Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9500

72

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Many focus points
Focus points
99
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Size
Really small
Compact (96×55×25 mm)
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
500 shots
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
12,800 ISO

Items often bought with the Nikon S9500 or Sony DSC-WX300

galleries

Explore our gallery of 40 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9500.
Explore our gallery of 36 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S9500

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Zoom
More zoom
22x vs 20x
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More than 20% more zoom
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX300

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
500 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Size
Significantly smaller
96×55×25 mm vs 110×60×31 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7.5 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-WX300's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.2"
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Around 20% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-WX300's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
166 g vs 205 g
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Around 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1500s
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Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              S950022x
              DSC-WX30020x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S95001080p @ 30fps
              DSC-WX3001080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              S95001/1500s
              DSC-WX3001/1600s
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S95001,600 ISO
              DSC-WX3003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205 - $249

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $209

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $111

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Smaller
              Focus points Many fewer focus points
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328 - $394

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $88 - $110

              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

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