Cyber-shot Digital Camera WX300

Cyber-shot Digital Camera WX300

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Bring the action ultra-close with a remarkable, 20x zoom ultra-compact camera. Plus, share pics and video easily to Facebook and more with wireless transfer to your smartphone or tablet. Easily shoot all day with battery to spare with up to 500 photos per charge. Cyber-shot Digital Camera WX300

Features

20x optical zoom plus 40x Clear Image Digital Zoom

Get up close with 20x optical zoom plus 40x Clear Image digital zoom. Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.
18.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor<sup>®</sup> R CMOS Image Sensor

18.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Image Sensor

This camera features a 18.2 megapixel Exmor® R CMOS image sensor that brings out the power of the camera’s Sony® G lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain

WiFi sharing to upload photos and videos

WiFi lets you quickly upload photos and videos to social media sites through your WiFi smartphone or tablet, back them up on a network-connected PC, or view them on a large screen TV.

AVCHD 1080/60i video

Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60i in 1080 AVCHD video.¹ This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.

Shoot nearly all day with improved battery life

Take up to 500 photos per charge for high-volume photography on-the-go.

Optical SteadyShot image Stabilization with 2-way Active Mode

Sony's Active Mode image stabilization gives you the freedom to shoot movies even while walking or running³. 2-way Active Mode corrects for both vertical and horizontal motion.

Enhanced Superior Auto

Enhanced Superior Auto supports scenes with dynamic motion to provide beautiful results even in dark situations. The result is clearer images with less blur.

Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps

Capture full 16.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously

Creative shooting with Picture and Beauty effects

Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Beauty Effects allows edits to skin tones, skin smoothing, shine removal, eye widening, and teeth whitening. Beauty Effects can be combined to further enhance the image

Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode-up to 360°

Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode takes our Sweep Panorama function to the next level with the addition of motion compensation. Even when subjects are moving in the foreground of your landscape, these cameras can detect faces and moving subjects, intelligently stitching different widths together to minimize distortion. Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide and up to 360° full circle, the camera can take a variety of panoramic shots.

Specifications

Advanced Features
Picture Effects HDR Painting / Richtone Monochrome / Miniature / Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial color / Soft High-key / Watercolor / Illustration
Advanced Features
Anti Motion Blur Yes
Background Defocus Yes
Blink Detection Yes
Face Detection 8 faces
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active mode
In-Camera Editing Beauty Effect / Trimming / Unsharp Masking / Date view / Picture Effect
Intelligent Auto Yes
Smile Shutter technology Yes
Superior Auto Yes
Sweep Panorama Intelligent Sweep Panorama (360)
Tracking Focus Off / Auto
Wi-Fi Yes
Camera
Camera Type Compact zoom digital camera
Convenience Features
Erase/Protect Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD
Red-Eye Reduction Auto / On / Off
Drive System
Burst Mode Approx 10 fps at 18.2MP (Maximum 10 shots)
Self-timer Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
Shutter Speeds iAuto (4" - 1/1600) / Program Auto (1" - 1/1600)
Exposure System
Exposure Compensation Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
ISO Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 *4 / 12800 *4
Metering Modes Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Scene Mode(s) High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet mode /Anti-motion blur/Backlight Correction HDR
White Balance Mode Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push, One Push Set
Flash
Flash Coverage 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 (6 feet 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)
Flash Modes Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
Focus Control
AF Illuminator Auto / Off
AF Modes Multi Point AF/Center Weighted AF/SpotAF/Tracking Focus/Face Tracking Focus
Imaging Sensor
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution 18.2 MP
Imaging Sensor 1/2.3" Exmor R® CMOS sensor
Pixel Gross 21.1 MP
Interface
HD Output Micro HDMI
Memory Card Slot MS Duo and SD/SDHC compatible
USB Port(s) Multi (AV/USB), Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
LCD Display
Brightness Control 5 (Bright) / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 (Dark)
Grid Display Yes
Histogram Yes (On/Off)
LCD Type 3.0'' ClearPhoto LCD (460K dots)
Optics/Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) Still 4:3: 25-500mm / Movie 4:3: 33-660mm (SteadyShot Standard) 33-840 (SteadyShot Active) / Still 16:9: 27-540mm / Movie 16:9: 27-540mm (SteadyShot Standard) 27-690mm (SteadyShot Active)
Lens Construction 11 elements in 10 groups (including 5 aspheric elements)
Lens Type Sony G
Minimum Focus Distance 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)
Optical Zoom 20x
Steady Shot Mode:Active Yes
Power
Power Consumption (in Operation) Approx. 1.0W
Battery Capacity 4.5Wh(1240mAh)
Battery Type LITHIUM ION NP-BX1 3.6V
Power Requirements AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mA
Recording
Audio Format AC3 (Stereo)
Dual Record Yes
Media Type optional “Memory Stick Duo” (No movie recording), optional “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark 2 only for movie recording), optional “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”, optional SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
Microphone/Speaker Stereo / mono
Panorama Still Image Size Sweep Panorama: 360 (11,520×1,080) / HR (10,480 x 4,096) / Wide (7,152 x 1,080 / 4,912 x 1,920) / Standard (4,912 x 1,080 / 3,424 x 1,920)
Still Image Max Effective Resolution Approx. 18.2 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 16:9 mode: 13M (4,896 x 2,752) / 2M (1,920 x 1,080)
Still Image Size 4:3 4:3 mode: 18M (4,896 x 3,672) / 10M (3,648 x 2,736) / 5M (2,592 x 1,944) / VGA
Video Format AVCHD Ver2.0 / MP4
Video Mode AVCHD 60i: 24M FX / 17M FH (1,920x1,080/60i) / 9M HQ (1,440x1,080/60i), MP4: 12M (1,440x1,080/30fps) / 6M (1,280x720/30fps) /3M VGA (640x480/30fps)
Wind Noise Reduction Off / On
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) W x H x D:3 7/8" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/16" (96 x 54.9 x 25.mm)
Weight (Approx.) 5.9 oz. (166g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) 4.9 oz. (139g)

What's in the Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
  • AC AdaptorAC-UB10
  • Micro USB cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Instruction Manual

Documents

CNET Editors' Rating
3.5 out of 5 stars.

The good

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is currently the lightest, smallest camera with a 20x zoom. It has built-in Wi-Fi for on-the-go sharing (among other things); fantastic battery life; and a large variety of auto shooting options.

The bad

The camera's weight and size can make it difficult to keep steady when using the zoom lens, the screen is difficult to see in bright sun, and the lens has small apertures at both ends, making the zoom best suited for daytime, outdoor use.

The bottom line

If you miss having a zoom lens, but don't want to add too much bulk and weight to your travels, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is a very good choice.

The overall rating is 7.7 out of 10.
  • Design rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 7.0 out of 10.