Sony DSC-WX5/B WX Series, 3D Sweep Panorama, Exmor R CMOS Sensor

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  1. 26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    GREAT CAMERA, but DO NOT COVER THE MIKE!, September 29, 2010
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    A.Y. (California) –

    This review is from: Sony DSC-WX5/B WX Series, 3D Sweep Panorama, Exmor R CMOS Sensor (Electronics)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 1:10 Mins

    We purchased this 12.2MP compact digital camera because it was the ONLY product on the market that met all three of our requirements: (1) 24mm Wide Angle: 28mm is simply not wide enough for too many places we have visited. (2) Full-HD Video: 1080 HD at 60 frames per second is noticeably sharper and smoother than 720 30p & 24p. (3) Underwater Housing: For scuba diving.

    24mm Wide Angle: WX5 has a sharp 24-120mm equivalent 5X zoom, which delivers considerably wider field of view than most compact digital cameras normally equipped with 28 or 35mm lenses.

    Full-HD Video: WX5 delivers sharp and smooth 1920 X 1080 60i AVCHD and 1440 X 1080 30p MP4 videos that are comparable to our SR11 camcorder. The camera also has optical zooming and continuous auto focus in the Movie mode; however, a little zooming noise can be heard in the video and the zooming action is not camcorder smooth. From now on, the WX5 will be our main video camera for travel and underwater because it is smaller, lighter, and has a much wider lens. Videos recorded on the Class 10 SDHC card came out very smooth, but a little less so with the Class 4 memory hence getting Class 6 or higher is recommended. A fully charged battery will record about 40 minutes of Full-HD video, cinematographers should bring extra batteries accordingly.

    Underwater Housing: Ikelite makes a compact and lightweight waterproof case for the WX5, enabling the camera to be used for scuba diving and all sorts of water sports. The clear housing is very well built, and all of the camera functions are easily accessible. The rear buttons are very close together so it’s a good idea to wear the thinnest dive gloves possible. Since the WX5 does not have RAW and Manual, we will rely on a translucent white-balance diffuser to properly set Custom White Balance for stills and videos, and use Exposure Compensation and ISO settings to manually adjust exposure for difficult lighting situations like underwater. RAW is only for photos; therefore, people who value videos as much as stills should learn to use Custom White Balance to get the most accurate colors.

    iSweep Panorama: This in-camera feature automatically takes and stitches multiple shots to form one ultra-wide image, it will be extremely useful, visiting places like the Grand Canyon or the Great Wall of China. The stitching isn’t perfect every time so it’s a good idea to take a few shots and choose the best one. Although this feature was not on our must-have list before, it will be from now on since it is easy to use and does a great job!

    ISO Performance: The Exmor R sensor produces very good low-light performance up to ISO 800. Since people don’t share photos, pixel-peeping at 100%, the 50% crops can better demonstrate what the noise levels will appear under normal viewing on a 1920 X 1200 monitor. Personally, I won’t hesitate, using ISO 400, or even ISO 800 when necessary, but not ISO 1600 on up.

    The bottom line is the WX5 is a great little camera with class-leading performance and feature set; however, it is after all a compact point-&-shoot so don’t expect dSLR performance from such a tiny lens and sensor. As always, to get the best results for nighttime and indoor shots from a compact camera – use the lowest ISO setting and a tripod. Freezing fast-moving subjects in low light – use a dSLR.

    CAUTION: DO NOT COVER THE MICROPHONE WITH YOUR FINGER WHILE RECORDING VIDEOS because loud camera noise will be recorded in your movies, causing you to think the camera is defected. Also, since MOST computers cannot play highly detailed Full-HD videos without stuttering, one must check the smoothness of the movies on a HDTV before faulting the camera.

    I have quite a few samples images and videos: google: albert yu wx5 or go to […]

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  2. Matt "Custom" says:
    16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Hit and Miss, November 12, 2010
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    This review is from: Sony DSC-WX5/B WX Series, 3D Sweep Panorama, Exmor R CMOS Sensor (Electronics)

    PROS:
    The mode wheel is very fast and convenient.
    Movie button is convenient and switches to movie mode instantaneously (read below about focus issue).
    De-focus mode looks Fantastic on the camera screen, but viewing on computer screen reveals issues.
    Very low noise using the 6-shot superior-auto-adjustment mode. Lower noise can be clearly seen if comparing regular and superior mode.
    Wide angle lens great if your subjects are not too close to the corners.
    Choice of 2 movie modes (AVCHD and MP4). I prefer MP4 because it is more compatible with editing applications.
    3D looks great when you can capture it correctly, but it is very tricky and difficult to master.
    Smile detection works really well. It never misses. But the result sometimes looks strange because the subject’s mouth is still moving when the picture is taken.

    CONS:
    Compression artifacts even in photos taken in broad daylight. Makes the photos look noisy even at lowest ISO.
    Does not auto focus when Movie button is pressed. If focus is set too close and you need to quickly record a movie by pressing the Movie button, the entire movie will be out of focus. It focuses just fine when in Movie Mode. This comment was just about the Movie button frequently not working well with movie auto focus.
    No movie pause button. You have to start/stop recording, no way to pause while you change positions and then resume. Forced to waste time editing later.
    NO settings for compression ratio (Fine, SuperFine, etc). No setting for Saturation (Vivid, Natural, Black and White). Compression and saturation are basic settings that all other cameras possess but somehow this one misses it.
    Extreme distortion at 24mm wide angle.
    Panoramic mode forces you to do 180+ degrees. No way to make a lesser degree panorama
    Terrible (really) automatic white balance. *** This camera takes awesome photos in dim lighting. That is great. But the white balance will be WAY OFF. NO RAW mode to help correct this***
    I guess they focused too much on the sensor and forgot include a decent flash. Everything looks washed out.
    Movies shot in dim to modest lighting are too dark.
    Why couldn’t they do 1920×1080 for MP4 mode?
    Very short battery life. I get 50-100 photos with a bit of video.
    Cannot see exposure details unless screen brightness is also increased? Who at sony thought of that setting?

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  3. eeyorekjs7 says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic camera!, September 18, 2010
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    This review is from: Sony DSC-WX5/B WX Series, 3D Sweep Panorama, Exmor R CMOS Sensor (Electronics)

    I have been searching for a new camera for a couple of months and was considering the TX1, W350 and T99. As soon as I read the specifications I knew this was the camera for me. I went to my local Sony store and one picture was all it took! It’s amazing. At first when you look at the pictures, they kind of look different and then you realize it’s because of the natural light. I’ve never had a camera that takes such true to life pictures. The panoramic feature is fun, but the pictures I took were a bit blurry. It’s neat though to be able to take one picture of a whole room. The 3D is neat, but not the reason I bought the camera. The background defocus is great and makes for shots that look like they were taken with a DSLR. The video is simply fantastic! I highly doubt I’ll use my flip video much now that I have this camera. In the first video I took, my kids were playing with a flashlight in low light and the video is perfect and you can see the light of the flashlight just like you would in person. It has a burst feature and is great for catching kids who change their expression quickly. The only con I have found so far is that there is sometimes a bit of shutter lag and it doesn’t write to the stick as fast as I would like, but I couldn’t find another camera in this price range that was any quicker. There is a red eye reduction feature that can be turned off (my son always looks away after the first flash and then you miss the picture) and it retains that selection even after you turn the camera off. I took some pictures of a piece of jewelry without flash and the quality of the shot was amazing and not blurry at all. The quality of this camera is fantastic! I have only had it for a few days, but at this point I highly recommend it. If I change my opinion later, I will come back and correct this review.

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