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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 SX240 HS

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX240 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 106x61x33 mm vs 107x62x35 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 224 g vs 254 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
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
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.2 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX20V's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Battery life Longer battery life 320 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 2.4 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Zoom Great zoom Help
        20x
        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
        SX240 HS:224 g
        DSC-HX20V:254 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SX240 HS:1.3"
        DSC-HX20V:1.4"
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Size Large Help
        SX240 HS:106x61x33 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.

        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $300

        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $350

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $300 - $399

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $320

        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $259

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

        Travel zoom

        $316 - $361

        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        $384

        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Zoom Has slightly less zoom

        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200

        GPS Has a GPS
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Zoom Less zoom
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Size Significantly smaller
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Zoom Less zoom
        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

        $368 - $450

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $278

        Size Significantly smaller
        Weight Much lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Zoom Significantly less zoom
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Size Smaller
        Weight Lighter
        Zoom Less zoom
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $269 - $319

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Size Smaller
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Worse macro capability

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        Satish Kumar (7:15 AM, October 19, 2012)
        in both cam who is better