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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Digital Camera (Black) is a compact camera with many professional features. The camera has manual exposure controls for the pro photographer who wants a pocket camera. For the new photographer, the camera has a built-in Function Guide that helps you navigate through the various functions and settings displayed on the LCD screen. The 10.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS chip will allow you to make big prints. The camera performs well even in low light with its High Sensitivity Mode of up to ISO 3200, Handheld Twilight Mode, and Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization.
Fast-moving subjects are not a problem since the camera can capture 10 frames-per-second. This, along with Motion Detection that adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when motion is detected, will help ensure that you capture the decisive moment. To really see your subject in motion, the camera can shoot 1080i AVCHD HD movies. Both stills and video are composed and viewed on the 3" Xtra Fine LCD display. Even when shooting in a tight space, the 25mm wide-angle Sony G 10X zoom lens will let you get your shot.
You can record the location of your photo shoots with the integrated GPS receiver and compass. Then you can view your images on a map with compatible computer and internet applications. Other user friendly features include Intelligent Sweep Panorama, Face Detection, Smile Shutter, Anti-blink, iAudio and many more. The DSC-HX5V certainly is an extremely functional camera in a small package.
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 Sony 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 deliver extremely fast 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Handheld Twilight and 1080i movie modes.
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.
The camera has card slots for Memory Stick Duo media and SD/SDHC media
Sony 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 its 25mm equivalent wide-angle capability, the camera allows you to capture large area images.
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.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.
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 a higher shutter speed. It then combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and clarity, a function which is beyond the capability of traditional cameras.
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.
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.
The DSC-HX5V features 11 convenient scene modes: High Sensitivity, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Advanced Sports Shooting, Gourmet, Pet.
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.
TransferJet technology, developed by Sony and advanced and promoted by consortium of 18 other companies, allows you to transfer up to ten files between two TransferJet enabled devices just by touching them together, without the hassle of hunting for cables or the complication of pairing.
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.
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 Shooting Mode simplifies Preview Mode.
Intelligent (iAuto) Auto Mode
Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you by recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, faces, and adjusts the settings produce clear images and faces with natural skin tone and less blur. Take advantage of all the technology without leaving Auto mode. From images of a kid on the playground, to landscape shots, to a beautiful flower or an indoor birthday party and get clear images without leaving Auto mode.
Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes with Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode. Press the shutter and sweep and the camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together almost immediately. This model even detects faces and moving subjects and stitches different widths intelligently to help avoid subject distortion.
Face Detection Technology
Face Detection technology detects up to 8 individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.
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.
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. Intelligent Scene Recognition can now be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.
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.
High Speed Shooting
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.
HD MP4 Movie Mode
MP4 is a popular format for high-definition video that compresses the size of your audio and video, making your media files small enough to easily transfer to your compatible PC or Mac. MP4 is also highly compatible with the Web, so you can effortlessly upload your media to popular photo or video-sharing Web sites like Photobucket or YouTube (Compatible PC with internet capability required).
HDMI Output Connectivity
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an A/V receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV).
Find your photos using the simple folder or calendar viewing modes.
In-Camera Retouching Tools
Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera trimming and Red-Eye Correction functions.
PhotoMusic combines images with music (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).
This beginner-friendly optional function helps you navigate through the various functions and settings of the camera, displaying the chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.
The included lithium-ion battery provides added convenience with longer lasting power than alkaline batteries (capacity of 230 images or approximately 115 minutes).
Includes Sony PMBP (Picture Motion Browser) Software
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software, the DSC-HX5V makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular internet sharing sites, without the need for any additional software or installation.