As well as being compared against other compacts, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 is also often compared to travel zooms, ultra compacts, pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5's top rivals come from Ricoh (such as the CX5) and Olympus (such as the VR330)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W5 compared to other compact competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and slightly longer exposures (30 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 1,229k dots), is significantly larger (compact (91×60×36 mm) vs compact (90×57×27 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
7 years newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and DSC-W5

  • Wide aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • Long exposures: 30 seconds vs 30 seconds

Canon PowerShot SD500

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similar age

Significant advantages of the SD500 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×57×27 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.1" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly lighter: 200 g vs 250 g

Significant disadvantages of the SD500 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"
  • Shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 30 seconds

common strengths of the SD500 and DSC-W5

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (90×57×27 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W5 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and significantly longer exposures (30 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 920k dots), is much larger (compact (91×60×36 mm) vs compact (96×55×25 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Ricoh CX5

Ricoh CX5
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the CX5 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the CX5 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 30 seconds

common strengths of the CX5 and DSC-W5

  • Very small: Compact (102×58×29 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 205 g vs 250 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.4"

Olympus VR330

Olympus VR-330
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the VR330 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 38 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the VR330 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 30 seconds

common strengths of the VR330 and DSC-W5

  • Very small: Compact (101×58×28 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 153 g vs 250 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.4"

Sony DSC WX100

Sony DSC WX100
7 years newer

Significant advantages of the WX100 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 38 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×52×22 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the WX100 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 30 seconds

common strengths of the WX100 and DSC-W5

  • Very small: Super compact (92×52×22 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 124 g vs 250 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.4"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300
8 years newer
$779

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX300 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 38 mm
  • Much smaller: Compact (96×55×25 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX300 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 30 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-WX300 and DSC-W5

  • Very small: Compact (96×55×25 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 166 g vs 250 g
  • Thin: 1" vs 1.4"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W5 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and significantly longer exposures (30 seconds vs 2 seconds).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7"), is much larger (compact (91×60×36 mm) vs ultra compact (91×52×20 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (5 MP vs 9.8 MP).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380
5 years newer
$230

Significant advantages of the DSC-W380 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W380 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W380 and DSC-W5

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W5 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much larger screen (2.5" vs 1.8"), is slightly smaller (compact (91×60×36 mm) vs standard size (134×80×58 mm)) and is newer (february 2005 vs february 2001).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 33 mm) and significantly shorter exposures (30 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Casio QV-3500EX

Casio QV-3500EX
4 years older

Significant advantages of the QV-3500EX (vs the DSC-W5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the QV-3500EX (vs the DSC-W5)

  • None found

common strengths of the QV-3500EX and DSC-W5

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Sony Alpha DSLR-A290
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A290 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A290 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A290 and DSC-W5

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W5 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (91×60×36 mm) vs prosumer size (110×83×86 mm)), is thinner (1.4" vs 3.4") and is slightly lighter (250 g vs 440 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 31 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (5 MP vs 8 MP) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-H9 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 31 mm vs 38 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H9 (vs the DSC-W5)

  • Thicker: 3.4" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the DSC-H9 and DSC-W5

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×83×86 mm) vs Compact (91×60×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 440 g vs 250 g
  • Thin: 3.4" vs 1.4"