Talk about bridging the gap between the various gadgets – they began by equipping mobile phone cameras with features that people would look for in quality digital cameras, only to turn around and do the reverse! GPS tracking was, till now, a feature that they incorporated in mobile phones, so as to assist the user in locating places easily and to avoid getting lost in new places. Now, they come up with digital cameras that are also equipped with the facility, so that the user can map their image. One such camera equipped with GPS tagging is the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V. This is a 10.1mp and 10x wide angle optical zoom camera.

Design and Functioning

The Sony DSC-HX5 has a conventional 10x extending optical lens with respectable maximum apertures of f/3.5 at the 25mm wide-angle setting. User friendly to the last dial on its slim body, it comes with a 10x zoom in such a small package making this camera more adaptable than most might think at first look. The Sony Cybershot HX5V is quite a slender camera, measuring less than 3cms at its narrowest point and weighing 200g with the battery and memory card fitted, with a large 3-inch LCD screen at the rear. An integrated GPS receiver and compass record the location and direction of every shot taken. This allows the user to enjoy a map view of his or her shots on a compatible PC with an internet connection. For low-light environments, the back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor delivers stunning performance and increases sensitivity by 2x to reduce noise. In addition to the regular Program mode, which provides the full range of camera options and additionally allows the user to change settings like the ISO speed and metering, this camera also caters to the needs of the serious enthusiast with a fully Manual mode that lets the user independently set the aperture and shutter speed, which will instantly appeal to the more experienced photographer. Containing 45MB of internal memory space, this camera is compatible with Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo/PRO Duo (High Speed) apart from SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.