Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x34 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x31 mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
390 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX210 IS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SX210 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size Slightly smaller 105x59x31 mm vs 105x59x34 mm
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 220 g vs 245 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Zoom Slightly more zoom 16x vs 14x
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More than 30% more zoom
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX9v's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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

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

              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX210 IS:$398.89
              DSC-HX9v:$399.99
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX210 IS:220 g
              DSC-HX9v:245 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
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              Size Large Help
              SX210 IS:105x59x31 mm
              DSC-HX9v:105x59x34 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
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $189 - $200

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $309 - $344

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $294 - $429

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $370

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $250

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $249

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom Less zoom

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              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 Less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $288

              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Travel zoom

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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