The HX5 offers a range of professional imaging technology in a compact, lightweight design. If travel's on the agenda the HX5 is the camera to pack. Not only does it come with built-in iSweep Panorama for breathtaking, ultra-wide pictures, it also uses GPS and Compass technology to geotag shots so you can see exactly where you took your photos and even which direction you were facing. Switch to movie mode and you've got a mini-camcorder in your hand, ready to capture footage in 1080i HD. The 35mm equivalent Sony G lens with 10x optical zoom brings far-away subjects up close, and 25mm wide angle will fit more into your pictures. The HX5 also enables you to freeze high-speed action, with a shooting speed of up to 10 frames per second. As an added extra, the HX5 has 45MB of internal memory and slots for both Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/SDHC cards.
Press and sweep to capture even moving
subjects with Intelligent Sweep Panorama.
Intelligent Sweep Panorama shots
Sony has enhanced the already impressive Sweep Panorama technology so that now you can even capture moving subjects in these extra-wide panoramic pictures. Just press the shutter, sweep the camera horizontally or vertically and the HX5 will capture up to 100 images in a quick burst, then seamlessly stitch them together to create the ultimate high-resolution panoramic shot.
Your home movies in beautiful HD
The HX5 isn't just about taking great still pictures. Press the movie button on top of the camera and you're instantly ready to shoot in Full HD 1080i AVCHD. A recording speed of 50 frames per second means the HX5 will deliver a smoother image than that of some camcorders. That's enhanced by Optical SteadyShot Active Mode, which recognises when you're on the move and compensates for camera shake, giving you amazingly steady movie capture, even when walking. Great quality sound is taken care of, thanks to the stereo microphone. Burn your movies to disc and playback in HD on Blu-ray disc™ players, Sony Playstation®3 systems, and compatible PCs and HDTVs.
Recording in Full 1080HD delivers five
times more detail, or 'resolution',
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Focusing on quality images
Great images start with a great lens. The HX5 is fitted with the premium optical Sony G lens, which means you'll get excellent image quality even at high magnifications. A massive 10x optical zoom will bring far away subjects even closer, and 25mm wide angle capability gives you freedom to pack more into each scene. Plus with Optical SteadyShot stabilising the image, you won't need to worry about hand movement blurring your pictures.
Brilliant photos even in low light
No need now to be held back by low-light conditions, the HX5 captures the moment in sharp detail thanks to its super-sensitive 10.1 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor. Developed exclusively by Sony, it works by reducing noise on the sensor itself, giving you crisp, clean images even in dusk or darkly-lit interiors. The HX5 also includes two low-light shooting modes, Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur, which automatically take six frames at high speed and combine them into one optimised shot.
Press the shutter and the Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, working with the BIONZ image processor, enables you to shoot at an incredible 10 frames per second at full 10 megapixel resolution. By using a mechanical shutter, distortion is reduced and every move is caught in crisp detail.
Mapping your memories
The GPS receiver inside the HX5 makes it perfect for taking on your travels. If you're on the move it'll track your position and geotag all your photos. Back home, PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software means you can retrace your memories across online maps and find all your favourite places again. You'll even be able to see which direction you were facing when you took the shot.
On the big screen
Flip the HX5 round and you'll find a large 3" Clear Photo LCD screen. High contrast and clear details make it easy to frame your shots, choose menus and check out your photos, even in bright conditions. It's big enough to be viewed by more than one person, so you can relieve the moment there and then.
Choosing the right settings
The HX5 is equipped with a number of smart features to take the guesswork out of matching your camera settings to your chosen subject. Select Intelligent Auto mode and the camera will automatically recognise eight commonly encountered scenes and adjust settings to ensure well-exposed results wherever and whenever you shoot.
Seen a great shot but high contrasts are causing washed-out backgrounds and detail lost in shadow? Just switch to Backlight Correction HDR and the HX5 will take two images at different exposure settings, then combine the best elements of each into one natural-looking image.