Summary: I did a lot of research and comparisons before deciding on this camera (including its pricier DSC-H7XV replacement). I was impressed by the good reviews it received from both professionals and owners.
Summary: I bought this camera in May, and have taken some 2000 pictures and 1.5 hours of video with it (in Switzerland, Yellowstone and at home). I think it is an amazingly versatile camera and is a steal at 190$ price point.
Summary: I have decided to buy this particular camera based on its features (particularly the "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for its supposedly good performance in different lighting conditions and 10x optical zoom) and the fact that it is currently on sale (due to this model being phased out), and after receiving it...
Summary: Awesome camera!!! Had a Canon SD400 5.0 MP that I bought really long ago and it was just time to upgrade and this was a good choice. I had done some research on which cameras to buy, and this I think was the one since it was camera of the year 2010 plus it was Sony, I always wanted a Sony camera.
Summary: Realistically, you can't get much better for the price of this camera. It does everything you would expect it to do very well, and also has some new age features. My favorite part of this camera is the image stabilization. It works flawlessly every single time even at maximum zoom.
Summary: This is an AMAZING Camera by far the best I have ever owned! I typically stick to compact cameras because I want the capability to take it wherever my heart desires and with a huge SLR camera it just wont work.
Summary: I've had this camera for about a year now. The image quality is seriously amazing. I was a little stumped that Sony put out a 10MP camera with all the latest tech in it when 12-16MP were coming way down in price.
Summary: To be honest I didn't buy the Sony HX5V at 1st. After a lot of comparison I opted for the Nikon P100. O.K. I did come back to this camera after amassing BoKu Reward points and bought the Sony. I'm glad I did, but only as my 2nd camera.
Summary: I wanted a small (but not tiny) zoom camera with a wide angle of 25-27 mm, and a long telephoto zoom (250mm or more), equipped with good image stabilization (no shaking), excellent color accuracy, and an automatic point-and-shoot setting that automatically adjusts itself depending on lighting...
Summary: No, it doesn't replace a DSLR for serious photograhy. Then again, you're not going to stick a Nikon D300s in your pocket everytime you leave the house either. The DCS-HX5V is a darn-good, very smart, do-it-all camera you can keep with you at all times.