Sony DSC HX5 vs Canon IXUS 1000 HS Comparison

Canon IXUS 1000 HS

Extra Zoom Cameras

10 Megapixels    10x Zoom

Dimensions: 101.3 x 58.5 x 22.3 mm    Weight: 190g

Good Points: Zoom in smaller sized body - general features - style

Bad Points: Detail in lighter areas of a photo


Canon IXUS 1000 HS Shutter Lag Rating slow Ease of Use par Camera Name Rating

Sony DSC HX5

Extra Zoom Cameras

10 Megapixels    10x Zoom

Dimensions: 102.9 x 57.7 x 28.9mm    Weight: 200g

Good Points: Picture quality, handling, GPS, General Features

Bad Points: Nothing springs to mind


Sony DSC HX5 Shutter Lag Rating par Ease of Use par Camera Name Rating

Introduction

The Sony Cybershot DSC HX5 and the Canon IXUS 1000 HS are two digital cameras with extra zoom power in a relatively compact body. They sell at roughly the same price, but I found one of these cameras offered far more than the other in terms of features. In fact there were a number of areas where the Cybershot DSC HX5 appeared to have a slight edge over the IXUS 1000 HS.

Basic Specification

Sony DSC HX5

10 megapixels
10x Optical Zoom
3 inch LCD screen
Macro Focus: 5cm
Wide Angle Lens
High Definition Movies
Dimensions 102.9 x 57.7 x 28.9mm
Weight: 200g

Canon IXUS 1000 HS

10 megapixels
10x Optical Zoom
3 inch LCD screen
Macro Focus: 1cm

High Definition Movies
Dimensions 101.3 x 58.5 x 22.3 mm
Weight: 190g

Features

When it comes to features few digital cameras in this category match up to the Cybershot DSC HX5. Sony have equipped this camera with a CMOS sensor. This is a different type of sensor to the majority of compact digital cameras and is usually found in Digital SLRs. The inclusion of a CMOS sensor opens up a number of additional options including the ability to shoot still images at a top speed of 10 frames per second.

Other features that are not often seen elsewhere include twilight and anti motion blur modes. Taking advantage of the fast sensor the Cybershot DSC HX5 fires off six rapid shots in these modes and combines them into one high quality photo.

You also get access to a sweep panorama mode. To create a sweep panorama you press down the shutter button and swing the camera round in an arc. The Cybershot DSC HX5 stitches the scene together into a single panoramic image.

Another innovation available on only a very small number of digital cameras is GPS tagging. When this is turned on your photos are automatically tagged with GPS coordinates so that you can tell exactly where a photo was taken.

In terms of features the IXUS 1000 HS finds it difficult to compete and has a far more standard feature set.

If you are looking for a digital camera to shoot movies with then you will find these are two of the most advanced compact cameras in this area. They both produce ultra high resolution 1080i movie clips. This is a step up from the more standard 720p resolution. The Cybershot DSC HX5 can capture stereo sound while the IXUS 1000 HS has the ability to shoot low resolution, high speed movies. These can be played back in slow motion.

Design

There are subtle differences when it comes to design. The Cybershot DSC HX5 has a raised area on the front of the camera. This is useful for getting a good grip of the camera. This in turn means you can hold the camera steady and helps you to take blur free shots. The IXUS 1000 HS has a stylish, if more conventional design. Canon have chamfered the corners to give the camera a less boxy look.

Power Supply

As with most digital cameras power is supplied by a lithium ion battery. A battery and charger are supplied as standard.

Shutter Lag

I found the IXUS 1000 HS to be on the slow side. The Cybershot DSC HX5 had an edge in all of my shutter lag tests. It reacted faster when taking a single shot, five shots and also with flash.

Picture Quality

Both cameras are capable of producing a good quality snapshot. Although the IXUS 1000 HS did not do a lot wrong the Cybershot DSC HX5 had a slight edge when it came to picture quality. Over the years I have been very impressed by the quality on offer from Canon digital cameras. Although there are no really obvious problems with the IXUS 1000 HS I felt that picture quality did not quite hit the heights other cameras in this series have managed.

Ease of Use

This is another area where I feel the Cybershot DSC HX5 has the edge. In terms of accessing features through buttons on the camera bodies there is not a lot to choose between the two cameras. When you dig a little deeper and take a look at the menu system you are likely to find everything is set out that bit more simply by Sony.

Verdict

There is plenty of competition in general when it comes to this type of digital camera. The Canon IXUS 1000 HS is a good all round digital camera, but in my view it struggles to keep pace with the Sony Cybershot DSC HX5. Sony have created a digital camera with a very appealing set of features. Picture quality is very good too. If I was looking to buy one of these two cameras I would opt for the Cybershot DSC HX5 without a great deal of hesitation.

Product Shots

Front View
Sony DSC HX5
Sony DSC HX5 Front View


Canon IXUS 1000 HS
Canon IXUS 1000 HS Front View

Back View
Sony DSC HX5
Sony DSC HX5 Back View


Canon IXUS 1000 HS
Canon IXUS 1000 HS Back View

Top View
Sony DSC HX5
Sony DSC HX5 Top View


Canon IXUS 1000 HS
Canon IXUS 1000 HS Top View