Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 101x58x35 mm
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Zoom
Great zoom
20x
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Thickness
Thin
1.4"

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 3.6x
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Around 31.5x more zoom
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2800 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Lowest price
Cheaper
$329.95 vs $387.69
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The best price we've seen is $58 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.4"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX100's lens captures much more light (1.7 f-stops)
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 4x larger sensor
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Size
Smaller
101x58x35 mm vs 107x62x35 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Focus points
More focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
213 g vs 254 g
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Around 20% lighter
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DSC-HX20V:921k dots
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DSC-HX20V:320 shots
              DSC-RX100:330 shots
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DSC-HX20V:$329.95
              DSC-RX100:$387.69
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DSC-HX20V:254 g
              DSC-RX100:213 g
              Size Large Help
              DSC-HX20V:107x62x35 mm
              DSC-RX100:101x58x35 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $268

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Size Much larger
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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