Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

77

Nikon Coolpix S9300

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1900 ms startup delay
Great battery life
Battery life
320 shots
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

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
Size
Smaller
109x62x31 mm vs 107x62x35 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
215 g vs 254 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.4"
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More than 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$270.00 vs $329.95
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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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
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/3.2 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)
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 18x
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More than 20% more zoom
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
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-HX20V:20x
              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-HX20V:254 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              S9300:1.2"
              DSC-HX20V:1.4"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              S9300:109x62x31 mm
              DSC-HX20V:107x62x35 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 Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $206

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 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 S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $241

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $268

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Much lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

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