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Capture stunning low-light images and sweeping panoramic views with the DSC-HX5V featuring an “Exmor R” CMOS Sensor. Plus catch fast action shots with up to 10 frames per seconds shooting. Full HD Movie Mode9 records amazingly detailed video and a 25mm equivalent wide angle 10x high-zoom G Lens allows you to take captivating images.

  • 3.0" Clear Photo LCD display (230k pixels)1 : Compose and show off your images on the large 3.0” (230K) Clear Photo LCD display, which features a special anti-reflective coating for sharp visibility, even in bright sunlight.1
  • 10x (25mm equivalent) Professional-quality optical zoom G-Lens : G lenses are used in top of the line digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and advanced pro-sumer HD Camcorders. Capture the action up close with the 10x optical zoom, and with the 25mm equivalent wide angle lens the HX5V even allows you to capture more of the scenes in landscape or group portraits.
  • 10.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor : The DSC-HX5V features a 10.2 megapixel “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s wide angle G lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined “Exmor R” CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor delivers extremely fast 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes.9
  • Anti-Motion Blur Mode : Capture cleaner and sharper images in low light for non landscape shots. When set in Anti-motion Blur Mode, the DSC-HX5V captures six images in a fraction of a second with higher shouter speed and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and eliminate subject blur, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.
  • Handheld Twilight : Capture cleaner and sharper night shots without using a tripod. When set to Handheld Twilight Mode, the DSC-HX5V captures six images in a fraction of a second with one press of the shutter, and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise. With these modes, you can capture images in low light, without flash, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode : Capture expansive landscapes with Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode. Press shutter and sweep and the camera does the rest, continuously, shooting images and in one second stitching them together. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to avoid subject distortion.
  • High Speed Shooting (10fps) : The HX5V can capture full 10.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 fps, helping to ensure you never miss the decisive moment. What’s more, the HX5V employs a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.
  • 1080i AVCHD Movie Mode9 : Record movies in 1080i AVCHD high definition at 60i9. The AVCHD format captures a high degree of detail and smooth movement, and when footage is burned to disc, can be played back on Blu-ray Disc players, Sony PlayStation3 systems and compatible PCs and HDTVs.7
  • HDMI output connectivity : The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV).
  • DVDirect DVD recorder Compatible : With AVCHD capabilities the DSC-HX5V is compatible with the DVDirect DVD recorder, allowing automatic playback of high definition footage. Simply insert your Memory Stick media into the DVDirect DVD recorder and enjoy your movies shot in high definition. (Recorder and media sold separately)
  • HD MP4 Movie Mode9 : MP4 is a popular format for high definition video that compresses the size of your audio and video, making your media files small enough to easily transfer to your compatible PC or Mac. MP4 is also highly compatible with the Web, so you can effortlessly upload your media to popular photo or video-sharing Web sites like Photobucket or YouTube. (Compatible PC with internet capability required).
  • Active Mode : Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode represents the next step forward in Sony image stabilization technology, and allows the camera lens a greater range of motion for a superior level of image smoothness. Now you can capture smooth movies on your camera while on the move.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization : Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.
  • GPS and Compass : An integrated GPS receiver and compass record the location and direction of every shot you take and let you view your images on a map with compatible computer and internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots3.
  • TransferJet technology : TransferJet technology, developed by Sony and advanced and promoted by consortium of 18 other companies, allows you to transfer files between two TransferJet enabled devices just by touching them together, without the hassle of hunting for cables or the complication of pairing3 .
  • BIONZ Image Processor : Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode represents the next step forward in Sony image stabilization technology, and allows the camera lens a greater range of motion for a superior level of image smoothness. Now you can capture smooth movies on your camera while doing other activities such as walking or riding a bike.
  • Backlight Correction HDR : Shooting high-contrast scenes can often lead to washed out backgrounds and details lost in shadow. Backlight Correction HDR helps correct for this by taking two pictures at different settings and processing the best elements of both into a single image.
  • Self-Portrait Timer : Self-Portrait Timer helps take the guesswork out of self portraits by utilizing Face Detection technology to recognize when your face enters the frame. Once the camera detects your face, it triggers a 2-second timer, and then snaps a picture.
  • Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode : Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, and faces, and adjusts settings resulting in clearer images, faces with more natural skin tone, and less blur. By incorporating advanced features such as Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, iAuto mode lets you take advantage of the latest Sony Cyber-shot technology without leaving auto mode. Whether you’re shooting expansive landscapes, capturing playground action, or taking pictures at a birthday party or wedding shower, iAuto mode will optimize your camera’s settings to help ensure you come away with a great shot.
  • Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode : Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects nine different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings: Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a tripod, Portrait, Landscape and Macro. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.
  • Anti-blink Function : It’s frustrating to think you’ve captured that perfect shot, only to review it later and discover one of your subjects blinked just as you pressed the shutter. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.
  • High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200) : High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. In addition to High Sensitivity Mode (ISO), you can select up to seven ISO settings (Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200) when shooting in Program Auto Mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.
  • Face Detection technology : Sony’s improved Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.
  • Motion Detection : Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.
  • Intelligent AF : Thanks to Intelligent AF technology, capture fleeting moments like a child’s adorable expression with the ultra-quick AF which locks focus in as little as 0.3-sec.
  • Scene Modes : Pet-mode minimizes blur when shooting moving pets utilizing Motion Detection technology and automatically turns off the flash to reduce glowing pet eyes. AF illumination is also disabled so you can take more natural expressions avoiding startling your pets.
  • Easy Shooting Mode : With Easy Shooting Mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting Mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings, removing several function choices and allowing you to focus on just your subject. Since this mode works together with Intelligent Scene Recognition, the camera selects the optimum setting for each scene. In addition the easy mode simplifies preview mode.
  • Function Guide: : This beginner-friendly optional function helps navigate through the various functions and settings tilt displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.
  • PHOTOMUSIC : PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music4 (4 tracks, 5 minutes per track) to produce fun and entertaining slide shows with standard visual effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Active, and Stylish). Select from pre-loaded tracks on the camera or transfer your own from your compatible computer (sold separately).
  • Viewing modes : Find your photos using the simple folder or calendar viewing modes.
  • In-Camera Retouching Tools : Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming, Red-Eye Correction, and Unsharp Masking functions
  • PhotoTV HD : Bring your photos to life and enjoy highly detailed, high definition images with PhotoTV HD-capable Sony BRAVIA HDTVs.6 PhotoTV HD fine tunes settings on your PhotoTV HD enabled BRAVIA HDTV, such as sharpness, gradation, and color to display images that look more like printed
  • Lithium-ion battery : Included lithium-ion battery provides added convenience with longer lasting power than alkaline batteries.
  • Media card slot : For convenient storage and sharing of your images, the DSC-HX5V accepts Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media (sold separately) and SD/SDHC media.
  • Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.02 : Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites2
  • Includes Sony PMBP (Picture Motion Browser Portable) software3 : With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software3 the DSC-HX5V makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites5 without the need for any additional software or install.
  • Colors Available : The Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V camera is available in black.

    Footnotes:
    1.Viewable area, measured diagonally
    2. Requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/Windows 7. Not supported by Mac OS.
    3. PMB Portable for Windows is pre-loaded. PMB Portable for Mac is available at www.eSupport.sony.com . PMB Portable requires USB cable (included) and PC with internet connectivity. 64-bit environments not supported
    4.Uploading directly to the web requires PMB Portable software and USB cable (included), and PC with internet connectivity (not included). PMB Portable for Mac is available at www.eSupport.sony.com . 64-bit environments not supported.
    5. Requires compatible wireless access point(s). Some features may rely on Internet services.
    6. When fully charged. Actual results may vary based on product settings, usage patterns and environmental conditions.
    7. Compatible BRAVIA HDTV, and HDMI or component cable (sold separately) required for PhotoTV HD viewing. Specifications for BRAVIA HDTV shown vary according to market region.
    8. Four preset music tracks stored in internal memory. Imported music tracks can be up to five minutes long. When using Music Transfer to download music, tracks longer than five minutes will be reduced to five minutes when uploading to the Cyber-shot camera.
    9. Movie recording is limited to (29min segments for MP4 up to 12Mbps 1440x1080/30p) (and) (10 minute segments for AVCHD up to 16mbps 1920x1080/60i.)
    10. HD Viewing requires an HD output adapter cable (VMC-MHC1) and compatible HDTV, both sold separately.
    11. TransferJet enabled technology (sold separately) required in both devices. Interoperability and compatibility among TransferJet enabled devices vary.
    12. This camera captures high definition footage in the AVCHD format. High Definition AVCHD discs can be created using standard DVD media, the supplied software and a compatible PC. DVD media containing AVCHD footage may be played on a compatible Blu-ray Disc player/recorder, PC with supplied software or PlayStation3 devices. DVD media containing AVCHD footage should not be used with standard DVD based players, as the DVD player may fail to eject the media and may erase its contents without warning.

  • Review Snapshot®
    Avg. Customer Rating:
     
    4.6 stars
    (based on 9 reviews)
    88% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

    Pros:
    Compact(5), Easy to use(5), Good image quality(4), Good in low light(6), Image stabilization(6)
    Best Uses:
    Family photos(8), Landscape/scenery(7), Low light(7), Sports/action(4), Travel(6)
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual photographer(4), Photo enthusiast(4)
    Was this a gift?:
    No(4)
     
    Sony Cybershot HX5V Digital Camera
    By CJVerified Reviewer from Olympia, WA on 1/1/2011
    Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
    Digital zoom, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, Manual focus
    What do you do with your digital images?:
    Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Save to disk
    Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
    9
    Ease of Operation:
    8
    Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
    8
    Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
    8
    Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
    8
    Overall Experience:
    9
    How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
    Probably will
    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
    Best Uses:
    Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Travel, Wildlife photos
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual Photographer
    Was this a gift?:
    Yes
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Sony Sony DSC-HX5V Cyber-shot Digital Camera (Black):

    As easy to use as this camera is, I am looking forward to the classes. So many things to learn! I've had this camera for less than a month and have already taken almost 70 perfect pictures! just think how many if I knew what I was doing! What a great gift for me and for anyone else who wants a wonderful camera.

     
    photography, now my passion
    By conjm14Verified Reviewer from Philippines on 1/1/2011
    Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
    Digital zoom, Fast Auto focus, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Low-light shooting, Manual focus
    What do you do with your digital images?:
    Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
    Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
    9
    Ease of Operation:
    9
    Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
    9
    Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
    9
    Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
    9
    Overall Experience:
    10
    How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
    Definitely will
    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
    Best Uses:
    Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
    Describe Yourself:
    Photo Enthusiast
    Was this a gift?:
    No
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Sony Sony DSC-HX5V Cyber-shot Digital Camera (Black):

    i love this camera, makes my photography passion easier and burning.

    [1 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Slow recovery between shots
    By Mommy of girlsVerified Purchaser from Southern West Virginia on 9/28/2010
    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Small / Compact
    Cons:
    Lag / Shutter Delay, Poor Image Quality
    Describe Yourself:
    Photo Enthusiast
    Was this a gift?:
    No
    Bottom Line:
    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Sony Sony DSC-HX5V Cyber-shot Digital Camera (Black):

    I purchased this camera because I take an incredible amount of photos of my two children. Poor choice. I returned it after most of the shots were of the backs of their heads due to the lag between shots. I had hoped to find a smaller camera that I could throw in my purse, but I discovered it didn't matter if I could throw a camera in my purse if the only photos I captured were after the moment was over. So, I'm sticking with my Nikon D40.

    [4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Fantastic camera [...]
    By CS40Verified Purchaser from WV on 9/28/2010
    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
    Best Uses:
    Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
    Describe Yourself:
    Semi-pro Photographer
    Was this a gift?:
    No

    Comments about Sony Sony DSC-HX5V Cyber-shot Digital Camera (Black):

    This is the best camera I have ever had. I like it better than the $2000 pro camera I have. It has some really unique features. I recomend this camera to everyone.

    [2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

     
    The best camera I ever bought
    By MarieVerified Purchaser from Havelock. NC on 9/28/2010
    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
    Best Uses:
    Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual Photographer
    Was this a gift?:
    No
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Sony Sony DSC-HX5V Cyber-shot Digital Camera (Black):

    Excellent camera, easy to use,takes great pictures.

    [2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Love this camera
    By Nana ZVerified Reviewer from Stoneham, MA on 6/13/2010
    Pros:
    Great Zoom
    Cons:
    Whitish pictures indoors
    Best Uses:
    Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual Photographer
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Sony Sony DSC-HX5V Cyber-shot Digital Camera (Black):

    Only problem I have is pictures are too bright (washed out look)or too dark when shot indoors. I have tried many different settings. Just can't find the right one...

    [5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Super convenient camera with many extras
    By Georgia CousinVerified Reviewer from Ringgold, Georgia on 6/13/2010
    Pros:
    Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom
    Best Uses:
    Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel
    Describe Yourself:
    Photo Enthusiast
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Sony Sony DSC-HX5V Cyber-shot Digital Camera (Black):

    As a retiree I wanted a smaller camera, but with more features. The Sony HX5V replaced my bulky old style digital but has higher resolution, longer zoom, face & smile detection, faster lens and processor, fantastic 3 inch viewfinder, and much more for very reasonable price. VERY pleased with photo results and ease of operation. Thanks Sony, for such a great camera!

    [12 of 12 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Best Point and Shot Camera on the Market
    By bretthafner[@] from bedford, texas on 4/30/2010
    Pros:
    A pro user, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, This Camera will make any
    Best Uses:
    Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual Photographer
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Sony Sony DSC-HX5V Cyber-shot Digital Camera (Black):

    I have shoped every camera on the market I not a pro this an average picture taker, but from the time I fast pick the camera up its blow my shorts off how easy it to use and the results as if I had a degree in photographoly. I have cerebal Palsey and I shake alot but still my piture come out prefect, buy this camera you will not believe you eyes, i wish i could

    [19 of 19 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Great carry around camera
    By Dede du PotagerVerified Reviewer from Palm Beach, FL on 4/18/2010
    Pros:
    Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom
    Best Uses:
    Family Photos, Landscape/Scenery, Video
    Describe Yourself:
    Photo Enthusiast
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Sony Sony DSC-HX5V Cyber-shot Digital Camera (Black):

    Receive the product 3 days ago, carried it with me all the time, takes great pictures, 10 fps is very impressive, as well as the panorama mode and the HD video. Although was a little bit disappointed by the 10 MP because I like to crop the pictures after the fact for best framing. Also the fast action focus was slow when I tried to shoot birds on the beach or kids jumping on the trampoline. I guess I expected the same results than a dslr.

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