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Sony Cyber shot DSC-HX5V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1228 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the usability and performance are overall positive. The responsiveness and image quality are also appreciated. The energy efficiency and viewfinder get negative comments, and there are some mixed comments about the shutter.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber shot DSC-HX5V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Good in low light, Nice Body Color

Limited zoom, Poor Flash

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Sharp-Shooting Sony Cam Guides You, Even When Lost


The days of forgetting where you took a photo are over. The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5V, and several other cameras we tested recently, has built-in GPS receivers

GPS automatically sets the camera’s clock depending on the time zone you're traveling in. Intelligent Sweep Panorama captures wide or tall subject matter — think Grand Canyon or the Sears Tower — just by pressing the shutter and sweeping the camera in...

GPS signal quickly surrendered to buildings or even overhanging trees. Doesn't display nearby place names or points of interest during playback. Confusing menu system makes adjusting GPS setting a chore

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V


With its in-camera GPS, digital compass, wireless image and video sharing via TransferJet, accelerometer-driven panorama mode, and 1080i high-definition video capture in AVCHD format, it's easy to overlook the fact that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V...

Panorama, low-light, backlight correction modes ; GPS receiver and compass for geotagging ; Excellent color accuracy and low-light performance

No aperture-priority or shutter-priority modes ; Geotagging requires software on a Windows PC ; Images aren't always sharp

Don’t call Sony's GPS-enabled, feature-loaded DSC-HX5V a gimmick camera. It supplements its in-camera goodies with great image quality and terrific shooting modes.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V


Sony has again used its backside-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, Bionz image processor, and a Sony G lens to try to solve two of the most common complaints about compact cameras: shooting performance and low-light photo quality. This time around...

Speedy shooting performance; compact, lightweight design; plenty of fun, useful features; very good low-light photo quality for a compact camera.

Soft photos, videos; limited manual controls; GPS can't quickly be powered on and off.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V has shooting options for solving common snapshot camera issues, but some users still won't be thrilled with the results.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V/B


Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V/B is only average in picture quality but above-average in features. The high-definition video recording is very lucrative for consumers who want to go from pics to flicks in no time. Unfortunately, this camera does...

Premium- 10x (25mm equivalent) professional-quality optical zoom G-LensEnhanced- Face Detection, Smile Shutter, Motion Detection, and Anti-blink technologiesExpanded- now supports 720p and 1080i HD video and audio recording

Pricey- definitely not for consumers who are on a tight budgetQuestionable- poor low-light picture quality and terrible audio quality

If you are looking for a good mid-range point and shoot digital camera,...

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Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V


Don't call Sony's GPS-enabled, feature-loaded DSC-HX5V a gimmick camera. It supplements its in-camera goodies with great image quality and terrific shooting modes.

Those key strengths are thanks to three modes, all of which you can access quickly via a mode dial on top of the camera: Handheld Twilight mode, which snaps up to six images at different exposure settings in rapid succession and overlays them to create...

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Sony Cyber-shot HX5V


The Sony Cyber-shot HX5V is a 10.2MP point and shoot camera that was introduced in January 2010 with the Cyber-shot TX7. The HX5V complements the TX7 well and, fortunately, packs in many of the great features of its thinner counterpart.

In sum, the Sony Cyber-shot HX5V is an excellent point and shoot camera. It has plenty of features for the enthusiast user, while being able to maintain a simple interface for those who need a little time to adjust to all that the camera can do. If you...

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Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V


($349) is a compact ultra zoom camera with several features that differentiate it from most of its competitors. They include a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, which promises better-than-average low light performance and super-fast continuous shooting,...

Good photo quality for smaller prints ; Modest improvement at middle ISO sensitivities versus conventional sensors ; 10X, 25 - 250 mm lens in a compact body ; Optical image stabilization ; Limited manual controls ; Intelligent Auto mode picks a scene...

Heavy noise reduction smudges details, even at lower ISOs; highest sensitivities not really usable ; Camera clips highlights easily; occasional (but slight) overexposure ; Redeye a problem, though you can remove it in playback mode ; Only two apertures...

I have mixed feelings about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V. It's not the best low light shooter out there (that honor goes to Fuji), nor does it have the best GPS implementation (that award goes to Panasonic). That said, it does a decent job of both, and...


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5


The HX5's zoom offers an equivalent range of 25-250mm, taking you from seriously wide-angle to pretty powerful telephoto coverage in a compact body that'll squeeze into most pockets. This allows you to capture expansive landscapes, cramped interiors or...

10x zoom with 25mm wide angle ; HD movies at up to 1080i ; Built-in GPS with compass ; Very fast continuous shooting at 10fps ; Innovative and effective auto modes

No location names on-screen from GPS ; GPS often slower to lock-on than Lumix TZ10 / ZS7 ; Low noise claims not realised. No better than rivals ; Adjustable 'aperture' of very limited use

Sony's first pocket super-zoom hits the ground running with a feature-set which genuinely stands out from the competition. None of its rivals feature 10fps continuous shooting, 1080i video recording, or the same degree of innovation and consistent...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Review


Today Patrick Dean from reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V is a 10.2 megapixel compact digital camera that promises to appeal to tech-friendly photographers thanks to a number of very cool features. For...

What about video? Well, the HX5V takes HD video (1080i), and provides an HDMI out to let you view both movies and stills on your big screen HDTV. Finally the HX5V will likely be most noted for one additional feature, built in GPS. GPS of course allows...

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Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V [Review]


Ten megapixels (and a bit). Ten times optical zoom. Ten frames a second continuous shooting. Which, as I figure, could make this camera fairly rare.

A spectacular compact digicam which could just about handle every task thrown at it. If you're planning a world trip and want reduce baggage, this baby could handle any HD video shooting along with high quality stills capture. Just remember to pack a...

Product Specifications

Sony's CyberShot HX5V is a top-of-the-line point-and-shoot camera. It packs a huge 10.2 Megapixels and 10x optical zoom into a fairly small body, and takes good pictures, especially in low-light conditions. A built-in GPS receiver automatically geo-tags photos, so you can see exactly where they were taken. It features full manual controls, although they are a little difficult to get to. It is capable of saving photos to standard SD cards as well as Sony's proprietary digital storage format, which has a wireless transfer feature. It can take up to 10 photos a second in a special burst mode. It does has some issues with image sharpness and accurate colors, but it has the most features you're going to get in a point-and-shoot camera, and overall it takes great photos. You certainly have to pay for the features you get, but if you want a nice camera that's laden with awesome features, then this is definitely one to consider.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO Duo / SDHC Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1in / 1.1in
Width:4in / 4.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Portrait mode / Twilight portrait / Back light / Pet / Fireworks / Soft snap / Panorama assist / Sports mode / Twilight mode / Beach / Backlight portrait / Twilight using a tripod / Snow / High sensitivity / Reducing blur / Handheld twilight / Gourmet

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:45MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.5
Max Focal Length:42.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.25mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.4 / 1/2.4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.6 mm ( 1/2.4 ) / 10.6 mm ( 1/2.4" )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4 / AVCHD
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 800 / ISO 125 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 3200 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Fisheye / Soft Focus / Retro / Cross filter / Partial color / Radial blur / Unsharp masking
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None