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
Overall image quality
Great image quality
66.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 101x58x35 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Zoom
Great zoom
16x
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x34 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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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Zoom More zoom 16x vs 3.6x
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More than 20x more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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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        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
        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-RX100:330 shots
        DSC-HX9v:300 shots
        Longest exposure Long exposures Help
        30 seconds
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        DSC-RX100:1.4"
        DSC-HX9v:1.3"
        Weight Heavy Help
        DSC-RX100:213 g
        DSC-HX9v:245 g
        Size Large Help
        DSC-RX100:101x58x35 mm
        DSC-HX9v:105x59x34 mm
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $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 - $799

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $473 - $535

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Olympus XZ-2 iHS

        Olympus XZ-2 iHS

        Pro digicam

        $299 - $599

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

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        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $451

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        True resolution Much lower true resolution
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $331 - $348

        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
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Size Much larger
        Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

        Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

        Boutique

        $799

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Size Much larger
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Placeholder

        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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        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
        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $247 - $265

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Zoom More zoom
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $310

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $189 - $199

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $300

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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