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Here are some general test shots taken with the Cyber-shot WX5 to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and performance at various focal ranges.
Yes, the colours were this vivid straight out of the camera, and on an overcast winter's day too. The rather flat light has helped us to maintain the detail of the swans feathers and avoided the usual burnt out highlights we get when attempting to photograph such wildfowl'.
A pretty evenly exposed extreme wideangle image that has not been altered in any way. Colours are natural, yet we feel they could further benefit from a subtle boost in Photoshop. We're disappointed however to see so clearly the loss of sharpness at the top left and right corners of the frame that's fairly common shooting with a humble compact at wider settings'.
Some golden light and rich blue skies on a winter's afternoon are perfectly captured by the Sony. If anything the sky was even more blue than portrayed here. The leaning verticals betray the fact that this was taken at maximum wideangle setting, but again this can add visual impact and architectural presence.
Sony compacts were notorious in the past for their displays of quite alarming pixel fringing between areas of high contrast. Shooting upwards toward the sky and with a dark foreground, the WX5 has actually done better than we expected. Fringing is evident here on the uppermost tree branches, but only if you zoom in really close to deliberately look for it.
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