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Sony Cyber-shot WX100
Overview - Full review
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Sony Cyber-shot WX100
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Sony Cyber-shot WX7
Canon Ixus 500 HS
Sony Cyber-shot HX10V
Score
3/5
3/5
4/5
4/5
Handling
3/5 3/5 4/5 4/5
Speed
5/5 4/5 3/5 5/5
Image Quality
5/5 3/5 4/5 5/5
Video
4/5 4/5 3/5 4/5
User Score
4/5 (2)
5/5 (2)
5/5 (3)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor BSI CMOS 18 Mpx, 1/2.3" , 63 Mpx/cm
Lens 10x 25-250 mm f/3.3 -5.9
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 6.7 mm, TN, 460800 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 50 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50 fps , Stereo
Internal memory 0.019 GB
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB HDMI Power
Power source NP-BG1
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 52 x 92 x 22 mm / 123 g
Specifications
Sensor BSI CMOS 16 Mpx, 1/2.3" , 56 Mpx/cm
Lens 5x 25-125 mm f/2.6 -6.3
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7 cm, not TN, 460800 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO
Video mode 1440 x 1080 pixels, 50 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI Power
Power source NP-BN1
Waterproof
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 0.054 x 0.092 x 0.02 mm / 116 g
Specifications
Sensor BSI CMOS 10 Mpx, 1/3" , 58 Mpx/cm
Lens 12x 28-336 mm f/3.4 -5.6
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 mm, not TN, 461000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 25 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory microSD
Connections USB AV HDMI
Power source NB-9L (3.1 Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 56 x 87 x 19 mm / 156 g
Specifications
Sensor BSI CMOS 18 Mpx, 1/2.3" , 63 Mpx/cm
Lens 16x 24-384 mm f/3.3 -5.9
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 921600 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 73 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50 fps , Stereo
Internal memory 0.019 GB
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB HDMI Power GPS
Power source ACC-CSFG
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 59.7 x 104.7 x 33.8 mm / 232 g
Conclusion
The Sony Cyber-shot WX100 takes good-quality pictures and has a fairly classic, although well-made body. Responsiveness is a real strong point for this camera and, on the whole, it could easily bag a fourth star ... however, with its low-grade screen (crazy colour reproduction, poor viewing angles) the WX100 will have to make do with three!
The Cyber-shot WX7 is intended to bridge a gap between Sony's entry-level compacts (with which it shares a lens) and high-end models (from which it takes its BSI CMOS sensor and Full HD video mode). All in all, though, the camera's low-grade build isn't exactly convincing ...
The Canon Ixus 500 HS is one seriously attractive pocket camera. It also happens to perform well in pretty much any situation, so long as you can handle the slightly disappointing battery life and you don't plan on printing large-sized pictures. However, we can't help thinking Canon could taken things further by replacing the buttons entirely with a sleek touchscreen interface ...
It's hard to find fault with the Sony Cyber-shot HX10V. It's basically a slightly more responsive HX9V that takes more natural-looking images at high ISO settings.
Pros

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Good build quality

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Good image quality (sensitivity, sharpness)

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Fast start-up and focusing, photos save quickly

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Sharp, pleasant Full HD video

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Saves photos very quickly (in just 1 second!)

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High-definition screen with wide viewing angles

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Full HD video with stereo sound and optical zoom

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Advanced image processing (tailored to different zones in the shot)

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Great design, top-notch build and materials

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Ultra-compact for a camera with these tech specs

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Noise handled well up to 800 ISO

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Lens gives consistent quality at all focal lengths

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Generally easy to use

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Good build quality, design and handling

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Consistent image quality at wide-angle and telephoto settings

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Image processing gives more natural results than previous models

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Very responsive

Cons

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Some features could be better finished (buttons on the back, settings wheel)

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Screen looks dark when viewed from below

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Saturated sound in video mode

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Low-quality buttons on the back of the camera

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Sound quality in videos: low fidelity and noisy zoom

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Lens could be better

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Too many Megapixels: the 12 MP WX5 is just as good

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Buttons packed together, handling could be improved

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Poor battery life, micro SD card

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A bit slow to start up

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Results aren't as sharp as market leaders

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Video mode is a bit disappointing (fps, image quality, sound)

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No custom controls and limited manual mode

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Interlaced video only