Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V vs Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

58

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.4
Really small
Size
Super compact 92x52x22 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.9"
Light-weight
Weight
146 g
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX5

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Zoom
More zoom
10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 2s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX5

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.4 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-WX5's lens captures slightly more light (1.1 f-stops)
Size
Significantly smaller
92x52x22 mm vs 102x58x29 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
146 g vs 200 g
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Around 30% lighter
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.8 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$145.79 vs $405.79
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The best price we've seen is $260 cheaper (2.8x less)
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
320 ms vs 350 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking 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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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
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DSC-HX5350 ms
              DSC-WX5320 ms
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $136 - $218

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $220

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              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 Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7

              Sony Cybershot WX7

              Compact

              $180

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Much larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10

              Travel zoom

              $198

              Zoom More zoom
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9

              Compact

              $186

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot WX60

              Sony Cybershot WX60

              Travel zoom

              $158

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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