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

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

65

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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
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
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/2.5" 6.3x4.2mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
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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
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              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
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm

              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

              $283 - $368

              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-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              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 S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $214

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $347

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $170

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10

              Travel zoom

              $500

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS

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