Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Size
Really small
Compact 107x62x35 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Size
Really small
Compact 105x60x34 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX10V

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Size Smaller 105x60x34 mm vs 107x62x35 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 234 g vs 254 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.4"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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Zoom More zoom 20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/3.2 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX30V's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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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
        Light sensitivity Extremely good maximum light sensitivity Help
        12,800 ISO
        Zoom Great zoom Help
        DSC-HX10V:16x
        DSC-HX30V:20x
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        320 shots
        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
        Longest exposure Long exposures Help
        30 seconds
        Weight Heavy Help
        DSC-HX10V:234 g
        DSC-HX30V:254 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        DSC-HX10V:1.3"
        DSC-HX30V:1.4"
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Size Large Help
        DSC-HX10V:105x60x34 mm
        DSC-HX30V:107x62x35 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
        More buttons
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $330

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $298 - $736

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Light sensitivity Much lower maximum light sensitivity
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448 - $528

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $223 - $268

        Size Is significantly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $458 - $994

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $292 - $300

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Super zoom

        $168 - $189

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Much larger
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $275

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Zoom Less zoom
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Travel zoom

        $70 - $359

        Screen size Much larger screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $221

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

        appearance

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