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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.4
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
460k dots
 

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"
 
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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 Slightly 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 Cheaper $254.98 vs $384.39
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The best price we've seen is $129 cheaper (more than 30% 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
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
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              DSC-W350:91x52x17 mm
              DSC-WX5:92x52x22 mm
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DSC-W350:f/2.7
              DSC-WX5:f/2.4
              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
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DSC-W350:4x
              DSC-WX5:5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Compact

              $270

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $252

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Travel zoom

              $100

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $328

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

              Compact

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370

              Compact

              Screen size Larger screen
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

              Ultra compact

              $366

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Slightly larger
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $122 - $138

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Larger screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

              Sony Cybershot WX9

              Compact

              $159

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

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