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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.

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
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.4" vs 1.4"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$329.95 vs $376.99
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The best price we've seen is $47 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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-HX20V921k dots
              DSC-RX1001,229k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DSC-HX20V320 shots
              DSC-RX100330 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
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DSC-HX20V$329.95
              DSC-RX100$376.99
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DSC-HX20V254 g
              DSC-RX100213 g
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DSC-HX20V1900 ms
              DSC-RX1002800 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              DSC-HX20V107x62x35 mm
              DSC-RX100101x58x35 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $270 - $273

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $235

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $488

              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $373

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

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

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              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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