Summary: My review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 digital camera (sometimes called the DSC-HX5V and the DSC-HX5B) shows a very impressive model with a great mix of beginner and intermediate photography features. The HX5 easily shifts from a fully automatic point and shoot model to a camera that allows you to adjust most of the settings manually. The HX5 isn't quite as slim or stylish as some others, but its photo features are great.
Pros: Startup is very fast, HX5's iSweep Panorama feature is among the best panoramic features around, Several different movie settings are available, along with a dedicated movie button, HX5 excels in low-light photography; small flash is powerful, 10X zoom lens with limited wide angle option is nice addition
Cons: Price is a little high, Shots with the flash can suffer from some shutter lag, Camera is a little bigger and heaver than most beginner cameras, Can inadvertently cover flash while holding camera
Summary: Lets start with the controls (sorry for the poor shots, I was outside in 12 degree weather). On the top of the camera are buttons for the mode selector dial, zoom/shutter release and power. Right above the lens is the stereo microphone. On the back is a D-Pad for menu and feature selection, a quick movie mode button, large 3" LCD screen with an anti-reflective coating.
Conclusion: While you can get more zoom in a same-size camera from competitors, Sony makes up for it with a wealth of innovative features and clever in-camera software in the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V.
Pros: Fast operation. Excellent image quality. Superior video recording (1080i60). Large, 3-inch LCD. Clever in-camera software for creating panoramic photos and reducing image noise. Integrated GPS and compass.
Cons: Competition offers more zoom in similar body size.
Conclusion: Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5 digital camera review The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5 is fairly unique in its kind. Not due to the powerful 10x optical range, as the competition tops that. And also not due to the effective image stabilizer, as that is also known from other manufacturers. The Sony HX5 is unique due to its remarkable image sensor and the possibilities that this offers that make the life of a photographer more pleasant.
Excerpt: The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V is makes a perfect 10.Three times over! Ten megapixels (and a bit). Ten times optical zoom. Ten frames a second continuous shooting. Which, as I figure, could make this camera fairly rare. Get that? Ten full res 3648×2736 pixel images in one second. So you could make ten 25x23cm prints from one rapid sequence. Then there’s the HX5CV’s ability in video: Full HD with 1920×1080 pixel resolution, recorded in AVCHD format.
Excerpt: Today Patrick Dean from Neutralday.com reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V is a 10.2 megapixel compact digital camera that promises to appeal to tech-friendly photographers thanks to a number of very cool features. For starters the HX5V brings a backlit sensor design aimed at improving low light performance, and pairs that with a versatile 10x zoom lens.
Summary: In sum, the Sony Cyber-shot HX5V is an excellent point and shoot camera. It has plenty of features for the enthusiast user, while being able to maintain a simple interface for those who need a little time to adjust to all that the camera can do. If you decide to pick up this camera, remember, there’s always the Easy mode to fall back on if things get a little scary.
Summary: Despite being packed with gadgetry and its fair share of innovation, the HX5 is ultimately about having a long optical zoom in a compact camera. It may actually sport the shortest total range of its rivals, with 'just' 10x compared to the 12 and 14x of the Panasonic TZ10 / ZS7 and Canon SX210 IS respectively, but starting at an equivalent of 25mm and not stopping until you reach 250mm, there's very few occasions when you'll curse it for not zooming wider or longer.
Pros: 10x zoom with 25mm wide angle., HD movies at up to 1080i., Built-in GPS with compass., Very fast continuous shooting at 10fps., Innovative and effective auto modes.
Cons: No location names on-screen from GPS., GPS often slower to lock-on than Lumix TZ10 / ZS7., Low noise claims not realised. No better than rivals., Adjustable 'aperture' of very limited use.