Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5V


A popular digital camera

Even though we are declared Sony fans, when it comes to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V, we won’t tell stories: it is one of the most popular cameras of the year (2011) and more than that, it is sold at almost every electronics store. What makes this camera so popular? Well, let’s find out in this DSC-HX5V review and test.

Very lightweight

First of all, it is presumed to have a speedy shooting performance and a good behavior in low light conditions. Moreover, as it is not a DSLR, CyberShot DSC-HX5V is designed to be lightweight, with a size that would make any pocket camera jealous.

Sony-Cyber-Shot-DSC-HX5VIndeed, this camera comes out measuring 4.1×2.3×1.1. As concerning the maximum resolution it is capable to sustain, the camera supports maximum 10 mp, fact that allows its users to get good sharp colors. Moreover, this model is perfectly capable to shoot HD videos at resolutions that range from 480p to 1080p.

Exmor R CMOS sensor

But let’s get a bit into more details. As according to the specs, Sony has used Exmor R CMOS sensor in order to solve some of the problems that had appeared at the previous models, we wanted to see how the camera works in different light conditions.

Before telling you the test results, we must say that DSC-HX5V camera comes out with some 10x, f3.5-5.5, 25-250mm lens, therefore we’re talking about some mega-zoom lens. Coming back to our analysis, we found out that in normal conditions, the camera acts well in auto-mode, but doesn’t deliver something exceptional. However, in low-light conditions, the camera acts a little better, and delivers a quality that can rarely be seen at its competitors.

Transfer Jet technology

Though, we must say that, due to its equipment (and we refer here especially at the mega-zoom lens), features like noise reduction are not 100% efficient. This, of course, might not satisfy the people looking forward to getting from HX5V extremely hi-fi pictures.
One thing must be necessarily mentioned: the camera comes equipped with “Transfer Jet”, which is a feature that allows wireless data transfer between Transfer Jet compatible devices, like Sony HD screens or TVs. For those that do not have such a device, there is on the market the possibility of buying a Transfer Jet Kit for $150. However, as the camera allows USB transfer as well, most people will probably go for the second option.

Very good Full HD movies

Now, if so far, Cybershot DSC-HX5V is more of an average camera that suits only the people that don’t want to go pro, when it comes to the HD filming, at least according to the specs, the situation should definitely improve. And indeed, the recording part works just awesome. To be honest with you, we’ve been more impressed of the filming capability rather than the delivered photos (which are kind of average): even in HD mode, at 1080p, the delivered quality is one of the best of its kind (face recognition as well as other features work perfectly).

Review conclusion

That said, after this analysis and review we can said, if you are one of the people that have created a Sony lifestyle and you need a camera that works pretty decent, then Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V is the one suitable for you.

Technical specifications

Chip TypeCMOS
Resolution Width in Pixel3648
Resolution Height in Pixel2736
Viewfinder TypeLCD Monitor
Memory TypeInternal and External
Optical Zoom10
Digital Zoom20
Depth in mm28.9
Height in mm57.7
Lowest Focal Length in mm25
Focal Length in mm250
Interchangeable lensNo
Screen Size3
Video CaptureVideo + Sound
Secure DigitalYes
Micro DriveNo
Compact FlashNo
Memory Stick / Memory Stick ProNo
Memory Stick Duo / Duo ProYes
Internal Memory size in MB45
Continuous shootingYes
Resolution in Pixel230400
Max Resolution Mode Video Width1920
Max Resolution Mode Video Height1080
Ability to save files in RAWNo
Maximum Aperture Tele5.5
Maximum Aperture Wide3.5
Shutter Speed Fastest in Second1 / 1600
Shutter Speed slowest in Second30
Sensor Size1/2.4 “
Battery TypeSony NP-BG1
Image StabilizerOptical Stabilizer
DebuggingFace Detection and Smile
Shutter PriorityNo
Aperture PriorityNo
Number of frames per second in video mode30