Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v 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
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
200 g
 
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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
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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 Much 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 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
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
Shutter lag Slightly 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
Lowest price Cheaper $185.49 vs $279.74
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The best price we've seen is $94 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $345 - $398

              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-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

              Travel zoom

              $346

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $1,027

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Super zoom

              $644

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Weight Slightly heavier

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7

              Sony Cybershot WX7

              Compact

              $218

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $159

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

              Sony Cybershot WX9

              Compact

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $318 - $503 with 20-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Much larger
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger

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