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

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

65

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.6
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 92x51x19 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 101x58x27 mm

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX7v

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom
More zoom
10x vs 5x
Help
4x more zoom
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 4s
Help
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)
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
92x51x19 mm vs 101x58x27 mm
Help
More than 40% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
117 g vs 208 g
Help
More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 1.1"
Help
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
              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 Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DSC-HX7v1080p @ 60fps
              DSC-WX301080p @ 30fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $212 - $248

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $283 - $398

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Travel zoom

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $365 - $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $347

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $220

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

              Sony Cybershot WX9

              Compact

              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $65

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $279

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX170

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX170

              Travel zoom

              $231

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger

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