Sony CyberShot DSC-WX5 3D

Last updated (22 February’11):
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Sony CyberShot DSC-WX5 3D is a 12.2 MP Cyber-shot® Digital Camera features 5x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-120mm), ISO 125-3200, and 2.8″1 Clear Photo LCD Plus (460K pixels). The camera measures 3 5/8″ x 2 1/8″ x 7/8″ (91.7mm x 51.9mm x 21.5mm ) and weighs Body: Approx. 4.6oz. (130g), With battery and Memory Stick media:; Approx. 5.2oz. (146g).

Sony CyberShot DSC-WX5 3D
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Expert Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-WX5 3D Reviews

TrustedReviews reviews Sony CyberShot DSC-WX5 3D and writes;
“The WX5 delivers plenty of bang for a modest buck, so in that respect any potential purchaser will be sure to find some aspect of its performance to clasp to their bosom, if they can just ignore the slightly more gimmicky aspects. Manage that and the WX5 is one of those cameras with which you can’t go far wrong.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews Sony CyberShot DSC-WX5 3D and writes;
“Overall the WX5 offers plenty of features and good performance at a reasonable price. The 3D Sweep Panorama mode is an extra feature for those with a 3D TV but will probably not appeal to most. For around the £200 mark you are getting a stylish compact camera that will not disappoint and therefore will be money well spent.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews Sony CyberShot DSC-WX5 3D and writes;
“Overall, the Sony WX5 does better than expected… Good autofocus, fast burst mode, as well as sweep panorama and a great personality make the Cyber-shot WX5 a very likeable camera, but the number of blurry shots we got during our time with the Sony WX5 prevents us from making it a Dave’s Pick.”
Rating: N/A

CNET.uk reviews Sony CyberShot DSC-WX5 3D and writes;
“The diminutive Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 is a well-built compact camera that will let you take 3D images. Packing plenty of hi-tech features, it offers decent value for money, even if it does feel gimmicky on occasions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Features

Sony CyberShot DSC-WX5 3D Features

12.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor
The DSC-WX5 features a 12.2 megapixel “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s Sony G Lens® F2.4 bright lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined “Exmor R” CMOS sensor and BIONZ™ image processor delivers extremely fast 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes9.

3D Sweep Panorama
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television.12

1080i AVCHD Movie Mode8
Record movies in 1080i AVCHD high definition at 60i8. With HDMI connectivity you may enjoy instant playback on compatible HDTV or LCD of the camera. The AVCHD format captures a high degree of detail and smooth movement, and when footage is burned to disc, can be played back on Blu-ray Disc™ players, Sony® PlayStation®3 systems and compatible PCs and HDTVs.7 The convenience Movie start/stop button makes it easy to access this mode.

HDMI Output (type C)
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI™) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. Easily connect your Cyber-shot® camera via HDMI cable to any compatible HDMI compatible device to easily enjoy and upload your content.HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc™ player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV).

Natural Flash
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don’t capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images.

DVDirect® DVD recorder Compatible
With AVCHD capabilities the WX5 is compatible with the DVDirect® DVD recorder, allowing automatic playback of high definition footage. Simply insert your Memory Stick® media into the DVDirect® DVD recorder and enjoy your movies shot in high definition. (Recorder and media sold separately)

Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode
Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, and faces, and adjusts settings resulting in clearer images, faces with more natural skin tone, and less blur. By incorporating advanced features such as Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, iAuto mode lets you take advantage of the latest Sony® Cyber-shot® technology without leaving auto mode. Whether you’re shooting landscapes, capturing a beautiful flower, or taking pictures at an in-door birthday party or wedding shower, iAuto mode will optimize your camera’s settings to help ensure you come away with a great shot.

Self-Portrait Timer
Self-Portrait Timer helps take the guesswork out of self portraits by utilizing Face Detection technology to recognize when your face enters the frame. Once the camera detects your face, it triggers a 2-second timer, and then snaps a picture.

Intelligent AF
Thanks to Intelligent AF technology, capture fleeting moments like a child’s adorable expression with the ultra-quick AF which locks focus in as little as 0.3-sec.

Face Detection technology
Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

Function Guide
This beginner-friendly optional function helps navigate through the various functions and settings displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.

High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200)
High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. In addition to High Sensitivity Mode (ISO), you can select up to seven ISO settings (Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200) when shooting in Program Auto Mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.

TransferJet™ technology
TransferJet™ technology, developed by Sony® and advanced and promoted by consortium of 18 other companies, allows you to transfer files between two TransferJet enabled devices just by touching them together, without the hassle of hunting for cables or the complication of pairing3 .

Media card slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images, the DSC-WX5 accepts Memory Stick Duo™/Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ media (sold separately) or SD/SDHC/SDXC media (sold separately).9

Colors Available
The Cyber-shot® DSC-WX5 camera is available in black and silver.

Superior Auto mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes with Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode. Press shutter and sweep and the camera does the rest, continuously, shooting images and in one second stitching them together. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.

Backlight Correction HDR
Shooting high-contrast scenes can often lead to washed out backgrounds and/or details lost in shadow. Backlight Correction HDR helps correct for this by taking two pictures at different exposure settings and processing the best elements of both into a single image for more natural looking shots.

Soft Skin mode
Your portrait subjects will thank you for this. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.

Sweep Multi Angle
In Sweep Multi Angle mode the camera takes 15 images at different angles as you sweep across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera’s Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera’s LCD.

HD MP4 Movie Mode
In 1080p MP4 movie mode the camera shoots 1440×1080 high definition movies at 30 fps, which is the format when working with a PC. Users will create high quality movies with full use of optical zoom in their Cyber-shot DSCs in files small enough to transfer to compatible PC or Mac®. Once transferred to your computer you can effortlessly upload your media to popular photo and video-sharing websites such as Photobucket® and YouTubeTM, Dailymotion. (Compatible computer with internet capability required)

Smile Shutter™ technology
Smile Shutter™ technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter™ button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter™ mode. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Motion Detection
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.

2.8″ Clear Photo™ LCD Plus display (460k pixels)
Compose and show off your images on the large 2.8” (460K) Clear Photo™ LCD Plus display1, which features a special anti-reflective coating for sharp visibility, even in bright sunlight.

Easy Shooting Mode
With Easy Shooting Mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting Mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings, removing several function choices and allowing you to focus on just your subject. Since this mode works together with Intelligent Scene Recognition, the camera selects the optimum setting for each scene. In addition the easy mode simplifies preview mode.

Viewing modes
Find your photos using the simple folder or calendar viewing modes.

PHOTOMUSIC
PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music7 (4 tracks, 5 minutes per track) to produce fun and entertaining slide shows with standard visual effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Active, and Stylish). Select from pre-loaded tracks on the camera or transfer your own from your compatible computer (sold separately).

Custom Background Color
Express yourself and personalize your camera with your choice of black, white or pink background colors for the on-screen menus.

Includes Sony® PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.32
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD using and external DVD burning device (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (such as Facebook and Sony’s Personal Space)2. Using the new 5.3 version also enables playback of 3D images taken on the Cyber-shot® camera. With a simple mouse click on the 3D image it will shift to show different angles within the image, creating a deep, interactive experience.

Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on your subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background while keeping your subject crisp and clear.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes with Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode. Press shutter and sweep and the camera does the rest, continuously, shooting images and in one second stitching them together. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.

5x (24mm-equivalent) Professional-quality F2.4 bright G-Lens
G lenses are used in top of the line digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and advanced pro-sumer HD camcorders. Capture the action up close with the 5x optical zoom, and with the 24mm equivalent wide angle lens the WX5 even allows you to capture more of the scenes in landscape or group portraits. This F2.4 bright lens, combined with the camera’s ‘Exmor R’ CMOS technology makes stunning low light images possible. Additionally, Optical Steady ShotTM Image Stabilization minimizes blur.

Tracking Focus
Keep even fast-moving subjects in precise focus. Just select your subject in the LCD monitor and the camera will keep focus even as the subject moves closer or further away.

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization
Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically compensates to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.

Compatible with PC and MAC Systems
The high definition, AVCHD/MP4, video captured with the DSC-TX9 can be used with the provided Picture Motion Browser software for PC and iMovie® (sold separately) for Mac systems.

Anti-blink Function
It’s frustrating to think you’ve captured that perfect shot, only to review it later and discover one of your subjects blinked just as you pressed the shutter. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings: Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a tripod, Portrait, Landscape, and Macro. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.

Scene modes
The DSC-WX5 features 11 convenient scene modes: High Sensitivity / Twilight / Twilight Portrait / Soft Snap / Landscape / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Gourmet / Pet / Soft Skin.

BIONZ® Image Processor
The BIONZ® image processor delivers the high resolution and fast performance you expect from a Sony® digital camera. Fast processing enables unique Sony features such as Intelligent Sweep Panorama, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur, HDR, etc to take and combine multiple images in less than a second to create wide panoramic images. Images have reduced grain and appear less washed out.

In-Camera Retouching Tools
Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming, Red-Eye Correction, and Unsharp Masking functions

PhotoTV HD
Bring your photos to life and enjoy highly detailed, high definition images with PhotoTV HD-capable Sony® BRAVIA® HDTVs.6 PhotoTV HD fine tunes settings on your PhotoTV HD enabled BRAVIA HDTV, such as sharpness, gradation, and color to display images that look more like printed photos.

Lithium-ion battery
Included lithium-ion battery provides added convenience with longer lasting power than alkaline batteries (capacity of supplied battery is 230 images or 115 minutes for shooting still images5). Additional battery available for purchase add more power and information

Includes Sony® PMB Portable software
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable 5.2 software3 the DSC-WX5 makes it easy to pre-select images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites4 without the need for any additional software or install.

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