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Sony Cyber-shot WX5 - Test shots: Detail and Lens Performance

By Gavin Stoker



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A more general selection of unadjusted test shots are revealed on this page and next to act as an evaluation of the Sony Cyber-shot WX5 in a variety of shooting conditions.


The WX5 features a 5x optical zoom equivalent to 24-120mm in 35mm film terms to pull distant subjects closer. Here's an idea of the quality at maximum wideangle setting, which reveals some mild barrel distortion and softening of detail towards the corners of the frame. The image is evenly exposed and the colours realistic however, if the overall shot is lacking a little in terms of contrast.


By comparison this shot taken from the same vantage point and at the telephoto end of the zoom is better in terms of contrast, and though a little softer overall, is still a more than acceptable result - particularly when shooting handheld as well as at a distance.


OK, so here the camera didn't have to face the challenge of dealing with subjects moving through the frame that a busy street scene would present - it handles that well too, by the way - but the WX5 has impressed us with a fairly even exposure throughout (apart from almost shooting into the sun at the far right hand corner) and a reasonably seamless panorama.


We've got tell-tale leaning/conerging verticals here that indicate we're shooting at the widest 24mm equivalent setting, rather better disguised by natural rather than man made subjects. Then again, such distortions can be used creatively to impart a sense of grandeur, as with the side wall of this church here.


Ian Syme

February 21, 2011, 10:54 pm

Difficult to say what's the worst aspect of this camera....... and it is most certainly far from fault free! The very poor and at times seemingly out of focus shots (surely not from a professional reviewer!). Very soft looking shot of the swan and views of the bridge. Please oh please change your set up for iso noise. It's the pits.

Ian Syme

February 21, 2011, 11:03 pm

I take back what I say about the sharpness of the shots, something has gone wrong in the downsizing for the web. The clickable shots are much better when viewed normally, they only appear so poor when viewed within the web site. Bit of a knee jerk reaction when I first looked at the site. Sorry!


February 22, 2011, 7:40 am

Allright, the first thing I have to say right off the bat is that I find Mr Stokers' reviews detailed, well-thought and well put-together. His writing is clear and concise.


The ISO test shots are very disapointing. I've said it before, Ian has said it above, and a whole crowd of viewers has commented on this already. They stick out like a very sore thumb from an otherwise very useful and helpful review. So why the sheer bloodymindedness of totally ignoring input (which intends to be helpful) from your readers? Should we assume you're Vogons and just give up on reading your reviews?


February 22, 2011, 6:35 pm

In fairness to the reviewer I think the subject in the ISO shots has been changed to the coloured cars from the brown ones, which was one of the original complaints i think, so there is obviously some notice of feedback going on. It also probably takes a fair bit of time to find new subjects for test shots that will satisfy all.


February 22, 2011, 6:39 pm

Hi guys,

Hadn't seen your most recent comments. I will again ask Gavin to improve his choice of subject.

Terry 10

February 25, 2011, 10:34 pm

I have to agree. PLEASE CHANGE THE ISO SHOT TEST IMAGE. It really is rubbish. Who photographs or is familiar with plastic toys. Please do the ISO tests with an image with greater detail than plastic toys.

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