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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

Size
Really small
Compact 102x58x29 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
 
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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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 320 ms vs 350 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price Cheaper $140.00 vs $244.56
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The best price we've seen is $105 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DSC-HX5:350 ms
              DSC-WX5:320 ms
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $298

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $167 - $227

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $218 - $223

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              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
              Samsung NV8

              Samsung NV8

              Compact

              $243

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Travel zoom

              $290

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $528

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $210

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7

              Sony Cybershot WX7

              Compact

              $364

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Size Much larger
              Placeholder

              Olympus D-630 Zoom

              Compact

              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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