity (4)100 - 3200 ISO80 - 3200 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.230.92
Articulated monitor (2)
Better Video (2)1280 x 7201920 x 1080
Longer battery life (3, photos)195390
Weighs less (2)442g
(14.3 oz.)
245g
(7.9 oz.)
More portable (2)614cm³
(39 cu.in.)
210cm³
(13 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Cyber-shot HX80 are that the camera is faster, the larger sensitivity and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the articulated display, the superior video recording and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the PowerShot SX420 IS: the lower weight than the PowerShot SX420 IS and the more compact size.

Yields 21 points for the Cyber-shot HX80.

...and here's what both have in common

PowerShot SX420 IS

Cyber-shot HX80

Sensor formatCompactCompact
Built-in flash
Image stabilizer
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon PowerShot SX420 IS again on the left, Sony Cyber-shot HX80 on the right:

Front view of the PowerShot SX420 IS and the Cyber-shot HX80...

PowerShot SX420 IS und Cyber-shot HX80, front viewPowerShot SX420 IS und Cyber-shot HX80, front view

...and here we see the Canon and the Sony from above:

PowerShot SX420 IS und Cyber-shot HX80, view from abovePowerShot SX420 IS und Cyber-shot HX80, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Sony Cyber-shot HX80

9
21

CameraCreativ recommends the Sony Cyber-shot HX80.

Our rating of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

No rating available.

Our rating of the Sony Cyber-shot HX80

No rating available.

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