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Don't buy this to take photo's,
This review is from: Sony DSCHX5VB Cyber-shot Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 10x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)
I've had my HX5V for about 3 weeks now and whilst I don't pertain to be a professional, I'm far from an amateur. I purchased this in the hope that I did not have to carry bags around filled with camera and video equipment.
Firstly and I think most importantly, the picture quality is abysmal..far too much noise even at ISO 400 and the software over reacts by smoothing out the sharp lines to produce cheap looking end results.
Panoramic shots are both grainy and low quality compared to Windows own capability in this department using 'Live Photo Gallery'
Low level hand held shoots are impressive at first, but again the low quality of the end result will leave you feeling gutted!
So we turn on 'flash'..things continue downhill. The flash is so powerful that it casts a shadow behind everything within a 20 foot radius of the camera and I can't find anyway to reduce the power..if anyone knows how to..please let me know.
Auto mode produces 'blurry' indoor shots with far to much 'red' saturation.
There is incredible barrel distortion at wide angle and the only way to over come this is to zoom in by 1.5x.
Up against my trusted IXUS980..this camera is an absolute waste of time effort and money..good job then that I never bought it to take photo's..
HD Video..this is where things take a turn for the better..sort of..
Again massive amounts of barrel distortion at full wide angle, again this is overcome by zooming in by 1.5x
The ergonomics of the camera are all wrong which in turn lends the user towards supporting it with both hands. Everyone I handed it too all made the same critical error, they supported it on the left hand side which immediately placed your finger over the left mic..very bad design!
Stable image capability is very impressive as is the exmor R sensor and the G lens, both produce good quality low light video footage.
So there you have it, my thoughts on this 'Camera'!! not so good as a camera but as a pocket camcorder I think it will work.
As for the built in compass and GPS..I don't think I have ever needed to know which way I was facing when taking a shot and if you can't remember where you took a picture by looking at it..maybe you should stay at home anyway..
If any of you have any thought and comments about the flash and blurry picture problem, I would love to hear from you.
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Initial post: 29 Jan 2011 14:55:45 GMT
Bright Lanka says:
You must have bought a Chinese replica!
Posted on 19 May 2011 10:11:41 BDT
M. Bridge-wilkinson says:
Hmm I just bought one of these and I haven't found any problems with image quality... in fact I have taken some images that were of a quality that I was surprised at for the cost of this camera. I do however use the manual settings though, but have the advantage of being a pro photographer so probably have a good understanding to use manual.
My advice is give M a go... its actually very intuitive as you can see the effect changing the settings has on the screen. adjust the aperture, set ISO to keep your shutter speed high enough, and the quality if actually pretty good.
I agree with the barrel distortion but I have the luxury of correcting that in Photoshop.
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