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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Battery life
Great battery life
410 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Size Significantly smaller 107x62x35 mm vs 122x87x93 mm
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4.3x smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 27 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Weight Significantly lighter 254 g vs 577 g
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2.3x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.4" vs 3.7"
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2.7x thinner
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $214.99 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $285 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX100v's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Zoom More zoom 30x vs 20x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Battery life Longer battery life 410 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $320 - $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $288

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $328

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $458

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $400 - $418

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $600

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $320

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188 - $198

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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