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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 92x51x19 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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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
Battery life Longer battery life 300 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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 92x51x19 mm vs 105x59x34 mm
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2.3x smaller
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)
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Weight Much lighter 117 g vs 245 g
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2.1x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 0.8" vs 1.3"
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More than 40% thinner
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        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
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $298 - $368

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $218 - $268

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $330

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $330

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Zoom Less zoom
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Zoom Less zoom
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $275

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $78 - $119

        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Lowest price Cheaper
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5

        Compact

        $300

        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

        Super zoom

        $600

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $148

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $567 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

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