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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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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
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        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-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $298

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $179

        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 Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $218 - $223

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $199

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Travel zoom

        $246

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

        Sony Cybershot H70

        Travel zoom

        $125

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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Size Larger
        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 Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

        Compact

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Ultra compact

        $68 - $70

        Size Smaller
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

        Super zoom

        $600

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $292 - $300

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Much larger
        Kodak PixPro AZ251

        Kodak PixPro AZ251

        Super zoom

        $119 - $153

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Size Much larger
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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