Summary: Love this little camera. It takes awesome pictures. Movies and Panoramics too. The evening shots are amazing. I am completely satisfied with the camera. The only thing I would want is more zoom. My last camera was double the zoom and I didn't realize how much I used it. I can crop pictures for the look with this one though. I would recommend getting extra batteries because using it for video sucks the power quickly. I got 2 back ups just in case. Works great.
Summary: Negatives: -image stabilizer is a little weak for video, when you start to zoom in or out it causes the lens to jerk or twitch because of the slight play in the mechanism -despite the good lcd resolution it's a little difficult to tell if you are focusing properly -battery life is kind of short, and if you turn the dial to video mode the stabilizer runs full time even if you are not recording which helps drain the battery faster.
Summary: Great camera for the price you have to pay. Compact and powerfull, great movie shots and pictures. I miss some brightness in some pivtures shot in the evening or places with minimum light. Overall, great purchase.
Summary: Update: June 11, 2012 I've had the camera for a year now, and still love it! The reason I'm writing this update is because I began to see a dark spot in the images. Then I hit the Internet, did a little research, and found out that dust can easily get in and the best way to clean it is with a vacuum cleaner (thanks grizzlysteve74!) I simply pointed the hose right on top of the lens assembly and zoomed in and out a little while the vacuum cleaner was on.
Summary: This camera takes sharp, beautiful pictures. It's incredibly easy to use and has lots of fun features (hello, panorama!). For all of these reasons, I really want to recommend this camera. But the battery life is terrible. Literally, every second or third time I turn it on, it's already time to recharge the battery again. I thought maybe it was just my battery, but I bought I second one to keep on-hand, and it's just as bad.
Summary: Bought an Hx5v in May (see my other review) and has been happy with it after almost 6 months of usage. My folks were impressed by the pictures and videos I could capture with the camera and I've decide to get the WX5 for them. Since they have been using a SD870 I've also tried to look into the SD 4000 ( with f2.0 lens) and SD4500 (10x zoom but no wide-angle) but the combo of 1sweep panorama, f/2.4 with 24mm wide angle 5x zoom lens plus backlit CMOS and my experience with...
Summary: Simply put this one of the best point-and-shoots you can buy on the market. It's quick, loaded with features, and the picture quality is some of the best I've ever seen out of a point and shoot. It performs admirably in low light. Especially using the Superior Auto mode. Only thing I would say is that the color saturation is a little lacking in some instances and some of the pictures look a little "cold".
Summary: I was expecting a lot from this camera, having read the CNET and other expert reviews, so it was going to be difficult for it to impress me. Overall (and so far) I am impressed though. Picture quality is very good - not as good as my DSLR but far better then my previous Casio Exilim compact.
Summary: Absolutely love this camera. Chose the WX5 over the HX5V with its 10x zoom. The WX5 is smaller, better in low light, has a better res screen and in my view the controls feel nicer to use. For a compact camera the image quality is pretty good. Full HD movie an advantage. Not sure I'm ever going to have much need for the 3D mode, but I'm sure someone out there will. The screen is excellent, menu's okay once you get used to them.
Pros: sweet compact, build quality, screen, controls, HD video, pro stick and SDHC cards
Cons: So compact, some may find it difficult to hold