Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX5 Full Review - Cameras For Photographers
Specifications 2:

Type:
compact

Weight (inc. Battery) [?]:
200g

Wide Angle [?]:
25mm

Max. Focal Length [?]:
250mm

Zoom Range [?]:
x10

Sensor Size:
Unknown

Low Light Support [?]:
twilight

Image Stabilization [?]:
Optical

Raw Format Support [?]:
none

Manual Exposure [?]:
no

Video Resolution [?]:
1080p

Optical Zoom In Video [?]:
yes

Stereo Sound [?]:
stereo

Battery Life [?]:
310 shots

Flip Lcd [?]:
none

Touch Screen [?]:
none

Viewfinder [?]:
none

Freeze / Water / Shock - Proof [?]:
no

Dimensions (w-h-d) [?]:
0 x 0 x 0 mm

Macro Distance [?]:
0 cm

Built-in Wireless [?]:
none

Built-in GPS [?]:
built-in gps

Direct Video Button [?]:
none

Panorama [?]:
none

Rank: [?]
51.1

Initial Price:
$199 (change: $0, 0%)

Last Lowest Price:
$199




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Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX5 - Full Review

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Sony got it right.
It's their best mixture of ease of use, cutting-edge features and high quality output.
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX5 (photo: Sony)
Important Note: the HX5 was replaced by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX7V (compare ).


It seems to have everything, and more. It can capture wide scenes using its extra wide 25mm lens. It can capture distant objects with its x10 zoom. It can take highest resolution (1080i) videos. It has better low light capabilities than most compacts. What else could you hope for?

The HX5 delivers further. It provides all these features in a small, sleek 200 grams body, which is likely to fit in your shirt pocket or even in your jeans.

Besides all those technical benefits which allow you to take any photo you like, there are some cool things, too. The built-in GPS adds geographic data to your photos, later to be map-pointed in your web album. Another great feature is this camera's speed. It takes 10 photos in one second in its burst mode, ensuring you get the right shot at exactly the right moment - like the bat hitting the ball, the candles being blown out, or that short, evading smile.

Sony also added a neat panorama option that allows you to press the shutter and swipe the camera across the view - it automatically takes up to ten photos and combines them to a single panoramic image. Like I said - cool.

As a compact zoom, it competes with Panasonic's x12 zoom ZS7 (compare ), which offers the same extra wide angle lens and built in GPS, and Canon's x14 zoom SX210 (compare ) with more zoom power but a slightly narrower wide angle.

If low light capabilities is what you're looking for, you should certainly consider Canon's sleek SD4000 (compare ) or the excellent top-of-the-line S95 (compare ).
If you like the zoom, the wide angle and that excellent sweep panorama, but prefer a simpler, budget-friendly camera, take a look at Sony's own H55 (compare ).

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