Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

74

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1900 ms startup delay
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Size
Really small
Compact (105×59×34 mm)
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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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 4 f-stops better
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.2 vs f/3.3
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
320 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
105×59×34 mm vs 107×62×35 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
245 g vs 254 g
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DSC-HX20V320 shots
              DSC-HX9v300 shots
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              30 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              DSC-HX20V254 g
              DSC-HX9v245 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DSC-HX20V1.4"
              DSC-HX9v1.3"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              DSC-HX20V107×62×35 mm
              DSC-HX9v105×59×34 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $348

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $1,027

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              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 Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $559 - $649

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom

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              discussion

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              Avatar for Dernhelm Dernhelm (2:48 AM, February 20, 2013)
              I agree with the veredict.. but there's one thing I liked better on the 9v.. it's that the camera feels more stable and secure on my hands than the 20v..
              The 20v simply feels more "plastic" and fragile.
               
              Fridolin25 (4:40 PM, April 06, 2012)

              Sorry, but this test is just nonsense. The 9V is just (always)
              'slightly' smaller, thinner, lighter, ... nothing what really matters.
              The advantages of the 20V are (mostly always) 'significantly' more zoom,
              better macro, sensitivity, ... what you really encounter while using
              this camera.

              The only argument I really see is the price. 40% is a lot! ...but this
              is explicitly ignored while giving the recommendation. So how is it
              possible to give the old one a 30% better ranking??