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
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
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"
 
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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
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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
              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
              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-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $210

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $448

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Compact

              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Size Is slightly larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Compact

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $98 - $108

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              $208

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Super zoom

              $999

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cybershot WX60

              Sony Cybershot WX60

              Travel zoom

              $215

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

              Compact

              $626

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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