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

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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V.

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Lowest price
Much cheaper
$439.00 vs $1,027.49
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The best price we've seen is $588 cheaper (2.3x less)
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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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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              20x
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Light sensitivity Extremely good maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              320 shots
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              30 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DSC-HX20V$439.00
              DSC-HX30V$1,027.49
              Weight Heavy Help
              254 g
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.4"
              Size Large Help
              Compact (107×62×35 mm)
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              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

              $293 - $348

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Much lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $198 - $228

              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

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Much lower maximum light sensitivity

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $54 - $379

              Screen size Much larger screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $197

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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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