Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V

Last Updated (12 December’10):
- Review by Gadling

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V is a 10.2MP CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle Zoom with Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization. The camera also features HD movie recording, integrated GPS receiver and compass, ISO 125-3200, Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode, and a 3.0″ Clear Photo LCD™ display (230k pixels). The camera measures 4 1/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 1 3/16″ (102.9mm x 57.7mm x 28.9mm ) and weighs 6.0oz. (170g).

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V has won the 2010 TIPA Awards in Best Compact Camera category.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V Reviews

Gadling reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“photos turn out perfect – most of the time. When it works, it works very, very well. But every now and then, a photo just randomly turns out quite poorly. For no apparent reason, the camera seems to just give up. Now, this isn’t a huge deal – if you make lots of photos of the same thing, but if you are shooting that once in a lifetime action shot, you may end up disappointed.”
Rating: N/A

PCMag reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“While you can get more zoom in a same-size camera from competitors, Sony makes up for it with a wealth of innovative features and clever in-camera software in the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Wired reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“Image quality was also near the best of four other GPS-enabled cameras we tried, thanks to several helpful features like the multishot high dynamic range (HDR) mode, which combined highlight and shadow detail of two late-afternoon shots of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into one evenly balanced photo.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PocketLint reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“A 10x optical zoom travel camera with a decent lens, built in GPS facility and intelligent Sweep Panorama as comfortable taking in the wonders of the Himalayas as the local shopping precinct; what’s not to enjoy about Sony’s HX5? The manufacturer’s asking price isn’t off-putting either, being a very reasonable match for the feature set “
Rating: ★★★★½

Stuff.tv reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“On the design and build front the camera’s a winner too. The 3in screen is usable in bright sunlight – we wish it was a little crisper, mind you – while the metal shell is hella sturdy. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“The Sony HX5 has a lot to offer the compact camera user, and even give them the feeling that it is an all round camera…I name the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5 as the favorite camera of the moment, excellent! “
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacWorld reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“No doubt about it: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V is a go-to pick for anyone who craves cool-factor extras backed by impressive performance. The DSC-HX5V is neck-and-neck at the top of our latest pocket megazoom cameras chart with the stellar Canon PowerShot SX210 IS, which might be a better choice for veteran photographers due to its aperture- and shutter-priority modes and sharper pictures.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LuminousLandscape reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“will this camera be used by people who view their images at 100% on-screen and on 13X19″ prints? My guess is – not. Therefore I’m not going to do any further analysis of image quality, because I feel that for its intended uses and audience the HX5 does just fine..”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBay reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“The HX5V is another winner from Sony that I can highly recommend to anyone looking for a full-featured and highly-capable pocket camera. While not as slick as the touchscreen interface on the TX7, the 10x zoom lens and GPS-capability make the HX5V equally lust-worthy for your gadget bin.”
Rating: N/A

ePhotozine reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“If I needed a compact camera, and wasn’t looking for extended manual controls, then the performance of the HX5 has proven itself worthy. I’d recommend it if you fall under that demographic because it’s a lovely camera to use and is very well made. The only reason that it’s not Highly Recommended is because of the price.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

NeutralDay reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“Finally, choosing between the HX5V and Panasonic’s ZS7 isn’t an easy choice, the two are very close and I suspect users would be very happy with either. The ZS7 has a better LCD for sure, and arguably takes slightly better video, especially in lower light, but the HX5V’s cool iSweep Panorama and other special modes sort of overcome the ZS7’s slight advantages”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“The good: Speedy shooting performance; compact, lightweight design; plenty of fun, useful features; very good low-light photo quality for a compact camera. The bad: Soft photos, videos; limited manual controls; GPS can’t quickly be powered on and off. The bottom line: 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.”


Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“Photo quality is a mixed bag. Exposure was generally accurate, with the camera having the slight tendency to overexpose a bit. Like nearly all compact cameras, the HX5V does clip highlights easily. I have no issues with the color of my photos — everything was nice and vivid. Sharpness and detail are another matter.”
Rating: N/A

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PhotoReview.au reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“Video quality was very good, particularly in the Full HD mode which recorded a surprising amount of detail in quite dim – and variable – lighting. The image stabilisation system was good enough to allow hand-held shooting under these conditions and the optical zoom, which can be used while recording, didn’t interfere with the soundtrack.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“The 10 megapixel backlit sensor provides excellent results from ISO 125-800, with only the fastest settings of 1600 and 3200 suffering from too much noise and smearing of fine detail… In short, the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5 is an excellent camera with no major flaws that’s easily deserving of our Highly Recommended award.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.uk reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot HX5V’s technology is stunning, it handles like a dream and it’s both responsive and simple to use. That makes its over-smoothed and barely mediocre images screamingly frustrating. Sony needs to tone its noise-reduction software down”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“The camera is well made, handles and performs extremely well, and is capable of producing very good results under a wide range of circumstances. It is a technological tour-de-force loaded with more features than anything else on the market.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V and writes;
“The bottom line is Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 delivers a highly compelling combination of traditional and unique features, and while it may fall down on a couple of aspects, the overall experience remains very strong. As such it easily earns our Highly Recommended rating”
Rating: ★★★★½

Hands-on review by CNET;

Hands-on review by PhotographyBay;
“Sony looks to be using a noise reduction method in the HX5V that is similar to what was used in the WX1 (which was bang-on good) and does fairly well at ISO 3200 for a point and shoot camera. While you won’t be shooting poster-sized masterpieces at ISO 3200, it will easily handle 4×6 prints for the family album and web sharing throughout the ISO range”

User Opinions

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V User Reviews

Great Job, Sony! Rating: ★★★★★
“…Functionally, the camera was a dream. The panoramic pictures are fantastic and the regular shots were similarly all well exposed. When I got home and ran some of the video clips I captured on my HDTV (for example: the high speed Eurostar rail link between London and Paris, the elevator ride at the Eiffel Tower) I was astounded at the quality. When I used the GPS geotag data and linked to a mapping site, the locations were spot on. The menus seemed overwhelming at first but with a bit of use they become easy to work. Overall, I’m thrilled with the camera. My only caveat would be to have extra batteries handy as it seemed to be a very hungry beast! “ – Stuart G.

Most fun camera ever! Rating: ★★★★★
“…This camera just does so much that it adds new dimensions of fun to taking pictures, and its advanced features are made easier to use than you might expect. There’s even an “easy mode” that increases the size of the text on the display and simplifies the information shown for your less-technology-savvy user. Just a great fun camera overall.” – Gavin S.

Lousy docs Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a great camera for the price, especially with the built-in compass and GPS capability. I have no complaint with the camera itself except for the microphone placement which is located where one naturally places fingers to hold the camera. My complaint is with the lousy documentation. You really have to dig in order to learn how to use the GPS information recorded with each image or movie. I own cameras from Sony’s major competitors, Nikon and Canon, and both companies provide user manuals that are far superior. “ – John

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Manual

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Features

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5V Features

3.0″ Clear Photo LCD™ display (230k pixels)
Compose and show off your images on the large 3.0” (230K) Clear Photo LCD ™ display, which features a special anti-reflective coating for sharp visibility, even in bright sunlight.

10x (25mm equivalent) Professional-quality optical zoom 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 10x optical zoom, and with the 25mm equivalent wide angle lens the HX5V even allows you to capture more of the scenes in landscape or group portraits.

10.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor
The DSC-HX5V features a 10.2 megapixel “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s wide angle G 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 modes.

Anti-Motion Blur Mode
Capture cleaner and sharper images in low light for non landscape shots. When set in Anti-motion Blur Mode, the DSC-HX5V captures six images in a fraction of a second with higher shouter speed and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and eliminate subject blur, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.

Handheld Twilight
Capture cleaner and sharper night shots without using a tripod. When set to Handheld Twilight Mode, the DSC-HX5V captures six images in a fraction of a second with one press of the shutter, and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise. With these modes, you can capture images in low light, without flash, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.

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 avoid subject distortion.

High Speed Shooting (10fps)
The HX5V can capture full 10.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 fps, helping to ensure you never miss the decisive moment. What’s more, the HX5V employs a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

1080i AVCHD Movie Mode
Record movies in 1080i AVCHD high definition at 60i9. 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.

GPS and Compass
An integrated GPS receiver and compass record the location and direction of every shot you take and let you view your images on a map with compatible computer and internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots

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

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.


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