As the Best Compact Camera in the 2010 TIPA Awards, Sony compact camera CyberShot DSC-HX5V has more different features available compared to average compact cameras to attract enthusiasts.
First of all, it is certainly a little thicker than the very compact TX7, the HX5V also more than doubles its zoom range. Then, the several features that differentiate it from most of its competitors include a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, which promises better-than-average low light performance and super-fast continuous shooting, plus a built-in GPS, unique sweep panorama feature, and 1080i HD movie recording.
Sony says it designs for those niches in the market that aren't well served. You might think that means just a few people. But there are, apparently, quite a few people who are dissatisfied with the results they get from their current digicam and would love a camera that can deliver better looking pictures without requiring a few semesters at photo school.
- 10.2MP Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor
- 10x Optical Zoom (25-250mm equiv.)
- 3-inch LCD (230k dot resolution)
- 1080i AVCHD Video Capture
- ISO 125-3200
- GPS Receiver and Compass
- iSweep Panorama
- Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
- SDHC and Memory Stick Compatible
The HX5V, thanks to its use of their BIONZ processor and Exmor R Sensor, is capable of 1920 x 1080i video recording in the AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) format. And it has five movie modes. For the highest quality, it offers AVCHD recording at 1920 x 1080 and 60 fields per second. There is also a 1440 x 1080 AVCHD mode which may sound like a 4:3 aspect ratio, but is actually a subsampled 16:9 mode. AVCHD captures more detail and records smoother movement while minimizing file size. But you can also record HD video in MP4 mode at 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 720 or 640 x 480, all at 30 fps.
Talking about the disadvantages of the camera, well, images aren't always sharp. And the supplied Picture Motion Browser is only Windows based. The lack of aperture-priority or shutter-priority modes also leaves HX5V something to be desired.
In sum, the Sony Cyber-shot HX5V is an excellent point and shoot camera. It has plenty of features for the enthusiast user, while being able to maintain a simple interface for those who need a little time to adjust to all that the camera can do.
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