Updated (January 2012): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

65

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.6
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (92×52×19 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v.

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 5x
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More than 10x more zoom
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
300 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX30

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Size
Much smaller
92×52×19 mm vs 105×59×34 mm
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2.3x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.6 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-WX30's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Weight
Much lighter
117 g vs 245 g
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2.1x lighter
Thickness
Much thinner
0.8" vs 1.3"
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More than 40% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DSC-HX9v1080p @ 60fps
              DSC-WX301080p @ 30fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $198 - $268

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $678 - $798

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $348

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $223

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $198

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $97 - $98

              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $118 - $142

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

              Compact

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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