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

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.4
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.4 fps
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Around 7x faster continuous shooting
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
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 $168.00
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The best price we've seen is $28 cheaper (around 20% 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
              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
              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
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DSC-W350:4x
              DSC-WX5:5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $200

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              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-W350 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $130

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Ultra compact

              $132

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $119

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Compact

              $90

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70 - $100

              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $158

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $268

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $339 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              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 DSC WX100

              Sony DSC WX100

              Travel zoom

              $236

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen

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