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Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Review

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Review - This new compact camera from Sony features an 8x optical zoom lens and colourful rear screen. Daniel Bell reviews.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60
Price : £85
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Sony Cyber-shot WX60 Pink (4)

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.

Sony Cyber-shot WX60 Pink (1)

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Features

The Sony Cybershot has a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and 8x optical zoom, which is a 35mm equivalent of 25-200mm and can be extended to 16x with Clear Image Zoom. To help keep shots as sharp as possible there is Optical SteadyShot and Extra High Sensitivity mode for low light shooting.

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.

Sony Cyber-shot WX60 Pink (9)

Key Features

  • 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
Sony Cyber-shot WX60 Pink (10)

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Handling

The WX60 has a very small, stylish metal body. It's small and light, therefore ideal to carry in your pocket. The rear of the camera is filled by the 2.7 inch LCD screen, it's a fairly low resolution, but for the price it's acceptable. The menus are well laid out and easy to understand.

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 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Sample Photos


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


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


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


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 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


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 Money

The 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.

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Verdict

The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 is an ideal camera if you want a little extra optical zoom than the average budget camera offers. We are impressed by the image quality, with good detail and excellent colour reproduction. True, you can pay less and get cameras with even more zoom, but it's unlikely you'll also get optical image stabilisation and 10 fps continuous shooting.

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.

 
 

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX60 Pros

Decent 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 Cons

Screen 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

ManufacturerSony
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.3 - f/6.3
35mm equivalent25mm - 200mm
Optical Zoom8x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeExmor CMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/1600sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
Video FPSNo Data
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium N NP-BN
CIPA Rating230
Box Contents
Box ContentsRechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN), AC Adaptor (AC-UB10/UB10B), Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual
Dimensions
Weight108g
Width92.3mm
Height52.5mm
Depth22.5mm

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