- 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
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony HX5 overview
Sony HX5 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first released on June of 2010. It uses a 10 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.4" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3456 x 2592.
The HX5 is positioned #147 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all around #1048 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can look at our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personal factors.
The following is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony HX5 Gallery
You can check the HX5 from several angles in the gallery here.
Sony HX5 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Sony HX5 based on factors that are often seen as crucial in a digital camera.
Sony HX5 Sensor details
The Sony HX5 is run by the Bionz processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Sony HX5 is 6.104mm x 4.578mm (1/2.4"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3456 x 2592 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 10MP and supports a standard ISO range of 125 - 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the HX5's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The HX5 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony HX5 dimensions
Sony HX5 weighs in at 0.44 lb (200 grams / 7.05 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Sony HX5 is more heavy in comparison with its competitors.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The following is a photo of the Sony HX5 beside a softdrink so you can get a sense of its scale.
The top view here will show you the button layout on the HX5.
Sony HX5 Lens specs
The HX5 has a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 25-250mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which isn't really outstanding but it is likely to be valuable in some scenarios.
At the widest 25mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.5 making it rather slow and not great for low light circumstances and you will probably find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will probably also have to boost the ISO setting causing noisy shots. For the tele end, 250mm is outstanding zoom and comes with f5.5 which is very slow and you would need to set slower shutter speeds.
Sony HX5 Connectivity
The HX5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send images and sometimes alter settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Some applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.
Sony HX5 Video specs
The highest video resolution in the Sony HX5 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in video quality versus file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The camera doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone jack which means that you get little control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to order another camera should you want better sound for your videos.
Sony HX5 Weather Sealing
Sony HX5 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions may ruin the camera.
Sony HX5 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony HX5 houses a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder details for Sony HX5 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be very beneficial in bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Sony HX5 Shutter specs
Sony HX5 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600s.
Sony HX5 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Sony HX5 features only built in flash without external flash ability.
Sony HX5 Autofocusing specs
Sony HX5 features just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier & precise in comparison with Contrast Based focusing.
The AF system boasts 9 focus points to choose from. Sony HX5 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing is useful in low light occasions or you want to have more precise depth of field control.
Sony HX5 Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest (470) battery life in this type of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:
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Sony HX5 for varying categories of photography
The following chart shows a summation of the Sony HX5 for varying categories of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Sony HX5 as a Portrait photography camera
The Sony HX5 receives a points total of 20 which is dreadful, meaning that it is simply not good to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the option to work with off-camera flash.
Sony HX5 Street photography highlights
With a decent points total of 55, the Sony HX5 is fairly adequate for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Sony HX5
A dreadful sports photography rating of 27 indicates the Sony HX5 is simply not good for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony HX5 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is very crucial in getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony HX5 gets a modest 60 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively suitable to purchase for your holidays.
Sony HX5 Landscape photography highlights
When you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony HX5 at it's dreadful grade of 37 as a landscape camera is simply not good in the current market.
Sony HX5 Vlogging features
A vlogging camera should really come with a moving screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Sony HX5 is simply not good for vlogging as it comes to a dreadful rating of 31.
Sony HX5 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the HX5, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The graph down below gives you an overview of the HX5 versus it's top scoring rivals suggested earlier.
Here are a few more cameras you might see as alternatives. To see a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.