Summary Sony DSC-HX5v

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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-HX5

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Sony has replaced the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v with the DSC-HX7v and DSC-HX9v.

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

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

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the DSC-HX5v

"The Sony HX5V also offers Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, useful for combatting blur caused by camera shake without adversely affecting image quality." | talking about the camera's image-stabilization
"It's a good bit too small for me." | talking about the camera's feel
"Fast AF and very fast prefocused shutter lag." | talking about the camera's auto-focus


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v.


Sony DSC-HX5V Pacaya Volcano Sample
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Sony DSC-HX5V Beach Sample
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The Sony DSC-HX5v vs other recent compacts

GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
30 seconds
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
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The Sony DSC-HX5v 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-HX5v vs other recent compacts

Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.5" 6.31x4.21mm
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/1600 of a second
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9 MP
Announced Old Help
January 2010
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The Sony DSC-HX5v vs other recent travel zooms

Zoom Poor zoom Help
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users


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kk (2:25 PM, August 27, 2011)
Great camera, great photos in P mode. Easy menu system to manually change settings. HD video is great; lens noise only during really quiet scenes not heard during an amusement park or parties. Only downside is piss poor battery life. Sony batteries are really small and expensive. I bought larger capacity batteries on ebay but the camera can still eat through them even with the GPS turned off. The Sony battery did not have enough juice to finish an 8gb card both photos and movies.
Gemoss14 (2:00 PM, May 25, 2011)
I have DSC-HX5v for some months, I like very much the video mode but I'm not satisfied with the photos: The Intelligent Auto Adjustment doesn't work very well, it doesn't recognize the backlight to make the Correction, I have very often red eyes, and the flash doesn't lights always when I take photos in low light conditions, so I have many shaky photos. Also I'm surprised that the camera doesn't have portrait mode.   
Michael6725 (9:24 PM, May 13, 2011)
You guys thought the sony cyber shot dsc hx5v had two card slots, when it only has one. You guys can't even give information correctly.

Michael6725 (9:18 PM, May 13, 2011)
I would buy the sony cyber shot dsc hx5v instead of some of the competitors you have ranked ahead of it. I think it's better than some of the cameras you have ahead of it.

Michael6725 (9:12 PM, May 13, 2011)

i think the sony cyber shot dsc hx5v is a great camera. 
Michael6725 (9:07 PM, May 13, 2011) has the sony cyber shot dsc hx5v rated ahead of most of it's competitors. you have it ranked #9 and gave it a better score than at least 7 of the cameras you have ahead of it. I have a lot of respect for and highly respect their reviews. 
fremitus (10:30 AM, August 02, 2010)
Samsung wb650 has got gps maps and you can use it as a seminavigation. Sony seems to be better than samsung, but tz10 has short batrery lifetime. See here
and here
Panasonic makes only better photos than the others, but has many disadvantages.
Waelz (6:27 PM, August 01, 2010)
is the voice of the motor too loud while capturing a video and making zoom ?
battery lifetime, is it better in sony hx5 or in tz10 ?
can I use the gps just as a regular gps? can know directions , see a map, street names...?
Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (8:43 PM, July 16, 2010)
I'm sure Sony knows what they're talking about :) I think we made a mistake here, thinking that because the camera supported two different formats (SD and MemoryStick) that the camera actually had two physical slots, we'll get that fixed, thx.
Avatar for roxysnurf roxysnurf (4:53 PM, July 16, 2010)
I just spoke to Sony and they said the HX5V only has one storage slot. Snapsort claims it has 2..?