Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9300

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S9300

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Zoom More zoom 18x vs 16x
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Around 30% more zoom
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $227.50 vs $599.95
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The best price we've seen is $372 cheaper (2.6x less)
Macro focus Better macro capability 4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
Weight Lighter 215 g vs 245 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX9v's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 300 shots vs 200 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Very high resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              S9300:18x
              DSC-HX9v:16x
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Weight Heavy Help
              S9300:215 g
              DSC-HX9v:245 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              S9300:1.2"
              DSC-HX9v:1.3"
              Size Large Help
              S9300:109x62x31 mm
              DSC-HX9v:105x59x34 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $219

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $203

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $94 - $167

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9400

              Nikon Coolpix S9400

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $374

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $379 - $389

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Size Smaller
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Zoom Less zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $338

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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