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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5VThe Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V has shooting options for solving common snapshot camera issues, but some users still won't be thrilled with the results.
[ Music ] >> Josh Goldman: Hi. I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET Reviews, and this is a look at the Sony Cybershot DSC HX5V. This is the company's top-of-the-line compact megazoom camera. Up front is a 25 millimeter equivalent wide-angled Sony G lens with a 10x optical zoom, three inch LCD on back, and inside is Sony's high-speed X4R backside illuminated 10 megapixel sema sensor. That sensor allows for some very fast shooting performance and reduced noise in low-light photos. The HX5V has ABC HD and mpeg 4 HD movie capture, too, and to get used to the zoom lens while recording, and there's a stereo mic on top, though you have to be careful not to block it with your fingers. It also has a built-in compass and GPS receiver for instantly tagging photos with longitude and latitude data. The camera is transfer jet enabled as well so that with the help of a transfer jet memory stick, you can do close proximity wireless transfers of images and with other transfer jet enabled devices like cameras and laptops. Sony also sells a transfer jet USB dock for transferring photos and videos to computer or watching on a TV with a USB input. Controls are pretty straightforward, however, the power button can be tough to locate without looking since it's flush with the body, and the function markings on the control pad on back are difficult to see. There are a lot of shooting options, but despite having a manual mode, most of them are geared for people who like to leave their camera in auto. Because of the sensor and the fast image processor, you get options like Sony's intelligent sweep panorama, anti-motion blur, handheld twilight, and backlight correction HDR modes as well as a ten-frame-per-second burst mode. That last one, while it works as promised, keeps you waiting a little more than a second per photo while the camera stores your shots. Overall shooting performance, though, is excellent for a compact camera. Photo quality is very good, though, pictures tend to be somewhat soft, and colors, while bright and pleasing, aren't accurate. However, its low-light photos are some of the best you're going to get from a point and shoot, and if you don't care about having super sharp photos, it's certainly a camera worth checking out for its speedy shooting. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's the Sony Cybershot DSC HX5V. [ Music ]