Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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-HX30V

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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recommendations

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

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        75 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Zoom Great zoom Help
        20x
        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
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        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
        254 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        1.4"
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Size Large Help
        Compact 107x62x35 mm
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        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-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $298

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Light sensitivity Much lower maximum light sensitivity
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Zoom Has slightly less zoom
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448

        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

        $218 - $223

        Size Is significantly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Light sensitivity Much lower maximum light sensitivity
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $269 - $319

        Size Is slightly smaller
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $398 - $433

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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $180

        Lowest price Cheaper
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Travel zoom

        $55 - $348

        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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        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        discussion

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        dino (8:55 PM, January 13, 2013)
        Your specs are incomplete: Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V vs Sony DSC-HX20V:
        Wi-Fi!
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:56 PM, March 13, 2012)
        Thanks for pointing that out Alvaro, we will fix that up soon.
         
        Alvaro P. (5:46 PM, March 13, 2012)
        Your specs are wrong, the macro is 1cm, not 10cm