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Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX5 review
|DATE REVIEWED: 1st Jul 2010||Add Camera To Comparison Chart|
|Camera Type||Compact||Shutter Speeds||30 - 1/1600 sec|
|RRP||£330||ISO Range||80 - 3200|
|Megapixels||10||Focal Length||25 - 250mm|
|Weight||170g||Aperture||f3.5 - 5.5|
|Dimensions||103 x 58 x 25mm (WxHxD)||Focus Distance||5cm - inf|
|LCD Size||3 inches||Zoom (Opt)||10x|
|Zoom (Dig)||20x||Storage||SD / SDHC / MS Pro Duo|
|Max Resolution||3648 x 2736||Battery Type||Li-Ion|
For the non-pro photographer on their travels, a compact point-and-shoot model is a sound investment. The Sony Cyber-shot HX5 has been designed specifically for travellers or those planning a trip. On-board travel GPS mode incorporates a compass with pinpoint tracking system. The camera will record the exact location of every shot and video taken, including which direction the user is pointing. This clever technology will attract any keen traveller, as images and videos can be plotted in a fun and interactive online map upon return. This entertaining way of displaying treasured memories is ideal for gap-year students or young travellers wanting to showcase photos and movie clips in an alternative manner, and is a great souvenir to keep after the trip.
Other impressive features on the HX5 include Sony’s advanced sweep panorama and HDR Backlight Correction mode. The panorama technology works by gliding the camera across the scene in the direction of the arrow, while the camera stitches the image together. The HDR Backlight Correction mode also comes in handy in high dynamic conditions, although this wasn’t effective 100% of the time.
The HX5 supports a Sony Exmor sensor with a ten-megapixel resolution, convenient for the person on the move as images only measure 3,648 x 2,736. This means more memory space is available for storage and images can still be enlarged to a reasonable size before the quality deteriorates. Images produced were to an excellent level, however some strong colours did oversaturate in bright light. Across the spectrum there were no issues with colour balance, although the magenta tones did appear slightly stronger, giving images a warmer appeal.
After years of collaborating with Carl Zeiss it is good to see Sony branch out into its own brand of lens, and the Sony G lens appears to be producing some excellent results. 10x optical zoom is a great feature, and teaming this with a 25mm wide angle makes the HX5 ideal for landscape shots. The Sony G lens is large for a compact, meaning it performs at a higher level than many rivals on the market and is able to cope in low light.
The Cyber-shot HX5 supports a large ISO range that stretches between 125-3200, however in very low-light conditions, noise levels were unavoidable. The Handheld Twilight and Anti-motion Blur mode did aid this type of shooting, although at 3200 the image quality was very grainy and images were blurred.
The HX5 is easy to use and having quick access to all features through the top dial makes it effortless to select the appropriate shooting mode. Manual controls are also available, for those wanting
After rigorous testing in a variety of lighting conditions, the LCD screen performed to an excellent level even in harsh sunlight, which again is handy for those going to places where the sun is guaranteed to shine. The HX5 is available in black or silver and its box-like traditional design appears nicely understated.
It is clear to see why the HX5 is priced so highly, as the built-in technology is impressive. However, if GPS technology is not needed, then the Sony Cyber-shot H55 is £100 cheaper and a great alternative. This model incorporates similar specs and a larger sensor resolution.
An excellent feature-packed compact, though the retail price is rather expensive. If you don’t want the GPS then opt for a similar, cheaper Sony compact
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|An excellent feature-packed compact, though the retail price is rather expensive. If you don’t want the GPS then opt for a similar, cheaper Sony compact|
Claire started studying photography over six years ago where she was intrigued by the act of image making. Claire has a great passion for traditional photographic methods however she’s found the change to the digital medium to be a fascinating advancement.
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