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The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 is a digital camera which has an 8x optical zoom lens, 16.2 megapixel sensor and records full 1080p HD video. It is available in black, white and pink for around £140.00.
To make picture taking as easy as possible there is Intelligent Auto mode which automatically adjusts the settings for the detected scene. Superior Auto recognises when your subject is moving and the WX60 is capable of shooting at 10 fps.
The camera can shoot panoramas by simply pressing the shutter and sweeping the camera and you can add artisitc picture effects to all your images. When shooting portraits the camera can automatically remove skin blemishes, brighten teeth, widen eyes and cut forehead shine. The Advanced Flash helps to brighten up dim scenes and subjects who are further away from the camera.
Videos are recorded in full 1080p and to keep them steady there is Optical SteadyShot Active mode.
- 16.2 Exmor R CMOS sensor
- 8x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-200mm)
- Optical SteadyShot
- 2.7 inch 230k dot LCD screen
- Artistic picture effects
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 100-12800
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- Sweep panorama mode
- 10 fps continuous shooting
- Available in black, white and pink
The remaining area of the rear has a rotating wheel for cycling through the camera menus as well as a sliding switch that allows you to select picture, panorama and video modes. Other buttons include movie record, playback, menu and delete as well as the on / off button, zoom rocker and shutter release on the top of the camera.
Battery life is rated at 230 shots according to CIPA test results, we were able to take over 500 shots before the battery went flat. 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||0.25 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||0.85 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.49 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps|
Continuous shooting records full resolution images at 10 fps.
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Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 15.6 mm | ISO 400
Landscape | 1/800 sec | f/3.3 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Background Defocus | 1/30 sec | f/3.3 | 4.5 mm | ISO 200
Pet Portrait | 1/100 sec | f/4.5 | 10.9 mm | ISO 100
Miniature | 1/25 sec | f/3.3 | 4.5 mm | ISO 800
Drive | 1/500 sec | f/3.3 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - Pictures are well exposed and extremely colourful. Portraits have pleasant skin tones and are free from red-eye. Landscapes have good blues and greens, with Background Defocus mode allowing you to take pictures with an effect normally best achieved using a DSLR.
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/800 sec | f/3.3 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.3 | 36.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/6.3 | 36.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/30 sec | f/3.3 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Images have a good level of detail at both ends of the lens, you can see a loss in image quality when using the Clear Image Zoom, but if you're sharing the images on the web you're not going to notice it. The lens also keeps purple fringing under control, with only a small amount visible in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm which allows for a good macro shot.
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 ISO test images
1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 19.1 mm | ISO 100
1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 19.1 mm | ISO 200
1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 19.1 mm | ISO 400
1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 19.1 mm | ISO 800
1/125 sec | f/5.0 | 19.1 mm | ISO 1600
1/250 sec | f/5.0 | 19.1 mm | ISO 3200
Multi-Frame NR 1/500 sec | f/5.0 | 19.1 mm | ISO 6400
Multi-Frame NR 1/1000 sec | f/5.0 | 19.1 mm | ISO 12800
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100 and there are only small increases at ISO 200 and 400. Image quality starts to reduce at ISO 800, but the images are still relatively sharp. The loss of detail worsens a little at ISO 1600 with the images becoming softer. Noise becomes very significant at ISO 3200, with a large amount of white spots appearing at the two highest settings of ISO 6400 and 12800.
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten | 1/13 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
Tungsten Preset | 1/13 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
AWB Fluorescent | 1/5 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent Preset 1 | 1/5 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
Low Light Tungsten (Multi-Frame NR) | 1/10 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 800
Low Light Fluorescent (Multi-Frame NR) | 1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 7.5 mm | ISO 800
White Balance Performance - The AWB performs well under our studio lighting. Under the incandescent lights, the incandescent preset also takes a good picture, whereas the fluorescent preset under the fluorescent lighting has a magenta cast. In low light, the incandescent preset has an orange cast, but again the AWB performs well under low fluorescent lighting.
Panorama 3 | 1/30 sec | f/3.3 | 4.5 mm | ISO 640
Panorama mode - Panoramic images have a decent amount of detail but they aren't stitched together perfectly, so you do see some slight ghosting when viewing full size, although they do look fine when sharing on the web at a lower resolution.
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Digital filters
Picture Effect - HDR Painting | 1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Illustration | 1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Partial Colour Blue | 1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Partial Colour Green | 1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Partial Colour Red | 1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Partial Colour Yellow | 1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Pop Color | 1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Rich Tone Monochrome | 1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Soft High Key | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Toy Camera | 1/80 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Watercolour | 1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 23.2 mm | ISO 800
Digital Filters - The WX60 has a range of picture effects with a range of examples above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD resolution. Quality is good, if you want to watch a video that uses the optical zoom during recording, head over to the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page.
Value For MoneyThe Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 is available for around £140.00. There aren't loads of cameras with this amount of optical zoom, options include the Nikon Coolpix S6150 at £90.00 and Canon PowerShot A4000 IS at £80.00. There are a few more options with 10x optical zoom such as the Fujifilm FinePix T400 at £68.67, Olympus VR-340 at £74.10 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 at £96.00.
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.
We did find one or two small issues, such as the stitching of panoramas and the higher ISO settings don't produce particularly good images. If you have a little more budget and can spend over £100 on a camera, we certainly recommend you take a look at the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60.
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Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 ProsDecent amount of zoom in a very compact body
Full 1080p HD video recording
Good image quality
Optical image stabilisation
10 fps continuous shooting
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 ConsScreen resolution could be better
You can get cameras with more zoom for less money
Panoramas aren't stitched perfectly
ISO 6400 and 12800 are best avoided
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Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.3 - f/6.3|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 200mm|
|CCD pixels||16.2Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Exmor CMOS|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1600sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 12800|
|Video FPS||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium N NP-BN|
|Box Contents||Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN), AC Adaptor (AC-UB10/UB10B), Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual|