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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 Review

The Sony Cyber-shot WX350 is a compact camera with Wi-Fi and NFC, and also features a 20x optical zoom!


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The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX350, updates the WX300 by adding NFC, and is a compact pocketable camera with an impressive 20x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi and an 18.2 Exmor R CMOS sensor. It is available in pink, white and black for £229.


Sony Cyber-shot WX350 Features

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The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX350 has an 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and 20x optical zoom lens, a 35mm equivalent of 25-500mm, and can be extended to 40x with Clear Image Zoom. There is Optical SteadyShot to reduce blur when shooting handheld and you can also shoot at 10fps.

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 WX350 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. You can also use NFC to quickly transfer images and setup connections.

Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with Optical SteadyShot Active Mode to ensure they are as smooth and steady as possible.

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Key Features

  • 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 and NFC
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • ISO80-12800
  • 5cm minimum focusing distance
  • Intelligent & Superior Auto
  • Artistic picture effects
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • iSweep panorama
  • Available in pink, black and white
  • Buy now on Amazon UK

Sony Cyber-shot WX350 Handling

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The WX350 has an extremely compact, metal body. It's a pocketable camera and isn't overly heavy, despite housing a 20x optical zoom lens. To aid grip there is a vertical groove on the front on the camera.

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 full menu system, and there is no quick menu system or a way to quickly access your most favourite settings, which is a shame. 

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.

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On default settings the screen appears too bright, which makes you think the images / photos may be slightly over-exposed, but on the computer screen they look fine.

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 470 shots according to Sony / CIPA test results, which is excellent for a compact camera.

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Speed - 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 <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.1secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.3secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 2.0secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 1.1secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 3.9secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
8fps (10 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A


Shutter response and focus speeds are very good. Continuous shooting is very quick and will shoot up to 10 shots before stopping.


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Comments


pablophotographer 8 1.3k 355
12 May 2014 1:04PM
I have used for a few days the previous model (WX300) which cs with a very beautiful leather case too. The shooting experience was good, so I take this would be good on that as well, I don't notice changes on thame body. Do I remember wrongly it had GPS ? hmmmm

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Just Jas 17 26.3k 1 England
21 Oct 2018 11:49AM
The images shown here look quite good to me, compared to those for other cameras that I have seen reviewed recently. I have just ordered one so I will hopefully be able see its performance for myself soon.

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