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

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

100

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
 

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"

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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
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DSC-RX100330 shots
              DSC-HX9v300 shots
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              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"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DSC-RX100213 g
              DSC-HX9v245 g
              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-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $348

              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-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 much 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-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
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $546 - $649

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $251

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Size Is slightly larger

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              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

              $328 - $398

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Size Much larger
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Travel zoom

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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