Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Really small
Size
Compact (107×62×35 mm)
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Thin
Thickness
1.4"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Battery life
Great battery life
450 shots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V.

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX200V

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX200V's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Zoom
More zoom
33.8x vs 20x
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Around 3x more zoom
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
450 shots vs 320 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
$429.00 vs $499.95
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The best price we've seen is $71 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Size
Significantly smaller
107×62×35 mm vs 122×87×93 mm
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4.3x smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.4" vs 3.7"
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2.7x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
254 g vs 583 g
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2.3x lighter
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DSC-HX200V$429.00
              DSC-HX20V$499.95
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $348

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $275 - $348

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $393 - $398

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $525

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $366

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $1,027

              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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