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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
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-HX9v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $299.99 vs $384.11
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The best price we've seen is $84 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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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              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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              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
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $448

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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

              $498

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $290 - $399

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $349

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $320

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $275 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $499

              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Much lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $280

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Zoom Less zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $495

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $290

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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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??