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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 554 reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and screen. The image quality and usability also get good views. There are some mixed comments about the focus. Some have doubts about the low light performance and viewfinder.

performance, usability, image quality, screen, portability

shutter, energy, viewfinder, low-light

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the portability and screen. The performance and image quality are also appreciated. The reliability and shutter get mixed views, and many are less positive about the low light performance.

usability, image quality, performance, screen, portability

low-light

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSC-W5 Cyber-shot Digital Camera - Silver [5MP, 3 x Optical Zoom]Sony DSC-W5 Cyber-shot Digital Camera - Silver [5MP, 3 x Optical Zoom]

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Comments about the battery and screen are overall positive. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical reviews about the shutter and energy efficiency. There are some mixed views about the focus and reliability.

usability, performance, portability, screen, battery

price, lens, energy, shutter

71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Cybershot DSCW5 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical ZoomSony Cybershot DSCW5 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com)

Sony Cyber Shot W review: Sony Cyber Shot W

 

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.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Sony DSC-W5

 

Physical Views The Cyber-shot DSC-W5 and a CD for size comparison. The 7-megapixel Cyber-shot W7 and the DSC-W5. Go to Page Two Sony DSC-W5 Specifications Image Device: 1/1.8" 5.1 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD Still Image Sizes: 5M...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

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...

May, 2005

Expert review by : Brad Soo (dpinterface.com)

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

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

 

Very little image lag, looks great, full set of functions, large LCD

Image quality is a little lacking on default settings, camera could be a smaller

This is a great 5 megapixel camera, highly recommended unless you want a lighter model that sits comfortably in your pocket. Its image quality problems can be overcome with a little tweaking.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony Cyber-shot DSCW5

 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSCW5 is both physically and functionally impressive. Weighing nearly 200g, it is one of the larger 5 megapixel models we've seen,...

Very little image lag, looks great, full set of functions, large LCD

Image quality is a little lacking on default settings, camera could be a smaller

This is a great 5 megapixel camera, highly recommended unless you want a lighter model that sits comfortably in your pocket. Its image quality problems can be overcome with a little tweaking.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Kevin Carter (pcplus.co.uk)

PC Plus review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

 

It's not the best 5-megapixel compact at the price - that title must go to Nikon's svelte Coolpix 5200 - but the lure of the big screen, chunky design and easy-to-follow menu make the W5 a serious rival. Undoubtedly, it will sell by the bucket load.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com.au)

Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5

 

The affordable, compact Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5 combines responsive performance with solid image quality.

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

The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5 does have a few notable shortcomings. While shutter speed can be set manually and there's limited manual control over apertures, manual focus requires a trip to a menu where only five preset distances are available, from 0.5...

Sep, 2005

Expert review by (cameras.co.uk)

Sony DSC W5

 

Sony DSC W5 Review. This camera is well build and has a really solid feel in the hand. It has seven megapixels and a three times zoom lens.

Good picture quality ; Good build quality ; Rechargeable AA batteries supplied

Indoor portraits suffer from red eye

Excellent all round camera. Good indoors and outdoors. A good set of features are supported by an excellent build quality.

May, 2005

Expert review by : Darren (digital photography blog)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

 

The Sony Cybershot DSC-W5 is a 5 megapixel digital camera with a 3x Optical Zoom - perhaps an update of the DSC-W1 with a few minor changes. It is priced at $350. Buy the "SONY DSC-W5 5.1 Megapixel Cyber-shot(R) Digital Camera" Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W5...

5.1 Megapixel image capture, and high speed performance thanks to the Real Imaging Processor™ chip

Jan, 2005

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):420
Battery life (max):3.3
Battery Technology:Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Battery Type:AA, Nickel Metal Hydride / NH-AA-DA
Number of batteries supported:2
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Trimming
Image quality adjustment:Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Multi burst mode: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POR, RUS, SWE
Playback zoom:5
Playback zoom (max):5
Scene modes:Beach, Candlelight, Landscape, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Twilight
Start-up time:1300
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent

Design

Color of product:Silver
Material:Aluminium

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.5
Display resolution (numeric):115000
Field of view:100

Flash

Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Forced off, Forced on, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / auto, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele):11.8 - 98.4
Flash range (wide):7.87 - 177.2

Focusing

Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Monitoring Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto
Macro focusing range (tele):0.3 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide):0.06 - ∞

Lens System

Digital Zoom:6
Extra/Smart zoom:12
Filter size:1.18
Focal length range (f-f):0.311 - 0.933
Optical Zoom:3

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: No
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, Auto
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual
Light metering:SPOT

Memory

Compatible memory cards:memory stick (ms), ms pro
Internal memory:32
Memory slots:1

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.5 - 4.49
Aperture range (F-F):2.8 - 5.2
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera CCD sensor:Super HAD CCD
Camera shutter speed:1/8 - 1/2000 / 1/8-1/2000
Data compression:JPEG, MPEG
Digital SLR: No
Dimensions (WxDxH):3.58 x 1.46 x 2.36
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.5 - 4.49
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Metering:Multi Pattern, Spot
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video out:AV

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:Picture Package, PIXELA ImageMixer, USB Driver / Picture Package\nPIXELA ImageMixer\nUSB Driver
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:JPG
Image sensor size:1/1.8
Image Stabilizer: No
Maximum image resolution:2592 x 1944
Megapixel:5.1
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):1280 x 960 / 640 x 480,1280 x 960,2048 x 1536,2592 x 1728,2592 x 1944
Supported aspect ratios:3:2

Ports & interfaces

I/O ports:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed\nDigital I/O (USB)\nAV Out
PictBridge: Yes

Video

Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:MPEG1
Video formats supported:MPEG1
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.46 / 2.36
Height:1.46 / 2.36
Weight:6.95
Weight (including battery):8.92
Width:3.58