Фотоаппарат sony dsc wx350
Sony Фотокамера WX350 с эффектами и 20-кратным оптическим зумом
Купил уже во время повышения цен, особо не перебирая модели и марки, так как к сони есть определенное доверие (уже покупал разную аппаратуру разного уровня данной марки) а в начинке разбираюсь на уровне обывателя. Есть некс 5, к которому нареканий так же нет, но особо в корман не положишь, а камеры на телефоне все таки не хватает. После небольшого мониторинга цен определился с пулом аппартов, несколько из которых не менее достойны чем данный агрегат, но в силу некотоых факторов выбор пал именно на сони, причем белого цвета. После нескольких дней использования скажу только замечание, руки должны быть чистыми, иначе заляпаете корпус, которуй к слову достаточно легко очищается. Все остальное на очень высоком уровне для данного класса аппаратов: качество фото при хорошем свете не вызывают даже малейшего разочарования, со вспышкой в пределах ее действия все также четко и цветопередача не страдает. Настроек много, но в основном авто достаточно. Зум впечатляет, но цифровое увеличение советую сразу отключить в настройках. Управление интуитивно понятное и не сложнее чем у современного смартфона. Передача по вай фай так же на высоком уровне и упраление со смартфона учень удобное. В целом аппарат пооностью удовлетворяет мои потребности в компактной камере для фотографирования семьи и теплых стран, во время отпуска. Единственно, что немного полпортило впечатление, это юсб под заглушкой, которую не совсем удобно открывать, а ашдиэмай в прекрасном доступе снизу, хотя им нирузу не пользовался. Советую к преоритению, в белом цвете выглядит гораздо выгоднее и стильнее.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
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|Максимальное разрешение||18,0 Мпикс|
|Макс. разрешение фото||4.896 x 3.672 пикселей|
|Макс. разрешение видео||1.920 x 1.080 пикселей|
|Дисплей: диагональ||3,0 дюйма|
|Дисплей: разрешение||460.800 субпикселей|
|Дисплей: регулировка яркости||да|
|Матрица: размер||1/2,3 дюйма|
|Минимальное фокусное расстояние||4,3 мм;|
|Максимальное фокусное расстояние||86,0 мм;|
|Оптический стабилизатор изображения||с подвижной матрицей|
|Диафрагма объектива (Широкий угол - Теле)||1:3.5 - 1:6.5|
|Режимы съемки||авто , программный|
|Панорамный режим съемки||панорамная съемка с Auto-Stitching|
|Минимальная выдержка (авто)||1/1.600 c|
|Максимальная выдержка (авто)||4,00 c|
|Минимальная светочувствительность (ISO мин)||ISO 80|
|Максимальная светочувствительность (ISO макс)||ISO 12.800|
|Баланс белого||предустановленный, ручная настройка|
|Разрешение по центру при ISO мин||1.565 пар линий|
|Разрешение по краям при ISO мин||1.183 пар линий|
|Разрешение по центру при ISO 400||1.423 пар линий|
|Разрешение по краям при ISO 400||1.024 пар линий|
|Разрешение по центру при ISO 800||1.281 пар линий|
|Разрешение по краям при ISO 800||926 пар линий|
|Разрешение по центру при ISO 1600||1.108 пар линий|
|Разрешение по краям при ISO 1600||776 пар линий|
|Точность передачи текстуры (Kurtosis) / деталей (Dead Leaves) при ISO мин||82 %|
|Точность передачи текстуры (Kurtosis) / деталей (Dead Leaves) при ISO 400||68 %|
|Точность передачи текстуры (Kurtosis) / деталей (Dead Leaves) при ISO 800||67 %|
|Точность передачи текстуры (Kurtosis) / деталей (Dead Leaves) при ISO 1600||69 %|
|Экспертная оценка: детализация при ISO мин||хорошо (2,3)|
|Экспертная оценка: детализация при ISO 400||хорошо (3,4)|
|Экспертная оценка: детализация при ISO 800||удовлетворительно (4,1)|
|Экспертная оценка: детализация при ISO 1600||плохо (5,3)|
|Шумность при ISO мин||1,63 VN (1,7 VN1, 1,0 VN3)|
|Шумность при ISO 400||2,21 VN (2,30 VN1, 1,40 VN3)|
|Шумность при ISO 800||2,50 VN (2,60 VN1, 1,60 VN3)|
|Шумность при ISO 1600||3,00 VN (3,10 VN1, 2,10 VN3)|
|Макс. хроматическая аберрация (Широкий угол / теле)||0,30 / 0,78 пикселей|
|Виньетирование (Широкий угол / теле)||0,4 / 0,4 ступеней|
|Искажения (Широкий угол / теле)||-0,1 / 0,0 %|
|Время включения (до получения первого фото)||1,8 c|
|Задержка спуска затвора в широкоугольном положении (с автофокусом)||0,17 c|
|Задержка спуска затвора в телефото (с автофокусом)||0,58 c|
|Пауза между двумя последовательными кадрами||1,0 c|
|Скорость серийной съемки в JPEG||9,9 кадра в секунду|
|Максимальная длина серии в JPEG||10 кадров|
|Стоимость аккумулятора||30 евро|
|Фото на одной зарядке аккумулятора||500 фотографий|
|Видео: макс. время записи на одном заряде аккумулятора||126 мин|
|Видео: максимальная длина ролика||29 мин|
|Поддерживаемые карты памяти||SDXC|
|Габариты||96 x 55 x 26 мм;|
|Качество изображения (50%)|
|Оснащение и управление (40%)|
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 Review
Travelzoom cameras (compact cameras with upwards of an 18x zoom range) are hot property in the camera world, and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350’s USP is that it’s the world’s smallest and lightest camera to pack a 20x zoom lens. This gets Sony’s Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation system to compensate for camera shake in low light or when zooming in to the max. Sony has also equipped the DSC-WX350 with a back-illuminated 18.2MP Exmor R sensor, promising plenty of detail in low light and a maximum standard sensitivity of ISO3200 (expandable to ISO12800). Helping the sensor perform at its best is a new BIONZ X image processor that’ll also allow you to shoot Full HD video with stereo sound, along with a continuous shooting rate of 10fps for a 10-shot burst. Add in Wi-Fi connectivity, thirteen creative effects filters and a clever Superior Auto shooting mode and you’ve got a lot of camera for around £239 / €289 / $299.
In a world where the compact camera is under threat of extinction by the smartphone, its one saving grace is optical zoom. Few phones would have their sleek lines interrupted by a podgy camera lens, however adding a bulky lens to a compact camera won’t exactly make it pocket-friendly either. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350’s claim of being the smallest camera to sport a 20x zoom range is a nice coup for the marketing men, but in reality the size reduction is barely noticeable over the current crop of travelzoom compacts, so this alone shouldn’t sway you into parting with your cash.
Even so, the DSC-WX350’s easily pocketable proportions and light weight of 164g ready-to-shoot do make it an unobtrusive companion. This lightness means the camera doesn’t feel particularly solid or tactile, but it’s also far from flimsy. However, the weight saving has taken its toll on ergonomics, as you don’t get any finger or thumb grips to help hold the camera securely when shooting one-handed. The embossed Sony logo helps a little, but it’s more of a token gesture.
Although ergonomic extras may be lacking, Sony has equipped the DSC-WX350 with a proper mode dial. Sure, this alone is unlikely to get your juices flowing, but it’s a feature that’s fast vanishing from this type of camera, yet there’s still no substitute for the convenience of a dedicated dial. It lets you rotate between six shooting modes. Intelligent Auto is the default and automatically detects scenes to apply optimal shooting settings, or you can go the whole hog and slide into Superior Auto mode, whereby the DSC-WX350 also captures multi-exposure images to enhance dynamic range in high–contrast situations.
If you’d prefer to ditch all this artificial intelligence in favour of some good old manual control, there’s also a Program Auto mode that enables you to change settings like white balance and ISO sensitivity, however there’s no scope to adjust aperture or shutter speed yourself. A dedicated video mode provides video-specific scene selection to help you get better results, and an additional scene mode is available for stills shooting. Lastly, should you be faced with a stunning panorama, flick to the iSweep Panorama mode, pan the camera right, left, up or down and it’ll automatically stitch together a panorama covering three pre-selectable widths, including a 360-degree option. It’s certainly a useful feature, if only you could stop panning at will.
Alongside the mode dial it’s business as usual, with the power button, shutter release and zoom ring. The latter has two speed setting, so twist a little to make subtle focal length tweaks, or give it the full yank to zoom at speed. Moving to the back panel and you find a 3.0” monitor with a 460k-dot resolution. Size-wise that’s fairly typical, but nowadays many similar cameras boast a higher resolution. Sony’s choice of screen technology also trails some of the competition with its limited vertical viewing angles, making it tricky to accurately judge contrast. The monitor’s colour reproduction is hardly the last word in accuracy either.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350’s compact dimensions and large screen means any remaining space for buttons on the rear panel is at a premium. Consequently there aren’t many, and those that do make the cut are on the fiddly side. Dedicated video record, playback and menu buttons are present, as well as a delete control which also doubles as a useful quick tips guide menu that’ll help you out when judging composition and lighting. These controls flank a small – but thankfully raised – 4-way control dial. This gives you rapid access to set the flash and burst shooting capability, as well as several of the effects filters. The dial can also be rotated, making it easier to scroll through menus at speed.
This menu system is shared by many Cyber-shot cameras and whilst it’s not the slickest design in the class, it’s still easy on the eye. Five main tabs contain options for shooting, display, Wi-Fi, playback and general settings. However within these tabs there’s little order or logic to how the sub options are arranged, so it takes some time to recall where your most-used settings are located.
The most interesting option in the menu display is likely to be that Wi-Fi tab. If you’ve got a smartphone or tablet, it’ll let you transfer images from the camera so you can share them, or even shoot the camera remotely using your mobile device. All you need to do is download Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app and connect to the camera’s Wi-Fi access point. Once connected it’s a pretty slick system with minimal lag, however things do take a few seconds after connection to reach full transfer speed.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 itself is also somewhat sluggish to power up, requiring the best part of two seconds, mainly due to the time taken for the lens to extend. Still, it’s only a fraction of a second slower than most compacts, and the DSC-WX350 makes up for lost time by focussing fast, not only in good light but also when the going gets dim. Throughout our testing the autofocus system was also completely dependable and never focussed on an unexpected area, which isn’t always the case in this camera sector. Both the exposure metering and white balance system also do an admirable job, never falling foul of tricky mixed lighting conditions and providing correctly exposed images, even without any multi-exposure trickery.
Dependability is rarely fun though, but the DSC-WX350 has that base covered too thanks to thirteen effects filters, many of which also contain several sub options. There’s a decent range of effects to choose from, including high-contrast monochrome styles, watercolour painting and soft focus filters. The majority of these can be activated via a quick-access menu displayed by pushing the bottom of the rear control dial, and this also gives you control over the brightness, colour and vividness of your images. However a few of the filters can only be found by trawling through the main menu. Check out the Image Quality page of this review for visual samples of all the effects on offer.
Full HD 1920x1080p video capture is also present along with stereo sound recording and wind noise reduction. You can also use the full 20x optical zoom during recording. If you’d prefer to shoot stills at speed, then the DSC-WX350 will do so at a nippy 10fps, albeit only for a 10-shot burst, so you’ll need to time your shoot fairly accurately.
Lastly, all this tech wouldn’t much good with some decent juice to power it, and to that end the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350’s X type Stamina battery delivers a very impressive 470-shot lifespan on a single charge. It’s tricky to replicate the same testing to prove this, but after a day shooting the camera alongside its smaller DSC-WX220 sibling, the latter was ready for a recharge when the DSC-WX350’s battery display had only dropped one bar.
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Sony Cyber-shot WX350 review - | Cameralabs
The Sony WX350 is a compact super-zoom with a 20x optical range, 3 inch 460k dot LCD screen and an 18.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. So far, so ordinary you might think, but the WX350 fits all of that and more into a very, very compact body – indeed, according to Sony it’s the world’s smallest and lightest compact camera with a 20x optical zoom. What’s more Sony has managed to squeeze in Wifi with NFC for initiating wireless connection by physically tapping it aganst another NFC-capable device. The new model replaces 2013’s WX300, which at the time of its release was itself the world’s smallest and lightest compact camera with a 20x optical zoom.
The WX350 is a point-and-shoot compact, it has a Program Auto mode and two fully automatic modes, though lacks ASM exposure modes and advanced features like exposure bracketing. But it’s packed with features designed to appeal to casual snappers, so includes Sony’s Creative controls, Picture Effects, smile/face detection, auto object framing, motion shot video, and, of course, sweep panorama.
The WX350 can shoot 1080p50 /60 HD video and can shoot continuously at 10fps. As well as being incredibly compact it has a modest price tag to match. Here I’ve compared and tested it against the model likely to be its biggest competitor, the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS. Read on to discover which of these two models provides the best mix of features in an ultra compact super-zoom .
If first impressions count for anything in the world of digital cameras, the Sony WX350 makes a very positive one. It is amazingly compact and it looks beautiful. But it’s the size that really takes your breath away. The physical dimensions – 96x55x26mm and 164g in weight – don’t really convey the impact of its miniature dimensions when you see it and hold it in your hand. Apart from the depth, it’s smaller than most phones. On its back it has a smaller footprint than my iPhone 4S – a small phone by today’s standards. The WX350 feels like the word pocketable was invented for it.
The design is simple and elegant. Viewed from the top it’s a slim round-cornered rectangle. The lens bezel extends by a few millimetres from the front panel, to the right of it (as you hold the camera) is the silver Sony name badge, the small window of the built-in flash and the AF illuminator. There’s a vertical ridge running the full height of the body a few millimetres from the right edge, it looks nice, but doesn’t really provide any practical help to grip the WX350 – it’s too close to the edge and the fingers of my quite small hand extended well beyond it. That said, the WX350 isn’t hard to keep a hold of.
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS isn’t a large compact by any standards – except of course those newly defined by the Sony WX350. It measures 104x61x26mm and weighs 188g. Neither is the PowerShot SX600 HS an unattractive looking compact, but side by side with the WX350 HS it looks like its bigger, older, slightly gauche brother.
The WX350’s top panel is a flat plate with two small openings for the stereo mics. The small flush mounted on/off button is the same colour as the camera, but the top quarter section is an LED charge indicator light, which a nice design touch. To the right of it is the shutter release which looks massive, but at least there’s no missing it, then to the right of that a mode dial with the two auto positions, Program Auto, SCN, movie and iSweep panorama.
Most of the rear panel is occupied by the 3 inch 460k dot LCD screen. It’s bright and detailed and, aside from being a little on the cool side colour-wise, I had no complaints. Well, just one actually, it’s very difficult to see in bright sunlight. Now while that’s a criticism you could level against any screen, I had a lot less trouble with the PowerShot SX600 HS’s screen outdoors in bright light. The top position on the control dial toggles display overlays, providing detailed info, brief info, and a live histogram view. You can also display a grid, but to do that you have to access the custom settings menu.
Despite the fact that they’re confined to a narrow strip to the right of the screen, the controls don’t feel cramped, but the buttons are quite small, so if you have big digits, you’re going to find the WX350 a challenge. The control dial is easily manageable though as it’s raised and sits on a disc-shaped extension to the main body, another neat design touch. There are three buttons arranged around it for playback, menu and delete, and the last of these also accesses the help system in shooting modes.
On the top left corner of the rear panel, conveniently situated for thumb operation is the movie button. Once again, the design of this has been carefully considered and it’s flush mounted in a dished recess, making it easy to operate when you want to, but not by accident.
The WX350 takes an NP-BX1 battery which provides enough power for 470 shots on a full charge. That’s good going by ultra-compact standards and enough to see most casual shooters through a full day. It certainly compares pretty favourably with the Powershot SX600 HS which delivers a pretty meagre 290 shots. In Eco mode you can stretch that to 430 shots, but you’ll have to put up with the screen that dims after a couple of seconds and turns off after 10.
The WX350’s battery is accessed via a door in the base to a compartment that also houses the memory card – as with all Sony compacts you have a choice of SD cards or Memory Stick. The other thing you’ll notice on the base is a mini HDMI port for connecting to an HD TV. The USB port is located under a flap on the camera’s right side.
Sony WX350 lens and stabilisation
The Sony WX350 retains the same 20x optical range of its predecessor the WX300. It has 35mm equivalent focal range of 25-500mm with optical SteadyShot stabilisation. It’s a little longer than the 18x zoom on the PowerShot SX600 HS and all the extra reach is at the telephoto end, so the SX600 HS starts at the same 25mm wide angle but stops short at 450mm. The difference isn’t huge, and the SX600 HS is bigger and heavier, so the WX350 lets you have your cake and eat it – a longer zoom in a smaller, lighter body. The WX350’s lens is also a little brighter than the PowerShot SX600 HS’s at f3.5-6.5 compared with f3.8-6.9 on the SX600 HS; it’s a fairly negligible difference though.
The 25-500mm range isn’t huge by todays standards, but a bigger zoom will inevitably involve a compromise in size. If you’re looking for a longer telephoto from a relatively pocket model, Sony’s HX60 / HX60V packs a 30x zoom, but is a bigger (though still just about pocket-sized) more advanced model with a higher price tag. Likewise the PowerShotSX700 HS extends to 750mm but is again bigger and more expensive.
|4.3-86mm at 4.3mm (25mm equiv)||4.3-86mm at 86mm (500mm equiv)|
So the WX350 provides a zoom range that’s good for all but the most distant subjects in a form factor that, unlike most compact super-zooms, is likely to go unnoticed in your pocket.
Keeping things steady when zoomed in to a 500mm focal length is a challenge even for those with steady hands. The small size and light weight of the WX350 is likely to work against it, simply because bulk and weight adds to the stability of a camera, so stabilzation is more important than ever. The WX350 is equipped with Optical SteadyShot stabilisation which has three positions – Standard, Active and Intelligent Active – which provide progressively stronger levels of stabilisation for movie shooting.
As on most Sony compacts, Optical SteadyShot can’t be turned off, so in place of my usual before and after shots, I’ve done something a little different. I zoomed the WX350 to its maximum 500mm equivalent focal length and took a sequence of shots in fading light with progressively slower shutter speeds. The 100 percent crops below are from two different frames both of which were shot at 1/15th. That’s 5 stops slower than you’d ordinarily expect to get a sharp shot at 500mm. As you can see from the crops below one is sharp and the other isn’t. I’ve included them both just to illustrate that shooting at slow shutter speeds is always a little uncertain, even with stabilization and often you need to make several attempts just to get one that’s sharp. That said, the WX350’s stabilization is certainly capable of eliminating camera shake at 1/15th.
Sony WX350 Active Intelligent ActiveSteadyShot
|4.3-86mm at 86mm, 100 ISO, 1/15th, Intelligent Active SteadyShot.||4.3-86mm at 86mm, 100 ISO, 1/15th, Intelligent Active SteadyShot.|
Sony WX350 shooting modes
The Cyber-shot WX350 is a point-and-shoot compact and it lacks the manual and semi-auto ASM modes of more advanced compacts, but it’s far from basic and has lots of assisted shooting modes and creative features. In addition to Intelligent auto exposure mode which uses scene detection to select an appropriate scene mode, like most Sony compacts, the WX350 has a second, Superior Auto mode which shoots a burst of images to create a composite result in low light and for backlit subjects. In either of these auto modes, pressing the bottom position on the control dial activates Photo Creativity mode which allows you to adjust exposure compensation, white balance, and saturation via plain language (i.e. brightness, colour and vividness) sliders. The screen menu also provides access to some of the WX350’s Picture effects from here, three of which are shown below.
Program auto is a more conventional auto mode which provides access to menu settings that are greyed out in the other two auto modes. These include exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, metering mode and Focus area. So far, so good, but it would have been nice to have had exposure compensation on the redundant bottom position of the control dial rather than having to hunt the menu for it.
Selecting the SCN position on the mode dial allows you to select a scene mode manually from the menu rather than letting intelligent auto choose it for you. The options here include the usual Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Pet and Gourmet (Sony making the assumption that its owners have higher culinary standards than most) among others as well as composite modes like Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur and Backlight Correction HDR.
The WX350 also offers Sony’s Auto Object Framing feature, which makes a duplicate image that’s cropped and effectively recomposed. In practice it generally activates when shooting people in the Auto modes, recognizing people’s faces and switching into a portrait scene mode and creating a duplicate image, cropped to offer an alternative composition. Once you get over the camera making decisions about the composition for you, it can be very useful and would particularly benefit novice shooters. The feature gives you a smartish scaled-up crop along with the original for good measure.
Finally, we can’t talk about a Sony Cyber-shot’s shooting modes without mentioning panoramas. The WX350 offers the Sweep panorama feature, which provides several panorama modes including full 360 degree panoramas measuring a maximum 11,520 x 1080. Sony was the first to include panorama features on its compacts and it remains the best. Its panorama modes are versatile, allowing you to shoot in portrait or landscape orientation in either direction and the results are excellent. This is also probably a good time to mention the lack of a panorama feature on the PowerShot SX600 HS. Panoramas are just something Canon doesn’t do.
Sony WX350 movie modes
The WX350 has a choice of AVCHD or MP4 encoding that’s fairly consistent across the upper end of the Cyber-Shot range. In AVCHD mode you get three options, the best quality being 1080p50/60 (region dependent) at 28Mbps. This is followed by 1080i50/60 at with two quality choices of 24 and 17Mbps. Switch to MP4 encoding and the options become 1440×1080 and 640×480, both at 25fps (or 30fps in NTSC regions).
You can start recording by pressing the movie button in the rear panel, assuming you’re shooting 4:3 stills and HD video, this switches the screen to 16:9 with black bars top and bottom. If you want to accurately frame up your shot beforehand it’s better to first turn the mode dial to the movie position. With the mode dial in the movie position you can choose the exposure mode from the menu. The default setting is intelligent Auto but you also get the option of selecting from a choice of individual scene modes.
The WX350 is equiped with stereo microphones and you can use the zoom during recording which is limited to the slower of the two speeds. This not only looks better, but keeps the zoom motor noise to an all but inaudible hum. Unfortunately you can’t take photos while in the middle of a movie recording, something Sony seems to be moving away from on recent models.
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|This clip, like the others below was shot using the 1080p50 setting on the WX350. The quality is very nice and the WX350 handles the exposure very well, making small changes as necessary during the pan. The stabiization is very steady and the auto focus also performs well.|
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|Stabilization can’t be disabled on the WX350, so was left in the default Intelligent Active position for this tripod pan. Again the WX350 handles the exposure well and the autofocus keeps everything sharp even during the zoom. The noise of the zoom motor is just audible though, despite the wind.|
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|The quality of this indoor clip is a little noisy and the colours are a bit flat. The exposure starts well, but things get a little dark as I pan past the windows, it recovers quickly and smoothly though.|
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|To test the continuous AF performance of the WX350 I zoomed in a little and panned from the close-up coffee cup to the bar and back again several times. The WX350’s continuous AF makes a good job of this, altering the focus quickly and smoothly. It’s occasionally a little tardy and the coffee cup looks a bit soft, but that’s probably as I’m right on the closest focussing distance.|
Sony WX350 Wifi
The Sony WX350 has built-in Wi-fi as well as NFC for fast and painless Wifi connection using a suitably equipped Android phone. I tested the Wifi on the WX350 with my iPhone 4S. To transfer photos and videos to these iOS devices you first need to establish a Wi-fi connection by selecting the camera’s SSID as an access point and entering the password. Then you need to launch the PlayMemories mobile app. Transferring a single image or a batch from the camera is very straightforward, you can either select them on the camera, or on the smartphone app and they transfer pretty smartly, although this will obviously depend on your own particular setup.
You can set the image size to VGA, 2M or original and I found original images took around eight seconds to transfer. When you display the contents of the camera card on an iOS device they’re categorized by date which makes finding what you’re looking for easier than scrolling through a forest of thumbnails. Movie files are displayed as well as stills and AVCHD files are greyed so they can’t be wirelessly transferred, but MP4 transfer is supported. So it’s possible for example to shoot a short movie and upload it to Youtube via your phone.
The WX350 can also be controlled remotely using a smartphone, for this, you need to run an app on the camera called Smartphone Embedded. As before, the WX350 acts as an access point and once connected you can control the camera and take shots using the PlayMemories app. Control is very basic – you can zoom the lens, adjust exposure compensation, set the flash mode and set a 2 or 10-second self-timer, but you can’t, for example, switch exposure modes or tap the screen to set the focus and the camera controls themselves are all inoperative during a remote session.
The WX350 also supports transferring photos and MP4 video to your computer wirelessly with both devices connected to the same access point. To set this up you’ve first got to connect the camera to your computer with a USB cable and register it. The Wifi features are aren’t as sophisticated as some – for example there’s no direct connection to sharing sites as on the PowerShot SX600 HS, and it’s a little disappointing that you can’t use your phone’s GPS to tag images with location data – another featured offered by the PowerShot SX600 HS. Despite that, the WX350’s Wifi capabilities are well worth having.
Sony WX350 Handling and Sensor
You can’t really talk about the WX350’s handling without beginning with its size. Its compactness is the most compelling thing about it. There’s no reason not to take it with you anywhere as, once it’s in your pocket you’d hardly know it, at the same time it’s a real pleasure to hold it in your hand.
Small cameras are often fiddly to operate, I never found that a problem with the WX350, but it might be an issue if you’ve got big hands. Certainly the mode dial is a real bonus, particularly if you’re the sort that likes to experiment with shooting modes, less so if you’re the kind of person who leaves the dial permanently on one of the auto modes.
The lack of a quick menu on Sony compact continues to be an issue, though now the menus are tabbed and fit the screen selecting shooting options is easier than it used to be. But it’s still more difficult than it should be to, for example, set exposure compensation in Program Auto mode, especially when there’s a redundant bottom position on the control wheel.
On the other hand, for point-and-shoot users the WX350 is more accessible and the on-screen help is, well, helpful – it’s more comprehensive than the hints and tips provided on the PowerShot SX600 HS. So, all told the WX350 isn’t a compact that’s likely to delight enthusiasts or those looking for a camera they can control, but that isn’t really who it’s aimed at.
The Sony WX350 has an 18.2 Megapixel 1/2.3in compact sensor that produces images with a maximum size of 4896 x 3672 pixels. Its ISO sensitivity range is from 100 to 3200 ISO. It saves images as JPEG files at one of two quality/compression settings and at the best quality Fine setting image size is on average around 3 to 7MB.
To see how the quality of the Sony WX350 measures-up in practice, take a look at my Sony WX350 quality and Sony WX350 noise results pages, browse my Sony WX350 sample images, or skip to the chase and head straight for my verdict.
To compare real-life performance I shot this scene with the Sony Cyber-shot WX350 and the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings.
Both cameras were set to their maximum wide angle 25mm equivalent focal length. Neither of these compacts has manual exposure so both were set to Program Auto mode with the ISO sensitivity set manually to the lowest available setting.
For this test the cameras were mounted on a tripod. Image stabilisation can’t be disabled on the WX350, so was left on the default intelligent Active setting, but was disabled on the Powershot SX600 HS.
The image above was taken with the Sony WX350. The camera was set to Program Auto mode and at at its base 80 ISO sensitivity setting chose an exposure of 1/1000 at f3.5 At its 100 ISO base sensitivity setting the PowerShot SX600 HS selected 1/1000 at f3.8. As usual the crops are taken from the areas marked in red above.
The first thing that strikes you looking over the crops below is the quality difference between the edge and the centre of the frame on the Sony WX350. The first crop from close to the left edge of the frame is showing a little bit of distortion with the vertical angles of the window frames at a slight slant. The edges aren’t as crisp as you might expect and there’s not a lot of detail in the greenery in the bottom half of the frame.
Thankfully, things improve hugely in the second crop from closer to the middle of the frame. Here the edges are a lot sharper and there’s a good level of detail in the church tower, though you can’t quite make out the time on the clock. In the third crop the lighthouse is a distinct white rectangle and you can just about make out the lamp room on top. The detail in the foreground at the bottom of this crop is also nice and sharp.
Then, on the final crop from close to the right edge of the frame it’s a return to the distortion and fuzziness, only this time it’s a little worse than it was on the left edge. Overall then, a good performance by the Sony WX350’s 18.2 Megapixel sensor, slightly let down by the lens quality with the aperture wide open at the edge of the frame.
By comparison the crops from the PowerShot SX600 HS all look a little bit cleaner and sharper to me. Just to note that the 16 Megapixel sensor in the PowerShot SX600 HS produces crops with a larger area and slightly smaller detail than the 18.2 Megapixel sensor in the Sony WX350.
The window frames in the first crop from the PowerShot SX600 HS have crisper edges and there’s more detail in the trees. Though you still can’t tell the time on the church clock there’s a little more detail in the PowerShot SX600 crop – compare the upper windows covered by the blue grille. I can’t spot much of a difference in the lighthouse crops, but the fourth crop from the PowerShot SX600 HS is a clear winner.
Scroll down the page to see how these models compare when zoomed in to 180mm and 450mm equivalent focal lengths. Alternatively, to see how they compare at higher sensitivities check out my Sony WX350 noise results.
For this next test I zoomed both cameras in to an equivalent focal length of around 180mm. At this setting the widest available aperture on both cameras is f5.6. As usual, the crops are taken from the areas marked by the red rectangles opposite.
At 180mm equivalent the Sony WX350 is looking much better at the edges with none of the distortion and blurring of the wide angle crops. The general level of detail is lower though and, as before, there’s an improvement as you move to the middle of the frame, but not to the same degree as in the wide angle crops.
As before, the 16 Megapixel sensor in the PowerShot SX600 HS produces a larger crop area with smaller detail than the 18.2 Megapixel sensor in the Sony WX350. This time the tables are turned, though, with the first crop from the WX350 looking a lot cleaner than its counterpart from the PowerShot SX600 HS. The next two crops from the middle of the frame are also a win for the WX350 with cleaner edges and marginally better detail. Once again though the WX350 doesn’t do well on the extreme right edge of the frame and the PowerShot SX600 HS is a little better here. Scroll down for a comparison at a longer focal length, or check out my Sony WX350 noise results.
Sony Cyber-shot WX350 vs Canon PowerShot SX600 HS Quality at approx 450mm
For this final test I zoomed the PowerShot SX600 HS to its maximum 450mm and zoomed the Sony WX350 in to match the framing. This is just a little short of the WX350’s maximum focal length of 500mm equivalent – to see how much of a difference that makes in terms of framing take a look at the lens and stabilisation section on the previous page. In Program Auto mode both models selected the maximum aperture available at this zoom magnification – f6.3 on the WX350 and f6.9 on the PowerShot SX600. As usual, the crops are taken from the areas marked by the red rectangles.
A little short of the Sony WX350’s maximum 500mm telephoto focal length the detail in the first crop from the WX350 is looking decidedly clumpy. This crop is from the same part of the scene as the third crop in the sequence above but the vertical balcony rails are clearly defined in that crop – here they’re difficult to tell apart.
Once again though, things improve significantly in the crops from the middle of the frame, particularly in the second crop though, even here, edges are a little wobbly. Finally the WX350 produces a consistently poor result from the extreme right edge of the frame.
The crops from the PowerShot SX600 HS at its maximum 450mm zoom range are a little below the standard of the WX350. The first crop looks coarser, the second softer. Its only the last one, where the WX350 performed consistently poorly that the SX600 HS wins out. Overall I think it’s fair to say that, by a small margin, the PowerShot SX600 produces better results at the 25mm wide angle setting, but the Sony WX350 has the edge at longer focal lengths. Next check out my Sony WX350 noise results!
Sony WX350 vs PowerShot SX600 HS noise JPEG
To compare noise levels under real-life conditions, I shot this scene with the Sony Cyber-shot WX350 and the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings at each of their ISO sensitivity settings.
Both cameras were set to their maximum wide angle 25mm equivalent focal length. Neither of these compacts has manual exposure so both were set to Program Auto mode with the ISO sensitivity set manually.
For this test the cameras were mounted on a tripod. Image stabilisation can’t be disabled on the WX350, so was left on the default intelligent Active setting, but was disabled on the Powershot SX600 HS.
The image above was taken with the Sony Cyber-shot WX350. The WX350 was set to Program Auto exposure mode and with the ISO set to 80 chose an exposure of 1/2s at f3.3. At its base 100 ISO sensitivity setting the PowerShot SX600 HS chose an exposure of 0.6s at f3.8. As usual, the crops are taken from the area marked in red above.
The first 80 ISO crop from the Sony WX350 looks impressively clean and detailed. It’s not completely noise-free and you can see slight texturing across the crop area but it’s most noticeable in the shadow to the left of the hymn board and in the white label at the top. The 100 ISO crop is a tiny bit noisier, so 80 ISO is the one to use for best quality in good light.
At 200 and 400 ISO there are small but significant increases in the noise levels. If you’re making big prints you’d notice, but at reduced magnification on screen you’d have a job telling the difference. And while at 800 ISO things get decidedly clumpier, there’s still a good level of detail and the edges are holding up well.
At 1600 ISO there’s another big jump in the noise levels and this time the detail takes a hit and the edges begin to crumble. At 3200 ISO the text on the label is becoming illegible, but larger detail is holding up and this ISO setting produces results that are fairly passable at smaller sizes. Overall I’d say this is an excellent result for a compact sensor with useable results all the way to the top 3200 ISO setting.
Compared with the PowerShot SX600 HS, there’s really not a great deal in it as far a noise performance goes. Again, just to remind you that the 16 Megapixel sensor in the PowerShot SX600 HS produces crops with a larger area and slightly smaller detail than the 18.2 Megapixel sensor in the Sony WX350. The SX600 HS lacks WX350’s 80 ISO setting, but its 100 ISO crop compares very favourably with both the 80 and 100 ISO crops from the WX350. In fact cast an eye down the table below and at each of the ISO settings up to the maximum 3200 ISO, it’s hard to discern a difference in noise levels in the respective crops from either model.
The WX350 has a raft of composite modes that produce lower noise results at high ISO settings. The most useful of these is Multi Frame Noise Reduction which allows you to set the ISO manually from 100 to 12800. I’ve included a crop from the WX350 in MFNR mode at 3200 ISO in the table below.
There’s also the WX350’s Handheld Twilight mode which sets the ISO automatically. The equivalent on the PowerShot SX600 HS is Handheld NightScene which also sets the sensitivity automatically. For this test Hand-held Twilight on the WX350 chose 800 ISO while Handheld NightScen on the SX600 HS chose 1600 ISO. So while you can’t make a direct comparison from the table below, you can at least compare them with the single-shot version at the same ISO setting.
Now head over to my Sony WX350 sample images to see some more real-life shots in a variety of conditions, or head straight for my verdict.