Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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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
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
12,800 ISO
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x34 mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
245 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX200V

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX200V's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Zoom More zoom 33.8x vs 16x
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Around 4.5x more zoom
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 450 shots vs 300 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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-HX9v

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Size Significantly smaller 105x59x34 mm vs 122x87x93 mm
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4.7x smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 245 g vs 583 g
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2.4x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3.7"
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2.7x thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX9v's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        921k dots
        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
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        1080p @ 60fps
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $449

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        External flash Supports an external flash
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Super zoom

        $420

        Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $338

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548 - $550

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Super zoom

        $398

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Super zoom

        $188 - $224

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Slightly smaller
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $319 - $377

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $409 - $552

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Zoom Less zoom

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $160

        Size Slightly smaller
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $340

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Travel zoom

        $133

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $203

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $219

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS

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