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Introduction

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is billed as the World’s smallest 20x optical zoom digital compact camera. Add to that a cutting-edge design, Exmor R CMOS sensor with 18.2 megapixel resolution, 10fps burst shooting, 500 shot battery life, built-in Wi-fi connectivity and Full HD video, the WX300 shapes up to be something else. In this review, we’ll be finding out if it lives up to expectations. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 costs around £259 / $329 and is available in white, red and black.

Ease of Use

Sony are a company that has ambition. They’re extremely determined to get to the top spot in every field they work in. But it wasn’t until they took over operations of digital imaging from Konica Minolta that they really started to fly in the digital camera markets. They’d been producing decent cameras before then, but when workers from Konica Minolta moved over to Sony, the electronics company started migrating the technology too. What resulted was a strong line-up of DSLRs, beautifully crafted prosumer compacts and digital compacts stuffed with tech and high end glass.

Take a look at the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300. It’s a classically styled compact with sharp edges, scrolling ends and a huge flush screen on the back. Stuck on the front is a 20x optical zoom which is created from Sony G glass. The origins of this lens comes from Minolta. The Minolta G lenses had a reputation for excellent optics. The top plate features two microphones for stereo sound, a small power button that doesn’t stick up out of the body so that it doesn’t get mixed up with the shutter release that’s located next to it. On the shoulder is a small dial for selecting programs and modes.

From the command dial on the top of the camera, to the jog wheel on the back and the command buttons that accompany it, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 has a raw simplicity in its design that’s reminiscent of more niche cameras, such as Leica or Ricoh. It’s like a message to say “we’re not interested in how it looks, we’re interested in how it performs”.

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Front Rear

It seems that they may have taken that statement seriously when you consider some of the technology they’ve stuffed into it. We’ve already mentioned the quality of the lens on the front of the camera. While you’re taking the picture, it’s burning onto the sensor which is an 18 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. After that, it’s through the BIONZ processor and onto the memory card. So the key points of image transfer from the first lens element use the best tech that Sony have available to them. That bodes well for the performance test.

The more we look into the features of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300, it seems to be more of a picture taking machine than a toy. To use a comparison, it’s like comparing a Peugeot to a BMW. The Peugeot will come fitted with lots of features to thrill you, such as automatic wipers and automatic lights  whereas a similarly priced BMW won’t have these but will be much better built. It’s designed to be driven. The WX300 is therefore comparably bereft of features. It does sport some interesting features such as wi-fi.

Wi-fi options are all over the place. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 has three menus available and there’s a wi-fi option in each one. You can set up the camera to accept wi-fi signals by going into the Main menu and selecting the tab indicated by the globe icon. In the quick menu, you can use wi-fi to link to your smart phone which can then take pictures instead of touching the camera. It’s good news for Instagrammers as it will obviate camera shake and those horrid arm length pictures.

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Front Top

Start up time from cold is great at just over two seconds. That’s around half a second faster than the average digital compact camera. Great news for those impromptu golden photo moments. The advantage of using a dedicated processor is that it can handle more information and in the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 one thing it does is increase frame rate.

The WX300 doesn’t have a continuous shooting mode, it has a burst mode. Select the multiple frame option after pressing left on the wheel and watch as it rattles off ten shots. Sony say is works at 10fps (frames per second) but we took those ten in just over a second. We even gave the camera free reign over being as fast as it wanted to be by using Program mode with auto ISO etc. Focusing seems fast enough although it’s only marginally faster than other cameras when used in the real world.

The menu works in a two-tier stage. Pressing the button initially brings up a type of Quick menu that brings fast access to well used modes, such as resolution, ISO and white-balance. There’s also an in-camera guide towards the bottom for if you get stuck on anything. The Main menu is located below the in-camera help and has an icon of a tool box.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

The Main menu is a lot more comprehensive than the Shoot menu that you have to go through to get here. It’s split into five tabs for Shooting, Camera (Main), Network, Memory Card and Clock settings. You can either use the tabs to the left of the screen to flick through each section or simply scrolling down will enter each section as you get to it. It’s easy enough to navigate around once you’re in there with the only confusing area being the wi-fi settings page (Network) if you’re unfamiliar with it all. The orangey yellow highlighter on the black background compliments nicely and doesn’t offend the white font either.

Playback can be accessed regardless of whether the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is on or off. Simply press the arrow button and the images you’ve taken will come onto the screen, with the most recent first. You can change the display details on show by pressing the up button (just like when shooting). The menu button will bring up a different quick menu, similar in appearance to the Shooting menu with the exception that it has options associated with playing back the pictures. For example, more wi-fi options are available to you here. You can send images to a smart phone and even view them on the phone before selecting which ones to transmit. You can also send to a tv or computer. Theoretically, you should be able to do this to any computer in the World, but there’s nothing to say whether or not it’s possible. Data is data, but it’s a lot of data with a high resolution image. You can also edit pictures, but given that editing is usually done to excess, it would be best to save it for the computer.

In the box, you’ll find an AC adapter for charging the lithium ion battery that’s also included. A USB cable will attach the camera to a computer to download any pictures, and it’s also the secondary cable to the AC adapter that plugs into the camera when charging. There’s a full manual and a wrist strap to keep the camera safe when not shooting.

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Image Quality

All pictures were taken at full resolution because there’s no way of reducing the compression rating on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300. Images record at around 5Mb but can range from as low as 3.5Mb to as high as 7Mb, depending on the conditions.

Noise

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 has a sensitivity range of ISO 80 to ISO 12,800. That’s a huge range and a really high setting for such a tiny sensor. The good news is that the it’s a BSI sensor which will help with letting more light in. Sony are also pretty good at noise reduction, too so we may see something decent. With digital compact cameras, we never expect too much in terms of reducing noise, but with the WX300 going to such a high setting, it needs to be kept in mind just how small the sensor is when evaluating the results.

The lower settings are bound to be good and they are. ISO 80 has no sign of noise at all. Colours are precise and edge definition is sharp. ISO 100 is only around a third of a stop brighter, so doesn’t make a difference to the performance of the noise, however, it will mean you can select ever so slightly higher shutter speeds.

The good news is that picture quality doesn’t become undesirable until around ISO 3200 when viewed at a normal viewing distance. However, viewing at full magnification, we can see that image quality starts to drop at around ISO 400. That’s where edge definition begins to get a bit hazy and colour noise can be seen in darker areas. ISO 800 sees a boost in image quality and if they all came out like this, we’d happily shoot at this setting. That’s not always the case, though. ISO 3200 sees a severe drop in image quality with colour noise invading the mid tones, edges break down and artefacts litter the scene.

Primary colours get desaturated at ISO 6400 in a bid to reduce colour noise but image quality is far too low to retain a decent result. ISO 12,800 has succeeded in the way that it’s produced an image and not a frame of noise. Writing is practically intelligible as edges break down and detail disintegrates. Still, for a small sensor, we expected a lot worse.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The 20x optical zoom makes the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 the World’s smallest digital compact camera with that size zoom. In 35mm terms, it stretches from a wide 25mm to a dizzying 500mm.

25mm

500mm

Sharpening

We found that if the pictures have any noise in at all, you’re going to increase the appearance of it by adding any sharpening in post production.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

Chroma seems to have been compensated for very well. The quality of lens will be a strong factor to it, but it’s likely there’s also some correction software at work too. We thought we found some on the side of a tree, but we’re unsure as it’s a direct reflection of the background colour and could be just colour bleed. That in itself isn’t a good thing, though.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The 5cm macro mode on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is sufficient enough to get close in to subjects without getting barrel distortion. However, there’s a distinct lack of image quality at the edges, especially noticeable at the bottom of the frame.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

There’s no issue with vignetting with or without flash. The flash unit on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is intelligent in the way that it complements and stabilises the ambient light. Red-eye also isn’t a problem for the Sony.

Suppressed Flash – Wide Angle (25mm)

Forced Flash – Wide Angle (25mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Suppressed Flash – Telephoto (500mm)

Forced Flash – Telephoto (500mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots.

Forced Flash

Forced Flash (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

When shooting at night on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300, you can choose between hand-held or stabilised photography. Choosing hand-held will select a lower ISO to get a better picture quality and while it’s smoother, the image is slightly under exposed. Using auto ISO, the Program mode selected ISO 800 as it has to assume you’re holding the camera unaided.

Night Program

Night Program (100% Crop)

   

Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 camera, which were all taken using the 18 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Movie

This is a sample video from the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 camera at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 36 second movie is 98.6Mb in size.

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Product Images

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Front of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

 
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Front of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300 / Lens Extended

 
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Side of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

 
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Side of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

 
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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

 
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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300 / Image Displayed

 
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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300 / Turned On

 
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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300 / Main Menu

 
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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300 / Wi-fi Menu

 

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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300 / Shooting Settings

 
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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300 / Main Settings

 
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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300 / Network Settings

 
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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

 
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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300 / Clock Settings

 
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Rear of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300 / In-Camera Guide

 
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Top of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

 
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Bottom of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

 
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Side of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

 
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Side of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

 
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Front of the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

 
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Memory Card Slot

 
Sony CyberShot DSC-WX300

Battery Compartment

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Specifications

Lens

Optical Zoom 20x
Clear Image Zoom 18M Approx.40x / 10M Approx.53x / 5M Approx.75x / VGA Approx.306x / 13M(16:9) Approx.40x / 2M(16:9) Approx.102x
Digital Zoom 18M Approx.80x / 10M Approx.107x / 5M Approx.151x / VGA Approx.306x / 13M(16:9) Approx.80x / 2M(16:9) Approx.204x
F 3.5-6.5
Focal Length (f= mm) 4.3-86
Focal Length (f=35mm conversion) 25-500
Macro (cm) iAuto:AF(W:Approx.5cm(0.16′) to Infinity, T:Approx.200cm(6.56′) to Infinity) / Program Auto:AF(W:Approx.5cm(0.16′) to Infinity, T:Approx.200cm(6.56′) to Infinity)
Filter Diameter (mm) NO
Conversion Lens compatibility NO
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens NO
Sony G YES

Image Sensory

Sensor Type Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor
Size (Inches) 1/2.3 type(7.82mm)

Wi-Fi

Ctrl with Smartphone YES
Send to Smartphone YES
Eye-Fi YES

Camera

Effective Pixels (Mega Pixels) Approx. 18.2
Bionz Processor YES
Face Detection YES
Smile Shutter YES
Soft Skin Mode YES
Background Defocus YES
GPS NO
Waterproof NO
Backlight Correction YES
Picture Effect HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Toy camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Soft High-key, Watercolor, Illustration
Sweep Panorama NO
Intelligent Sweep Panorama YES(360 format compatible)
Underwater Sweep Panorama NO
3D Sweep Panorama NO
Clear RAW NR NO
Auto Focus Area (Multi Point) YES
Auto Focus Area (Centre weighted) YES
Auto Focus Area (Spot) YES
Auto Focus Area (Flexible Spot) NO
Manual Focus NO
Aperture Auto Mode iAuto(F3.5/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter) / Program Auto(F3.5/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter)
Aperture Priority Mode NO
Aperture Manual Mode NO
Shutter Speed Auto Mode (sec) iAuto(4″ – 1/1600) / Program Auto(1″ – 1/1600)
NR Slow Shutter NO
Hand Shake Alert NO
Exposure Control ± 2.0EV, 1/3EV step
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent3, Incandescent, Flash, One Push, One Push Set
Automatic White Balance YES
Light Metering (Multi Pattern) YES
Light Metering (Centre weighted) YES
Light Metering (Spot) YES
Sharpness Setting NO
Saturation Setting NO
Contrast Setting NO
ISO Sensitivity (REI) ISO80-3200(iAuto), ISO80-12800(Superior Auto), ISO80-1600(Program Auto)
Scene Selection Soft Snap / Soft Skin / Anti Motion Blur / Backlight Correction HDR / Night Portrait / Night Scene / High Sensitivity / Handheld Twilight / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Gourmet / Pet Mode / Landscape

SteadyShot

SteadyShot capability YES
Optical SteadyShot capability YES

Auto Focus System

AF Illuminator Auto / Off

Built-In-Flash

Flash Mode Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
Red-Eye Correction Auto / On / Off
Auto Daylight Synchronized Flash NO
Distance limitations using Flash (m) ISO Auto: Approx.0.2m to 4.3m(7 7/8 inches to 14 feet 1 3/8 inches)(W) / Approx.2.0m to 2.4 m(6feet 6 3/4 inches to 7 feet 10 1/2 inches)(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.6.1 m(20 feet 1/4 inches)(W) / Approx.3.4 m(11 feet 1 7/8 inches)(T)

LCD/ Viewfinder

LCD Screen Size (inches) 7.5cm (3.0type)
LCD Total Dots Number 460.800
LCD Monitor Type TFT ClearPhoto
Auto Bright Monitoring NO
Optical Viewfinder NO
Electrical Viewfinder NO

Recording

Recording Media Memory Stick™ Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (high speed) / Memory Stick PRO HG Duo™ / Memory Stick XC-HG Duo™ / Memory Stick Micro* / Memory Stick Micro (mark 2)*
Recording Media II SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / SDXC Memory Card / microSD Memory Card* / microSDHC Memory Card* / microSDXC Memory Card*
Recording Format JPEG
DCF (Design rule for Camera File System) YES
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) YES
Burst Mode (shots) Approx.10 fps
Burst Interval (approximately sec) Approx.0.1 sec.(10 shots)
Still Image size (18 M 4896×3672) YES
Still Image size (16M 4608 x 3456) NO
Still Image size (14M 4320 x 3240) NO
Still Image size (13M 4224 x 3168) NO
Still Image size (13M 4,896 x 2,752) YES
Still Image size (12M 4000 x 3000) NO
Still Image size (10M 3648 x 2736) YES
Still Image size (9.0M, 3456 x 2592) NO
Still Image size (8.0M, 3264 x 2448) NO
Still Image size (7.2M 3072 x 2304) NO
Still Image size (5.0M, 2592 x 1944) YES
Still Image size (3.1M, 2048 x 1536) NO
Still Image size (VGA, 640 x 480) YES
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 1920 x 1080) YES
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4896×2752) YES
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4608 x 2592) NO
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4,320 x 2,432) NO
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4000 x 2248) NO
Still Image size (3:2 mode, 4000 x 2672) NO
Still Image size (3:2 mode 3648 x 2432) NO
Still Image size (3:2 mode 3456 x 2304) NO
2D Panorama 360°(11,520 x 1,080) / HR(10,480×4,096) / Wide(7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard(4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920)
3D Mode NO
Moving Image Size (1920×1080 60p Approx.28Mbps) NO
Moving Image Size (1920×1080 50i Approx.24Mbps) YES
Moving Image Size (1920×1080 50i Approx.17Mbps) YES
Moving Image Size (1440×1080 25fps Fine Approx.12Mbps) NO
Moving Image Size (1,440×1,080 HQ 9Mbps) YES
Moving Image Size (1280×720 30fps Fine Approx.9Mbps) NO
Moving Image Size (1280×720 30fps Standard Approx.6Mbps) NO
Moving Image Size (1280×720 25fps Fine Approx.6Mbps) YES
Moving Image Size (640×480 30fps Approx.3Mbps) NO
Moving Image Size (640×480 25fps Approx.3Mbps) YES
Moving Image Size (320×240 30fps) NO
Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1920 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.24Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES
Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1920 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.17Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES
Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1440 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.9Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES
Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 1440 x 1080 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.12Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES
Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 1280 x 720 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.6Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES
Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 640 x 480 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.3Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES

Playback/ Edit

HD (High Definition) Playback Under 18M(4,896×3,672)
Slideshow Playback YES
Slideshow with Music YES
Slideshow Movie YES
Trimming YES
Playback Zoom YES (8x)
Cue & Review (MPEG) YES
Index Playback 16 / 25 images
Image Rotation YES
Auto Image Rotation YES
Auto grouping and & Best Picture Recognition YES

General

Battery Remaining Indicator NO
Histogram Indicator YES
Exposure Warning Indicator NO
Disk / Memory Stick remaining indicator NO
PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) NO
Print Image Matching YES
PictBridge NO
Shop Front Mode NO
Start up time (approximately sec) Approx. 2.0 sec.
Menu Language English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Croatian, Romanian

Jacks

Multi use Terminal with HD Multi Terminal, Hi-Speed USB(USB2.0), Micro HDMI
Multi use Terminal YES
AV Out NO
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES

Power/ Others

Battery System Lithium N
Supplied Battery NP-BX1
Stamina (battery life) with the supplied battery(s) in normal shooting condition Approx. 500 / Approx. 250min
Battery for Clock NO
Weight (g) Approx. 139g (3.8oz.)
Weight with Accessories (g) Approx. 166g (4.4oz.)
Supplied Software PlayMemories Home
Supplied Accessories Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BX1), AC Adaptor (AC-UB10/UB10B), Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual, AC Power Cord

Dimensions

Width (mm) 96
Height (mm) 54.9
Depth (mm) 25.7

Disclaimers

* Requires adaptor (not supplied)

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Conclusion

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is a lovely camera to look at. It’s slightly reminiscent of the new RX series that they’ve released and maybe that’s what they set out to do. The build quality that’s gone into the WX300 is great, such as the G lens, metal casing, lockable battery door, back-illuminated sensor and 20x optical zoom. The only thing its missing is a metal tripod bush and it’s a real shame that they’ve not put one on. It would’ve been great to see one on there and really set the camera apart.

Image quality is very good in terms of sharpness, colour reproduction, low ISO performance and chroma. However, we’re unsettled by the loss of quality at wide-angle. It would be nice in this case for the manufacturers to use common sense and fit a less wide lens to the camera. They know it needs to be done, as do you. But the wider public don’t and it’s them that Sony are trying to appeal to with the wider lens, because it matches other models in the same price range or more expensive.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is a lovely camera to use. The user interface is intelligently laid out and the screen is nice and bright. Arguably, Sony could do with splitting the quick menu and the Main menu so it doesn’t look like a sub-menu, but while it’s awkward at first, you soon get used to it. However, it is a bit too extensive for a point and shooter.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is a simple picture taking machine. We mentioned this earlier and we still hold strong to the belief. The lack of quirky (gimmicky?) picture effects and Instagram style filters show that Sony think much more of this camera than something to snare a trendy market. This is a camera for keen amateurs who want a slim, good looking compact with great features where it counts. Except the tripod bush. If you like taking photography seriously, but you don’t want the hassle of deciding your shutter speed and aperture when you’re on a day out, then the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 isn’t a bad little camera.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 3.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4

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Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300.

Canon Powershot SX280 HS

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Fujifilm Finepix F800EXR

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The FinePix F800EXR is the latest travel-zoom camera from Fujifilm, sporting a 20x lens with a versatile focal range of 25-500mm. The 16 megapixel F800 EXR also features wireless image transfer, GPS support, full 1080p movies, a high-contrast 3 inch LCD screen and 8fps continuous shooting. Read our in-depth Fujifilm FinePix F800 EXR review to find out if it’s the ultimate travel camera…

Leica V-LUX 40

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The Leica V-LUX 40 is a new premium travel-zoom camera. The Leica V-LUX 40 packs a 14 megapixel Live MOS sensor, 20x wide-angle zoom lens, GPS tracking, 3 inch touchscreen LCD, full 1080p HD movies with stereo sound, 3D photo mode and even manual controls into its pocketable body. Available in black with that famous Leica red dot for £550 / $700, read our Leica V-LUX 40 review to find out if this is the best travel-zoom camera that money can buy.

Nikon Coolpix S9400

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The Nikon Coolpix S9400 is a stylish and affordable travel-zoom compact camera. Featuring an 18x zoom lens with a focal range of 25-450mm, the Coolpix S9400 has a 18 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch OLED screen and can shoot 1080p Full HD movies. Read our expert Nikon Coolpix S9400 review…

Olympus SZ-30MR

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The Olympus SZ-30MR is a new travel-zoom compact camera, featuring a 24x lens that provides a focal range of 25-600mm, yet is still small enough to fit into your pocket. Other key features offered by the SZ-30MR include a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 1080p HD video recording, 3 inch LCD screen, 9fps high-speed continuous shooting, sensor-shift image stabilisation and a range of Magic Filters. Priced at £250 / $350, we find out if the Olympus SZ-30MR is the best travel zoom camera that money can buy.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35

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The Lumix DMC-TZ35 is Panasonic’s new entry-level travel-zoom compact camera for 2013. The TZ35 (also known as the ZS25) packs a 16 megapixel MOS sensor, 20x wide-angle zoom lens, 3 inch LCD screen, 1080i HD movies, 10fps burst shooting and full manual controls into its pocketable body. Available in silver or black for £299 / $299, read our Panasonic DMC-TZ35 / ZS25 review to find out if it’s the right travel camera for you…

Pentax Optio VS20

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The Pentax VS20 is an innovative travel-zoom compact camera featuring a 20x image-stabilized zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD screen, 720p HD movies and not one but two shutter release buttons. Retailing for around £200 / $250, read our Pentax VS20 review to find out if it can take on its many travelzoom rivals…

Samsung WB850F

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The Samsung WB850 is a new travel-zoom camera with a mouth-watering specification. The WB850 offers a wide-angle 21x zoom lens, 16.2 megapixels, Full 1080p video recording, 3 inch AMOLED screen, built-in wi-fi and GPS, plus full manual controls. Read our detailed Samsung WB850 review to find out if it’s a contender for the travel zoom crown.

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Review Roundup

Reviews of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 from around the web.

whatdigitalcamera.com »

The Sony Cyber-shot WX300 is an eminently pocketable digital camera that still has enough room in its svelte form to pack in a large 20x optical zoom lens and Wi-Fi. We give it the once over in the Sony WX300 full review
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ephotozine.com »

The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 is a digital camera which is pocketable, yet packs a 20x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi and an 18.2 Exmor R CMOS sensor. It is available in red, white and black for £280.00.
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