Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Sony HX1 and Canon SX40 HS side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Sony HX1 has external dimensions of 115 x 83 x 92 mm (4.53 x 3.27 x 3.62″) and weighs 544 g (1.20 lb / 19.19 oz) (including batteries). Canon SX40 HS has external dimensions of 123 x 92 x 108 mm (4.84 x 3.62 x 4.25″) and weighs 600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Sony HX1 and Canon SX40 HS. Sony HX1 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 8mm narrower, 9mm shorter and 16mm thinner than Canon SX40 HS.
Here is the back view size comparison of Sony HX1 and Canon SX40 HS.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Sony HX1 and Canon SX40 HS.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Sony HX1 is 56g lighter than the Canon SX40 HS but we don't think this will make a significant difference.
Unfortunately neither Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 nor Canon PowerShot SX40 HS provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Bridge Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Sony HX1's 3" LCD screen is slightly larger than Canon SX40 HS's 2.7" screen.