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
Size
Really small
Compact 101x58x27 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
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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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
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        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
        Weight Heavy Help
        DSC-HX7v:208 g
        DSC-HX5v:200 g
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        f/3.5

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
        5 cm
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $449

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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548 - $550

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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $340

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $338

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Travel zoom

        $230 - $328

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Super zoom

        $398

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

        Sony Cybershot H70

        Travel zoom

        Weight Lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $184 - $300

        Zoom More zoom
        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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Travel zoom

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

        Travel zoom

        $230

        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $348

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

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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.