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The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 is a digital camera which is pocketable, yet packs a 20x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi and an 18.2 Exmor R CMOS sensor. It is available in red, white and black for £280.00.
Intelligent Auto recognises the scene and automatically adjusts the camera settings, with Superior Auto recognising when your subject is moving. Other shooting modes include iSweep Panorama and artistic picture effects which can be applied to both images and videos. When shooting portraits the WX300 will automatically remove skin blemishes, brighten teeth, widen eyes and cut forehead shine.
The built-in Wi-Fi allows you to transfer your images and videos to a smartphone or tablet and allows your mobile device to act as a remote control.
Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with Optical SteadyShot Active Mode to ensure they are as smooth and steady as possible.
- 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
- 20x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-500mm)
- Optical SteadyShot
- 3.0 inch 460k dot LCD screen
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 80-12800
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- Intelligent & Superior Auto
- Artistic picture effects
- 10 fps continuous shooting
- iSweep panorama
- Available in red, black and white
The LCD is a good size at 3 inches, resolution is also good and it is easy to view in varying lighting conditions. Alongside the screen are playback, movie record, menu and delete buttons, as well as a rotating wheel which also acts as a d-pad, giving quick access to the flash, continuous shooting and the photo creativity mode. The latter allows you to change the brightness, colour, vividness and choose a picture effect. The top of the camera hosts the on / off switch, zoom rocker, shutter release and mode dial. The buttons are generally small, but easy to press.
The menu system is easy to navigate, press the menu button the enter the shooting options, if you want to amend the camera settings, scroll down the bottom and you'll find an option represented by a briefcase which gives access to them.
To use the Wi-Fi you need to install the free PlayMemories app. Pairing the devices and using the app is easy. You can transfer images and videos, as well as use the app to capture them as well. You can control the zoom and set a self-timer with the app.
Battery life is rated at an impressive 500 shots according to CIPA test results. This is excellent, although a lot of use of the Wi-Fi will reduced this. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.05 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.1 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.2 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||0.9 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.7 secs|
|Continuous Shooting - JPEG||6.5 fps|
Continuous shooting records at full resolution, we were unable to achieve 10 fps as quoted in the features.
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Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 13.1 mm | ISO 400
Landscape | 1/640 sec | f/3.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 80
Low Light | 1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 16.9 mm | ISO 800
Pet Portrait | 1/100 sec | f/5.0 | 15.6 mm | ISO 500
Sample Photos - The WX300 produces images which have good colour reproduction that are well exposed. Portraits have pleasant skin tones which show a hint of red-eye when using the flash.
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/800 sec | f/3.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 80
Some Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.3 | 50.9 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/6.5 | 86.0 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/40 sec | f/3.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Image details is good, although there is a tendency for some purple fringing and chromatic aberration in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm, this allows for a decent macro shot to be taken.
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 ISO test images
1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 13.9 mm | ISO 80
1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 13.9 mm | ISO 100
1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 13.9 mm | ISO 200
1/40 sec | f/5.0 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
1/80 sec | f/5.0 | 13.9 mm | ISO 800
1/160 sec | f/5.0 | 13.9 mm | ISO 1600
1/320 sec | f/5.0 | 13.9 mm | ISO 3200
1/640 sec | f/5.0 | 13.9 mm | ISO 6400
1/1250 sec | f/5.0 | 13.9 mm | ISO 12800
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 80, 100, 200 and 400. Detail is lost at ISO 800 and images become softer and more so at ISO 1600. Yet again, noise increases slightly at ISO 3200, but at the two highest settings of ISO 6400 and 12800, image quality is poor and best avoided.
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.0 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.0 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.0 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 1 - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.0 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 2 - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.0 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 3 - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.0 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - The auto white balance (AWB) handles our studio light really well. Under the incandescent lights, the incandescent preset also performs well. There are three fluorescent presets, all of which have a slight colour cast under the fluorescent lights.
Panorama | 1/640 sec | f/3.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 80
Panorama mode - Detail is suitable for sharing on the web, rather than large prints, they are also well stitched together.
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 Digital filters
Picture Effect - None | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 17.4 mm | ISO 80
Miniature | 1/250 sec | f/5.0 | 17.4 mm | ISO 80
Picture Effect - HDR Painting | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 17.4 mm | ISO 80
Picture Effect - Illustration | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 17.4 mm | ISO 80
Picture Effect - Partial Colour | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 17.4 mm | ISO 80
Picture Effect - Pop Colour | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 17.4 mm | ISO 80
Picture Effect - Rich Tone Monochrome | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 17.4 mm | ISO 80
Picture Effect - Soft High Key | 0.5 sec | f/5.0 | 17.4 mm | ISO 80
Picture Effect - Toy Camera | 1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 17.4 mm | ISO 80
Picture Effect - Watercolour | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 17.4 mm | ISO 80
Digital Filters - The WX300 has a range of picture effects to help take creative pictures, there are a number of examples above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is excellent, an example video using the optical zoom can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 is available for £280.00. Other pocketable cameras with 20x optical zoom to consider are the Canon Powershot SX240 / SX260 HS for £159.95 / £184.49, Sony Cybershot HX20V for £220.00, Nikon Coolpix S9500 at £253.94, Fujifilm FinePix F900 at £309.99 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 at £387.20. There are many cameras now available with Wi-Fi, if this is the feature which attracts you the most there is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 at £109.99 and Nikon Coolpix S800c at £222.70. There are also Wi-Fi memory cards from Transcend and Eye-Fi.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
|The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 packs Wi-Fi and a 20x optical zoom lens in to a very compact body.|
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 ProsSmall body
20x optical zoom lens
Up to 10 fps continuous shooting
Excellent battery life
Images have good colours
Impressive focus speeds
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 ConsImage detail could be better
Images are noisy from ISO 800 upwards
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Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 500mm|
|CCD pixels||18.2Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Exmor CMOS|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460,800 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1600sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 12800|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium N NP-BX1|
|Box Contents||Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BX1), AC Adaptor (AC-UB10/UB10B), Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual, AC Power Cord|