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
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Lowest price Much cheaper $338.00 vs $1,027.49
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The best price we've seen is $689 cheaper (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 Common Weaknesses
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              20x
              Screen resolution Very high resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Light sensitivity Extremely good maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              320 shots
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DSC-HX20V:$338.00
              DSC-HX30V:$1,027.49
              Weight Heavy Help
              254 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.4"
              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

              $389 - $449

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $499

              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-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $328

              Size Is much smaller
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity Much lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              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

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $83 - $448

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

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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