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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 535 reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the portability and screen. The image quality and performance are also appreciated. There are some critical reviews about the low light performance and viewfinder. Opinions about the focus and lens are different.

usability, performance, image quality, screen, portability

shutter, energy, viewfinder, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the portability and screen. The performance and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the low light performance, while opinions about the reliability and shutter are different.

usability, image quality, performance, screen, portability

low-light

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the battery and screen. The portability and performance also get good views. Many are negative about the shutter and energy efficiency, and there are mixed comments on the focus and reliability.

usability, performance, portability, screen, battery

price, lens, energy, shutter

71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Expert review by : Kevin Carter (pcplus.co.uk)

PC Plus review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

 

It's not the best 5-megapixel compact at the price - that title must go to Nikon's svelte Coolpix 5200 - but the lure of the big screen, chunky design and easy-to-follow menu make the W5 a serious rival. Undoubtedly, it will sell by the bucket load.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by (cameras.co.uk)

Sony DSC W5

 

Sony DSC W5 Review. This camera is well build and has a really solid feel in the hand. It has seven megapixels and a three times zoom lens.

Good picture quality ; Good build quality ; Rechargeable AA batteries supplied

Indoor portraits suffer from red eye

Excellent all round camera. Good indoors and outdoors. A good set of features are supported by an excellent build quality.

May, 2005

Expert review by : What Digital Camera Magazine (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 - Digital SLR Reviews

 

At first glance you could easily confuse the Sony W5 with the Sony W7 we looked at in our June issue.

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

 

Very little image lag, looks great, full set of functions, large LCD

Image quality is a little lacking on default settings, camera could be a smaller

This is a great 5 megapixel camera, highly recommended unless you want a lighter model that sits comfortably in your pocket. Its image quality problems can be overcome with a little tweaking.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony Cyber-shot DSCW5

 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSCW5 is both physically and functionally impressive. Weighing nearly 200g, it is one of the larger 5 megapixel models we've seen,...

Very little image lag, looks great, full set of functions, large LCD

Image quality is a little lacking on default settings, camera could be a smaller

This is a great 5 megapixel camera, highly recommended unless you want a lighter model that sits comfortably in your pocket. Its image quality problems can be overcome with a little tweaking.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com)

Sony Cyber Shot W review: Sony Cyber Shot W

 

A junior version of the 7-megapixel DSC-W7 , the 5-megapixel Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5 boasts the same no-nonsense, compact, metal-alloy body; gorgeous 2.5-inch LCD (which is coupled with a modest optical viewfinder for use in bright ambient light); 3X...

2.5-inch LCD; quick burst mode; flexible controls; solid image quality.

No shutter- or aperture-priority mode; manual focus limited to six preset steps; subpar optical viewfinder.

A 2.5-inch LCD, decent image quality, and both automated and selected manual controls make the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5 a competent camera for the casual photographer.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Sony DSC-W5

 

Physical Views The Cyber-shot DSC-W5 and a CD for size comparison. The 7-megapixel Cyber-shot W7 and the DSC-W5. Go to Page Two Sony DSC-W5 Specifications Image Device: 1/1.8" 5.1 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD Still Image Sizes: 5M...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com.au)

Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5

 

The affordable, compact Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5 combines responsive performance with solid image quality.

2.5-inch LCD ; Quick burst mode ; Flexible controls ; Solid image quality

No shutter- or aperture-priority mode ; Manual focus limited to six preset steps ; Subpar optical viewfinder

The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5 does have a few notable shortcomings. While shutter speed can be set manually and there's limited manual control over apertures, manual focus requires a trip to a menu where only five preset distances are available, from 0.5...

Sep, 2005

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Digital Cameras - Sony CyberShot DSC-W5 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications

 

As the lower-resolution sibling of the DSC-W7, which we also reviewed recently, the Sony DSC-W5 offers all the same features, but with a 5.1 megapixel CCD (vs 7.0) and at a list price that's $100 lower. As such, I'm a bit more enthusiastic about it...

Very fast, excellent shutter response, excellent shot to shot speed

So-so handling of household incandescent lighting

Similar in shape, size, and overall design to the DSC-W1, the new Sony DSC-W5 digital camera continues the more traditional digital camera styling that differentiated the original W1 from the rest of Sony's popular Cyber-shot line. The W5 is basically...

May, 2005

Expert review by : Brad Soo (dpinterface.com)

Sony Cyber-Shot W5

 

The new Sony Cyber-shot W5 still has the features that made the W1 great, including excellent battery life, unlimited VGA movies at 30 FPS, that high-quality Carl Zeiss lens, 5 megapixels, a large 2.5 inch LCD and compatibility with conversion lenses....

Excellent battery life ; Rechargeable batteries included in the box ; Large and clear 2.5 inch LCD ; Many of scene modes ; Lots of accessories ; Excellent movie mode ; USB 2.0 High-speed interface

Limited manual controls ; Too much red-eye ; High noise levels ; Low resolution LCD ; Mediocre continuous shooting feature ; No fast shutter or portrait scene modes

The Sony Cyber-shot W5 is a camera with great photo quality, excellent battery life, lots of accessories and solid build. What the W5 lacks is real manual controls, a LCD of higher resolution, better continuous shooting and some better photos

Jul, 2005

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