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I am considering a Sony DSC-HX100V & the Cannon SX40 HS. Does anyone have experience with either or both of these cameras?
 

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Generally speaking the zoom of either camera is worthless over about 8x, unless you use a tripod.

Otherwise, either one is most likely an excellent camera. They are very close in size to the Canon XS/XT series.

What makes you consider these two, over the Canon G12 or S100 vs Sony DSC-HX9v? I have no opinion, I'm just interested in your thoughts.
 

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Sony HX100V is Great

Bought the Canon SX30 last June, thought it was decent, but returned it in a week to buy the Sony HX100v. The Sony was new to U.S. market, but had great Amazon reviews...but NO professional website reviews. [The Canon was already highly regarded, with many reviews.]

Despite the uncertainty over lack of pro reviews (at the time), I took a gamble and have been thrilled ever since. It has since had lots of professional reviews and MANY more Amazon reviews (originally 25, but now 135), as well as great popularity on one particular camera forum (dpreview.com). For ME, the Sony features have been just wonderful. It was a long learning curve to get accustomed to all it can do...and I expect I will have to re-learn a lot, when I start using it again this Spring.

Rather than me trying to summarize what is so great about the Sony, I recommend that you read the Amazon reviews for BOTH cameras (the new Canon SX40, as well as the HX100V...and the HX200 is supposedly close to market). There are tons of pro reviews, which can be found via simple Google searches for each camera.

Just one special bragging point: The Sony 30x Zoom is awesome and works great, without any problems in focus stability or use. I frequently use the digital zoom to reach out to 60x and beyond, and think the pictures are still "good enough."

Both the SX40 (new last Fall) and HX100V are very well respected. It all depends on YOU reading as much as you can about each, and deciding which factors are most important to you.

NOTE: I bought an aftermarket battery charger and 2 batteries for the Sony (which has excellent lithion battery life), and expect to continue enjoying it for several years...until the "Next Best and Greatest" comes along.
 

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Bought a Panasonic FZ150 recently. Mostly for the RAW capability but I'm not sure I'll use it. Wish it had more zoom. I'm happy so far but haven't used it enough nor personally compared it to any others. Those two were right up there.
 

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To answer Mosca, I don't have a good reason. They were on sale at Best Buy and a local camera store.

Since I don't know a whole lot about cameras, I went to the local camera store and ended up with a Nikon 3100.

They offered the best support which is great for someone like me. It also came with X amount of prints every month and a photography class. I am pretty excited.
 

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D3100? GREAT camera. You'll love it!

Mosca, do you have this camera? Any tips or hints would be greatly appreciated. I am pretty excited, I am going to take a couple classes from the camera store. They offer one with the purchase, and if I like it I may take the next one too.
 
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