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Sony DSC-WX50 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.2MP 5x Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Expert reviews are average
Good quality
Compact
36 Reviews
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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this camera is 77 out of 100 based on five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Chip.de, fotomaniak.pl and parentesis.com.

User Reviews Are Excellent

The average user rating of this medium megapixel digital camera is excellent based on 22 user reviews. Over 100% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars. That puts this camera in the top 16% of all the cameras of a comparable spec and age.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 23,306 expert and owner reviews (including 401 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its digital cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel cameras compared to other brands. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Audio

Noisy

Two customers who reviewed it thought it was noisy. Website Newegg.com wrote in April last year “The on-board speakers are exceptional and LOUD for a laptop”.

D. Harris mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Each press of a button here makes a rather loud beep so the whole process is a little noisy”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers who reviewed it thought it was noisy. Website Newegg.com wrote in April last year “The on-board speakers are exceptional and LOUD for a laptop”. D. Harris mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Each press of a button here makes a rather loud beep so the whole process is a little noisy”.


Features

Good Features

Five owners who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had good features. In April last year website Newegg.com said in their review of this digital camera “Stable, inexpensive and lots of features” and rated this digital camera 80 out of 100. Amazon Customer rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-WX50 on expert website Amazon “The features are perfect for basic use”. Five years ago D. Harris mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Sony have included more advanced features”.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Three people who reviewed this digital camera said that it was compact. Website Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Relatively compact”. Sunnyb said “It's very compact, easily put in a small bag or pocket”. Chris Hall wrote “The Sony DSCWX50 Compact Digital Camera is a compact little 'everyday' camera that's incredibly user-friendly whilst producing stunning picture quality”.

Very Light

The DSC-WX50 is one of the lighter digital cameras of this type and age (only 101 grams) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. The weights of medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 20g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was September 2013 when Sony released the DSC-WX50.


Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DSC-WX50 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the Sony HX100V, or the Samsung SAMSUNG WB850F are also worth considering.

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Design

Good Quality

Eleven customers agreed that it was good quality. Website Newegg.com mentioned in April last year “The keyboard is indeed lower quality.”. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote in their Sony DSC-WX50 review “Good photo and movie quality”. Amazon Customer said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The image quality is great” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Well Made

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that it was well made. Website Newegg.com said “Simple, solid, no-frills board” in their review of this digital camera. They also mentioned “Rock solid so far” in their review. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned “The tiny Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 is a lot of camera for the money, with solid shooting performance” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100.

Easy to Use

Fourteen customers concluded that the Sony DSC-WX50 was easy to use. Website Newegg.com mentioned “Excellent functions, easy to use, quick setup, large storage options” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 80 out of 100. They also wrote “Windows 10 is surprisingly easy to use” in their review. And also said “Eye tracking is accurate and fun to use”.

Four customers said in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Website Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Simply the best point-and-shoot camera for low light settings”. They also said “Great amount of features and scene settings allow a very wide variety of results” in their review. D. Harris wrote in their review of this digital camera “The phone goes into a simple setup menu, asking for language, date, time, timezone” and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

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Good Looking

Four people who bought the Sony DSC-WX50 reckoned that it was good looking. Website Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great performance, beautiful display, beast of a machine, smoothe” . Roxane R Teed said on expert website Amazon “Awesome Carl Zeiss lense, takes beautiful pictures” in her review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. D. Harris wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Unobtrusive automation - it is pretty good at second guessing what you're trying to do”.

Two owners who bought it mentioned that it was smooth. Chris Hall wrote in his review of this digital camera “Zooming is smooth and magnifies whatever you're viewing without blurring, shaking or any other such problems”. Amazon Customer scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The motion is super smooth” in their review of this digital camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Sony DSC-WX50 supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also support video capability.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix JX500, or the Samsung NX100 which both of have better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-WX50 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DSC-WX50 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The DSC-WX50 has one of the biggest digital zooms (20 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of cameras of this age and spec is 1x and the biggest is 120x.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 0.34x to 65x. With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the DSC-WX50 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 5x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Sony DSC-W380, or the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 which both of have better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the 145 (8x and higher rated), or the 150 (8x and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 125 millimeters, the Sony DSC-WX50 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Across all the cameras that were released more than two years ago the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

When compared to other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years that we have checked, the display diagonal of the DSC-WX50 of only 2.7 inches is one of the smallest. Across all the cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Canon 145, or the Samsung 150F which both of have better reviews.

If you want a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Stylus SP-100EE (3" and higher rated), or the Stylus SH-2 (£273.09) (3" and higher rated) both from Olympus.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 460.8 pixels, the DSC-WX50 has a very low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera. The display resolutions (numeric) of cameras of this spec and age range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 430,000 pixels.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony DSC-WX50 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera do not support Full HD video.

Other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at include because of its better review score, the Samsung WB250.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The DSC-WX50 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Sony digital camera). This camera also support a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Across similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the DSC-WX50 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all cameras of this type and age.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Sony DSC-WX50 features smile detection, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Features Smile Detection

The Sony DSC-WX50 features smile detection, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The DSC-WX50 has an HDMI, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Picture Quality

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-WX50 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras of this spec and age have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592. The best still image resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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16.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.2 megapixels digital camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 16.2MP cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the D4S (£3,379.99), and the D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (£239.99) both from Nikon are also worth considering.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Leica T (£359) (16.3MP and higher rated), or the Fujifilm FinePix XP80 (£151.49) (16.4MP and higher rated).

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three customers said in their reviews that it had a good screen. Chris Hall gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he said “The camera can be easily switched between widescreen, full screen and HD, with a simple few clicks in the menu settings (depending on what you want the footage for”. R. Cooper wrote on expert review site Amazon “The only downside is the screen, which in certain light is not to easy to see.” and scored it 80 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

Two customers who purchased the Sony DSC-WX50 mentioned that it had a good zoom. Sunnyb mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The zoom is adequate and the fact it works while you are taking video clips, as well as for stills, is a bonus”. Four years ago Amazon Customer wrote on expert review site Amazon “I wanted a small camera with a good sensor, good lens, high build quality and reasonable zoom, to carry around events for casual photography”.

Able to Produce Good Images

Twenty people said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-WX50 was able to produce good images. Website Newegg.com mentioned “This camera is great at focusing I think I've taken one blurry picture out of 300 now” in their review of this digital camera. They also wrote “Great Carl Ziess lens offers awesome images” in their review. And also mentioned “This is great for large family pictures”.

Three owners who reviewed it said that it was good in low light. Sunnyb mentioned on expert website Amazon “The camera works reasonably well in low light settings” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. Mr Jack a Bates said in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “The low light pictures are excellent”.

Two customers reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Sam Dave Pollard he wrote “Happy shooting!”.

Two people mentioned that it had a good image sensor. Amazon Customer gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “The image quality of the 16MP sensor is stunning for a tiny camera”.

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Good for Video Recording

Ten people who purchased the product said that it was good for video recording. Website Newegg.com said in April last year “Full HD Video - This looks AMAZING I've used it several times now just with my family” . Chris Hall wrote in his review of this digital camera “The movie footage is as clear” and scored the product 5 stars out of 5. Amazon Customer said on expert review site Amazon “What I was not expecting was the near broadcast quality of the 1080 movies! The colours are spectacular”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Three customers concluded that this digital camera had a good battery life. Website Newegg.com mentioned in their Sony DSC-WX50 review “Long battery life”. They also wrote “Battery life is impressive for a gaming laptop” in their review. D. Harris mentioned on expert website Amazon “That's partly achieved by its being powered by a slim internal battery, rather than two AAs.” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.


Price

Good Value for Money

Fifteen people thought it was good value for money. Website Newegg.com said “This cameras quality out preforms its price point for sure (bought at walmart for 170) It takes great quality images” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. They also mentioned “Whether you're looking to use it for family time or photography (at a much cheaper price) The snapshots” in their review. And also said “Inexpensive dual socket 2011 ATX board”.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dscwx50l.cee8, sony dscwx50p, dscwx50n.cee8, dscwx50l.cee9, dscwx50l.ceh, sony zoom10x
Barcodes 00027242842748, 00027242842755, 00027242844797, 04905524832549, 04905524832587, 04905524832594, 04905524832600, 04905524832617, 04905524832624, 07501450762287

Sony DSC-WX50 Review Sources

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