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Sony DSC-WX50 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.2MP 5x CCD Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Average expert reviews
Good quality
Good support
36 Reviews

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Reviews

Average Expert Reviews

Based on five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, parentesis.com, CNET.com.au and Chip.de this camera has an average expert rating of 77%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

DSC-WX50 owners on average rated this camera as excellent. 14 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars. That puts this camera in the top 16% of all the digital cameras of this spec and age.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 23,045 owner and expert reviews (including 401 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its digital cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 93% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The DSC-WX50 supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Pentax K-01 ($511.92).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-WX50 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to consider include the Nikon J3 + 11 - 27.5mm which has better reviews.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DSC-WX50 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". When compared to other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera that we have assessed, the DSC-WX50's display diagonal of only 2.7 inches is one of the smallest.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Canon 145, and the Samsung 150F which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this medium megapixel camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Stylus SP-100EE (3"), or the Stylus SH-2 ($341.98) (3") both from Olympus or the Nikon Coolpix S9700 ($329.99) (3") which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 430,000 pixels. When compared to other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera that we have checked, the display resolution (numeric) of the DSC-WX50 of only 460.8 pixels is one of the lowest.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age, the Sony DSC-WX50 does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this camera and we think the 200, or the SAMSUNG WB850F ($399) both from Samsung or the Sony HX100V is also worth considering.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good battery life. Newegg.com said in their review of this digital camera “Long battery life” but they gave this digital camera a score of 18.8 out of 100. Newegg.com also wrote “Battery life is impressive for a gaming laptop” in their review. Five years ago D. Harris wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “That's partly achieved by its being powered by a slim internal battery, rather than two AAs.” and rated this digital camera 6 stars.


Picture Quality

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-WX50 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. Most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592. The best still image resolution of all digital cameras of this type and age is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The DSC-WX50 has an HDMI, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The DSC-WX50 features smile detection. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also feature smile detection.

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Features Smile Detection

The Sony DSC-WX50 features smile detection. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also feature smile detection.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony DSC-WX50 supports Full HD video. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A57Y, or the Leica X Vario ($1,811.14).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the DSC-WX50 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This digital camera also support a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the DSC-WX50 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

The worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Design

Good Quality

Eleven people who bought it reckoned that it was good quality. Newegg.com mentioned “The keyboard is indeed lower quality.”. Cnet.com mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-WX50 “Good photo and movie quality” and gave this digital camera a rating of 6 stars. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “The image quality is great”.

Well Made

Five owners who bought this digital camera thought it was well made. Newegg.com said in their review of this digital camera “Simple, solid, no-frills board” but even so they only rated it 1 stars. Newegg.com also wrote “Rock solid so far” in their review. Cnet.com wrote on expert review site CNET.com “The tiny Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 is a lot of camera for the money, with solid shooting performance”.

One owner concluded that the product was strong and durable. Chris Hall wrote “Sturdy feel” in his Sony DSC-WX50 review.

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Easy to Use

Fourteen owners who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use. Newegg.com mentioned “Excellent functions, easy to use, quick setup, large storage options” but even so they only scored the product 18.8 out of 100. Newegg.com also said “Windows 10 is surprisingly easy to use” in their review. Newegg.com also said “Eye tracking is accurate and fun to use” in their review.

Four owners who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Newegg.com said in their review of this digital camera “Simply the best point-and-shoot camera for low light settings” . Newegg.com also said “Great amount of features and scene settings allow a very wide variety of results” in their review. D. Harris said five years ago “The phone goes into a simple setup menu, asking for language, date, time, timezone” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Looking

Four owners wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Newegg.com said “Great performance, beautiful display, beast of a machine, smoothe” in their review of this digital camera. Roxane R Teed rated it 8 stars and she said on Amazon three years ago “Awesome Carl Zeiss lense, takes beautiful pictures”. D. Harris wrote in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Unobtrusive automation - it is pretty good at second guessing what you're trying to do”.

Two people mentioned that the product was smooth. Chris Hall scored it 7 stars and he wrote in his review of the Sony DSC-WX50 on Amazon “Zooming is smooth and magnifies whatever you're viewing without blurring, shaking or any other such problems”. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “The motion is super smooth” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer thought the product was well designed. Newegg.com mentioned “Beautiful design and keyboard” but they rated it 18.8 out of 100. One owner considered that it was neat. D. Harris said in their review of this digital camera “Neat and straightforward”.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-WX50 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The digital zooms of medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this age and type is 350mm. At only 125 millimeters, the Sony DSC-WX50 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Optical Zoom

The DSC-WX50 has a fairly typical optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 5x optical zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-W380, the Nikon 26 ($1,849), or the Samsung 150F.

If this Sony camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the 145 (8x), or the 150 ($304.49) (8x) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three people said in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Five years ago Chris Hall wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The camera can be easily switched between widescreen, full screen and HD, with a simple few clicks in the menu settings (depending on what you want the footage for”. R. Cooper said on Amazon “The only downside is the screen, which in certain light is not to easy to see.” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Autofocus

Two owners mentioned that it had a good zoom. Sunnyb wrote on Amazon five years ago “The zoom is adequate and the fact it works while you are taking video clips, as well as for stills, is a bonus” in their review of this digital camera. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “I wanted a small camera with a good sensor, good lens, high build quality and reasonable zoom, to carry around events for casual photography” in their Sony DSC-WX50 review.

One person who reviewed it thought it had a good autofocus. In April last year Newegg.com wrote “This camera is great at focusing I think I've taken one blurry picture out of 300 now” nonetheless they gave it a rating of 1 stars.

One customer who bought this digital camera thought it had a good lens. Newegg.com said “Great Carl Ziess lens offers awesome images” yet they only gave this digital camera a score of 1 stars.

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Able to Produce Good Images

Twenty owners said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-WX50 was able to produce good images. Newegg.com wrote “This is great for large family pictures” however despite that they gave the product a rating of 18.8 out of 100. Kyle P. said on Newegg.com “Took great photos with a very small learning curve” in his Sony DSC-WX50 review and gave it a score of 7 stars. Three years ago Amazonshopper mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It's been everywhere with us and taken brilliant pictures” and gave it a rating of 9 stars.

Three owners concluded that this digital camera was good in low light. Sunnyb rated it 6 stars and said on Amazon “The camera works reasonably well in low light settings” in their Sony DSC-WX50 review. Mr Jack a Bates wrote in his review of the Sony DSC-WX50 on Amazon “The low light pictures are excellent”.

Two owners who reviewed it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Sam Dave Pollard mentioned in his review of the Sony DSC-WX50 “Happy shooting!” and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Two owners considered that it had a good image sensor. Amazon Customer gave it a rating of 8 stars and mentioned “The image quality of the 16MP sensor is stunning for a tiny camera”.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good ISO range. Newegg.com wrote “I was able to mount an ISO of Wi 2 8 2 remotely” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good for Video Recording

Ten customers concluded that the product was good for video recording. Newegg.com mentioned “Full HD Video - This looks AMAZING I've used it several times now just with my family”. Chris Hall gave it a score of 6 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “The movie footage is as clear”. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “What I was not expecting was the near broadcast quality of the 1080 movies! The colours are spectacular”.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was noisy. Newegg.com mentioned “The on-board speakers are exceptional and LOUD for a laptop” but even so they scored the product 18.8 out of 100. D. Harris wrote on Amazon “Each press of a button here makes a rather loud beep so the whole process is a little noisy” in their review of this digital camera.

Noisy

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was noisy. Newegg.com mentioned “The on-board speakers are exceptional and LOUD for a laptop” but even so they scored the product 18.8 out of 100.

D. Harris wrote on Amazon “Each press of a button here makes a rather loud beep so the whole process is a little noisy” in their review of this digital camera.

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Features

Good Features

Five owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-WX50 had good features. Newegg.com mentioned in their Sony DSC-WX50 review in April last year “Stable, inexpensive and lots of features” . Amazon Customer mentioned “The features are perfect for basic use”. D. Harris said on Amazon five years ago “Sony have included more advanced features” and scored the product 7 stars.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Three customers who reviewed it wrote that it was compact. Newegg.com said last year “Relatively compact”. Sunnyb wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-WX50 on Amazon “It's very compact, easily put in a small bag or pocket” and scored this digital camera 8 stars. Five years ago Chris Hall said in his review of the Sony DSC-WX50 on Amazon “The Sony DSCWX50 Compact Digital Camera is a compact little 'everyday' camera that's incredibly user-friendly whilst producing stunning picture quality”.

One owner said in their reviews that it was lightweight. Chris Hall scored it 7 stars and he mentioned “The first thing that you notice about the camera is its small compact size (9cm x 5cm x 2cm approx.) along with its lightweight” in his review of this digital camera.

One person reckoned that it was thin.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 101 grams, the DSC-WX50 is quite light compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera. The average weight of cameras of this spec and age is 250g, and the weights range from 20g to 1.3kg.

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Support

Good Support

One customer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had good technical guidance. Amazonshopper wrote on Amazon “It's easy to do with a great help and instructions”.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dscwx50l.cee8, sony dscwx50p, dscwx50n.cee8, dscwx50l.cee9, dscwx50l.ceh, sony zoom10x
Barcodes 00027242842748, 00027242842755, 00027242844797, 04905524832549, 04905524832587, 04905524832594, 04905524832600, 04905524832617, 04905524832624, 07501450762287

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