Sony DSC-WX200 review

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SONY DSC-WX200 LENS

The lens has a 10x optical zoom what is impressive for a camera only 21mm thick. In 35mm terms it covers a range from 25 to 250mm. Optical stabilization is also present.

Optically, it is good enough for the sensor. There is some light fall-off when zoomed, but it’s not significant.

BATTERY

Sony DSC-WX200 is delivered with a Li-Ion battery which is charged in camera via USB cable. It is strong enough for 150-180 shots.

SONY DSC-WX200 AUTOFOCUS AND CONTINUOUS SHOOTING

WX200 can shoot up to 10fps but only for 1 second. Instead, you can opt for 2 frames per second for 5 seconds which is probably more interesting.

Auto focus speed is quite good at wide angle (below a second in good light) but still takes up to 2 or 3 seconds fully zoomed and in lower light.

Macro goes down to 5cm, but I already wrote that it’s impossible to select macro manually what can cause problems since the camera might focus on background.

AF assist lamp is also present, but it’s not particularly strong (works only for a meter or little more).

MOVIE MODE

WX200 can record Full HD but uses interlaced frame rate (60i or 50i depending on USA/EU models). Videos looked much better in mp4 format which uses native 30p/25p frame rate, but the resolution is a bit weird 1440×1080 which is then stretched to 16:9 ratio at playback.

Overall, movie quality is decent enough for family or occasional travel use. Optical image stabilization helps a lot at maximum zoom, but I still think Canon cameras have better video stabilization.


SONY DSC-WX200 REVIEW CONCLUSION

Sony WX200 is primarily aimed for amateurs in search of the smallest possible digital camera. It can fit anywhere and still has 25-250mm lens and decent image quality. Small dimensions are probably the main detail which separates it from competition, as well as excellent sweep panorama function which is fun to use and delivers great results with just a little of practice. It’s not perfect though, and if you’re into compact travel zooms I recommend taking a look at Canon SX270HS and SX280HS as an better (and more expensive) alternative to WX200.

PRO

  • Design
  • Large optical zoom in miniature body
  • Easy to use
  • Good daylight image quality
  • Wi-Fi built in (if you’re into that)
  • Sweep panorama

CONS

  • Dulled colors at higher ISO’s
  • No manually selectable macro mode
  • Cannot turn image review off
  • Slow operation when a new card is inserted
  • Slow playback zoom
  • Longest exposure limited to 1 second

SONY DSC-WX200 PHOTO EXAMPLES

ISO 100, F/3.3, 1/1600

ISO 100, F/10, 1/250

ISO 100, F/3.3, 1/500

ISO 100, F/5.6, 1/200

ISO 100, F/5.9, 1/640

ISO 100, F/4.5, 1/400, Ps processed

ISO 100, F/3.3, 1/30, Ps processed

ISO 100, F/3.5, 1/1250

ISO 100, F/3.3, 1/640

ISO 100, F/5.9, 1/500

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WX200 is not sold in USA, WX150 and WX80 are almost identical models:

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