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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Overall image quality
Great image quality
66.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 101x58x35 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Zoom
Great zoom
20x
Size
Really small
Compact 107x62x35 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Zoom Much 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
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2800 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $338.00 vs $535.79
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The best price we've seen is $198 cheaper (around 40% 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 Nikon CX 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
Weight Lighter 213 g vs 254 g
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Around 20% lighter
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Very 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              DSC-HX20V:12,800 ISO
              DSC-RX100:6,400 ISO
              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-RX100:$535.79
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DSC-HX20V:254 g
              DSC-RX100:213 g
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DSC-HX20V:1900 ms
              DSC-RX100:2800 ms
              Size Large Help
              DSC-HX20V:107x62x35 mm
              DSC-RX100:101x58x35 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $400

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $531 - $547

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $499

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $328

              Size Much smaller
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $1,027

              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $340

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

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              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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