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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Size Smaller 106x59x33 mm vs 107x62x35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the SX230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Weight Lighter 215 g vs 254 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $199.99 vs $364.99
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The best price we've seen is $165 cheaper (around 50% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Zoom More zoom 20x vs 14x
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More than 2x more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 320 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              SX230 HS:Sensor shift, Lens
              DSC-HX20V:Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX230 HS:215 g
              DSC-HX20V:254 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX230 HS:1.3"
              DSC-HX20V:1.4"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              SX230 HS:106x59x33 mm
              DSC-HX20V:107x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $225 - $300

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $354

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $213

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $230

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $197

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $252

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $223 - $328

              Size Much smaller
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Significantly less zoom

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