Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 101x58x35 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Zoom
Great zoom
16x
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x34 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX100's lens captures much more light (1.7 f-stops)
True resolution Much higher true resolution 20 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Sensor size Much larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 4x larger sensor
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-RX100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Longer battery life 330 shots vs 300 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 213 g vs 245 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom More zoom 16x vs 3.6x
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More than 20x more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              DSC-HX9v:921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DSC-RX100:$402.29
              DSC-HX9v:$384.11
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DSC-RX100:1.4"
              DSC-HX9v:1.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DSC-RX100:213 g
              DSC-HX9v:245 g
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Size Large Help
              DSC-RX100:101x58x35 mm
              DSC-HX9v:105x59x34 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $748 - $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $282

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $619 - $648

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $370

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Size Much larger
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Size Much larger
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $250 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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