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

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 102x58x29 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
300 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Zoom More zoom 16x vs 10x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 Common Weaknesses
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        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
        Weight Heavy Help
        DSC-HX9v:245 g
        DSC-HX5v:200 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
        5 cm
        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

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $365

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $328

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $330

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $479 - $498

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $329 - $350

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Travel zoom

        $151

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $335

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Zoom Significantly less zoom
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $490 - $515

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Size Larger
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

        Travel zoom

        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

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

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