Updated (June 2012): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

90

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
Great image quality
Overall image quality
66.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Size
Really small
Compact (105×59×34 mm)
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
1.3"

Items often bought with the DSC-RX100 or DSC-HX9v

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v.

differences

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
1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
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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 2 f-stops 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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DSC-RX1001,229k dots
              DSC-HX9v921k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              30 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DSC-RX1001.4"
              DSC-HX9v1.3"
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              DSC-RX100102×58×36 mm
              DSC-HX9v105×59×34 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger

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