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
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 102x58x29 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
 
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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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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 Common Weaknesses
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        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
        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

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

        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

        $298 - $368

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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        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
        Placeholder

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

        Pro digicam

        $619 - $648

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $203

        Size Is slightly smaller
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7

        Super zoom

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Much larger
        GPS No built-in GPS

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

        Travel zoom

        $290

        True resolution Higher true resolution
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $330

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $339 - $397

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Much larger
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Samsung NV8

        Samsung NV8

        Compact

        $243

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Smaller
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle

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        discussion

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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.