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
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
 
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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)
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size Significantly smaller 92x51x19 mm vs 101x58x27 mm
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More than 40% smaller
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

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

        Travel zoom

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Travel zoom

        $223 - $328

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $148

        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 Cybershot DSC-WX9

        Sony Cybershot WX9

        Compact

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498 - $548

        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-TX55

        Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

        Ultra compact

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

        Travel zoom

        $228

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
        Size Is slightly larger

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

        Sony Cybershot H70

        Travel zoom

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $348 - $448

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External flash Supports an external flash
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Significantly thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $328

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon PowerShot G11

        Canon PowerShot G11

        Pro digicam

        $479

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Much larger
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $138

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $175

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Size Much larger
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Sony DSC WX100

        Sony DSC WX100

        Travel zoom

        $220

        Zoom More zoom
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Ultra compact

        $78

        Size Smaller
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Size Much larger
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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