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Sony Cyber-shot WX5 - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour

By Gavin Stoker



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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.


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Image Quality 8
  • Value 8

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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