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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 670 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the portability and performance are on the whole positive. The usability and image quality also get good comments. The sensor and energy efficiency get mixed reviews, and there are some negative views about the storage and features.

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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-W5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5


A junior version of the 7-megapixel DSC-W7 , the 5-megapixel Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5 boasts the same no-nonsense, compact, metal-alloy body; gorgeous 2.5-inch LCD (which is coupled with a modest optical viewfinder for use in bright ambient light); 3X...

2.5-inch LCD; quick burst mode; flexible controls; solid image quality.

No shutter- or aperture-priority mode; manual focus limited to six preset steps; subpar optical viewfinder.

A 2.5-inch LCD, decent image quality, and both automated and selected manual controls make the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5 a competent camera for the casual photographer.

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Sony DSC-W5


The Cyber-shot DSC-W5 is an affordable yet high-performance 5-megapixel digital camera that offers a Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens, large 2.5-inch color LCD, automatic simplicity and advanced features that you can "grow into" later, housed in a very...

Bottom line - the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 is a durable and stylish digicam that offers great image quality and robust performance. With 5-megapixels of resolution, you can create photo-quality 11x14-inch or larger prints; just make sure you spend a few sec

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Digital Cameras - Sony CyberShot DSC-W5 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


As the lower-resolution sibling of the DSC-W7, which we also reviewed recently, the Sony DSC-W5 offers all the same features, but with a 5.1 megapixel CCD (vs 7.0) and at a list price that's $100 lower. As such, I'm a bit more enthusiastic about it...

Very fast, excellent shutter response, excellent shot to shot speed

So-so handling of household incandescent lighting

Similar in shape, size, and overall design to the DSC-W1, the new Sony DSC-W5 digital camera continues the more traditional digital camera styling that differentiated the original W1 from the rest of Sony's popular Cyber-shot line. The W5 is basically...


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Sony Cyber-Shot W5


The new Sony Cyber-shot W5 still has the features that made the W1 great, including excellent battery life, unlimited VGA movies at 30 FPS, that high-quality Carl Zeiss lens, 5 megapixels, a large 2.5 inch LCD and compatibility with conversion lenses....

Excellent battery life ; Rechargeable batteries included in the box ; Large and clear 2.5 inch LCD ; Many of scene modes ; Lots of accessories ; Excellent movie mode ; USB 2.0 High-speed interface

Limited manual controls ; Too much red-eye ; High noise levels ; Low resolution LCD ; Mediocre continuous shooting feature ; No fast shutter or portrait scene modes

The Sony Cyber-shot W5 is a camera with great photo quality, excellent battery life, lots of accessories and solid build. What the W5 lacks is real manual controls, a LCD of higher resolution, better continuous shooting and some better photos

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Owners Opinion: Sony DSC-W5 (Lucas Modena, 4 Feb 08)


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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5


I bought this camera in January 2006 and have been using it ever since. It is great in almost every respect. The Carl Zeiss lens gives fantastic sharp shots. The manual mode gives an option of 30 second exposures. It takes two AA cells, so no problem...

Big LCD, very good lens especially for macro shots, good color reproduction, many manual adjustments possible

Causes red eye in night portraits, a bit heavy and bulky, only 3x optical zoom, the mode change dial on top is a bit prone to malfunctioning

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5


I have had this camera for almost 3 years. Took thousands of pictures. I have an underwater casing and I have taken many excellent underwater photos of coral, fish, etc.

Wide LCD screen, usability

Thickness, some settings not useful

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5


The bottom line is that the camera is a "a good idea", that failed horribly. We wanted something smaller then our Cannon powershot w/10X zoom. Something easy to throw in your purse or even pocket. I like to take a LOT of picures. This has the worst...

Small , user friendly, Nice size screen, takes very good videos

8 out of 10 pics are blurry

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5


I've been pretty happy with this camera for the last 2 years, it is fast (at least 2 years ago) and has produced a lot of memorizable images in this period. It has been good value for money,... until recently it broke down completely. Searching the...

After 2 years fails to power up

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Owners Opinion: Sony DSC-W5 (Dela, 6 Dec 07)


I've been pretty happy with this camera for the last 2 years, it is fast (at least 2 years ago) and has produced a lot of memorizable images in this period. It has been good value for money,... until recently it broke down completely. Searching the...

Product Specifications

A classic design meets modern technology in the Cyber-shot W5 digital camera from Sony. It combines a traditional rangefinder camera layout with high-end features such as a huge 2.5" LCD screen, 5.1 Megapixel image capture, and high speed performance thanks to the Real Imaging Processor chip. The W5's Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens provides crisp, clear visuals and a 3X optical zoom without compromising the camera's amazingly compact design. Image quality is further enhanced with such features as 5 area multi-point auto focus, auto focus illuminator and multi-pattern measuring. The W5 includes 32 Megabytes of built-in flash memory, so you'll have room for additional photographs if you are ever without a Memory Stick media. With a classic build, easy control, and numerous advanced features, the Cyber-shot W5 has something for everyone.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Landscape / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:23.7mm
Min Focal Length:7.9mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:5.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical