Summary: It seems like everyone has something to about this camera. If you are on the fence reading all the praises and equal number of complaints, maybe I can help. This camera does what it is supposed to do very well. It will get the photo you want in almost all circumstances, even in dark situations...impressive for a camera in this price range and category. Have kids and pets running around, you'll get them in action as well.
Picture quality is awesome and very user friendly!!
8 September 2011
Summary: I bought this after my Olympus drowned in the lake.I have owned a couple Kodak's and a Canon.I bought this HX5V Cybershot specifically for the 10xzoom and the panorama sweep features.My Kodak I also bought because of same reasons but,the zoom was a little better the panorama was ok.Every camera I've owned has had there own little feature I liked about it.So there is no real"favorite"..
Summary: I bought this camera for $210 and the day it arrived, I went on Amazon and saw the price had dropped to $190. Oh well, that's fate! As I said in my other review I wanted a long zoom pocket sized camera and bought an Olympus VR-320 a few days earlier but that one I think is seriously lacking some necessary features and the picture quality is just so-so. So I went on Amazon again and bought this Sony hx5v.
Summary: From a value standpoint I have no regrets with my purchase. I use this camera for snapshots of my family and travel photos and the DSC-HX5V has met my expectations. I keep the camera primarily in the auto mode setting. A wide array of other people's photos taken with this camera can be viewed on Flickr.com (type in the camera model #) although I suspect many of those pix may have gotten post-production touch-ups on Photoshop.
Summary: I travel frequently and bought this camera because of it's GPS encoding feature. Downside is that it takes a minute or 2 to lock on to satellites. I usually shoot in 16x9 format and in this frame size this camera is only 7 megapixels. HD video is great, so much so that I leave my dedicated HD video cameras at home 'cause this camera fits nicely in my pocket.
Excerpt: PICTURE QUALITY: Really 'true' exposure and colour rendition in day and low-light (however due to typical Sony trait of a love of yellow tinting, in lit interiors I recommend adjusting white balance). Daylight pictures taken in a big range of conditions come out quite sharp. Intelligent Auto mode includes option of exposure bracketing (eg takes 3 shots at different exposure levels), and automatically detects back-lit situations that need foreground compensation (this is...
Summary: First off, I am the type that keeps a camera around until it's absolutely time for an upgrade. That said, I retired my Nikon old old coolpix and traded in for this Sony. I read over 100 reviews, that's probably even underestimated...and went to many different stores. I was skeptical due to the price and the many choices of modes. I figured with that many choices a few were bound to be less than average quality.
Summary: I like the easiness of the camera, since I am not a camera aficionado. The intelligent setting is pretty good for almost all situations. But be careful when using flash on dark places, you may get a few white spots on your photo. If you have a Mac and want to use the GPS, good luck, you better have Boot Camp installed, or a friend with a Windows PC, otherwise it will not work.