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Canon PowerShot SX420 IS vs Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

We compare the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS to the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV: 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 RX10 IV on the right:

PowerShot SX420 IS vs Cyber-shot RX10 IV - Side by side

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

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS vs Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV: 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 RX10 IV

  • Introduced in September 2017
  • Superzoom
  • Sensor: 1"
  • 20 megapixel
  • 24 frames/second
  • 100 - 12800 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Zoom 24-600mm (25x), f2.8-4.0
  • WiFi built-in
  • 132.5 x 94 x 127.4mm³ (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0")
  • 1095g (35.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Cyber-shot RX10 IV

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 RX10 IV

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 RX10 IV: The sensors

The PowerShot SX420 IS features a Compact sized sensor, while the Cyber-shot RX10 IV uses a 1" sensor.

Featuring an area of 116mm² (0.19 sq.in.), the Cyber-shot RX10 IV's sensor is a lot larger that the chip that the PowerShot SX420 IS employs at 28mm² (0.04 sq.in.). A larger sensor can produce images of interiors or at night that have less noise and better contrast than photos shot with Compact sized chips.

Advantage: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS on the left, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV in the right column:

Advantage Canon PowerShot SX420 IS...

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

PowerShot SX420 IS

Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Weighs less (2)442g
(14.3 oz.)
1095g
(35.3 oz.)
More portable (2)614cm³
(39 cu.in.)
1587cm³
(100 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS are the lower weight than the Cyber-shot RX10 IV and the more compact size.

The PowerShot SX420 IS scores 4 points.

...and here's where the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV has an edge...

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

PowerShot SX420 IS

Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Larger sensor (5)Compact1"
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)20.0020.10
Faster (4, frames/second)224
More AF points (4)9315
Sensitivity (4)100 - 3200 ISO100 - 12800 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.231.44
Articulated monitor (2)
Touch screen (2)
Better Video (2)1280 x 7203840 x 2160
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)195400

Conclusion: Advantages of the Cyber-shot RX10 IV are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Sony are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger sensitivity and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the articulated display, the rather comfortable touch screen and the superior video recording. A recommendation of the Cyber-shot RX10 IV is made easy by the connector for an external microphone and that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 35 points for the Cyber-shot RX10 IV.

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

PowerShot SX420 IS

Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Built-in flash
Image stabilizer
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon PowerShot SX420 IS again on the left, Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV on the right:

Front view of the PowerShot SX420 IS and the Cyber-shot RX10 IV...

PowerShot SX420 IS und Cyber-shot RX10 IV, front viewPowerShot SX420 IS und Cyber-shot RX10 IV, front view

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

PowerShot SX420 IS und Cyber-shot RX10 IV, view from abovePowerShot SX420 IS und Cyber-shot RX10 IV, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

4
35

CameraCreativ recommends the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV.

Our rating of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

No rating available.

Our rating of the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Sony's RX10 IV is the manufacturer's flagship superzoom. Featuring a 1" sensor and a 25x zoom by German optics firm Zeiss the camera also offers 4K video, Wifi connectivity and integrated functions for panos and HDR. Dedicated manual controls for focus, zoom and aperture lend a DSLR like feeling as does the secondary display on the top side of the camera. However, the massive lens (F2.8 - F4) leads to a rather bulky body and a weight of over 1 kg (more than 2 lbs).

Other features include very fast autofocus and continuous drive for up to 24 images per second. Battery life is decent at c. 400 photos per charge.

For a shorter zoom (8x) in a much smaller package, see the RX10 III's sibling, the Cyber-shot RX10 II. If you don't need 4K video, the first Cyber-shot RX10 II from 2013 is still recommendable.

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