Summary Sony DSC-HX5

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Specifications Key specs
Help 10x
Screen size
Help 3"
Help f/3.5
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Wide angle
Help 25 mm
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
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Also known as: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5


Sony has replaced the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 with the DSC-HX7v and DSC-HX9v.

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V announced January 2011
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
Size Slightly smaller

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v announced January 2011
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Wide angle Better wide angle
Zoom More zoom

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The Sony DSC-HX5 vs other recent compacts

Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Screen size Above average sized screen Help
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
30 seconds
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
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The Sony DSC-HX5 vs other recent travel zooms

Size Really small Help
Compact (102×58×29 mm)
Weight Very light Help
200 g
Thickness Thin Help


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The Sony DSC-HX5 vs other recent compacts

Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
10 fps
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/1600 of a second
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The Sony DSC-HX5 vs other recent travel zooms

Zoom Poor zoom Help
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9 MP
Sensor size Small sensor Help
1/2.5" 6.31x4.21mm
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Announced Old Help
January 2010
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
Cyber-shot DSC-HX5

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AMy (2:05 PM, June 13, 2012)
I've owned it for a couple of years, and while the photos are good, I HATE the menus. (I had a Canon previously.) I find the quick settings much more clumsy, difficult to choose, impossible to get no flash in many settings, and the colors just aren't very good. I like that it's got a decent zoom, and quick to take the next photo--but I'm in the market for a new camera already. I hoped i was going to like it better as I got to know it and it never happened!
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:46 PM, September 27, 2010)
Hi David, Sony reports the camera records at 1920x1080 at 59.94 fps interlaced (or 60i):

From what I've read, this is the same as 30p, its not lower quality interlaced video like we used to see on early digital camcorders.

Read the section titled "30P or 60i – Which Is It?" here:

"Most people interested in video know that interlaced is old tech, that all modern TVs are progressive devices, and that therefore Progressive video recording is to be preferred, because it potentially offers twice the vertical resolution of interlaced. But Sony AVCHD video cameras (at least until one gets to their higher-end prosumer and pro gear) is speced as recording 60i. But, when you read the fine print you discover that qt least some of these cameras (such as the VG10) really aren't recording 60i, they're capturing 30P and placing it in a 60i "wrapper"."

David (8:11 PM, September 22, 2010)
You may wish to update this listing. This camera does not conform to 1080p standards, which demands 1920x1080 to be compliant.