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Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5

Portability
93
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37
Samsung WB35F front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 front
Portability
92
Imaging
34
Features
30
Overall
32

Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5 Key Specs

Samsung WB35F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 194g - 101 x 61 x 28mm
  • Released January 2014
Sony HX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Revealed June 2010
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Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5 Overview

Below is a extended analysis of the Samsung WB35F and Sony HX5, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Samsung and Sony. There is a crucial difference between the image resolutions of the WB35F (16MP) and HX5 (10MP) and the WB35F (1/2.3") and HX5 (1/2.4") boast totally different sensor sizes.

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The WB35F was released 3 years later than the HX5 and that is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a full comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the WB35F matches up versus the HX5 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Samsung WB35F over the Sony HX5

 WB35F HX5 
RevealedJanuary 2014June 2010More recent by 44 months
Manually focus Very exact focusing

Reasons to pick Sony HX5 over the Samsung WB35F

 HX5 WB35F 
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Samsung WB35F and Sony HX5

 WB35F HX5 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera often, you'll have to think about its weight and proportions. The Samsung WB35F offers outer dimensions of 101mm x 61mm x 28mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 194 grams (0.43 lbs) whilst the Sony HX5 has measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you use at the time. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the WB35F vs the HX5.

Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the WB35F and HX5 is 93 and 92 respectively.

Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5 top view buttons comparison

Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is tough to envision the gap between sensor measurements simply by reading through a spec sheet. The photograph underneath should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the WB35F and HX5.

Clearly, each of the cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The WB35F due to its bigger sensor will make getting shallower DOF less difficult and the Samsung WB35F will give greater detail as a result of its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The more recent WB35F will have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5 sensor size comparison

Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Samsung WB35F
Portrait photography with Sony HX5
37
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
20
manual focus not available
external flash not possible
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Samsung WB35F
Street photography with Sony HX5
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (194g)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
55
has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Samsung WB35F Sports photography info
Sony HX5 Sports photography info
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.4")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Samsung WB35F
Travel photography with Sony HX5
70
lighter than competitors (194 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
long reach (288mm)
does not have Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
60
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
low megapixels (10MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung WB35F
Landscape photography with Sony HX5
43
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
37
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung WB35F Vlogging details
Sony HX5 Vlogging details
31
reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (194g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone port
31
reasonably wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone port
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Samsung WB35F vs Sony HX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung WB35F and Sony HX5
 Samsung WB35FSony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
General Information
Brand Name Samsung Sony
Model Samsung WB35F Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Released 2014-01-07 2010-06-16
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 3456 x 2592
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-288mm (12.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.1-6.3 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 3.80 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format - AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 194 gr (0.43 lb) 200 gr (0.44 lb)
Physical dimensions 101 x 61 x 28mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.1") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model BP70A NP-BG1
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1/portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Storage media MicroSD, MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, optional SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $130 $275