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Should You Buy a Sony Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 10 September 2021
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should you buy a Sony Digital Camera?

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 36,000 user and expert reviews and 630+ 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 $108 for the Cyber-shot DSC-W800 which has a weight of 56g, an optical zoom of 5x and is a compact digital camera and go up to $3,000 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 $803.

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.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
7,456 reviews
#2
Japan
91%
91%
4,433 reviews
#3
Japan
89%
89%
3,659 reviews
#4
Japan
88%
88%
254 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
1,242 reviews
#6
South Korea
84%
84%
1,485 reviews
#7
Polaroid
82%
82%
545 reviews
#8
82%
82%
72 reviews
#9
81%
81%
236 reviews
#10
Japan
81%
81%
567 reviews
#11
80%
80%
17 reviews
#12
Ricoh
77%
77%
12 reviews
#13
GE
United States
71%
71%
28 reviews
#14
Sigma
68%
68%
34 reviews
#15
Aquapix
63%
63%
62 reviews
#16
SeaLife
62%
62%
1 review
#17
61%
61%
5 reviews
#18
HP
United States
61%
61%
12 reviews
#19
Vivitar
60%
60%
49 reviews
#20
easypix
59%
59%
70 reviews
#21
Lytro
59%
59%
167 reviews
#22
VTech
58%
58%
4 reviews
#23
Philips
Netherlands
57%
57%
3 reviews
#24
Coleman
57%
57%
0 reviews
#25
SVP
56%
56%
0 reviews
#26
Mamiya
56%
56%
0 reviews
#27
Fuji
54%
54%
0 reviews
#28
Bell+Howell
52%
52%
0 reviews
#29
Hasselblad
51%
51%
0 reviews

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.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All digital camera Brands
Sony Digital Cameras

There's a wide selection of Sony digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with over 50 Sony digital cameras currently on the market in the US. Sony also have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Sony digital camera being 78%.

The average review score for a Sony digital camera is 78%.

Sony have a number of great features including rechargeable battery which sets them apart from the competition.

However Sony digital cameras 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
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $11,599
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$803
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $5,399
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 logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
212
4 stars
453
3 stars
87
2 stars
11
1 star
3
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
1,468
4 stars
540
3 stars
188
2 stars
124
1 star
157
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 good in terms of size, easy to use and thoughtfully 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.

Average Review Score Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Pentax
CNET.com logo
75%
147 reviews
73%
109 reviews
75%
89 reviews
74%
41 reviews
78%
8 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
83%
27 reviews
84%
13 reviews
83%
19 reviews
82%
13 reviews
95%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
74%
19 reviews
72%
19 reviews
68%
13 reviews
74%
13 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
28 reviews
62%
9 reviews
73%
14 reviews
67%
11 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
79%
23 reviews
80%
11 reviews
82%
13 reviews
71%
13 reviews
90%
2 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
19 reviews
87%
12 reviews
80%
12 reviews
83%
16 reviews
80%
1 review
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
22 reviews
71%
14 reviews
76%
11 reviews
76%
13 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
82%
18 reviews
82%
20 reviews
75%
8 reviews
78%
10 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
76%
22 reviews
86%
4 reviews
79%
17 reviews
69%
14 reviews
87%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
19 reviews
76%
15 reviews
74%
11 reviews
69%
11 reviews
75%
1 review
What Digital Camera logo
87%
22 reviews
89%
8 reviews
86%
15 reviews
84%
9 reviews
88%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
87%
20 reviews
84%
13 reviews
74%
10 reviews
66%
7 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Cameras.co.uk logo
85%
25 reviews
80%
10 reviews
83%
12 reviews
82%
5 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
86%
15 reviews
80%
16 reviews
80%
7 reviews
70%
12 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
22 reviews
75%
4 reviews
80%
10 reviews
68%
10 reviews
80%
2 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
77%
21 reviews
79%
11 reviews
72%
5 reviews
71%
9 reviews
80%
1 review
betabuzz.de logo
74%
18 reviews
80%
7 reviews
76%
7 reviews
71%
12 reviews
PC Mag logo
78%
14 reviews
69%
14 reviews
75%
11 reviews
65%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
Photo Radar logo
80%
18 reviews
84%
14 reviews
75%
8 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Neocamera.com logo
66%
18 reviews
46%
18 reviews
37%
6 reviews
Other Expert Sites
77%
640 reviews
77%
370 reviews
71%
377 reviews
72%
293 reviews
81%
43 reviews
Average
79%
1,177 reviews
77%
711 reviews
75%
675 reviews
74%
517 reviews
81%
73 reviews

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.

Sony has won 97 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Pentax
PhotographyBlog.com logo
22
9
16
12
2
Camera Labs logo
23
7
8
CNET.com logo
14
11
4
3
DP Review logo
12
8
4
1
2
Trusted Reviews logo
8
7
3
8
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
13
7
4
1
Ephotozine logo
10
5
1
6
2
buy-n-shoot.com logo
8
3
5
5
Pocket Lint logo
6
6
1
1
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
4
3
5
1
1
Lydogbilde.no logo
5
5
3
01net.com logo
5
4
2
1
1
stuff.tv logo
7
4
2
What Digital Camera logo
4
2
4
3
M3.idg.se logo
4
3
2
3
tipa.com logo
6
4
1
1
alphr.com logo
5
1
2
1
2
EISA.eu logo
4
3
1
2
Akam.no logo
6
3
1
photoreview.com.au logo
4
2
3
1
Other Expert Sites
82
58
25
34
6
Total
252
155
97
82
18

How Reliable Are Sony Digital Cameras?

We checked over 36,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony digital cameras. over 550 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:

RELIABLE

Sony have now released full details of their new Alpha A900 24MP full frame DSLR with built in image stabilization
bobatkins.com
The diminutive Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 is a well-built compact camera that will let you take 3D images
CNET.co.uk
sturdy build quality
Digicam Buyer.co.uk
It has a robust plastic construction
computeractive.co.uk
offers features that actually are dependable
pcworld.in
with Internet upload abilities built in
Trusted Reviews
The very practical Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20K is a well made camera with all the options you need
gadgetshow.channel5.com
it's actually as rugged as it is slinky
T3.com
The problem with rugged cameras is that they look
CNET.com.au
rugged camera
photographyreview.com
in a body that is equal parts rugged
wired.co.uk
The Sony Cyber-shot TX5 is a rugged
photographybay.com
Well made
Pocket Lint
It should come as no surprise that the A900 is a solidly built DSLR
What Digital Camera
Excellent build quality
Techradar

NOT RELIABLE

All tough cams are not made equally – or similarly for that matter
Digitaltrends.com
Even without considering the rugged build of the TX5
photographybay.com
as damage could easily occur if camera is dropped or knocked
Amazon

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.

Sony digital cameras that have a rechargeable battery include the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 ($198), the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800 ($108) and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V ($448).

What is the Best High End Sony Digital Camera?

Sony α Alpha A7R

$1,009.00
Adorama
Sony α Alpha A7R
Buy Now
Sony α Alpha A7R
36.3MP
7360 X 4912
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
2.8
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
407g
3"
SCREEN
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM

If you're looking for a high end Sony digital camera then the Sony α Alpha A7R takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 76, but is a bit more expensive at $1,009.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (36.3MP)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Very short camera shutter speed (1/8000s)
ok minimum aperture number (2.8)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)

A fully featured and megapixels 407g camera. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, has a touchscreen and features bluetooth. Customers report that it has a good lens, good autofocus and it's really well made.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Popularity
Quite Popular
67
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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The Sony α Alpha A7R is 126.9mm wide, 94.4mm tall, 48.2mm deep and weighs 407g.

Sony α Alpha A7R top view

The cheapest price that we could find for the α Alpha A7R in the US is $1,009.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Sony Digital Camera?

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

$2,286.99
Overstock
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Buy Now
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
24.3MP
6000 X 4000
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
1s
CAMERA
2
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
453g
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

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 79.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (24.3MP)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Image stabiliser
ok minimum aperture number (2)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)

A megapixels and classic 453g camera, with a very good spec. It features smile detection and multi burst mode, has an image stabiliser and supports Full HD video. Multiple reviews mentioned that this camera has a good lens, it produces very good images and good-looking.

97
Reviews
8 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
68
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 has excellent 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.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Sony Digital Camera?
Is Sony the Best Digital Camera Brand?
What Do the Sony Digital Camera Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Digital Cameras Received?
How Reliable Are Sony Digital Cameras?
Features to Look Out For On Sony Digital Cameras
Sony Rechargeable Battery
What is the Best High End Sony Digital Camera?
What is the Ultimate Sony Digital Camera?

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