Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9300 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

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Long exposures
Longest exposure
30 seconds
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9300

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
120 fps
Thickness
Thin
1.2"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-HX20V or Nikon S9300

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Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9300.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V.

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
109×62×31 mm vs 107×62×35 mm
Help
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
$243.99 vs $399.00
Help
The best price we've seen is $155 cheaper (around 40% 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 4 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)
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 4.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 18x
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More than 20% more zoom
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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S93001080p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX20V1080p @ 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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              S9300109×62×31 mm
              DSC-HX20V107×62×35 mm

              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-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Travel zoom

              $310 - $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $197

              Size Smaller
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $224

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Size Much larger
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $452

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Size Much smaller
              Weight Much lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

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