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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Size
Really small
Compact 102x58x29 mm
Weight
Light-weight
200 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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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
Zoom More zoom 16x vs 10x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX9v's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
True resolution Higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX5v

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Size Smaller 102x58x29 mm vs 105x59x34 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 200 g vs 245 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
        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
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
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        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
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $348 - $448

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        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 Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $280

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $300

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $320

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Travel zoom

        $495

        Weight Lighter
        Lowest price Cheaper
        GPS No built-in GPS
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $350

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Travel zoom

        $599

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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