Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.6
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Ultra compact 92x51x19 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 101x58x27 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX7v

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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom More zoom 10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX30

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.6 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-WX30's lens captures slightly more light (0.9 f-stops)
Size Significantly smaller 92x51x19 mm vs 101x58x27 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Weight Significantly lighter 117 g vs 208 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1.1"
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More than 30% 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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $134 - $158

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Screen resolution Has a much lower resolution screen
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

        Travel zoom

        $183

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

        Super zoom

        $278

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $241

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $278

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7

        Sony Cybershot WX7

        Compact

        $220

        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

        Sony Cybershot H70

        Travel zoom

        $230

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Lowest price Slightly cheaper
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        $384

        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $265

        Zoom More zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Size Significantly larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

        Waterproof

        $180

        Size Smaller
        Waterproof Waterproof
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Travel zoom

        $349

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Size Smaller
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        GPS No built-in GPS

        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony DSC WX100

        Sony DSC WX100

        Travel zoom

        Zoom More zoom
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5

        Compact

        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $138

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $205

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Ultra compact

        $78

        Size Smaller
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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