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

73

Nikon Coolpix S9300

65

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

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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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
$272.99 vs $329.95
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The best price we've seen is $57 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
Much 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
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
              S930018x
              DSC-HX20V20x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S93001080p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX20V1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              S9300215 g
              DSC-HX20V254 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              S93001.2"
              DSC-HX20V1.4"
              Size Large Help
              S9300109x62x31 mm
              DSC-HX20V107x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S9300$272.99
              DSC-HX20V$329.95
              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 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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $212 - $248

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $214

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $369

              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 P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $279 - $345

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $347

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $258

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

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $224

              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $283 - $398

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $341

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $499

              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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