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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

73

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

67

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

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
 

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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $348 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $226 - $248

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $404

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              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

              $300 - $350

              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 Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $314

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Zoom Less zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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