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Sony G3 vs Sony HX5

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
31
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 front
Portability
92
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
31

Sony G3 vs Sony HX5 Key Specs

Sony G3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-10.0) lens
  • 185g - 97 x 59 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2009
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
  • Launched June 2010
Photography Glossary

Sony G3 vs Sony HX5 Overview

Below is a extended assessment of the Sony G3 versus Sony HX5, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are produced by Sony. The resolution of the G3 (10MP) and the HX5 (10MP) is pretty comparable but the G3 (1/2.3") and HX5 (1/2.4") feature totally different sensor sizes.

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The G3 was launched 17 months earlier than the HX5 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a complete comparison, below is a concise summation of how the G3 matches up vs the HX5 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony G3 over the Sony HX5

 G3 HX5 
Focus manually More exact focusing
Screen dimension3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony HX5 over the Sony G3

 HX5 G3 
LaunchedJune 2010January 2009More recent by 17 months

Common features in the Sony G3 and Sony HX5

 G3 HX5 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Sony G3 vs Sony HX5 Physical Comparison

When you are going to lug around your camera, you are going to need to factor in its weight and size. The Sony G3 provides outer measurements of 97mm x 59mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs) and the Sony HX5 has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

Check out the Sony G3 versus Sony HX5 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you choose at that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the G3 compared to the HX5.

Sony G3 vs Sony HX5 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the G3 and HX5 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Sony G3 vs Sony HX5 top view buttons comparison

Sony G3 vs Sony HX5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor measurements just by going through specs. The photograph underneath might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the G3 and HX5.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras posses the exact same megapixels albeit not the same sensor measurements. The G3 includes the bigger sensor which will make achieving shallow depth of field easier. The older G3 will be behind in sensor technology.

Sony G3 vs Sony HX5 sensor size comparison

Sony G3 vs Sony HX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony G3 vs Sony HX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony G3 Portrait photography info
Sony HX5 Portrait photography info
26
you can focus manually
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
19
no manual focus
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.4")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony G3 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX5 as a Street photography camera
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
55
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.4")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony G3 Sports photography factors
Sony HX5 Sports photography factors
23
built in image stabilization (Optical)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,000 seconds)
max fps low (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
26
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.4")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony G3 Travel photography details
Sony HX5 Travel photography details
50
flash built-in
missing Timelapse mode
low megapixels (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
60
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
megapixel count low (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony G3
Landscape photography with Sony HX5
36
you can focus manually
lovely big screen (3.5 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual exposure
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
missing Timelapse mode
37
pretty wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
megapixel count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.4")
no RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony G3 Vlogging highlights
Sony HX5 Vlogging highlights
27
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
missing microphone jack
31
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic support
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Sony G3 vs Sony HX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony G3 and Sony HX5
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-01-08 2010-06-16
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35-140mm (4.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-10.0 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.5 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 921k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 1 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.30 m (Auto ISO) 3.80 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 185 grams (0.41 lbs) 200 grams (0.44 lbs)
Dimensions 97 x 59 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1/portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Storage type Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, optional SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $200 $275