The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is a tiny zoom compact with a 25-500mm (equivalent) zoom lens, built around an 18MP BSI-CMOS sensor. According to Sony, the WX300 is the smallest and lightest camera of its type (at the time of announcement). It also has built-in Wi-Fi with an Android and iOS compatible app, allowing you to share your images and videos to social media.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Compact Camera
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- 18.2MP CMOS sensor
- 25-500mm equivalent F3.5-6.5 lens (20x optical zoom)
- ISO 80-3200 (expandable to 12800)
- AVCHD 1080/60i with dual record of stills and movies
- 3" LCD with 460,000 dots
- Up to 10 FPS continuous shooting (max. 10 shots)
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- SDHC or Memory Stick Duo
- SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilizer
- Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode up to 360°
|Max resolution||4896 x 3672|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||21 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Custom white balance||Yes (One Push Set)|
|Image stabilization notes||Optical SteadyShot with 2-way Active Mode|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||25–500 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F3.5 - F6.5|
|Digital zoom||Yes (40x)|
|Normal focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/1600 sec|
|Flash range||4.30 m|
|Continuous drive||10 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)|
|Storage types||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||166 g (0.37 lb / 5.86 oz)|
|Dimensions||96 x 55 x 25 mm (3.78 x 2.16 x 0.98″)|
Amazing Little Camera!
Normal long shot of Living Room With in-camera "Illustration" edit. In-camera "Watercolor" edit. Long Shot of Bedroom 20X zoom of one pillow. "Intelligent Digital Zoom" of the same pillow. This camera never ceases to amaze me in just a couple days. Sony has made picture taking fun again. I am amazed at the clarity of the images I am getting from a small sensor camera. This will surprise you!
New WX350 max ISO 12,800 versus 3200 for prior WX300
Given new WX350 same sensor sizes, probably same optics as prior WX300 model, but a newer processor, is this leap in maximum ISO really possible / useful? Hard to imagine this tiny sensor can do anything like 12,800 ISO. (ISO spec for new WX350 of 12,800 from B&H Photo website). Comments and opinions are very welcome. Thanks, Larry
I guess it can do it, probably by just pushing the max ISO from before with some processing afterwards by the new chip. But I wouldnt expect any quality out of it, I have the HX50v and even at native base ISO it's already pretty nasty with colour blocking when viewing at 100%. At normal 10x15 size or webformats it's OK after resizing but even then going above 800 is not really nice. I would expect the WX350/HX60 to perform the same, just with even crappier results at the top ISO setting. Continue Reading
My HX30 with a 18 mp sensor has the ISO range "up to" 12,800. Its real ISO range is up to ISO 3200, and everything above that is a multi-frame noise reduction equivalent that requires "processing" after a shot (no burst modes) It will be interesting to see if the Bionz X results in a noticeable high ISO improvement. Continue Reading
I agree, and my HX20 does the same thing. I am not especially optimistic though, given the need for a really stationary subject and a steady grip on the camera to achieve any payoff in multiple image combining, this method has seldom really worked well for me in practice. I also know how difficult my a77 and Nex-7 struggle with their much bigger sensors to get any type of usable images even at ISO 6400, and I have to doubt much will be gained here by pushing the ISO up by 2 stops, from 3200 to 12,800 in this new WX350 model. Funny that no real claims are being made in this area by Sony despite the drastic change in specs. Larry Continue Reading
Whooshing sound inside WX300
I just picked up a Sony WX300 as a pocket camera to carry around. But I've noticed something pretty odd about it... I swear that there is a fan inside this thing :/ If you put your ear to the camera while it's turned on, you can clearly hear the characteristic whooshing sound of a fan coming from inside, in any mode, even playback (It isn't the focus). I know that there probably isn't a fan inside such a small camera. But that's what it sounds like (Kind of like putting your ear to a seashell) So I just wanted to ask if anyone else with this camera can hear the same thing (In a quiet room). It's not loud enough to be a huge problem, but I just wanted to make sure that I don't have a dodgy unit. Thanks :)
First camera: X100S, hear me out please.
Hi there, Recently went to Tokyo and got to make pictures with my Sony WX300 and an 5D Mk II (not mine). Seeing the images from the latter one, there is no going back to my Sony compact camera. I am new to photography and I want to buy the Fujifilm X100S. Im in my last year of study (thank God) and in february I go to work on a cruisehip for 4 months. Places I will visit: San Diego, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama Canal, Caribbean Islands, Miami, Quebec, Montreal, Newfoundland.My job onboard will be as an Maritime Officer (that means on the bridge, deck and in the engine room). I want a compact camera that I can slip in my uniform trousers or boiler suit (wont take it too much into the engine room because of the conditions there) so I can take pictures during work ours (either for school project or just for fun). As for the free time: there will be alot to see i reckon. Lot of people, ships and city's to photograph. After the summer I will be done with school and will be away from home ...
To be honest from what it sounds like your needs are, I wouldn't recommend the x100s. That's not to say that it's not a fine camera, it is, but it's not really pocketable and you may find the 35mm FoV limiting, I would actually suggest you take a look at the Sony RX100, it's got a larger sensor then your compact, it's certainly pocketable, and it has a zoom. You might not get the type of images that you would get from the 5d or the x100s, but it'll be a step up from your compact. Continue Reading
Both are APSC cameras, both with 18mm focal lenght, the Ricoh is really pocketable, the X100 has the better IQ. The Ricoh is my new "always in my pocket cam". Continue Reading
Many of us (perhaps those over 40) started with a basic camera, black-and-white film, and a single lens. Along the lines of a Canon AE-1 and a standard 50mm, with which we learned shutter speed, aperture, ISO, composition, etc. One way to look at the x100s is the modern equivalent. You don’t get distractions from a zoom choice and you will learn the basics, plus the digital components of histogram, noise, etc. Combined with post-processing (today’s darkroom), there will be more than enough to do without more “versatile” systems, esp. on such a short time frame. Will you miss some shots along the way? Of course. There’s a reason interchangeable lens systems are so popular. But from a learning perspective, I think there is a world of potential. Judging the differences between telephotos or zooms, such as field of view and perspective, will be much easier if you have a single solid standard of comparison. An added bonus is that you really like the camera. This will encourage you to use ... Continue Reading