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
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
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
 
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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
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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Battery life Significantly longer battery life 300 shots vs 200 shots
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50% 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-HX9v's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Wide angle Slightly 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

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 Common Weaknesses
        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-HX9v:16x
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Weight Heavy Help
        S9300:215 g
        DSC-HX9v:245 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        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 S9700

        Nikon Coolpix S9700

        Travel zoom

        $278 - $297

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $230

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $320

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

        Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $262

        Size Smaller
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        GPS No built-in GPS
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Travel zoom

        $340

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Aperture Wider aperture
        GPS No built-in GPS
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $292 - $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Zoom More zoom
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

        Travel zoom

        $120

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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $298 - $736

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Size Larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $330

        Zoom More zoom
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $330

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Zoom Less zoom
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448 - $528

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

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        discussion

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