Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

67

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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

52

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS over the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v.
 

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              5 cm
              Size Large Help
              SX210 IS:105x59x31 mm
              DSC-HX9v:105x59x34 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $391

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix F50fd

              Fujifilm FinePix F50fd

              Compact

              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244 - $400

              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $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 Significantly 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 Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Zoom Less zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $248

              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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