Summary: My nephew who resides in Germany had this perticular camera when he came for a visit in December. I liked the light weight and picture quality. I searched for one made in Japan. It takes a little while to figure out all the features. It's a great camera for someone on the go.
Summary: The Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V camera is excellent. I've noticed that has great features which I can emphasize the handle zoom while you're filming, 10x zoom in a compact model, sweep, GPS and many other functions. I'm very impressed. Only 4 stars in size / weight... Weight is good, but I'm still waiting for a little more compact camera, although I know there can be no market.
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. I was also impressed by the lack of negative reviews due to mechanical problems, unlike some other makes and models. Maybe the fact that this camera is made in Japan, and not China, accounts for some of that. So far, I've not been disappointed with any aspect of the camera.
Summary: Sony DSC-HX5V This is really wonderful. The photos are crisp and the quality of the recordings are great videos. The camera is small, portable and very efficient. I am satisfied, reached my expectations.
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. Before buying I had looked at all the reviews on amazon and was worried about the pixellation issue.
Why spend more for an HX9V when the older HX5V is almost as great?
19 July 2011
Summary: For half the price of the newer HX9V you get just two improvements that I'll likely never need as a non-professional photographer. This HX5V camera has 10X zoom and 10.2 MP. I don't see the need to have huge files shooting at 16 MP...I don't print photos larger than 8x10. 10X zoom starts at the same wide angle (25mm)as the HX9V and telephoto ends at 250mm which unless you're shooting a space shuttle launch from 8 miles away I don't see the need for a zoom that goes to...