If you someone (like myself) who are just sick of the flat features on those mini compact digital cameras but still are not willing to lug a gigantic DSLR camera with you when you are vacation, you just have to get your hands on the new Sony DSC-HX5V digital camera. While still maintaining a relatively compact size, this model has managed to pack in a whole host of features not found on many compact models. On top of that, it has a blazing fast performance to boot.
The Sony DSC-HX5V comes with a 10 mega-pixel image sensor and a lens with a 25-250mm focal length. On the back you will find a huge 3-inch LCD screen for reviewing your videos and photos. In terms of shutter speed, the range starts from 1/1600 of a second to 30 seconds. This model can also record full HD videos at 1080p.
The Sony DSC-HX5V also scores pretty well in the design department with its elegant all black casing. It measures at 4.1 x 1.1 x 2.3 inches in dimensions and weighs just 6 ounces. This camera would easily fit into your bag or coat pocket without being too obstructive. All the buttons and controls are intuitively laid out and was pretty straightforward to use.
The highlights of this camera would definitely have to be in its features and performance. One of my favorite features on it is the Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode that lets you take panorama shots with a press of the button. All you need to do is press the shutter button and sweep the camera across the area that you wish to capture and the camera automatically creates a panoramic image out of the shoot. No stitching or editing is needed.
The videos and photos taken on the Sony DSC-HX5V was very good overall especially for a camera of its size and class. It was also extremely fast with a shutter lag time of only 0.4 seconds and takes just 1.8 seconds from start up to take your first shot. It also has a great shot-to-shot time of just 1.5 seconds. These figures leave many of its competitors in the dust. All-in-all, the Sony DSC-HX5V is a great compact camera model for anyone who loves to take great photos and to have more control in their photographic experience. At the time of writing, it is selling for just around $349 per unit, which is a great deal for a camera of this stature.