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Sony DSC-WX500 Digital Camera

£269.00
Compact Camera 18.2MP 30x Apr 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Good zoom
Compact
828 Reviews + 1 Award
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Reviews

One Industry Award

The editor of one expert review site concluded that they would endorse this Sony camera. PhotographyBlog.com gave this digital camera a "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Les Numeriques.com and Chip.de the average expert rating of this camera is 77%.

User Reviews Are Good

The average user rating of this high megapixel camera is 84 out of 100 based on 124 user reviews. Over 78% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 77% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 23,306 user and expert reviews (including 7,110 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Good Product Quality

Twenty-two owners who reviewed the product considered that it was good quality. Tabi wrote “I figured if the photo quality was really good” in their review of this digital camera. Mr Bd mentioned on expert review site Amazon “A very good zoom lens, Good picture quality, good movie quality (the sound is OK.” in his review of this digital camera. Siam gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Intelligent Auto mode and 30x optical zoom let me make good quality pictures outdoors”.

Nice Design

Three people who bought this digital camera agreed that it was good looking. Two years ago Amarnath gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “This is a pretty nice camera for point” in their review of the Sony DSC-WX500. In the same month Charlotte said on expert review site Amazon “From a purely aesthetic point of view, this camera is really beautifully designed!”.

Easy to Use

Thirteen customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Mr Bd said on expert website Amazon “It is a compact camera after all), easy to use” in his review of this digital camera and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Popstu gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their Sony DSC-WX500 review on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “If you want a simple to use point n shoot with great looking pics”. They also mentioned “Flash is easy to use and does a nice job” in their review.

Robust

Three owners who bought it thought it was well made. Ukeydo rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert website Amazon “The camera seems to be well made”. Djsb wrote “There is also a built in image stabiliser too which reduces blur fr” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. They also said “It has a high quality Zeiss lens, built in wifi” in their review.

Three people who reviewed the product concluded that it was reliable. Sarah mentioned on expert review site Amazon last year “Very reliable” in her review of this digital camera. Champollion wrote “Reliable, Efficient, Easy to Use Camera”. They also mentioned “If you want a reliable, efficient, no frills/fuss to use camera, then this Sony camera could be the one for you” in their review.

Two people who bought this digital camera thought it was strong and durable. Two years ago Tabi said on expert review site Amazon “When I picked it up I realised it was probably quite sturdy” in their review of this digital camera. Adam Smith wrote “It does feel sturdy” in his review of this digital camera.

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Price

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Reasonably Priced

Five owners who reviewed the product considered that it was good value for money. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “It cuts down on a few features, making it a more affordable version” . Froman mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Price and size won out” in their review of this digital camera and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. 71wonderful gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bestbuy.com “For the size and price this camera is best for taking high quality film clips”.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Two owners who purchased the product mentioned that it was good in terms of connectivity. D. Elliott said on expert website Amazon “On trying out the camera I can appreciate the Wi-Fi connectivity to mobile phones” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Djsb wrote on expert website Amazon “I also found the wi-fi connectivity worked well; I was able to transfer photos directly from my camera to my iPad this way, thanks to the Sony app” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two people said in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Mrs. L. Evans mentioned on expert website Amazon “For more of the complicated facilities of the camera there are well-written instructions; plus there are also camera specifications”. Champollion wrote on expert review site Amazon “All is explained in the helpful instruction manual” in their review of this digital camera.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Nineteen customers concluded that it was compact. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Small Compact” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Expert review site Techradar.com wrote two years ago “The Sony WX500 is a 'travel compact' camera aimed at people who want a relatively small, light camera with a large lens zoom range”. Tabi said on expert review site Amazon “After my previous compact was stolen, I spent weeks researching other cameras” although they scored the product 40 out of 100.

Four people who bought it agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Tabi said on expert review site Amazon “When I opened the box I was greeted by a chunky little thing that looked a lot more like a plastic finish than a stylish white one”. They also mentioned “It's also much heavier than other cameras of this size.I tried the NFC” in their review.

Three owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was easy to carry around. Supercat said on expert review site Amazon “Compact camera, easy to carry around”. Two years ago Popstu wrote “And it's just as easy to carry around as your phone (almost” in their review of this digital camera. Champollion said on expert website Amazon “With it being light and easy to use-although it does not quite feel as robust as other cameras-it is perfect for those impromptu situations”.

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Average Weight

The DSC-WX500 has a pretty standard weight (209 grams) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

Other cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the DSC-RX100 (£233.99) (240g and higher rated), or the DSC-HX90 (£298.99) (218g and higher rated) both from Sony or the Panasonic DMC-TZ60 (£219) (214g and higher rated).

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Power

Good Battery Life

Three owners who reviewed it concluded that it had a good battery life. Website Bestbuy.com said two years ago “Good Battery Life” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “A pop-up flash and a colossal 400-shot capacity battery” in their review of this digital camera. Ukeydo wrote in their review of this digital camera “The battery life is very good”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Eight people agreed that the product had good features. Sydney Bush mentioned “The capability is far beyond many I suspect (including me) to be able to properly use all its features” in his review of this digital camera. Tabi wrote on expert review site Amazon “The NFC and wifi features are good in theory” in their Sony DSC-WX500 review but in spite of that they only scored it 2 stars out of 5. Jeff gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Great photos Great features”.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2015 when Sony released the DSC-WX500.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony DSC-WX500 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the EOS 600D - Rebel T3i (£267.99), or the EOS 100D - Rebel SL1 (£289) both from Canon or the Sony DSCHX300 (£429) which all of have better reviews.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of this type and age is 2x and the biggest is 810x. With a digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor, the DSC-WX500 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

There are a number of alternative 120x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of its better review score, the Sony DSC-HX90 (£298.99).

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera have optical zooms of between 0.34x and 65x, and the average optical zoom is 16x. With an optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor, the DSC-WX500 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

Alternative 30x optical zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony DSC-QX30 (£259.99) which is cheaper; or the Panasonic DMC-TZ60 (£219), or the Sony DSC-HX90 (£298.99) both of which have better reviews.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The DSC-WX500 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DSC-WX500 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Sony DSC-QX30 (£259.99) which is cheaper; or the Canon EOS 600D - Rebel T3i (£267.99), or the Sony DSC-HX400V (£282.99) both of which have better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The DSC-WX500 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera. 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 amongst all digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Sony DSC-WX500 supports video capability. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago also support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think the Canon EOS 600D - Rebel T3i (£267.99), and the Nikon D5200 (£279.99) which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony DSC-WX500 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon EOS 600D - Rebel T3i (£267.99), the Nikon D5200 (£279.99), or the Sony DSC-HX400V (£282.99) which all of have better reviews.

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Has a USB Connectivity

The Sony DSC-WX500 has a USB connectivity. Most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a USB connectivity.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera, the DSC-WX500 does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Sony DSC-HX400V (£282.99), the Nikon D5300 (£318.99), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ60 (£219).

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The DSC-WX500 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The DSC-WX500 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the DSC-HX90 (£298.99), and the DSC-HX400V (£282.99) both from Sony and both of which have better reviews; or the Sony DSC-QX30 (£259.99) which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony DSC-WX500 supports Near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-WX500 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Canon EOS 600D - Rebel T3i (£267.99), and the Sony DSC-HX90 (£298.99) both of which have better reviews; or the Sony DSC-QX30 (£259.99) which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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4896 X 3672 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-WX500 has a 4896 x 3672 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this age and type. In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 4896x3264, 3648x2432, 2592x1728, 4896x3672, 3648x2736, 2592x1944, 4896x2752, 3648x2056, 1920x1080, 3664x3664, 2736x2736, 1920x1920, 7152x1080, 4912x1920, 4912x1080 and 3424x1920 and 11520x1080. The best still image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera is 6000 x 4000 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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18.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is an 18.2 megapixels camera.

There are a number of other 18.2MP cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of its better review score, the Sony DSC-HX90 (£298.99).

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Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The Sony DSC-WX500 has a wrist strap included. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a wrist strap included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The DSC-WX500 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The DSC-WX500 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony DSC-WX500 has a batteries included, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The DSC-WX500 features voice recording, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DSC-WX500 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The DSC-WX500 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Light Exposure

Only Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The DSC-WX500 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this age and type. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 80 and 12800 are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Good Zoom

Twenty-one customers who purchased it agreed that it had a good zoom. Website Bestbuy.com said “Great Zoom” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Tabi mentioned on expert website Amazon “The zoom works well” in their review of this digital camera however they only gave it a rating of 40 out of 100. Sydney Bush said in his Sony DSC-WX500 review “Wonderful camera My Canon SX 60HX with 130x zoom is fantastic and this little Sony is a super companion”.

Three owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Sydney Bush gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote “Manual focus is excellent and its autofocus variations are great”. Ukeydo mentioned on expert website Amazon two years ago “The auto focus performance is impressively quick” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Two owners considered that the product had a good image stabiliser. Ukeydo rated it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote two years ago “The image stabilisation works well”.

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Good Flash

Three customers who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good flash. Two years ago Mr Bd gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote “A nice little built-in flash, Aperture/Shutter priority” in his review of this digital camera.

Good Video Capture

Twelve owners who purchased it concluded that it was good for video recording. Serg wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Screen is not good, Record sign is not visible, Poor Image Quality, Good video” however despite that they scored it 40 out of 100. Popstu said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Videos are very good”. In April last year Adam Smith he mentioned “Just pictures for memories and some videos) Compact”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Eleven customers who reviewed the Sony DSC-WX500 mentioned that it had a good screen. Popstu wrote in their review of this digital camera “And when your trying to get a grandkid level video shot just tilt the screen up 90degrees” and rated this digital camera 80 out of 100. They also mentioned “The flip up screen is great for selfie recording” in their review. Cort1 gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “Camera takes great pictures and the flip screen comes in handy when taking selfies”.

Six customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Sydney Bush gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on expert website Amazon “This has screen AND a proper electronic viewfinder that makes a VAST difference, besides greatly extending battery life”. He also wrote “I CAN PULL IT OUT QUICKLY THEN AND HAVE GREAT FUN as the viewfinder pop-up switches it on! You can also use the viewfinder like a little telescope” in his review. Two years ago D. Elliott mentioned on expert review site Amazon “This will change now! Previously I have preferred an eye-piece viewfinder.” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Fourty customers who reviewed the Sony DSC-WX500 wrote that it was able to produce good images. Tabi mentioned on expert website Amazon two years ago “For this price I would expect photos at least as good as what my little three-year-old Lumix was capable off” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they rated it 2 stars out of 5. They also said “The quality of photos outdoors was fine” in their review. Mr. K. I. Mansley wrote on expert review site Amazon “My iPhone SE takes better photographs” however despite that they only gave it a rating of 40 out of 100.

Eight owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Two years ago Mr Bd mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “Continuous shooting can rattle of ten pictures a second as long as the memory card can keep up”. In the same month Bob wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The 30X zoom is great and the 18MP give me good resolution on zoom shots”. Picmom gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “The continuous shooting mode catches everything during sporting events”.

Four people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce clear pictures. Mrs. L. Evans mentioned on expert review site Amazon “What a difference they make to the end result - the clarity is outstanding”. M. Dasani rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote on expert website Amazon “Taking amazing shots with minimal adjustments and has amazing clarity even”. They also said “The picture quality, clarity and light were amazing, almost like you were in a well lit room” in their review.

Two people who purchased it considered that it had a good image sensor. Froman wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “I really wanted to get the alpha with the better sensor”. Amazon Customer said two years ago “Haven't improved the sensor sufficiently” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they only scored it 2 stars out of 5.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dscwx500rceh, sony dscwx500bc, s0ny dscwx500b, sony dscwx500w, s0ny s0ny
Barcodes 00027242889668, 00027242889675, 00027242890558, 04548736012547, 04548736014138, 04548736014152, 04548736014169, 04548736014176, 04548736014183, 04548736014251, 04548736014275

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