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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

61

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

59

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Really small
Size
Super compact 92x52x22 mm
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Thin
Thickness
0.9"
 

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"
 

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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
117 g vs 146 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 1.4 fps
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Around 7x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Screen size
Larger screen
2.8" vs 2.7"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$140.00 vs $219.88
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DSC-W350:91x52x17 mm
              DSC-WX5:92x52x22 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              DSC-W350:0.7"
              DSC-WX5:0.9"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DSC-W350:117 g
              DSC-WX5:146 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              2 seconds
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DSC-W350:250 ms
              DSC-WX5:320 ms
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DSC-W350:4x
              DSC-WX5:5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              $179

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $248

              Zoom Has much 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

              $498 - $578

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $98 - $119

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $140

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $360

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

              Compact

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $180

              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

              $176

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50

              Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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