Excerpt: With its in-camera GPS, digital compass, wireless image and video sharing via TransferJet, accelerometer-driven panorama mode, and 1080i high-definition video capture in AVCHD format, it's easy to overlook the fact that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V is, in fact, a camera.
Pros: Panorama, low-light, backlight correction modes; GPS receiver and compass for geotagging; excellent color accuracy and low-light performance
Cons: No aperture-priority or shutter-priority modes; geotagging requires software on a Windows PC; images aren't always sharp
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot HX5 is a competently constructed and thoughtfully featured compact at a keenly competitive price. For the amateur photographer wanting both portability and versatility in the one device - without actually trading up further and spending twice the outlay on a Micro Four Thirds...
Pros: Longer focal length lens affords a wider range of creative framing possibilities, lots of innovative features on board that you don't normally find in this price bracket, smooth to use (and review) Sweep Panorama function is a bonus
Cons: Sweep Panorama function produces lower resolution stills than supplied by (admittedly more expensive) NEX models - and it isn't 3D - plus the camera requires a period of familiarisation if the user wishes to move beyond pointing and shooting
Summary: Sony may be new to the travel-zoom game, but they've certainly made a bold entrance with the CyberShot DSC-HX5, which offers virtually all of the key features that several of its rivals collectively offer, wrapped-up in an easy-to-use package with an eminently sensible 10 megapixel sensor.
Summary: My review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 digital camera (sometimes called the DSC-HX5V and the DSC-HX5B) shows a very impressive model with a great mix of beginner and intermediate photography features.
Pros: Startup is very fast, HX5's iSweep Panorama feature is among the best panoramic features around, Several different movie settings are available, along with a dedicated movie button, HX5 excels in low-light photography; small flash is powerful, 10X zoom lens with limited wide angle option is nice ...
Cons: Price is a little high, Shots with the flash can suffer from some shutter lag, Camera is a little bigger and heaver than most beginner cameras, Can inadvertently cover flash while holding camera
Summary: The image quality is on a par with other compacts, but we expected it to be better. We compared the Sony with a conventional compact and could not see any reason to prefer one to the other. Sony may be onto something with the new backlit sensor but as things stand we’ll never know.
Pros: In ideal conditions and with ISO setting no higher than 200 the image results are good. The curious Twilight Handheld and Backlight Correction modes do improve pictures in some conditions.
Cons: The noise reduction is aggressive, smudging fine detail. It cannot be turned off and it is applied at all ISO speeds, so we were not able to test the claims made for the Exmor sensor. In fact the extreme NR produces much the same results from the HX5V as we get from a conventional compact sensor....
Conclusion: While you can get more zoom in a same-size camera from competitors, Sony makes up for it with a wealth of innovative features and clever in-camera software in the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V.
Pros: Fast operation. Excellent image quality. Superior video recording (1080i60). Large, 3-inch LCD. Clever in-camera software for creating panoramic photos and reducing image noise. Integrated GPS and compass.
Cons: Competition offers more zoom in similar body size.
Summary: Lets start with the controls (sorry for the poor shots, I was outside in 12 degree weather). On the top of the camera are buttons for the mode selector dial, zoom/shutter release and power. Right above the lens is the stereo microphone.