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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
Summary: I bought this camera few days back and have not played with it in all scenarios yet. Pansonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 was my other option. Pictures in low light, inside the home seems to be OK (I was expecting it to be lot better).
Excels in low light & video, but little off in color accuracy & sharpness
Gerald Jung, Amazon
28 November 2010
Summary: I'm pretty picky about my toys and have done tons of research before "settling" on this knowing that all available choices were compromises. After 5 months of usage, I can confirm all pros/cons others have written about it: Pros: - Very usable 10x.
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.
Summary: Have had the camera two months and works very well. I am not going to compare it to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 (because I own it but broken last fall--and I like the Sony better anyway), other than I'll say that the Lumix can't handle low light/indoor shots well without upping the ISO with flash...