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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Lowest price Cheaper $364.99 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $134 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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

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              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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              320 shots
              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DSC-HX20V:$364.99
              DSC-HX30V:$499.00
              Weight Heavy Help
              254 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.4"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Size Large Help
              Compact 107x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $448

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Much lower maximum light sensitivity
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $83 - $449

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $223 - $328

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity Much lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $280 - $399

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V.

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V.

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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