Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

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
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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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-HX30V'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-HX30V'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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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-HX30V: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-HX30V:320 shots
DSC-HX9v:300 shots
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
30 seconds
Weight Heavy Help
DSC-HX30V:254 g
DSC-HX9v:245 g
Thickness Quite thick Help
DSC-HX30V:1.4"
DSC-HX9v:1.3"
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Size Large Help
DSC-HX30V: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-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Travel zoom

$215

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448 - $528

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-HX10V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Travel zoom

$350

Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
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-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
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$255 - $400

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Size Is slightly smaller
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Travel zoom

$75 - $348

Screen size Much larger screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Weight Heavier
Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Travel zoom

$221

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Focus points Many more focus points
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$348

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

appearance

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
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discussion

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