Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

Announced Jan 7, 2010 •
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 250 mm (10×)
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PICTURE QUALITY: Really 'true' exposure and colour rendition in day and low-light (however due to typical Sony trait of a love of yellow tinting, in lit interiors I recommend adjusting white balance). Daylight pictures taken in a big range of conditions come out quite sharp. Intelligent Auto mode includes option of exposure bracketing (eg takes 3 shots at different exposure levels), and automatically detects back-lit situations that need foreground compensation (this is also a separate, ...

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Danno7
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My first Sony camera as I always gave them a wide berth because of the memory card specifics, but that has now been fixed by the introduction of SDHC cards. So after much research and hands on trialing I purchased one. The most impressive feature I have found is the Sony G lens which is found on the high end professional DSLR Sonys. They seem to know what they're doing Sony by ditching Zeiss and the image quality is truely outstanding. The Exmor R sensor and AVCHD qualities round out a ...

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Rather disappointed..I am an amateur, but comparing the previous Sony model I had DSC W-170 and this one I must say it’s far from sth I would expect from Sony. Since models are 2 years apart it’s appropriate to expect better images, better speed (even though one has 5x zoom and another one 10x), etc..Its true camera has all kind of new features (gps, hd, compass that reminds more on the compass from pirates of the carribean,..)..but in the sense of performance..It’s not even close to the ...

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As any gadget you buy, you need some time to get the most out of it. That said, I have a HX5 for 2 weeks and I can say: WOW! Absolutely stunning pictures in hand held low light, the full hd movies are crisp with very little shake. The 25-250mm zoom will cover almost anything you want. Oh, and Sony thanks for accepting SDHC cards! Problems: I'd like to have in-camera color edition, like my previous Canon cameras (e.g. green and blue enhancing).

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I am rating it a great camera but I didn't decide to keep this. RUSH fan as well! I actually took the HX5 to the Toronto ACC show, I sat 9th row directly stage right (Alex's side), so I was close enough for the camera to really show what it can do. The HX5 was amazing. ISO800 great picture! ISO1600 very decent (of course all w/o flash). The AVCHD videos were amazing. I would almost want to buy this just to take to concerts and clubs. Great value for all that it can do for $350Can. I love that ...

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After comparing this camera to the Canon SX200, SX210, and Panasonic ZS7, I decided to purchase this one. I got my hands on all of these cameras at the local camera shop before making my final decision and spent many hours reading about the features that they all offered. I actually purchased the SX200 first, due to the sale price at the time. It was returned within 3 days due to the overall poor image quality. The pictures were simply fuzzy and noisy, even with optimal lighting ...

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Frank B
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Overall I am very pleased with my HX5. The image quality is great, except for some smearing of fine detail due to noise reduction. You should be able to shut this off. I post-process all my photos and the base photo, except for the smearing, is excellent to work from. However, if you do not like the camera output and do not post process, the HX5 does not offer you any ability to adjust noise reduction, contrast, saturation or sharpness in camera at all. So in that case, I would not ...

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As a professional seeking a carry-along shooter on casual explorations, my expectations are in proportion to what one can possibly expect with a small sensor camera. In my opinion, the worst aspect of this one is the digital artifacts that appear at close inspection, even at 125 ISO. They appear to be sharpening done inside of the camera. It's a shame that a "raw" file format isn't offered, but that would probable do a great deal to enhance the final image quality, without introducing ...

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My first and last Sony camera. GPS works so-so, but it is a cool feature for the price. Included combo USB and video cable is ludicrous, very cumbersome and awkward. the camera has a propriety plug on it instead of a mini USB. I use my card reader and bypass using the supplied software. Color accuracy is poor in the reds. Good bracketing and seems to respond to changes in light levels. Good continuous shooting, but slow to record the images, I missed some shots while it was busy. The LCD ...

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I so far have not had any problems with this Camera. It does great on low light shooting. The prints are also great. Problems: None

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