Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

72

Nikon Coolpix S9300

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Great battery life
Battery life
320 shots
Long exposures
Longest exposure
30 seconds
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9300

Size
Really small
Compact 109x62x31 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.2"
Weight
Light-weight
215 g
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S9300

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Zoom
More zoom
18x vs 16x
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Around 30% more zoom
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Lighter
215 g vs 234 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$269.95 vs $361.69
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The best price we've seen is $92 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX10V

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX10V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX10V's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 6.9 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x 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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              S9300:18x
              DSC-HX10V:16x
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              S9300:215 g
              DSC-HX10V:234 g
              Size Large Help
              S9300:109x62x31 mm
              DSC-HX10V:105x60x34 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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $368

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $210 - $347

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $259

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Battery life Longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $240

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $448

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $268

              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

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

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