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SonyCyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 114 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good in low light (85)
  • Image stabilization (83)
  • Zoom range/performance (77)
  • Nice body color (51)
  • Short lag time (50)

Cons

  • Short battery life (25)
  • Poor image quality (11)
  • Poor flash (10)
  • Lag / shutter delay (9)
  • No viewfinder (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (83)
  • Family photos (76)
  • Landscape/scenery (72)
  • Low light (64)
  • Video (62)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (45), Casual photographer (44), Semi-pro photographer (20), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So far so good!

The following impressions are based on owning the camera for a couple days. I'm holding off on a "5 Star" rating because I haven't tried all the features. I am overall...Read complete review

The following impressions are based on owning the camera for a couple days. I'm holding off on a "5 Star" rating because I haven't tried all the features. I am overall pleased with the camera. It has a solid well made feel. I am pleased with the image quality as the photos appear to be sharp. The intelligent panorama feature works like a charm based on the 180 degree photo I took of the street in the front of my house. The 10x optical zoom produces a very clear image. I made a short movie clip using the 1080HD capability and viewed it via the HDMI output on the camera into a HDMI port on my Sony LCD television. Great quality! I used the GPS/compass feature to take a photo looking down the street from the front of my house. I then used the PMB software that came with the camera to place that data on Google Maps. It precisely pin-pointed the location of my house, as well as showing (compass feature) which direction the camera was pointed. This is a neat feature but best turned off as a default to save on battery consumption. The EV bracketing works well and I would suggest using that and third party software if you are really interested in generating a HDR photo. The resident HDR mode on the camera takes only 2 photos to resolve a difference in scene exposure and does only a fair job at it generally over exposing the high key (bright part) portion of the photo. The "Handheld Twilight" mode does a good job of noise reduction. I have a minor gripe about the PMB software in how it displays the information about a photo (file size, date, setting, etc.). For any individual photo you need to select the "Information" icon which brings up a submenu showing all the information related to that particular photo. To see the information on the next photo you need to close that submenu, go to the next photo and repeat the above. Since I live mostly in the Nikon world, I use Nikon's View NX to view the photos which, as you view the photos, automatically displays the related data in a column on the left side of your monitor. This is a lot more convenient if you are experimenting with settings and want to readily associate data to the photo.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for the unusual things it does

I mainly bought it for the full 1080i HD video recording it does using FULL AVCHD (not AVCHD Lite). I also fell in love with the iSweep panorama mode. You just (rather...Read complete review

I mainly bought it for the full 1080i HD video recording it does using FULL AVCHD (not AVCHD Lite). I also fell in love with the iSweep panorama mode. You just (rather quickly) pan across a scene and the camera (silently) takes 100 shots and stitches them together in a second or less. The results are pretty cool.

The videos are good once I watched them on my 50" plasma, they didn't look quite as good on my Imac or PC screens. I used Sony's PMB v4.2 that came with my (1 year old) Sony camcorder to make an AVCHD disc and then played it on my Playstation. Considering how small the camera is, it takes video that looks very good - and I am fussy. NOT ALL HD VIDEO TAKEN BY P&S CAMERAS IS EQUAL. I tried the Panasonic ZS7 but just couldn't love it - flash pictures all had a yellow cast, the 30fps AVCHD Lite provided a weird frame rate that looks like 15 fps because of the way that AVCHD Lite works. I also tried video on the Canon SX210 IS, the Flip Mino HD, the Sony W370 and the Samsung HZ30 - they were all terrible.

The main problem with the video mode on this Sony is that not only is the zoom lever "jumpy", but the zoom motor sound is recorded very loudly on the video and it makes a hearty CLICK when you stop zooming. It's recorded louder than any I have heard on any other camera which was disappointing. So you should try not to do too much zooming unless it's a noisy environment and/or it's absolutely necessary.

Also, it does not come with a version of PMB that lets you burn AVCHD video disks since I guess they forgot that it takes video - so you will have to have a version of PMB that does this or else the video will not be useful for watching on TV outside the camera (or for archiving) unless you have software that makes AVCHD discs - Corel and Pinnacle make software that does it but I haven't tried it.

The still pictures are sort of mushy and have too much NR applied. Wish there was a NR setting where it could be turned down or off. The low light pictures are good using the hand-held twilight and Backlight Correction HDR modes - these take multiple exposures and sandwich them together to get the best combination of highlight details. The stills don't compare to the IQ I have on my older Canon A720IS nor my even older Canon A620 P&S's, but I have a Canon 7D DSLR in addition to these when I need high IQ (don't tell anyone, but my Canon A720IS takes better outdoor landscape/beach pics than my 7d!!). DSLR video such is as found on my 7D is not that useful to me since there is no auto focus. This is why I wanted a P&S that does video.

The dongle that come with it (actually I mean the adapter cord) is weird for present day - why doesn't Sony just have a std HDMI connector on the camera?? Instead you have a weird connector on the bottom of the camera that only fits the supplied HDMI adapter or the supplied cord which goes to USB on one end and Component video and audio cables on the other (HUH???) What do we do with that??? Component is a thing of the past and I cannot for the life of me understand what they were thinking. Anyway, at least they supply and HDMI adapter, it's FULL SIZE HDMI not mini HDMI which is a little annoying too as Sony camcorders and pretty much every other kind of camera uses mini to full HDMI. So I have to drag another cord to the TV if I want to watch video or still on it from the camera

I wish it had a Zeiss lens, I am partial to the better optics. The G glass is good, but it's not Zeiss. Seems like they are getting away from the Zeiss lenses. My last 2 Sony camcorders had Zeiss and you can't beat it!

Lastly, the door that slides open on the bottom where the battery and SD card is is a little fragile feeling/thin. Mine doesn't pop right up on it's own when you slide it to the right, you have to fuss and pull it up. It could break off easily if you aren't careful.

So if you are looking for good full 1080(i) video in a small package (if you need to do high quality video but want to be less conspicuous) and you like the idea of super easy panos, you will like this camera.

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4.0

I would buy this product again and again

By CANTAGALI

from BELO HORIZONTE MG BRAZIL

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

I USE THE PRODUCT TO TRAVEL

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

The mini magic black box

By Topper

from Rome, Italy

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

    I already knew this camera, sincerely I was waiting the last model of that series, but if you know how easy is to carry with you, and which kind of amazing and brillant pictures is able to do, you can easly forget ambitious and maybe unusefull upgrades in Gb and zoomX, choosing best value for money.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    awesome panoramic view

    By RAFAEL

    from ipatinga, Brazil

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

      multiple shoots
      panoramic view

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 5
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Affordable and Simple

      By V

      from Syracuse, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Poor Image Quality

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

      If you are looking for a simple and easy camera to carry with you in your pocket or purse, this is the camera. I am a digital SLR user and I wanted something easy. Don't expect this camera to have the type of resolution that digital SLRs do, also this camera does not shoot in raw mode, but the panorama effect is wonderful.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 5
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Amazing !!!! great value great quality !

      By gus the mexican traveler

      from guadalajara jalisco mexico

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

        just perfect camera for someona that likes great quality pictures and video without having to carry a full backpack with equipment small , light and very userfriendly really happy with my camera[...].

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        Worst camera

        By Judd

        from New York, NY

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Nice Body Color

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Poor Flash
        • Poor Image Quality
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

          Poor picture quality.
          Short battery life.
          GPS not functioning.
          Confusing controls.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          what you see is what you get

          By paulette

          from New York City

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business
            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

            for business

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 3
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Very nice camera

            By Dioko

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

              Takes beautiful photos. Features I like: semi-wide angle to medium telephoto zoom; backlight correction mode, burst mode (10 shots in 1, 2, or 5 seconds), and a great sweep panorama. There is a program override that allows a good range of manual settings or offset from the auto calculations. Several metering options. A manual color correction works great with weird lighting. One quibble - the camera display seems a bit "washed out"; the photos look much better on a good full-size display. GPS tagging is a neat option, though it might take a minute for the GPS to determine the location. The battery is good for maybe 100 photos; if you are a real heavy user you might want to carry a spare battery.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              I would buy this camera again!

              By J-wolf

              from MWC, Ok

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                Bought as a gift for my wife, and she just loves it. She really likes the panoramic and high fps.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great product, great price!!!!!!!

                By CMO

                from Florence, SC

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Video

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                  Great point and shoot camera...and HD video too!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Waste of Money

                  By The sucker who baught this camera

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Body Color

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Poor Image Quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                    GPS does not work. Pictures are not clear. Not easy to use.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Excelent

                    By Suzanne

                    from Brasil, Rio de Janeiro

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                      Particular

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Excelent purchase!

                      By Luiz Felipe

                      from Rio, Brazil

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                      Very stable pictures, specially at night. For its size, no doubt it's a great product. I recommend it.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Small, Capable and versatile

                      By llewpics

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy battery latch

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                      Full featured set, great for those who do not want to become photography experts, but want a capable lightweight camera for travel or family events. Image quality is not great but acceptable, with some noise at higher ISO. Some of the features that appealed to me were the sweep panorama, in camera HDR (2 shots only), shake /low light 6 shot blend (works great), 10 fps burst, 1080p video with stereo sound and zoom during video capability, built in GPS with compass. Nice one ...

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 7
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      This Sony HX5V has a lot to offer

                      By mrenthusiast

                      from cleveland, ohio

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                        The camera has great features that actually work well. Hand held twilight mode is great for any low light shot. Ipanorama is just plain fun and easy to use. Ten fps continuos is awesome. Video quality is great. Some other great scene modes like soft snap blurs the background. A couple of negatives would be the lack of a grip, and changing white balance setting does not stay when you change to a different mode. I also use a recent mid-level DSLR, so I accustomed to great image quality, and this Sony IQ is pretty darn good for the price and features.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        I really loved this product!....

                        By Prashanth

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                        I am really impressed with the quality of snaps it provides. I am very new and kid to photography this is really a nice product for beginner and learning professionals in photography.

                        I recommend this to a friend. Good one to buy a small and handy with lot lot of features.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Love the Panorama!

                        By Marcelo Trad

                        from São Paulo, Brasil

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                          Got this for my Dad. Great camera for a point and shoot, nice lens, awesome panorama feature!

                          Easy but not intuitive menu...need some manual reading!

                          Don´t like that you need a adapter to plug into a HDMI and it does not have a USB port for easy conection you always need the bundle cable, and that´s not practicle.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great little camera - Perfect for family

                          By Steve

                          from Cleveland, OH

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • NIce Wide Angle Lens
                          • Zoom while in video

                          Cons

                          • Lag / Shutter Delay
                          • Short Battery Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                          I have been using this camera for a week now and I really like it. Some of the kety features I love: wide angle (25mm), HD Video, can zoom while in video mode, great auto mode....and the quality of the picts is great. For us it is the best combination of quality and features. I would definitely reccomend this camera.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Camera, Easy to Use

                          By TravelingCEO

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • Lag / Shutter Delay

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                          I have an SLR that I use for most of my photography, but I was looking for a small camera to use when I didn't want my large camera with me. I recently took this camera to Jamaica where it performed like a champ and even had [...]asking for a professional photo release from my snapshots. Panoramic feature very cool for getting a wide view and the ability to under expose a sunrise turned it from ok to a great shot. Still learning other features, but it has performed really well. Really like the low light evening setting that is able to knit together 6 shots into one. Gives a much softer image than just using flash. Able to shoot multiple frames a rare feature in a camera like this. Processing time is a tad slow, but this is the only drawback I have found thus far.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          good at day

                          By zbkc

                          from Brasil, Sao Paulo

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black):

                            Well, I really enjoyed this camera, but at night i had some problems with it. Some pictures were burried.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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