Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V

  • Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V
83
Based on 27 scores, 40 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    10
  • Good:
    13
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    1

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.
  • GPS automatically sets the camera's clock depending on the time zone you're traveling in. Intelligent Sweep Panorama captures wide or tall subject matter — think Grand Canyon or the Sears Tower — just by pressing the shutter and sweeping
  • Versatile. Cracking low light performance. Decent optical zoom. Impressive Panorama function. Speedy burst mode

Cons:

  • Competition offers more zoom in similar body size.
  • GPS signal quickly surrendered to buildings or even overhanging trees. Doesn't display nearby place names or points of interest during playback. Confusing menu system makes adjusting GPS setting a chore.

Expert reviews and ratings

By EISA on -

If you are looking for a compact camera that packs a powerful zoom but still fits the pocket, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V should be at the top of your list. With its 25-250mm 10x zoom lens and features such as GPS, compass, Intelligent Sweep...

By Tom's Guide on -

Sony would like you to use a Memory Stick with the HX5V…but they’ve since wised up and you can also use SD cards (up to 32 GB). An included GPS sensor makes Geotagging a snap, and other great features include in-camera retouching tools,...

By Electronicsme on 80

Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V/B is only average in picture quality but above-average in features. The high-definition video recording is very lucrative for consumers who want to go from pics to flicks in no time. Unfortunately, this camera...

By PC Mag on 80

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. Buy it...

By Digital Photography School on -

The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V is makes a perfect 10.Three times over!Ten megapixels (and a bit). Ten times optical zoom. Ten frames a second continuous shooting. Which, as I figure, could make this camera fairly rare.Get that? Ten full res 3648×2736...

By Wired on 80

The days of forgetting where you took a photo are over. The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5V, and several other cameras we tested recently, has built-in GPS receivers to geo-tag your shots so you can show jealous friends your globetrotting exploits and never...

By Stuff.tv on 100

This incredibly versatile snapper’s wealth of shooting modes make it our new favourite premium compact...

By PCWorld on 80

Don’t call Sony’s GPS-enabled, feature-loaded DSC-HX5V a gimmick camera. It supplements its in-camera goodies with great image quality and terrific shooting modes....

By Expert Reviews on 80

With its 10x optical zoom, HD 1080i movie option, built-in GPS and manual exposure control, Sony's high-end 10.2-megapixel HX5V stands out for its feature-laden spec. It's aimed squarely at Panasonic's Travel Zoom (TZ) range and packs a...

By Digital Photography School on -

In most regards the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5V scores high marks where it needs to. It’s a nice looking camera, packed with actually useful special features, several of which are bound to spoil users when compared to other camera’s so-called...

By DPexpert on -

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...

By Photography Bay on -

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. If...

By cnet on 80

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V has shooting options for solving common snapshot camera issues, but some users still won't be thrilled with the...

By The Digital Camera Resource Page on -

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V is a compact ultra zoom camera that features a nice 25 - 250 mm zoom lens, image stabilization, a built-in GPS, limited manual controls, and 1080i HD video recording. And, due to its back-illuminated CMOS sensor, it's...

By CNET UK on 77

The Sony Cyber-shot HX5V's technology is stunning, it handles like a dream and it's both responsive and simple to use. That makes its over-smoothed and barely mediocre images screamingly frustrating. Sony needs to tone its noise-reduction...

By Photo Review Australia on 83

Despite designing its Cyber-shot primarily for snapshooters, DSC-HX5V Sony has included some features to appeal to photo enthusiasts. For starters, there's the new Exmor R (back-illuminated) CMOS sensor, which provides a sensible effective...

By DigitalVersus on 100

GPS The Sony HX5V has a built-in GPS and compass, which work together to tag your photos by saying where you took them and which way the camera was facing.We found rather mixed results with the GPS: getting an initial fix takes around four minutes,...

By The Imaging Resource on -

That's a longer list of Cons than I expected. The Con items themselves represent relatively minor issues or misplaced expectations whereas the Pro items represent real value. So don't let the list fool you. Let the Sony HX5V fool you instead....

By TechSmart.co.za on -

If the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V was a cellphone it would have been one of today’s feature rich smartphones. There are an incredible amount of cool features to discover on this camera, not the least of which being its GPS geo-tagging capabilities,...

By Camera Labs on 87

Sony's first pocket super-zoom hits the ground running with a feature-set which genuinely stands out from the competition. None of its rivals feature 10fps continuous shooting, 1080i video recording, or the same degree of innovation and consistent...