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Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-WX5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 191 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the lens and responsiveness. The performance and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed opinions on the manual image adjustments and exposure. The features and energy efficiency get critical comments.

portability, image quality, performance, responsiveness, lens

battery, stabilizer , shutter, energy, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-WX5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5


Sony has been on a roll lately with its Exmor R-sensored point-and-shoot cameras, and the compact but capable Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 ($300 as of October 1, 2010) ups the ante established by its predecessor, the highly rated Cyber-shot DSC-WX1.

Innovative 3D-shooting modes ; Great modes for panoramic and low-light images ; Extremely easy to use and suitable for beginners ; Handles SD, SDHC, and Memory Stick ; Very compact

No manual controls for aperture and shutter ; Controls might be a bit small for some users ; Background Defocus mode can blur too much of image

For casual snapshooters, the Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 offers a unique blend of good image quality, innovative in-camera modes, and even a few 3D-shooting tricks.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX5 Preview


Sony has just released their most powerful W-series models to date, with the all new Cyber-shot DSC-WX5. This compact powerhouse is packed full of Sony's latest technologies, like their new 3D Sweep Panorama mode, Superior Auto exposure mode,...

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Sony DSC-WX5


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 digital camera replaces the company's previous WX1 model, and is based around a 1/2.3"-type 12.2 effective megapixel backside illuminated Sony Exmor R CMOS image sensor with RGB color filter array, coupled to a Sony...

Bright, wide-angle 5x zoom ; Optical image stabilization (though see related Cons) ; Minimal corner blurring despite wide 24mm equivalent lens ; Low geometric distortion ; 2.8-inch 461K-dot LCD ; Full 1080i AVCHD movies ; Dedicated movie button ;...

Lens or image stabilization produced some blurred images at slow shutter speeds ; Image stabilization cannot be turned off ; Noise reduction sometimes more aggressive than necessary ; Blooming noticeable around very bright areas ; Background Defocus...

Flash: Our manufacturer-specified testing (shown at right) doesn't work well at wide-angle when the reported distance goes beyond 16 feet, because that takes the camera out of the main lab, involving the target box at right, so the wide-angle result is...


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Sony DSC-WX5 Cyber Shot 3D Camera Review


The new Sony DSC-WX5 3D camera has incredibly advanced features. This 12.2 MP Cyber Shot digital camera has a touch screen LCD and 5x optical zoom. This is one of the best options for photographers. It has a 4GB accessory kit. Additional features...

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Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 camera


For casual snapshot takers, the Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 offers a unique blend of good image quality, innovative in-camera modes, and even a few 3D-shooting tricks.

Full manual controls are still missing, which makes this compact camera a tough sell for experienced photographers. Casual shooters probably won't miss them much; the WX5's scene modes and other shooting options cover most of the bases, and they're a...

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Amazon review summary for Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-WX5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-WX5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

low-light, memory, value for money, responsiveness, color

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Terrible Battery Life


A fully charged battery will last only 115 minutes of "still photos". I have to charge the battery after every use - most of the time after 1 partial day of use. You'll be lucky if you get a full day out of the battery life. Very frustrating,...

compact, nice photos

battery life

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Amazing Camera


One of the best cameras I've ever purchased. Images are very crisp. Since I hate using a flash if I can help it, I especially like its capability of taking high quality low light pictures. HD movie recording look incredible, panorama is easy, and the...

High quality pictures and movies ;

Picture image distortion near edges ;

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Small Size, Wide Angle, Love the Panaroma Feature


First the issure of battery life. Yes it burns the battery quicker than most point and shoot camers. Look at the battery and it is approximately 60% as large as most batteries. Everyone loves the small size of this camera. Well to make it small and...

Size, Features, Movie Quality, Panorama, Superior Auto Adjustment ;

Battery Life, G lens not as good as old Sony Zeiss ;

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Yes this camera has great HD video, amazing crisp and clear picture quality, and some amazing features that would have been nice to play around with.. But the battery life was one of the worst I have ever seen. I was only able to take less then 20...

Amazing HD video, great picture quality, and some cool features ;

HORRIBLE BATTERY LIFE.. and I mean horrible ;

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity:No / WiFi Ready

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:2
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1600


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-BN1
Battery Type:Sony NP-BN1


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes