Jun 16 2010
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Overview of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
Whether you're a professional photographer or an amateur shutterbug, capturing high-quality photos and videos is crucial. With the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5, you have a compact camera that packs a punch when it comes to capturing the perfect shot. This popular camera offers a host of features, including a 10x optical zoom, 10.2 megapixel sensor, and advanced auto-focus capabilities, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to capture stunning images and videos on-the-go. In this blog, we'll dive into the key features of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 and explore why it's a top choice for both amateur and professional photographers.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 Pros and Cons
Now, we will look more closely at our review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 camera. We will see what it can do and compare it to other cameras like it. We will tell you what's good about it and what's not so good. This way, you'll know if it's the camera for you!
Build and Construction
Body and dimensions
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
|Dimensions||102 x 58 x 29mm|
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 is not sealed against water and dust, so it's important to be careful when using it in such conditions. If you often shoot in environments with water or dust, it's recommended to check out another camera with weather sealing.
Design and Handling
Main design features
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
This camera has a fixed type 3.00" screen, with a display resolution of 230k dots. This makes the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 not as suitable for those looking for a vlogging camera as you cannot view yourself while shooting selfies easily. Unfortunately, the camera does not have a touch screen, which may make it less user-friendly.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 does not include a viewfinder. The lack of a viewfinder on the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 camera may make it less suitable for outdoor photography in bright conditions.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 has a 10MP sized BSI-CMOS sensor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 10 pixels. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 has a native ISO range of 125 - 3200 which can be boosted to null - null.
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125 - 3200
|Extended ISO||null - null|
|Max resolution||3456 x 2592 pixels|
DXO Sensor Scores
Low Light ISO
DXO mark sensor scores
The DXOmark rankings indicate that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 camera has excellent color depth performance, which refers to the number of colors the sensor can distinguish. Additionally, its dynamic range is also excellent, allowing it to retain high amounts of details in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The camera's low light ISO performance is excellent, which is an important factor to consider if you plan to use it in dimly lit indoor environments or at night. Overall the image quality of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 is excellent
Camera crop factor (or focal length multiplier) refers to how a camera's sensor size affects the apparent field of view of a lens. Crop factor is determined by comparing the size of a camera's sensor to that of a full-frame sensor, which is a standard reference size for camera sensors.
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Full frame equivalent
This camera: 1/2.4-inch
Connectivity, storage, battery
|Storage||Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, optional SD/SDHC, Internal|
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 supports Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, optional SD/SDHC, Internal with 1 slots for storage. This may suffice for everyday use. However, for professional applications such as wedding photography, it is not recommended as a memory card malfunction could lead to the loss of all footage.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 uses the NP-BG1 model of undefined. This is rated for undefined shots which is high. If you intend to take photos or record videos for an extended period, it might be a good idea to bring along additional batteries.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 has built in flash which is great for event photography and in low light situations. However it lacks an external flash shoe, which limits you to using the built-in flash.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 boasts a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/1600s, which is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects in bright environments, such as in sports photography. Faster shutter speeds enable you to freeze the action and capture every detail, making it easier to get the perfect shot.
With a continuous mechanical shutter speed of n/a or an electronic shutter speed of n/a, this camera is not capable of capturing the perfect moment more easily, making it not as suited for wedding, sports, and wildlife photography. Higher shutter speeds make it easier to capture fast-paced action, ensuring that you never miss the perfect shot.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 includes contrast detection autofocus (AF), with 9 number of focus points.
While contrast detection is generally more accurate and precise, phase detection autofocus is faster and more effective in most situations, particularly when photographing moving subjects.
Phase detection autofocus works by dividing the incoming light into pairs and then analyzing how they intersect on the camera's sensor. This method allows the camera to determine not only if a subject is in focus but also the direction and distance needed to adjust the focus to achieve perfect sharpness.
On the other hand, contrast detection autofocus works by analyzing the contrast of an image and adjusting the focus until the highest contrast is detected. While this method is very accurate, it can be slow, especially in low light conditions or when photographing moving subjects.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 features a BSI-CMOS sensor
No the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 does not have weather sealing.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 was announced on Jun 16 2010
Yes the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 does have in-body image stabilization that can compensate for camera shake, making it easier to shoot handheld in low light conditions.
The Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 has a native ISO range of 125-3200, which can be expanded to ISO null-null for even greater sensitivity in low light conditions.