Fantastic images made easy
Sony packed a whole lot of picture-taking power into the sleek Cyber-shot DSC-WX5. Of course, you'll find all of the premium features that make Sony point-and-shoot cameras so good. For example, there's face-detect autofocus with Smile Shutter™ technology for capturing memorable portraits. Plus Sony's Superior Auto mode that instantly snaps up to six separate shots of your subject and combines the best parts of each for a single great-looking photo. The 'WX5 even records gorgeous HD video, and includes a handy HDMI output for watching your freshly filmed high-def movie clips on an HDTV.

But Sony didn't stop there. They also gave this cam a highly sensitive image sensor and large-aperture lens to capture luminous, low-light photos without spoiling the mood with a flash. Indoor birthday parties and pictures around the campfire have never looked better.

Get everyone in the picture, even in 3D
The 'WX5's versatile wide-angle 5X zoom lens makes it easy to snap landscape photos, big group shots, and even sharp close-ups from a distance. Optical image stabilization helps keep your shots steady. And the next time you find yourself admiring a stunning mountain vista or beautiful cityscape, you can put Sony's ingenious Sweep Panorama mode to good use. It lets you capture the scene around you by sweeping the camera across your field of view — the camera automatically stitches multiple shots together to form one seamless photo. The 'WX5 even lets you record your multi-shot panoramas in stunning 3D for playback on a compatible 3D television.

This camera's built-in memory holds a limited number of photos at top resolution. Add a Memory Stick PRO Duo™ or SD/SDHC memory card for more photo and video storage.

Product Highlights:

  • 12.2-megapixel effective recording
  • 5X optical zoom (2X digital/10X total zoom)
  • Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization prevents blurred pictures without sacrificing image quality
  • 2-13/16" LCD screen
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-120mm (still shots), 28-140mm (16:9 movie), 34-170mm (4:3 movie)
  • 3D Panorama mode: sweep across the scene, and the camera captures "right-eye" and "left-eye" versions of the image (3D TV and 3D glasses required to view images in 3D)
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode takes ultra-wide, multi-image panoramic shots with up to a 295-degree field of view
  • Background Defocus system blurs background detail while keeping main subject crisply focused
  • Superior Auto mode automatically combines up to six rapid-fire shots for optimum image quality in difficult lighting environments
  • face detection controls focus, exposure, and color for detailed portraits
  • smile recognition technology detects smiles and automatically shoots when focus is fixed
  • anti-blink function captures two images and records the one with the least amount of squinting
  • soft skin mode reduces appearance of blemishes and wrinkles for pleasing portraits
  • high-def movie mode with sound (up to 1080i @ 60 frames per second)
  • 16:9 widescreen high-resolution photo mode
  • auto and custom white balance settings
  • shutter speed: 2 - 1/1,600 seconds
  • variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings
  • high sensitivity mode (ISO 3200) for low-light shooting without flash
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards and Memory Stick® PRO Duo™
  • 32MB built-in flash memory stores approximately six photos at top resolution
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Connections and Dimensions:
  • multi connector terminal with A/V and high-speed USB interface (cable included)
  • mini HDMI output for connection to an HDTV (cable not included)
  • 3-11/16"W x 2-1/8"H x 7/8"D
  • weight (with battery and media): 5.2 oz.

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Great Camera...Unreal Low Light Performance

Written By Hoppy Junior, New York, NY on Sunday, February 27, 2011

A fantastic camera that take superior images. Truly a tiny camera that shines in low light.
Very fast and sharp 2.4 lens, which combined with their dynamic low light Exmor sensor
delivers fantastic results. Tons of scene options. The 2.8" screen is packed with pixels so it's
rich and sharp.

Simply put, I love this camera!

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • Digital still camera (black)
  • NP-BN1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/2.3Wh/630mAh)
  • BC-CSNB Battery charger
  • Wrist strap
  • 59" A/V/USB cable (has Type A USB / left and right RCA audio connectors / and RCA composite video connector on one end and a proprietary multi-use plug on the other end)
  • Cyber-shot Application Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Spa)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Online registration sheet
  • Sony Accessories brochure
  • Tips for shooting 3D images sheet

Product Research

Recording Features
Play, Edit, and Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs
Supplied Software

Recording Features

2.8" LCD Screen: The Sony DSC-WX5 digital camera has a 2.8" Clear Photo LCD screen. The LCD has 460,000 dots with a resolution or 960 x 480. The LCD screen allows you to view an image before taking a picture and replay images that have been stored in memory.

Recording Media: The DSC-WX5 has approximately 32 MB of internal flash memory for recording images when no memory card is inserted. The camera is also compatible with the following recording media:

  • Memory Stick: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo (For movies, Mark 2 media)
  • SD Card: SD cards, SDHC cards, SDXC cards (For movies, Class 4 or faster)

Note: Memory Stick Duo media with a capacity of up to 32 GB and SD cards up to 64 GB have been confirmed to operate properly with this camera.

TransferJet: The DSC-WX5 is compatible with TransferJet, a new close-proximity wireless technology that allows you to wirelessly transfer up to ten files between two TransferJet-enabled devices just by touching them together. You can choose single or multiple image transfers in the camera's menu. To enable TransferJet, the camera must be loaded with a Memory Stick with TransferJet (such as MSJ-X8G). Your computer must be connected to the TJS-1 TransferJet Station (via USB) in order to upload your pictures to your computer.

Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS imaging device with approximately 12.8-million gross pixels and 12.2-million effective pixels. The advanced Exmor R CMOS image sensor delivers extremely fast speed, high resolution, and excellent low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and reduced grain.

BIONZ Image Processor: The digital camera's BIONZ image processor delivers high resolution photos and fast still photography performance. The fast processing enables the camera to combine multiple images in less than a second to create wide panoramic images when using the Intelligent 3D Sweep Panorama feature. It also delivers extremely fast photo bursts, as well as Anti-Motion Blur and Hand-held Twilight functions for low light situations.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The Vario-Tessar lens is specially produced for very compact cameras. This specialized design allows quick auto-focus, appealing zoom range while still maintaining a compact design. The lens has a 5x optical zoom and a focal length of 4.25mm to 21.25mm. The 35mm equivalent is 24mm to 120mm for stills, 28mm to 140mm for 16:9 movies, and 34mm-170mm for 4:3 movies. The lens has an aperture range of F2.4 (W) to F5.9 (T).

Smart Digital Zoom: The camera has a Precision Digital Zoom of 2x. Combined with the 5x optical zoom, the maximum total zoom is 10x. The camera's Smart Zoom technology intelligently uses the full CCD to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size, thus avoiding the image degradation found in most digital zooms. The maximum zoom scale depends upon the image size:

Image Size Maximum Smart Zoom
8M 6.1x
5M 7.7x
VGA 31x
2M (16:9) 10x

Note: Smart zoom is not compatible with 12M or 16:9 (9M) image sizes. The Face Detection function does not work when using the digital zoom.

Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG format. Moving images with stereo audio can be recorded in AVCHD or MPEG-4.

Still Image Size: When recording digital still images, the DSC-WX5 allows you to choose from six image sizes. The larger the image you choose, the better the image detail will be, but it also takes a larger amount of data to preserve the image. The image sizes include:

Image Size Internal Memory Memory Stick Duo Capacity
Approx. 32 MB 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
(4000 x 3000)
6 344 690 1397 2846 5625
(3264 x 2448)
8 482 967 1959 3990 7884
(2592 x 1944)
10 582 1168 2366 4819 9524
(640 x 480)
207 11760 23600 47810 97350 192380
(4000 x 2248)
6 382 766 1552 3160 6246
(1920 x 1080)
32 1838 3688 7470 15210 30060

Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record 1920 x 1080 Full HD moving images with sound. Moving images can be recorded in AVCHD or MPEG4 format. AVCHD movies are recorded at approximately 60 fields per second in interlaced mode, with Dolby Digital audio. Movies shot in MPEG 4 are recorded at approximately 30 frames per second, in progressive mode, with AAC audio. The following image sizes are available: AVCHD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) and 1440 x 1080 (4:3), MPEG4 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and VGA (640 x 480).

Image Size Internal Memory Memory Stick Duo Capacity
(Hours : Minutes : Seconds)
Approx. 32 MB 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
1920 x 1080
--- 0:14:00 0:28:30 0:58:10 1:58:50 3:55:20
1440 x 1080
--- 0:28:00 0:57:00 1:56:20 3:57:50 7:50:40
1440 x 1080
--- 0:20:40 0:41:40 1:24:40 2:52:30 5:41:00
1280 x 720
--- 0:40:40 1:21:50 2:45:50 5:37:50 11:07:50
640 x 480
0:01:10 1:15:10 2:31:10 5:06:20 10:23:50 20:33:00

Note: The maximum length of time you can shoot continuously is approximately 29 minutes. The unit's flash will not operate in movie mode.

3D Shooting: The DSC-WX5 has 3D-compatible functions, such as 3D Sweep Panorama and Sweep Multi-Angle. Images shot in 3D Sweep Panorama can only be viewed on a 3D TV, while the images shot in Sweep Multi-Angle can be viewed on the camera's LCD screen as a stereoscopic image or on a 3D TV.

  • 3D Sweep Panorama: You can select Standard or Wide image sizes, either horizontal or vertical. Image sizes are 4912 x 1080 (Std/Horiz/202° sweep angle), 3424 x 1920 (Std/Vert/142°), 7152 x 1080 (Wide/Horiz/295°), and 4912 x 1920 (Wide/Vert/203°)
  • Sweep Multi-Angle: Up to 15 shots are taken during a sweep of approximately 45° and combined into a single 1920 x 1080 image.

Note: In addition to 3D Sweep Panorama, you can record a 2D Sweep Panorama in the same image sizes.

Burst Mode: You can shoot up to 10 images in succession when you press and hold down the shutter button. There are 3 speeds to choose from: High (10 images per second), Mid (5 ips), and Low (2 ips). When using the self-timer, a series of a maximum of ten images is recorded.

Exposure Adjustment: You can adjust the exposure manually in 1/3 EV steps in a range of -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV to correct problems of over- or under-exposure.

Self-Timer: You can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second or 2-second delay so you can be in the picture or to help prevent blur. In addition, the self-timer can be used in conjunction with the face detection feature, allowing you to take a self-portrait by yourself or with one other person. When set to Self-portrait, the camera beeps when it detects the specified number of faces, and the shutter operates 2 seconds later.

9-Point Auto Focus: The camera has a 9-area multi-point autofocus. The camera calculates the distance in nine areas in three rows of three points around the center of the frame. This method is helpful when your subject is not centered in the frame. You can also choose Center AF, which focuses only on the subject framed in the AF range finder in the center of the image, or Spot AF, which focuses on an extremely small subject or a narrow area. You can also choose an area in which to set the focus priority by touching the LCD touch screen on the subject.

AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. The camera emits red light to allow it to focus easily when the shutter button is presses halfway, until the focus is locked.

Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. The camera can automatically select the faces to focus on, or you can select the face in a particular area of the frame by touching the screen. It can also give priority to children or adults. The camera's Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and accelerates the shutter speed when facial movement is detected, reducing blur in the subjects face.

Face Memory: Optimizing focus, exposure, and white balance for a specific face is easier now with selectable facial memory, even when the subject leaves the frame. This feature is perfect at weddings and other events where the goal is always to focus on a certain person.

Background Defocus: The camera focuses only on the subject, leaving the background out of focus, so that the subject stands out.

Anti-Blink Function: The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot so you can determine whether or not you need to take another shot.

Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it happens. You can also set the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity to Slight Smile, Normal Smile or Slight Smile.

Scene Recognition: In Intelligent Auto Adjustment mode, the camera automatically detects shooting conditions, and then takes the shot. When motion is detected, the ISO sensitivity is increased according to the movement to reduce subject blur. You can set the camera for these two Scene Recognition Modes:

  • iSCN (Auto): camera detects conditions such as backlight or a night scene and takes the shot using the optimal settings.
  • iSCN+ (Superior): camera shoots one image without using the scene recognition functions and another image using the scene recognition function.

Exposure Modes: The camera features the following shooting modes:

  • Easy Shooting Mode: With Easy Shooting Mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting Mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings with iSCN so you can just take the photo without worrying about settings. The menu is also simplified on playback to provide limited but straight forward operating functions for those afraid of choosing wrong settings.
  • Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto): Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode goes beyond traditional auto settings by recognizing and adjusting to scene conditions and lighting, enhancing natural skin tones, and reducing blur. By incorporating advanced features such as Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection, and Optical SteadyShot, iAuto lets you take advantage of the latest Sony Cyber-shot technology without leaving auto mode.
  • Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure (both the shutter speed and aperture value) adjusted automatically while you manually operate other camera settings.
  • Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
    • Soft Skin: This mode lets you shoot faces for smoothness
    • Soft Snap: This mode lets you shoot images with a softer atmosphere for portraits and flowers, etc.
    • Anti Motion Blur: Allows you to shoot indoor shots without using the flash to reduce subject blur.
    • Landscape: This mode is used for shooting landscapes at a distance.
    • Backlight Correction HDR: the camera shoots two images with different exposures. Internally, the dark parts of the image taken with the bright exposure setting are combined with the bright parts of the image taken with the dark exposure setting. The result is a single image with a greater range of gradation and better exposure.
    • Twilight Portrait: This mode is used for shooting people in the foreground at night.
    • Twilight: This mode is used for shooting a distant subject at night.
    • Hand-held Twilight: Allows you to shoot night scenes with less noise without using a tripod.
    • High Sensitivity: The camera shoots without flash in low light, reducing blur. Any size image available. Sensitivity increased up to ISO 3200.
    • Gourmet: Shoots food arrangements in delicious and bright colors.
    • Pet: This mode allows you to shoot images of your pet with the best settings.
    • Beach: This mode is for shooting at seaside or the lakeside.
    • Snow: This mode shoots whitish scenes brightly.
    • Fireworks: Allows you to shoot fireworks against a dark sky.
  • Movie Mode: Allows you to record AVCHD or MPEG4 movies with stereo audio.

Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.

Sensitivity: You can select up to seven ISO settings (Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200) when shooting in Program Auto Mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.

Built-in Flash: The built-in flash has a range of 7-7/8 inches to 16 feet 8-3/4 inches with the zoom set to wide and 2 feet 11-3/8 inches to 6 feet 10-5/8 inches with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash can be set to the following modes: Off (flash does not operate), Auto (the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are dark), On (flash strobes with every shot), and Slow Synchro (the flash is used regardless of the amount of ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions). In addition, this camera has a "red-eye reduction" setting, which causes the flash to pre-strobe before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.

White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When using flash, you can select the Flash White Balance mode. In addition to Auto and Flash, the white balance can be set to Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white fluorescent), Fluorescent 2 (natural white fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (day white fluorescent), Daylight, Cloudy, One Push (adjust white balance depending on the light source) or One Push Set (memorizes the basic white color which will be used).

Grid Lines: The cameras on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subject's horizontal and vertical position.

Function Guide: An on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings.

Play, Edit, and Print Functions

Auto Orientation: When the camera is rotated to shoot a portrait (vertical) image, the camera records its position change and displays the image in the portrait position. This function can be turned on or off in the menu, as desired.

Index/Date Mode: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index or date list mode. The index feature lets you to display a total of up to 16 or 25 images. The date view only displays those images recorded on a particular date. A calendar is displayed so you can select the date.

Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. You can select from the following slide show effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, or Active). Each effect has a preset music soundtrack, or you can choose from the 4 selections. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds or automatic to suit the selected effect. You can select Folder play (all images in the selected folder), All play (all images on the Memory Stick Duo) or Date (all images from selected date). When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.

Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to 8 times the size of the original image. You can also record the enlarged item as a new file. To select the area to be enlarged, you can move the enlargement "frame" up/down/left/right with the arrow buttons, and adjust the zoom with the W/T button. You cannot enlarge movies or images recorded in multi-burst mode.

Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.

Retouching Images: The Retouch Menu allows you to make adjustments of a still image or apply special effects. The following effects can be applied to still images:

  • Trimming: you can crop images to remove unwanted portions
  • Red Eye Correction: removes red-eye effect caused by flash
  • Unsharp Masking: sharpens the image within a chosen frame

Music Transfer: You can change the music files that are preset at the factory with your own music, using the Music Transfer program in the supplied CD-ROM.

Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, multiple selected images, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting an image, it can be protected.

Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.

Exif Print (Exif 2.3): The DSC-WX5 conforms to "Exif Print," a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

Battery Information

Battery Information: The DSC-WX5 comes with the NP-BN1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and BC-CSN battery charger. This battery takes approximately 245 minutes to fully charge. It can reach a "practical charge" in approximately 185 minutes. Under normal operating conditions the battery has the following capacity:

Function Number of Images Battery Life (min)
Record Still Images Approximately 230 Approximately 115
Playback Still Images Approximately 3800 Approximately 190
Shooting Movies --- Approximately 60

Inputs and Outputs

Multi-connector: The Sony DSC-WX5 features a single proprietary jack, a Type3 multi-connector, on the bottom of the camera. With the supplied USB/AV cable, you can connect your camera to your computer via USB (2.0 High Speed), or to a TV via composite video and stereo RCA audio jacks.

HDMI Output: The camera has an HDMI mini connector (Type C) on the side for connecting to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI to HDMI accessory cable, such as the Sony VMC-30MHD (item # 158VMC30MH), is required for connecting the camera to the TV.

Optional HD Output Adapter: With an optional VMC-MHC3 Type3-compliant HD Output Adapter Cable, you can connect the camera directly to a High Definition TV. The cable has the proprietary Type3 multi-connector on one end and component video and stereo audio RCA plugs on the other end.

Supplied Software

Software: The DSC-WX5 comes with a CD-ROM containing the following:

  • Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Ver.5.3: compatible with Windows operating systems only
    • View images saved on your computer
    • View photos organized by date
    • Edit images
    • Display the shooting locations of still images on maps online (Internet connection required)
    • Create a new data disc (CD burner drive or DVD burner drive required)
    • Print or save still images with the date
  • Music Transfer: compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems
    • Change the music files on the camera and replace them with your own selections; upload MP3s from your computer or music from CDs
  • PMB Portable: compatible with Windows and Macintosh operatings systems
    • Upload images to a blog or other media service
    • Upload images from a computer connected to the Internet (even when away from home or the office)
    • Register the media services (such as blogs) you use frequently
  • Cyber-shot Handbook: a detailed instruction booklet (PDF)
  • Product Registration: register your camera online

System Requirements: You can copy images from the DSC-WX5 to a Windows PC or a Macintosh computer. The minimum system requirements are:


  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows7
  • CPU: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or faster
    • For playing/editing high definition movies: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, or Intel Core 2 Duo 1.20 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 512 MB or more
    • For playing/editing high definition movies: 1GB or more
  • Hard Disk: Disc space required for installation: approximately 500MB
  • Display: Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 dots or more


  • Operating System:
    • USB Connection: Mac OS X (v10.3 to 10.6)
    • Music Transfer/PMB Portable: Mac OS X (v10.4 to 10.6)

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