Level-and-shoot cameras are at an attention-grabbing place. Many imagine that point-and-shoot cameras will quickly get replaced by smartphones which have very succesful cameras, and the likes of iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920 and others are proof of this pattern. Nonetheless, one benefit that point-and-shoots proceed to have over smartphones is optical zoom, and having an enormous optical zoom can certainly be of nice use.
Sony likes to name the Cybershot DSC-WX300 the smallest point-and-shoot digicam with a 20x optical zoom, and on it is personal the digicam certainly appears tiny. Let’s take it for a take a look at and see what it holds.
Within the Field
- Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 digicam
- Guarantee card
- Energy cable
- USB charger
- USB cable for charging
- Hand strap
- HDMI cable
- 4GB reminiscence card
DSC-WX300 Construct/ Design
The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 is a small little digicam once you maintain it in your hand, however the second you set it subsequent to a different point-and-shoot you realise it’s not as small because it initially appears. Having mentioned that, you must admire the work of the Sony design and engineering group for managing to place a big 20x optical zoom into such a small physique.
The digicam matches properly within the hand and the rounded edges make it straightforward to carry. The controls are straightforward to succeed in and cozy for one-handed use. The again of the digicam is taken over by an enormous Three-inch LCD that’s good and brilliant each indoors and outside. The LCD is just not a touchscreen however exhibits all the knowledge you want. It’s also a little bit of a fingerprint magnet, as one can not keep away from touching the display at occasions and must be cleaned incessantly.
There isn’t any rubber padding for the grip and at occasions I did really feel that the digicam was slipping out of my palms, however due to the hand strap round my wrist I knew I might not drop it.
The reminiscence card and the battery different go beneath the digicam, adjoining to the HDMI port. There’s a multi-function Micro-USB port on the appropriate hand facet for charging in addition to transferring knowledge.
The WX300 has a built-in flash on the entrance of the digicam, stereo microphones on the highest of the digicam and makes use of a USB primarily based charger that relieves you of carrying a spare charger too. It is good to see that Sony consists of an HDMI cable with the digicam.
If you’re curious about utilizing the digicam with a tripod, it is price declaring that with the lens totally out, the digicam falls over when saved on a flat floor. Thus, if you’re trying to shoot at full zoom, you’re suggested to hold a full-sized tripod and one thing like a GorillaPod will not do.
The digicam is obtainable in 4 colors and we examined the Black one.
DSC-WX300 Options / Efficiency
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 doesn’t characteristic any guide controls like most different point-and-shoot cameras. It comes with eight preset modes which you could select from, selectable by way of a rotating dial. The dial allows you to select between a Scene mode, a Background defocus mode (very best for clicking portraits), an Clever Auto mode (indicated on the dial in inexperienced), a Superior Auto Plus mode, Program Auto mode, rama mode, Film capturing mode and a 3D mode.
The Scene choice mode options additional sub-modes primarily based on the kind of image you are attempting to click on together with Mushy Pores and skin, Connoisseur (for meals pictures), Night time Scene, Panorama, Snow, Fireworks and extra. The Clever Auto mode is the one you’d use on this digicam to take most of your photos. In case you use the Clever Auto+ mode, the digicam takes a number of pictures and overlays them providing you with an image that is a bit extra saturated however seems nicer to the bare eye, particularly if you’re capturing in a dimly lit room. Nonetheless, for me this was an entire no-no, as most photos ended up loosing particulars.
The Panorama mode on the WX300 may be very nicely applied and it takes a panorama fantastically, not like it is predecessors the place the digicam saved consistently reminding you to go gradual or go quick. With the WX300 one simply sweeps by and will get the work performed, and was a lot enjoyable that I ended up capturing fairly a couple of panoramas.
Subsequent to the mode dial on the highest of the digicam is an aptly sized shutter button with a toggle zoom management. The button is positioned nicely and proper subsequent to it’s the energy button that’s recessed so you do not hit it by accident when clicking an image, or when another person is taking a bunch shot for you.
The digicam has no guide controls, be it for focus or for shutter/ ISO so if you’re a complicated person you might discover this proscribing. I didn’t miss these controls in the course of the time I spent with the digicam.
The WX300 comes with built-in Wi-Fi, which suggests you possibly can set it up a safe Wi-Fi hotspot so your smartphone and pill can hook up with it. You’ll be able to then use the show in your cellphone or pill as a viewfinder and set off a shot. That is particularly helpful in case you take a self-portrait or a shot at a tough stage. Sadly, the app is obtainable just for Android telephones and tablets, and never iOS. It’s also possible to switch photos from the digicam to your pc, cellular or pill over Wi-Fi.
DSC-WX300 Focus System
The auto deal with the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 works fairly nicely, although it has its limitations. For instance, if you’re capturing an object or an individual at full zoom, it appears to be a bit gradual and takes its time, however in nearly all different situations its fairly responsive. The monitoring focus perform works each in nonetheless mode as nicely film mode.
One downside within the digicam is a scarcity of macro mode, so if you happen to like capturing flowers or different objects up shut, you may be upset.
DSC-WX300 Picture High quality
The WX300 makes use of Sony’s Exmor R back-illuminated 18.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. This provides it nice agility in the case of taking photos each indoors and outside. Add the truth that the digicam is sufficiently small to hold in your pockets on a regular basis, and it manages to turn into your nice area companion.
The digicam carried out fairly nicely when it got here to taking self-portraits and photos of different individuals at evening and focussed fairly nicely. The flash on the digicam doesn’t should be popped, simply allow or disable it from the menu earlier than taking the shot. The flash on the WX300 is kind of robust and a number of the scenes find yourself with an excessive amount of mild and loosing their enchantment. However typically the flash does a great job total. Nonetheless, due to the great sensor contained in the WX300, you might not want the flash on many events.
The low-light photos seem sharp and crisp. As I discussed earlier, there aren’t any guide controls on the digicam, so I used to be barely fearful that the evening scene photos could come out grainy, however I used to be pleasantly shocked to seek out them sharp sufficient.
The highly effective 20x optical zoom on the Sony Cybershot WX300 in motion. The picture above is clicked at full zoom with the inset of the site visitors cop taken at 20x optical zoom from the identical spot.
The total-zoom photos additionally got here out good (see pattern pictures above and within the gallery). The physique’s built-in picture stabilisation is fairly correct for a digicam this small.
The WX300 additionally has a 10 frames-per-second mode, and it manages to seize an motion scene fairly nicely. Although Sony claims that the resultant photos are full-resolution, I felt that some particulars had been misplaced within the high-speed mode.
To place the digicam by a tricky take a look at, I took a night-shot of a backlit taxi signal. Although the image got here out very sharp and crisp, I observed a shift in colors. Whereas, this could all the time be corrected throughout post-processing by altering the temperature of the picture, I used to be barely shocked that this occurred in a digicam that produced in any other case correct colors.
The video mode is fairly well-executed and the digicam is able to taking full-HD movies. The WX300 has a really delicate set of microphones, which is mostly a great factor because it picks up even minute sounds, however if you’re in a really noisy surroundings, it might work in opposition to you.
The movies taken with the digicam are sharp and stuffed with particulars, and, as you’d anticipate, it’s also doable to seize stills whereas recording video. The monitoring focus and zoom capabilities work nicely to provide you a blur-free video.
DSC-WX300 Battery Life
The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 has a small battery and your complete package deal (battery + digicam) weighs simply 166 grams. Wanting on the measurement, I used to be fearful if the digicam would be capable to final a complete day, however that concern was unfounded as I might shoot a formidable 300 pictures, together with a couple of panoramas and a video, on a single cost. As talked about, you possibly can cost the digicam over USB, which suggests ought to it run out of juice, your cellular cost can maybe double up as a charger for the WX300.
General, the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 is kind of spectacular with good picture high quality and a 20x optical zoom that permits you to click on some attention-grabbing photos. The shortage of guide controls bothered me personally, however the target market of the digicam will not thoughts it as a lot. The shortage of iPhone app to go along with the Wi-Fi options of the digicam would possibly restrict the digicam’s enchantment as nicely.