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

66

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Compact (102×58×28 mm)
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Weight
Light-weight
200 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Size
Really small
Compact (102×58×29 mm)

galleries

Explore our gallery of 11 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v.

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
102×58×28 mm vs 102×58×29 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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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
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DSC-HX7v1080p @ 60fps
              DSC-HX5v1080p @ 30fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.5

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DSC-HX7v102×58×28 mm
              DSC-HX5v102×58×29 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              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

              $272 - $348

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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 slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              $199

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Travel zoom

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

              Sony Cybershot WX9

              Compact

              $249

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Much larger
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $216

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

              Sony Cybershot W580

              Compact

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $217 - $402

              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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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.