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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 107x62x35 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x34 mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Zoom More zoom 20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 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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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX20V's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Battery life Slightly 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 Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 105x59x34 mm vs 107x62x35 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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        69 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        Zoom Great zoom Help
        DSC-HX20V:20x
        DSC-HX9v:16x
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        DSC-HX20V:320 shots
        DSC-HX9v:300 shots
        Longest exposure Long exposures Help
        30 seconds
        Weight Heavy Help
        DSC-HX20V:254 g
        DSC-HX9v:245 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        DSC-HX20V:1.4"
        DSC-HX9v:1.3"
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Size Large Help
        DSC-HX20V:107x62x35 mm
        DSC-HX9v:105x59x34 mm

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        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

        $298

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        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-HX30V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Travel zoom

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $218 - $223

        Size Is significantly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $398 - $433

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

        Travel zoom

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $180

        Lowest price Cheaper
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $445

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Zoom Less zoom
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $275

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture

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

        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??