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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 101x58x35 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Zoom
Great zoom
20x
Size
Really small
Compact 107x62x35 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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 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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Startup delay Less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2800 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Cheaper $299.99 vs $402.29
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The best price we've seen is $102 cheaper (around 30% 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
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
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recommendations

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 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
              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
              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
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DSC-HX20V:1900 ms
              DSC-RX100:2800 ms

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              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
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $249

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              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-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $499

              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $310 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $619 - $648

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $370

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

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Size Much larger

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