Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v vs Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

60

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

44

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

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
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
Size
Really small
Compact 102x58x29 mm
 

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
Weight
Lighter
146 g vs 200 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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More than 20% thinner
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
$140.00 vs $405.79
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The best price we've seen is $266 cheaper (2.9x less)
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
320 ms vs 350 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $221 - $268

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Super zoom

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              $179

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $180 - $425

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              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 ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              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-WX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $200 - $236

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9

              Compact

              $199

              Screen size Much larger screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

              Sony Cybershot WX9

              Compact

              $314

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

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