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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
250 ms shutter lag
 
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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 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
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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
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 1.4 fps
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Around 7x faster continuous shooting
Screen size Larger screen 2.8" vs 2.7"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $185.49 vs $254.98
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The best price we've seen is $69 cheaper (around 30% less)
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recommendations

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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DSC-W350:f/2.7
              DSC-WX5:f/2.4
              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"
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              2 seconds
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DSC-W350:4x
              DSC-WX5:5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $328

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

              Compact

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $159

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

              Travel zoom

              $339

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $187

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $99

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $174 - $176

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

              Ultra compact

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $389 - $449

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Size Much larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148 - $191

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $180

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $499

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

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