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

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
Lowest price Cheaper $279.74 vs $384.39
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The best price we've seen is $105 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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 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 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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $315 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $245 - $250

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $125 - $149

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $279

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $65 - $229

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $97

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $499

              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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              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $199

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Travel zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

              Sony Cybershot WX9

              Compact

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

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