Updated (January, 2011): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

64

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

59

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX7v

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.8 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Size
Slightly smaller
101x58x27 mm vs 102x58x29 mm
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Almost the same
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/2.5" 6.3x4.2mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX5v

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Weight
Slightly lighter
200 g vs 208 g
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Almost the same
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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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.5

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              10x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $268

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $210

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $259

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $327

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $236

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Samsung ST66

              Samsung ST66

              Digicam

              $90

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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              Jos_iQctm2011 (2:05 AM, November 02, 2011)
              Guest: Are you kidding about not worth the extra money??? Maybe from the hx7v to the hx9v that's could be a true statement, but considering the hx5v vs. the hx7v, then there is no way you can not prefer the hx7v. I highly recommend you paying the extra money for it. Thanks.
               
              Guest (2:35 AM, July 17, 2011)
              I am thinking about getting the HX5V because it is much less expensive, and the HX7V is not worth the extra money.