LCD and Viewfinder
Sony HX5 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
HX5 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Sony HX5 can shoot continuously at max speed of 10 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/1600 sec.
Unfortunately HX5 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Sony HX5 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
With Sony HX5, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps and save in and AVCHD formats. Full HD resolution of Sony HX5 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
HX5 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Sony HX5 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus XZ-2 iHS or Nikon Coolpix P7000 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect HX5 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Sony HX5 Features Compared to Main Competitors