Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

39

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Pentax X90

36

Pentax X90

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Macro focus
Great macro
0.9 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

differences

Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the X90's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
0.9 cm vs 5 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 5.6x closer to the lens
Zoom
More zoom
26x vs 16x
Help
More than 2.5x more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
Help
The X90's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
105x59x34 mm vs 112x81x99 mm
Help
4.3x smaller
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p
Help
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
Help
More than 10% larger screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
Help
Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.9"
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2.9x thinner
Weight
Lighter
245 g vs 428 g
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More than 40% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $604

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $593

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Compact

              $204

              Size Significantly smaller
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $200

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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