Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-W650 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Sony Cybershot WX9 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

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Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot WX9

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

Thickness
Thin
0.7"

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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W650

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Lowest price
Cheaper
$135.00 vs $314.00
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The best price we've seen is $179 cheaper (2.3x less)
Size
Slightly smaller
94x56x19 mm vs 94x56x19 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
124 g vs 139 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony WX9

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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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.6
              Size Fairly small Help
              Super compact 94x56x19 mm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Thickness Thin Help
              DSC-W650:0.7"
              WX9:0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DSC-W650:124 g
              WX9:139 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              2 seconds
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $230

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168 - $202

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $119

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Smaller
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $78

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D50

              Nikon D50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 body only

              $445 with 18-55mm lens

              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7

              Sony Cybershot WX7

              Compact

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

              Ultra compact

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $158

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $268

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $120

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity

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