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

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

67

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

59

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Size
Really small
Compact 102x58x29 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
200 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

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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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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly 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
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $332 - $399

              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 Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Zoom More zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Zoom Less zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $221 - $268

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS

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