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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Battery life
Great battery life
450 shots
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Size
Really small
Compact 107x62x35 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Size Significantly smaller 107x62x35 mm vs 122x87x93 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 3 f-stops better
Weight Significantly lighter 254 g vs 583 g
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2.3x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.4" vs 3.7"
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2.7x thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $329.95 vs $368.49
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The best price we've seen is $39 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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 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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $298

              External flash Supports an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398 - $433

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $167 - $227

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $298 - $600

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $604

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $399

              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $218 - $223

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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