Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Size
Really small
Compact (102×58×28 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
208 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

galleries

Explore our gallery of 11 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v.

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX7v

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Size
Smaller
102×58×28 mm vs 105×59×34 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
208 g vs 245 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 10x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX9v's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
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recommendations

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

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DSC-HX7v10x
              DSC-HX9v16x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $298

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $495

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Travel zoom

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

              Sony Cybershot W580

              Compact

              $99

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Significantly larger

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $469 - $649

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              Sherrietprice (4:49 AM, February 20, 2012)
              OK folks I am trying to decide on the H7X or the H9X , My mama has the H7X & she loves it the camera takes amazing pictures as good as I have seen when I saw Sony had came out with a newer version H9X I like what I see & I am leaning more toward the H9X but the reviews on the flash has me kinda concerned does any of you guys that own the H9X it regret buying it due to the placement of the flash is it that big of deal or what please advise
               
              Mike (8:02 PM, January 12, 2012)
              The flash is slightly stronger on the 9V. Does anyone know if both cameras are the same in terms of video recording quality?
               
              Animesh Ravi (7:07 PM, November 28, 2011)
              its totally wrong the oly difference between the two is the zoom
               
              Reza Khodadadi (10:16 PM, September 29, 2011)
              reza khodadadi. i read it too, that there is some problem with the battery in HX7, and i dont know whether the same problem is in HX9 or not!!!!
               
              Avatar for Harry Barnes Harry Barnes (7:10 PM, July 27, 2011)
              I've read somewhere that the HX7 can take less photos on it's battery than the HX9, I would have thought this would have been the other way round? How good is the battery of the HX7 compared to the HX9 and compared also to the rest of the market? Thanks