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.
Nice Small Camera - but work the "Menu" for best results!
Warren Z., Amazon
6 April 2011
Summary: The DSC-HX5V can be placed into Intelligent Automatic and take excellent shots, but if you really want to take your pictures to the next level you will have to work the Menu button. Fortunately Sony has made changing functions very easy. After selecting the Mode you want with the dial you simply press Menu to access the features that can be changed.
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...
Very powerful and high quality still camera and video camera for price and size
Ralph "Ralph", Amazon
2 February 2011
Summary: This is a very powerful camera considering the small size and price. First of all, the M (manual) mode is something that most pocket-sized point and shoot cameras do not have. Only the Sony H55, the Panasonic ZS7, and perhaps a small handful of canon and nikon pocket digital cameras have a manual mode that allow you to manually adjust the shutter speed and aperture. I find that to be essential.