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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

64

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

59

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
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
 

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
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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $348 - $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 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
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $248

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $83 - $99

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Travel zoom

              $267 - $350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Much larger
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Travel zoom

              $240

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

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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.