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Sony Cyber-shot HX5V

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Sony Cyber-shot HX5V

  • Mar 18, 2010
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 I've had this camera for less than a week, so consider this an early report rather than a definitive evaluation.

Sony cameras have been admirable in multiple ways for years, but there's been one big thing that's made them a non-starter for me: their use of proprietary Memory Stick media rather than the plentiful, cheaper, industry-standard SD cards. Why go Memory Stick and be forced to lug a card adapter and pay more when there are so many good cameras that take SD? But with its newest models, Sony has finally added SD. (Don't worry, Memory Stick aficionados: The new cameras still take Memory Sticks.)

Among the HX5V's multiple interesting characteristics: 

* It packs a good 10X zoom into a pocketable size--like the Panasonic Lumix I've been using, but more so.

* It claims to do unusually good low-light work, with two special modes for it on the dial (twilight and indoor)

* The "iSweep" mode autostitches together panorama shots

* Another special mode increases dynamic range by taking two shots, then blending them

* It shoots 1080i HD video with stereo sound, and you can zoom during video shooting

* It has GPS, so it can geotag photos (letting location-aware programs such as Picasa know where a snapshot was taken)

On paper, this camera comes as close to the romantic ideal of what a modern point and shoot should be as any I've encountered, more than justifying the $350 price. In the real world, it isn't perfect--but it's still a pretty darn neat camera. Most of the shots I've taken look good; the low-light features can't work miracles, but they do help. And I'm addicted to the iSweep mode even though the pictures it produces aren't all that sharp.

I'm still figuring out how much I like the GPS capability: It doesn't seem to work indoors, and when it can't locate you, it uses the most recent location it did confirm--even if you've flown from one state to another in the interim, as I did this week.

I haven't shot enough video yet to have an opinion.

From a menu and interface perspective, the camera rates high, which was a pleasant surprise. (I like it better than the Lumix, which had a crummy dial that kept getting turned to an area with no features by mistake.) The industrial design is excellent. So far, I'm pleased overall--and I can't wait to shoot more stuff so I have a more well-rounded take.

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March 18, 2010
Very imformational and good job
 
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Resolution: 10 megapixels
Model: H5XV
Camera Type: Standard Point and Shoot
Memory Type: SD, Built-in • Memory Stick Duo • Memory Stick DUO PRO
LCD Panel Size: 3"
Interface Type: USB
Price Range: $349
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