Updated (April 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Great battery life
Battery life
450 shots
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Tunnel
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

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

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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
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
$629.93 vs $1,027.49
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The best price we've seen is $398 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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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-HX30V'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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              30 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DSC-HX200V$629.93
              DSC-HX30V$1,027.49
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428 - $448

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $370 - $398

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $470

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $218

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Focus points Many more focus points
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $399

              Screen size Much larger screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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