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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
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
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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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
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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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 Common Weaknesses
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Longest exposure Long exposures Help
        30 seconds
        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 Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        DSC-HX7v:101x58x27 mm
        DSC-HX5v:102x58x29 mm
        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 Cybershot DSC-H70

        Sony Cybershot H70

        Travel zoom

        $125

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        $384

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $368

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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 slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $350

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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sanyo VPC-X350

        Sanyo VPC-X350

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        GPS No built-in GPS

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

        Compact

        $626

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Zoom Less zoom
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

        Travel zoom

        $172

        True resolution Higher true resolution
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

        Travel zoom

        $370

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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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.