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FINALLY Decided on a digital camera: Sony HX5

Lifestyle, Tech Blog
Monday, 29th March, 2010


So, i have been pondering for months over which camera to buy; a DSLR, a bridge, a good compact…And finally decided on a good compact, and the one i am going for, the the new Sony HX5. Why have i disregarded the others? For me, i want a good camera (image quality) and it be pocketable. The HX5 is the smallest ‘best’ camera i think. Here are the ones i decided not to go for….

Not the Panasonic Lumix LX3. Why? There is a lens cap which i know i would hate. It is also a bit on the larger side, most things i have read are that its not really pocketable, you cant really fit it in your jean pocket. It probably is the best for the quality of images though.


Not a Canon S90. Why? It is small and pocketable, and has good image quality. But it is now old, and seems very plain looking, and doesnt have a great deal of features. The lens is fast, but not as fast as the LX3.Do i want to spend over Β£300 on one of these? Will the Image quality be THAT much noticible to a HX5? In sample pics i have seen, there is very little (if any) difference.

Not a Samsung EX1. Why? Well they arent available yet, and nobody seems to have a date. It looks good, but it seems like it is too fat, and also has an annoying lens cap again. Its also made by Samsung, not really a leader in cameras, so will it be good? It could be, the lens may be great, but i dont want to wait and take a risk.

Not a DSLR or Four Thirds. Why? It all comes down to the size and the price. Quality is no doubt better. I wouldnt say i wont get one, i just wont get one right now. I dont use a camera enough to justify getting one of these. When i get my Sony HX5, if i use it alot, then i will probably go for a DSLR.

That leaves my choice, the Sony HX5. Why did i choose this, well it has many good features such as GPS, HD quality video, its small, it uses SD Cards (sonly finally embracing the rest of the world), it has a sweeping panoramic mode to take some amazing pics, and above all it has a good lens/sensor, so should take some great pics. It isnt really available anywhere in the UK yet, but it should be within days/weeks, and costs around Β£300. Sony have a reputation of making a good camera, and they are using a CMOS sensor in this which is supposed to be good. I have seen sample pics from this camera up against an LX3 and S90 and there is little difference; So you get the best of the quality, with some cool features thrown in.


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  1. Raul Said,

    You will regret. What a stupid decision (sorry to say).

    Never buy Sony. Memory cards, cable, nothing is standard and compatible. S90 and Lx3 are the only options for someone that love photography. You will regret.

    posted on Tuesday 11th May, 2010 at 19:37
  2. Michael Said,

    Hello Raul,
    Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog πŸ™‚

    I dont think i will regret it. I used to be the same “dont buy a sony camera” because of the compatabilities and things…But they now use standard memory aswell as there own; This camera takes SD and SDHC cards, the cable is a pain but wouldnt put me off the camera.

    It has better video, and really cool functions that you cant ignore. True you may not use them, but its nice knowing that they are there should you want to πŸ™‚

    The LX3 and S90 are great, i hear only good things about them. But they are old now, newer models will come, and i hate that LX3 lens cap (i am aware you can mod this), its also bigger than the Sony, so is not as pocketable.

    I am not a professional photographer, just a photo-taker πŸ˜‰

    posted on Tuesday 11th May, 2010 at 21:41
  3. Mark Said,

    Hi Michael

    i were in the same situation.

    im planning to buy the sony hx5v or the pana lumix TZ10
    after 2 weeks of research im also going for the sony
    it got a lot of benefits. Backlight Correction HDR, Handheld Twilight and Anti-Motion Blur
    and the really cool sweep panorama function.

    i do think the TZ10 has better details in image quality
    but i go for the sony. πŸ™‚

    posted on Friday 4th June, 2010 at 19:21
  4. Michael Said,

    Hello Mark,

    Thank you for reading my blog. From the images i have seen on the internet and forums, i think the only cameras which have better quality in the same price range are the Canon S90 and Lumix LX3. The TZ10 is a different market i think, it is cheaper, they are now going for Β£250-ish on Amazon and the Sony’s are still Β£300+.

    You wont be disapointed with the sony, it may not have the quality of the S90 or LX3, but will you notice the difference? Maybe, maybe not. You will definatly notice the difference in the features it packs, aswell as it being able to fit properly into your pocket πŸ™‚

    posted on Saturday 5th June, 2010 at 19:12
  5. Dr Bobby Love Said,

    I think you’ll be fine with the Sony, your reason seems perfectly rationale.

    I used to have a Canon S80.. bit bulky but would fit in a pocket if ya moved things around.

    I then upgraded to a G9 when they debuted. I’ve regretted it since I got over the “woo, new camera. click, click,click,click” phase because it’s just to big, I never wanna take it out anywhere because it’s hassle having to hold on to it, or keep it in my back pack.. the mood just never takes me to click something with it now.

    The G9’s for sale now, while it’s still just about worth something and a S90 is top of my list because of loving my S80.. I’ll agree with you it’s a little old, but I can’t see it’s replacement being a massive change in specs with out increasing noise or moving away from the formula i’m trying to get back to.

    I like it;s plain, lets get the job done, appearance as well.. so, for me, it’s S90 the whole way but your Sony does look really nice, I’d have it over the others if the Canon wasn’t available.

    posted on Tuesday 27th July, 2010 at 13:56
  6. Saddam H Said,

    “not a Samsung EX1, it’s too fat” … man, took me few minutes to get up from the floor … please tell me, where such wankers as you dwell?

    posted on Friday 7th January, 2011 at 14:42
  7. TarasB Said,

    What about that great rotated display on the Samsung? I’d prefer that for mobility and fun.

    posted on Tuesday 11th January, 2011 at 16:59
  8. Michael Said,

    Hey TarasB,
    Thanks for reading my blog.

    You have to remember that this post was written before the EX1 was available. Also, it seems to be too chunky, I dont know how mobile it would be. My HX1 is also quite chunky, but fits into my pocket; The EX1 is bigger than that and probably wouldnt fit.

    posted on Tuesday 11th January, 2011 at 18:46
  9. MIck Carver Said,

    Hi I cannot comment on any of the other cameras on this page but just before Christmas
    I got the Sony for my sixtieth birthday and so far I have been very pleased with it.
    I do a bit of cycling most weekends and my slr is too cumbersome so I wanted a pocket size camera with a good spec. I set up a still life with plenty of textures put the camera on a tripod and shot a various settings and did the same with my slr. The Sony came out better than I expected and is good even up to 800 iso. I like the backlight correction HDR mode that takes 2 shots and blends them together, also the twilight setting that takes 6 shots and blends them, this is great for indoor shots without the flash.
    On my first outing with the camera I took this shot using the HDR setting to cope with
    the contrast. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliffwalker/5276673089/


    posted on Tuesday 18th January, 2011 at 13:54