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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V 10.2 MP CMOS 10x Wide-Angle Zoom Digital Camera with Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 3.0 Inch LCD

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  • Accessories included: Battery charger BC-CSGD/BC-CSGE (1); Power cord (mains lead) (not supplied in the USA and Canada) (1); Rechargeable battery pack NP-BG1 (1)/Battery case (1); USB, A/V cable for multi-use terminal (1); HDMI adaptor (1); Wrist strap (1); CD-ROM (1); Cyber-shot application software; Cyber-shot Handbook; Instruction Manual
  • "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for stunning low-light performance
  • iSweep Panorama Mode captures stunning panoramic images
  • Fast capture with 10fps at full 10.2-megapixel resolution
  • 10x optical zoom Sony G-Lens with 25mm wide angle; 1080i AVCHD Movie records high-quality HD movies
  • Recording Media : 45MB internal Flash Memory, optional Memory Stick Duo Media, optional Memory Stick PRO Duo Media, optional Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), optional Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo, optional SD/SDHC media
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.1 x 2.4 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00328HR76
  • Item model number: HX5
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at January 6, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

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 Mode records amazingly detailed video and a 25mm equivalent wide angle 10x high-zoom G Lens allows you to take captivating images.

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Frame your shots on a 3-inch LCD
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3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD display (230k pixels)
Compose and show off your images on the large 3.0-inch (230K) Clear Photo LCD display, which features a special anti-reflective coating for sharp visibility, even in bright sunlight.

10x (25mm) 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.

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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 shutter 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.

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.

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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.

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Capture 10 frames per second at full 10.2-megapixel resolution
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 Mode
Record movies in 1080i AVCHD high definition at 60i. 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.

HDMI output
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)

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HD MP4 Movie Mode
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 shots.

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 pairing.

BIONZ Image Processor
The BIONZ image processor delivers the high resolution and fast performance you expect from a Sony digital camera. Fast processing enables unique Sony features such as Sweep Panorama, Handheld Twilight, Antimotion Blur, HDR, etc to take and combine multiple images in less than a second to create wide panoramic images. Images have reduced grain and appear less washed out.

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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 landscapes, capturing a beautiful flower, or taking pictures at an in-door birthday party or wedding shower, iAuto mode will optimize your camera's settings to help ensure you come away with a great shot.

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Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects eight 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.

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.

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Face Detection helps ensure you focus on the right subject
Face Detection technology
Sony's Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, 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.

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. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

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Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Scene Modes
The DSC-HX5V features 10 convenient scene modes: High Sensitivity, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Advanced Sports Shooting, Gourmet, Pet.

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 seconds.

Scene Modes
The DSC-HX5V offers 8 diverse scene modes for various settings. Modes include: Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a tripod, Portrait, Landscape and Macro.

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 displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.

PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music (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.

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PhotoTV HD
Bring your photos to life and enjoy highly detailed, high definition images with PhotoTV HD-capable Sony BRAVIA HDTVs. 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).

SD Card Functionality
Sony SD memory cards are the perfect solution for storing and sharing your digital content such as high-quality photos, videos, music, and more.

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 sites

Includes Sony PMBP (Picture Motion Browser Portable) software
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software 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 sites without the need for any additional software or install.

Product Description

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. 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It has lots of very useful features, like the panorama, multi-burst and night shot, which is really amazing specially if used in nightclubs where a flash simply kill all… Read more ›
Middle of the Road: The Sony HX5V, while connecting with a truly wacky proprietary Sony adapter, often takes very good pictures, is well-built, but is still noticeably slow… Read more ›
The camera is easy to use and learn, and simple enough to sync to your windows operating system. The picture quality is great as it has numerous modes to choose from. One… Read more ›
The Sony won…The pictures are very sharp (keep in mind this is a point and shoot), Panoramic is seamless, Low light is excellent, and the stability feature comes in handy. Read more ›
The Sony won…The pictures are very sharp (keep in mind this is a point and shoot), Panoramic is seamless, Low light is excellent, and the stability feature comes in handy. Read more ›
Overall Picuture quality is good Easy of use can be somewhat complicated, but the more you use the better. Read more ›
The features are terrific and moreover the picture quality is too good and of superb quality. Moreover its the topmost quality cameras of SONY : HX series. Read more ›
It's a very well built camera, design was great, and it felt solid. Menus were easy to use as well. Read more ›
This camera has an amazing zoom and a lot of great features packed into a neat, small package. The "hand held twilight" setting is amazing. It grabs any available light and… Read more ›
-The wheel for changing the shooting modes is easy to get nudged and while we would be happy to keep it at the automatic intelligent setting, we often find it has been… Read more ›
I also used the intelegent panorama alot. This function is sweet! I really loved being able to start the shot with me in it and then rotate the camera to include my… Read more ›
You end up having images where people's faces are at a good exposure level without the background being…4) The photo burst mode is also nice for catching action shots. 5… Read more ›
I do…The quality of the pictures and videos are amazing but the greatest things I like about this camera is how compact it is and how quickly it starts up to take a photo. Read more ›
Video quality is good but they only tell you in very fine print that in order to create DVD to run on normal DVD players you have to find and download some additional… Read more ›
This is a great compact camera that is easy to take with you anywhere! The picture and video quality is great and easy to use. I still haven't been able to import the video… Read more ›
For most people looking in this category, you will be more…As for the video, it is very good but consider your actual use before buying the hype surrounding 1080 recording. Read more ›
I had an older Sony camera and it had trouble adjusting when taking photos but this camera rocks. The HD recording is awesome and the pictures are clear. You can't beat it… Read more ›
3.Image stabilization is very good even at 10x zoom. 3.Mp4 video quality is great. Read more ›
They generously offered to repair it for $130, or give me 15% off retail Sony price. I'll stick with my old reliable Kodak which is easy to use and always works. Read more ›
Very good camera, easy to use, compact & light. Great picture & great video quality. Read more ›
I purchased this one in late 2011 and it really does have very cool features as it states. The GPS works very well and it is easy to operate. Read more ›
This camera is so simple to operate and takes fantastic pictures. Just turn the dial to Intelligent setting and start taking excellent pictures. Read more ›
Best money I've ever spent on electronics. Not only is the camera easy to use, it takes fantastic pictures. Without any advanced knowledge of cameras, I was able to produce… Read more ›
Great little camera does everything it says it will. Easy to use but enough extras to make it fun to use. Read more ›
- the digital zoom is amazing. I could stand 50ft or more away and get a perfect close up shot of someone. Read more ›
It should have come with its own memory card. The zoom is great. The panoramic feature is neat but seems to not last long enough to get the entire view. Read more ›
The zoom is great, but I couldn't take a high def picture of the moon. Also, I couldn't even focus on to the moon unless it was a full moon. Read more ›
It's easy to use, my photos almost never are out of focus or moved. The 10x zoom is amazing. Read more ›
The iSweep Panorama is very cool and works well, and the low-light options work well with…The zoom is very nice at 10x, although it can be a little noisy in the videos. Read more ›
This is the best camera I ever had. Its light, the 10x zoom is amazing and the image stabilizer help a lot to take good shots in full zoom mode. The video mode records full… Read more ›
I had done some research on which cameras to buy, and this I think was the one since it was camera of the year 2010…Price is reasonable and it has many functions/features. Read more ›
She always had a Kodak and would not switch. Their was such a good price on this camera that we decided to take a chance. That was the best thing we ever did. Read more ›
Easy mode is good but so are the more detailed features for more experienced users. If you need a nice camera at a reasonable price you can't go wrong with this one! Read more ›
Maybe when birds fly backwards? All-in-all, this was a good investment given its amazing price. Read more ›
Wanted a portable high capable camera at good price. This was it. Read more ›
Thanks again for another great experience with Amazon. Great camera for a great price, shipped quickly. No problem at all. Read more ›
I just have good things to say about this camara... I love it... the picture quality, the colors and is so easy to use... I really recomended it!!! Read more ›
So far so great. The image quality and color is great, controls are pretty intuitive. The panoramic shot is very useful. Read more ›
I can not see how people are saying the color is slightly off? The color is great in my shots. Yes some shots are blurry, but I realized why I was not hlding the camera… Read more ›
That's why there is a custom WB setting. When custom white-balance is used properly, colors are rendered nicely. In daylight, I have had no problems and under incandescent… Read more ›
The Nikon pics were too dark, not as…- Also compared to a Canon SD1200 pics for same shots, and Sony's pictures are way better - much sharper and colors much more vibrant Read more ›
The Sony has a definite problem capturing the color orange. I have to adjust the hue scale quite a bit to get a more full or truer color. Overall I find the Panasonic color… Read more ›
It takes amazing wide angle pictures and stunning, auto-stabilized HD video. The zoom is awesome and battery life is incredible. I love the GPS feature for auto-tagging… Read more ›
Sti…Battery usage is very good as well especially in light of the fact that when you shut off the camera it actually shuts off unlike certain other digital point and shoots. Read more ›
The zoom was not as powerful as I expected, but that has more to do with my expectations than the camera's actual capability. Battery life was well above average. Low light… Read more ›
It takes great pictures, is small and easy to carry. The battery life is quite good - better than most. Also has a good strong flash. Read more ›
Easy to use and it has alot of great features. Battery life is long so taking pictures and videos without running out of battery power is great. fun camera! Read more ›
Fortunately I was able to get a refund but I was not able to take my own pictures during my vacation. The battery life is not great either. A full charge will get you about… Read more ›
The Camera looks very robust in hand. The LCD screen is clearly visible even in broad daylight. Read more ›
Good one but a little bigger in size. Screen size is good. Nice one for starters. Read more ›
i have had 3 sony cameras in the last 10 years and this is by far my favorite camera. my eye site is going so the nice sharp screen helps. easy to use for us old folks Read more ›
Screen Protector: [[ASIN:B003S7FPZW 2x Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 DSC-HX5V Digital Camera Premium Clear LCD Screen Protector, no cutting is required! Exact fit and… Read more ›
Even in bright mid-day…Just about every shot looked good thru the screen, but zoom in or transfer it to a computer screen and it looked grainier than old camera phone pics. Read more ›
However, after actually holding it in my…Plus, its touch screen, which occupies the entire back of the camera, holds all of the controls, making it very awkward to operate. Read more ›
The 25mm-250mm range is a great range (though with Samsung's HZ35W and HZ30W you get a whopping 24mm-360mm). What's more, the HX5V's resolution is sharp at all focal lengths. Read more ›
There's also a backlighting setting that's pretty useful. 3) I'm not that big on video, but this camera has a full 1080 HD video which has really great resolution and sound. A… Read more ›
The camera is an awesome camera, I use a lot the gps, on it…The camera takes awesome resolution, I don't want to go into detail because every camera has his pros and con. Read more ›
* High Speed Shooting ? 10 frames per second at 10 megapixel full resolution * 3-inch (230K pixels) Clear Photo LCD display with a special anti-reflective coating Read more ›
Good low light 10FPS at full resolution! (some dslr dont even do this!!!) Read more ›
My goal is to actually have a camera…I left behind the SLR size with 35mm film and have always been more than happy to have the picture then the best possible resolution. Read more ›
Automatic focusing is quick. Size is perfect for any pocket, even a shirt pocket. Image quality is great. Read more ›
The solution is to take multiple pictures…The camera size is great for me as I can put it in my shirt pocket and walk around hands-free not having to lug around a camera. Read more ›
My intent was to use…I don't like carrying heavy gear for hiking or for just snapshots, so I thought the size and form factor of the camera seemed like a reasonable size. Read more ›
No camera is perfect, and the Sony's…All in all a camera capable of doing just about everything well in a size and at a price that will allow you take it where ever you go. Read more ›
On a plus side the feature set is great and the low light performance was as good as I expected and I loved that it includes a full size hdmi adaptor. If you want nice… Read more ›
Solid build quality Compact size 24mm wide lens Read more ›
For some uses this could be a great camera. The flash works well for a camera this size. And the zoom lens gives you a lot of flexibility. Read more ›
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The Cyber-Shot photo was washed out as if the flash was too bright -- only there was no flash. Read more ›
AWB is generally accurate, with a shift toward yellow hue that is easily correctable, skin tones with or without flash is render nicely, unlike the Panasonics that give… Read more ›
The Flash is surprisingly good. It took some pictures of people indoors, a couple pictures in bright light where I used the flash to fill-in the shadows and then I took a… Read more ›
- Flash was too bright. This was the #1 reason I had to return the camera. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

442 of 457 people found the following review helpful By T. Pinsonneault on March 16, 2010
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I'm usually a digital SLR user, but I've been waiting for a camera like this to come out so I have something to put in my pocket. The features that really made me decide to buy this camera were:

1. AVCHD 1080i FULL QUALITY video. Check the bitrate -- it's the same as the camcorders. Better than the flip or handheld 'HD' bitrates
2. Wide Picture Stitching. I am astounded by the quality of these pictures. Dumbfounded. Check out the ones I've posted.
3. GPS Tagging. Yep- been waiting for this since iPhoto introduced the feature into its software.
4. Low-light performance. For a point-and-shoot, you're not going to beat this. Sure, it's no DSLR, but it's pretty great for the price.
5. Price- a zillion features and a totally reasonable price!!!

Mac Compatibility:
I tried out the camera with iMovie, and it worked seamlessly!!! I imported 2 minutes of low-light video footage AVCHD in about 30 seconds from an SDHC Class-6 card. Also used the camera with iPhoto and Aperture, and everything worked great.

Update: I've had time to play around with the different settings -- you can see some of my results in the customer uploaded images. The panoramas today came out great! I am still awed by this feature (amazon's tiny photos don't do it justice). Shooting inside in the MOMA was excellent. Outside, I tried the HDR mode, with limited success (still need to experiment, but see what I got). The handheld twilight mode does what it is supposed to, impressively.
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186 of 189 people found the following review helpful By Oldtech 45 on September 11, 2010
*****Pros: Clear, Crisp pictures & movies. Sound is accurate. HD is excellent. Auto mode allows an average user to take excellent pictures in all but very difficult conditions. Software converts AVCHD to data, standard and WMV formats.

*****Cons: Have to remove battery from camera to recharge it. Camera has no AC adapter.

**Summary: Highlights:
* Sonys smallest and thinnest AVCHD capable digital camera (1080i)
* 10x (25mm equivalent) professional-quality optical zoom G-Lens (same lens as professional DSLR)
* 10.2 megapixel back-illuminated ?Exmor R? CMOS image sensor combined with BIONZ image processor
* ISO: Auto/125/200/400/800/1600/3200, Panorama, Anti-Motion & movies- HD (1920 x 1080 pixels),
* High Speed Shooting ? 10 frames per second at 10 megapixel full resolution
* 3-inch (230K pixels) Clear Photo LCD display with a special anti-reflective coating
* Backlight Correction HDR and GPS + Compass and Optical Steady Shot with Active Mode technologies

*****Comparison Prior to purchase:
Review Data: I reviewed over 50 web sites, spoke to camera stores and had the specifications reviewed by photographic professionals.
*WEB Site Reviews: The web sites I reviewed gave mixed reviews but in general this camera came out one of the best point and shoot cameras. In fact many of the complaints I read were by people comparing the camera with high end SLR?s or DSLR?s clearly not an unbiased or practical test, in my opinion a device should be compared with products in the same class to be fair.
*Store and Professional Reviews:I spoke to most of the major and many other camera stores that carried various brands that were familiar with this camera all of them stated they did not have a point and shoot better than this camera.
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178 of 185 people found the following review helpful By C. Pak on March 15, 2010
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I'm comparing this camera to my most recent camera: Canon SD1000 and Sony TX1. I'm just a casual photographer. The most surprising thing about this camera is the weight. If you've owned some high end Sony or Canon PowerShot cameras then holding this camera doesn't "feel" normal, it's way too light for it's size...but that's a good thing....sort of. They achieve this weight reduction by using plastic for many of the body parts (the SD1000 and TX1 are mostly, if not all metal). The back is definitely plastic, I'm not quite sure about the front. The mode dial (although very welcome) feels cheap.

That's about it for the bad news. The good news is the GPS locks FAST out of the box and the picture quality is very good, on par with 10-12 mega-pixel cameras. The Sony "extra" features such as panorama and 1080 HD video work as advertised and add value to the Sony versus the only current competitor (with GPS and a mega-zoom) the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 which has not been released yet. You can compare images between the two cameras on the Imaging Resource site as well as some others.

I'm was going to purchase both this camera and the Panasonic to see which one I liked better, however I'm going to be keeping the Sony. I'm very happy with the ease of use, picture quality and the Sony extra features (such as panorama).

For a case, I'm using the Case Logic TBC302. It fits the camera perfectly with barely enough room in the front pocket to hold a spare battery. The Case Logic TBC303 is much larger but not too useful, for example you can't put the battery charger with the camera. It could hold some credit cards or papers, though.

Update: Software
I usually never install the included software because it's so bloated or just not very good to use.
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393 of 430 people found the following review helpful By Rick in Virginia on April 19, 2010
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I have been looking for a new P&S for a while and compared the Sony hx5v v. Canon sx210is v. Panasonic zs3 (as a prelude to the zs7). The most important consideration was image quality - followed closely by convenience, a well defined menu system, lens quality, fit and finish and pocketability. The Sony and Panny both had a gps function which was not important to me.

The panny zs3 had poor low light performance and no manual controls. Several bona fide review sites stated that the IQ for the zs7 was inferior to the zs3 so I quickly made a decision that the zs7 was not in contention.

For a comparison between the Sony and Canon I spent lunchtime on a couple of days walking around town - taking only photos with the Sony on the trip out...and with the Canon on the walk back to my office. With the same drill in the evening to compare low light performance. I accumulated several hundred photos. When taking the photos I would use whatever mode or camera setting was appropriate at the time. Specifically, I did not set the cameras on Auto and just shoot in that mode. I also took a fair amount of video. A couple of days later I loaded all photos and video onto my computer and began viewing and this is where the Sony fell down. The images were very soft. At a small size they looked fine - in fact they looked very good. However, with any magnification, the in-camera noise removal processing was evident and very heavy handed. Other review sites stated this, but I had to see it for myself, and even at ISO 125 (the lowest Sony allows) the images were soft. At pixel peeping levels it was very bad. Details were lost and it all looked like plastic. And if the details aren't there, no amount of work in PS or LR will bring them back to life.
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