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Sony DSC-WX5/B WX Series, 3D Sweep Panorama, Exmor R CMOS Sensor

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  • Supplied Accessories - Rechargeable Battery (NP-BN1), Battery Charger, Multi-connector Cable, wrist Strap, Paint Pen, CD-ROM Features
  • 12.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor for stunning low-light performance & bright F2.4 lens
  • 2.8 Clear Photo LCD Plus
  • 24mm (35mm equiv) professional wide angle G Lens
  • 1080i AVCHD Movie records high-quality HD movies
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: DSC-WX5/B
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.2 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 5 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2 x 5.6 inches ; 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003VC8QDC
  • Item model number: DSC-WX5/B
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,273 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 9, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Pictures that you could only imagine are now possible with the Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 digital camera. It starts with the outstanding low-light performance of an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor. Plus, amazing features like Superior Auto and Background Defocus make it easy to get the best shot. There's even 3D Sweep Panorama and Full HD 1080/60i AVCHD movies.

Sony Cyber-shot WX5 Overview & Highlights

Great Low-light Shots Without a Flash

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 highlights
Sometimes a flash can wash out the scene making it hard to capture the mood of the moment. For low-light environments, the back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor delivers stunning performance and increases sensitivity by 2x to reduce noise. Shots around the campfire never looked better.



A Smarter Point-and-Shoot
Building on Intelligent Auto mode found in most Cyber-shot cameras, the WX5 features Superior Auto mode to effortlessly capture the perfect shot. This digital camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range and lower image noise.



Background Defocus Made Easy
Take beautiful pictures with a blurred background and an emphasis on your subject. Equipped with Background Defocus, the WX5 delivers this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a digital defocus keeping your subject crisp and clear.



Stunning Panorama Shots in 3D
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 highlights
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your compatible 3D television.



Ultra-wide, 295-degree Panoramic Shots
Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode (iSweep) reaches beyond the traditional wide angle lenses to let you capture expansive, breathtaking shots of landscapes or skyscrapers. Just press the shutter and shoot the scene with a sweeping motion. The camera does the rest.



Shoot Your Movies in HD
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 highlights
Enjoy simple, one-touch recording of superb Full HD videos (1920 x 1080, 60i) using AVCHD format. Transfer your videos to disc and play it on a Blu-ray Disc player or PlayStation3 system. You can even use the HDMI output to view movies on your compatible big screen TV (HDMI cable sold separately).

Product Description

Pictures that you could only imagine are now possible with the DSC-WX5. It starts with the outstanding low-light performance of Sony's "Exmor R" CMOS sensor. Amazing features like Superior Auto and Background Defocus make it easy to get the best shot. There's even 3D Sweep Panorama8 and Full HD 1080/60i AVCHD movies.7

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matt on November 12, 2010
PROS:
The mode wheel is very fast and convenient.
Movie button is convenient and switches to movie mode instantaneously (read below about focus issue).
De-focus mode looks Fantastic on the camera screen, but viewing on computer screen reveals issues.
Very low noise using the 6-shot superior-auto-adjustment mode. Lower noise can be clearly seen if comparing regular and superior mode.
Wide angle lens great if your subjects are not too close to the corners.
Choice of 2 movie modes (AVCHD and MP4). I prefer MP4 because it is more compatible with editing applications.
3D looks great when you can capture it correctly, but it is very tricky and difficult to master.
Smile detection works really well. It never misses. But the result sometimes looks strange because the subject's mouth is still moving when the picture is taken.

CONS:
Compression artifacts even in photos taken in broad daylight. Makes the photos look noisy even at lowest ISO.
Does not auto focus when Movie button is pressed. If focus is set too close and you need to quickly record a movie by pressing the Movie button, the entire movie will be out of focus. It focuses just fine when in Movie Mode. This comment was just about the Movie button frequently not working well with movie auto focus.
No movie pause button. You have to start/stop recording, no way to pause while you change positions and then resume. Forced to waste time editing later.
NO settings for compression ratio (Fine, SuperFine, etc). No setting for Saturation (Vivid, Natural, Black and White). Compression and saturation are basic settings that all other cameras possess but somehow this one misses it.
Extreme distortion at 24mm wide angle.
Panoramic mode forces you to do 180+ degrees.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Feinberg on September 21, 2010
Last month I purchased the Sony DSC-TX7. Before I opened the box I did a little research. I found out that within three weeks Sony was coming out with a replacement...the TX9.

The newer features included a 3D mode, a better touchscreen, and improved panoramic mode. So when it arrived at the Sony Style store, I made my way over there to buy it. I returned home with the new Sony DSC-WX5.

I immediately fell I. Love with the WX5. It did everything that the TX9 did, sans the 3.5 touchscreen...something that I really didn't care about. First of all, the WX5 is smaller than the TX9...but a bit thicker. It's built like a tank. It also sports a much faster lens, the G-Series F2.4 with a 5x zoom.

You simply can't believe the low light shots that this camera produces...without noise. The 2.8" screen is brilliant, with about 460,000 pixels. You also don't have to drill down into many menus to change settings, like on the touchscreen.

I understand that the sensor is small, but this is a camera that fits in my pocket and will be with me all day. A d the low light capabilities are si ply amazing. This is the best ultra-compact on the market. I'm just tired of cRying aroung a big DSLR. Sure they take great pics, but you just hate lugging them around.

For $299, this a great camera...and an absolute ball to use.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By eeyorekjs7 on September 18, 2010
I have been searching for a new camera for a couple of months and was considering the TX1, W350 and T99. As soon as I read the specifications I knew this was the camera for me. I went to my local Sony store and one picture was all it took! It's amazing. At first when you look at the pictures, they kind of look different and then you realize it's because of the natural light. I've never had a camera that takes such true to life pictures. The panoramic feature is fun, but the pictures I took were a bit blurry. It's neat though to be able to take one picture of a whole room. The 3D is neat, but not the reason I bought the camera. The background defocus is great and makes for shots that look like they were taken with a DSLR. The video is simply fantastic! I highly doubt I'll use my flip video much now that I have this camera. In the first video I took, my kids were playing with a flashlight in low light and the video is perfect and you can see the light of the flashlight just like you would in person. It has a burst feature and is great for catching kids who change their expression quickly. The only con I have found so far is that there is sometimes a bit of shutter lag and it doesn't write to the stick as fast as I would like, but I couldn't find another camera in this price range that was any quicker. There is a red eye reduction feature that can be turned off (my son always looks away after the first flash and then you miss the picture) and it retains that selection even after you turn the camera off. I took some pictures of a piece of jewelry without flash and the quality of the shot was amazing and not blurry at all. The quality of this camera is fantastic! I have only had it for a few days, but at this point I highly recommend it. If I change my opinion later, I will come back and correct this review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Sze on October 6, 2010
Bought an Hx5v in May (see my other review) and has been happy with it after almost 6 months of usage. My folks were impressed by the pictures and videos I could capture with the camera and I've decide to get the WX5 for them. Since they have been using a SD870 I've also tried to look into the SD 4000 ( with f2.0 lens) and SD4500 (10x zoom but no wide-angle) but the combo of 1sweep panorama, f/2.4 with 24mm wide angle 5x zoom lens plus backlit CMOS and my experience with the Hx5v kind of steer my decision.

Out of the box I found the camera somewhat smaller than even the SD870. The buttons are on the smaller size which we have to get used to but compare to my hx5v Sony has moved the microphone closer to the top center of the camera so unlike the Hx5v it's less easy to be blocked by the fingers. I've also noticed they have moved the Burst mode button away from the on/off switch - which was easily confused in the Hx5v since they were so close together.

Picture and video quality seems to be on Par with my hx5v. I found it delightful to have a "defocus" mode that i can use with the "Focus Track" function which helps me to take pictures with different levels of field of depth. The f2.4 lens helps but the mode just make me more confident in getting the pictures the way I want.

3D features as mentioned by other reviewers is a " wow" factor but until I have another way to view them on bigger screen it's still just a fun trick I use to show off my camera. Just a note, the 3D, as well as some other features in this camera still takes some practices and determination to use before you can get good result.
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