Updated (July, 2011): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-W550 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.4
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 91x52x17 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
250 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
0.7"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350. Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5.

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-W350

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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
Size
Smaller
91x52x17 mm vs 92x52x22 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
250 ms vs 320 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 20% thinner
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
Weight
Lighter
117 g vs 146 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$154.99 vs $169.00
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The best price we've seen is $14 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX5

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1.4 fps
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Around 7x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.4 vs f/2.7
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-WX5's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
2.8" vs 2.7"
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Almost the same
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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DSC-W350f/2.7
              DSC-WX5f/2.4
              Size Fairly small Help
              DSC-W35091x52x17 mm
              DSC-WX592x52x22 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              DSC-W3500.7"
              DSC-WX50.9"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DSC-W350117 g
              DSC-WX5146 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              2 seconds
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DSC-W350250 ms
              DSC-WX5320 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DSC-W3504x
              DSC-WX55x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $212 - $248

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              $169

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

              Sony Cybershot W570

              Ultra compact

              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $241 - $348

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $100

              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Ultra compact

              $132

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $155

              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $209

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $197 - $227

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370

              Compact

              $80

              Screen size Larger screen
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              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-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-WX150

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

              Travel zoom

              $470

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Compact

              $190

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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