Sony is one of the most popular digital camera brands as well as being well known for its camcorders, TVs and headphones.
If you are wondering how Sony digital cameras compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared over 1,900 digital cameras by objectively and impartially analysing over 38,000 user and expert reviews and 680+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.
Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning digital cameras. Their digital cameras start at $59 for the Cyber-shot DSC-HX20 which has a weight of 221g, an optical zoom of 20x and is a compact digital camera and go up to $8,000 for the Alpha A99 which has a weight of 733g, an optical zoom of §x and is a slr digital camera. The average price of a new Sony digital camera is $997.
Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning digital cameras.
Is Sony the Best Digital Camera Brand?
So are Sony digital cameras any good? We give every digital camera a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all digital cameras we are able to impartially rank all the digital camera brands.
Sony is ranked the No. 3 best digital camera brand.
Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Sony is the 3rd best digital camera brand out there.
Let's look at how Sony digital cameras compare to the other digital camera brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.
All digital camera Brands
Sony Digital Cameras
Sony have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Sony digital camera being 78%. Sony also have a number of great features including rechargeable battery which sets them apart from the competition.
The average review score for a Sony digital camera is 78%.
There's a smaller selection of Sony digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with only 60 Sony digital cameras currently on the market in the US. Sony digital cameras also tend to be more expensive than most other digital camera brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price $558
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price $997
Price Distribution of Sony Digital Cameras
What Do the Sony Digital Camera Reviews Say?
We've added up all the reviews for every Sony digital camera to work out the average distribution of reviews for Sony and then compared this to the other digital camera brands.
Sony has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its digital cameras than most other brands.
Over 87% of expert reviews and 81% of user reviews for Sony digital cameras are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% and 83% respectively across all Digital Camera brands.
Purchasers of Sony digital cameras frequently mentioned that the product was a good size, easy to use and carefully designed. Their digital cameras have also won 90+ awards.
In the table below we compare the average review score given to Sony digital cameras by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other digital camera brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.
How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Digital Cameras Received?
After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 97 industry awards for Sony digital cameras. The table below compares the number of awards received by Sony to other popular digital camera brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.
We checked over 38,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony digital cameras. over 540 of these reviews mention reliability of which 67% were positive. Therefore the majority of Sony digital camera owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.
67% of reviewers think Sony digital cameras are reliable.
So, most people think that Sony digital cameras are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Sony digital cameras that mention reliability:
shockproof compact cameras have become very popular over the past couple of years
The problem with rugged cameras is that they look
in a body that is equal parts rugged
The very practical Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20K is a well made camera with all the options you need
It should come as no surprise that the A900 is a solidly built DSLR
The diminutive Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 is a well-built compact camera that will let you take 3D images
It has a robust plastic construction
sturdy build quality
it's actually as rugged as it is slinky
The Sony Cyber-shot TX5 is a rugged
offers features that actually are dependable
Sony have now released full details of their new Alpha A900 24MP full frame DSLR with built in image stabilization
perhaps in use it may prove to be more dependable
All tough cams are not made equally – or similarly for that matter
Even without considering the rugged build of the TX5
The build quality feels very cheap / plasticy
it sopped working - it looks like the LCD had stopped being waterproof as the camera will turn on etc
Features to Look Out For On Sony Digital Cameras
There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Sony digital cameras that set them apart from the competition. These include rechargeable battery.
Sony Rechargeable Battery
A rechargable battery means tht the battery pack in the camera can be recharged, meaning no need to constantly replace them with other batteries.
For those with an unlimited budget then the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is the best Sony digital camera out there. At $2,286.99 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 78.
Features We Love:
High megapixels (24.3MP)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Smaller than average minimum aperture number (2)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Owners report that this camera has a good lens, it produces very good images and good-looking. It's a fully featured and classic 453g camera. It features smile detection and multi burst mode, has an image stabiliser and supports Full HD video.
Value for Money
Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 has terrific user reviews with an average user rating of 93%.
The cheapest price that we could find for the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 in the US is $2,286.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.