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Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100

Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 front
Portability
91
Imaging
50
Features
68
Overall
57

Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100 Key Specs

Sony HX9V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 245g - 105 x 59 x 34mm
  • Introduced July 2011
Sony RX100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 240g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Released August 2012
  • Renewed by Sony RX100 II
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Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100 Overview

Here is a in depth review of the Sony HX9V versus Sony RX100, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Large Sensor Compact and both are sold by Sony. The resolution of the HX9V (16MP) and the RX100 (20MP) is very well matched but the HX9V (1/2.3") and RX100 (1") offer totally different sensor sizing.

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The HX9V was released 13 months prior to the RX100 making them a generation apart from each other. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Sony HX9V being a Compact camera and the Sony RX100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before diving into a detailed comparison, here is a concise overview of how the HX9V scores against the RX100 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony HX9V over the Sony RX100

 HX9V RX100 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 over the Sony HX9V

 RX100 HX9V 
ReleasedAugust 2012July 2011Fresher by 13 months
Display resolution1229k921kSharper display (+308k dot)

Common features in the Sony HX9V and Sony RX100

 HX9V RX100 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera often, you should consider its weight and volume. The Sony HX9V features exterior measurements of 105mm x 59mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs) whilst the Sony RX100 has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") having a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

See the Sony HX9V versus Sony RX100 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Below is a front view size comparison of the HX9V versus the RX100.

Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the HX9V and RX100 is 91 and 91 respectively.

Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100 top view buttons comparison

Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to visualise the difference between sensor sizing just by looking at specs. The photograph here might give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the HX9V and RX100.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The HX9V because of its tinier sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field more difficult and the Sony RX100 will give more detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The older HX9V is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100 sensor size comparison

Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony HX9V as a Portrait photography camera
Sony RX100 as a Portrait photography camera
39
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
64
has manual focus
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Sony HX9V Street photography highlights
Sony RX100 Street photography highlights
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (245 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
79
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
exports RAW formats
lighter than competition (240g)
great ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Sony HX9V as a Sports photography camera
Sony RX100 as a Sports photography camera
44
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
offers tracking autofocus
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony HX9V
Travel photography with Sony RX100
69
lighter than others in class (245g)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
long reach (384mm)
no Time Lapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
79
lighter than competition (240g)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Sony HX9V as a Landscape photography camera
Sony RX100 as a Landscape photography camera
49
focusing manually
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
74
has manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony HX9V as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX100 as a Vlogging camera
33
quite wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (245 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly display
no mic support
38
rather wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (240 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic support
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Sony HX9V vs Sony RX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony HX9V and Sony RX100
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9VSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-07-19 2012-08-28
Physical type Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip BIONZ -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 3200 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-384mm (16.0x) 28-100mm (3.6x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.7
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 921k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 245 gr (0.54 lbs) 240 gr (0.53 lbs)
Physical dimensions 105 x 59 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 102 x 58 x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 66
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.6
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.4
DXO Low light rating not tested 390
Other
Battery life - 330 pictures
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BG1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting With downloadable app
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $328 $448