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
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact (92×52×22 mm)
Thin
Thickness
0.9"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

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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Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
Zoom
Slightly 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
92×52×22 mm vs 102×58×29 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Cheaper
$279.99 vs $405.86
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The best price we've seen is $126 cheaper (more than 30% 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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. 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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7

              Sony Cybershot WX7

              Compact

              $256

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Travel zoom

              $181

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

              Sony Cybershot WX9

              Compact

              $250

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture 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 Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              $327

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $148

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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