Expert Review of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Sony Cybershot DSC WX50 is a point and shoot digital camera with brilliant features and functions. Straight off the camera comes with 16.2 megapixels enclave into an efficient EXMOR R CMOS sensor. This is a great span for a point and shoot that assures high quality images even as you zoom or print them. The camera houses a Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 5x optical zoom lens that can be enhanced to 10X Clear Image zoom and this compliments the Steady Shot Image stabilization technology that works to accurate photos. Further the camera is very much capable of recording 1080i videos that with the photo can be reviews on the beautiful 2.7 inch Clear Photo LCD screen which apart from reviewing is very easy to navigate and comfortable to use while composing photos. It is compact and high portable but with more rather creative and innovative features that include Sweep Panorama, Face detection, Smile shutter, In camera editing, Background defocus, Blink detection and other packed Photo effects that include modes like HDR painting, Toy camera, Illustration, Partial color, Richtone and what not. That is not where it ends; the camera has a very impressive iSCN – with the power to detect 33 different scene environments. The camera might be small but it is flooded with features and modes that in company to the effective functionality make it a worth it all camera.
Design and Build Quality
For a camera that has features bursting out of it Sony Cybershot DSC WX50 is remarkably compact. The camera is stylish too and measures merely 92.2 (W) x 52.0 (H) x 19.1 (D) mm which makes is quite easy to be pushed into your jeans pocket or bag. It doesn’t even feel bulky due to its light weight even with the battery and memory cards intact the camera merely weighs 117 grams. This smallness can however bother ones with the larger hands, the buttons are small and you shall have to be very careful as to not slip about. Otherwise the camera is ideal for those who travel a lot and like to travel with little baggage.
Focus and Face Detection
It provides the user with different AF modes, which include Multi Point AF, Spot AF, and Center weighted AF, Face tracking focus and even simply tracking focus. The camera is incorporated with an Intelligent Auto feature but the focus works great regardless. There are plenty of other features that commend the focusing capabilities of the camera. Firstly, the Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) mode that has 33 scenes to filter and detect from. It can work on either Auto or Advanced function, In auto the camera takes a single shot but with the best offered settings while in Advanced mode the camera takes two photos when your subject faces low light conditions but in optimized settings for you to choose from. Sony Cybershot DSC WX50 comes with a perky Motion Detection that adjusts ISO and shutter speed to provide appropriate focus into faces and subjects as you click them. The very same adjustments are made in the Face detection feature which can grasp about 8 faces and adjusts exposure; focus etc to ensure clarity and precision in pictures. Other feature complimenting the focus mode is ‘Background-defocus’ mode that puts all the image attention to the subject and blurs the background cleanly.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Presenting in itself an amazing Vario Tessar lens, Sony Cybershot DSC WX50 comes with a fair 5x optical zoom. This zoom range can be extended to a total of 20X digitally. To cut the havoc of electronic cropping in order to zoom in a picture, Sony Cybershot DSC WX50 comes prepare with a Clear Image zoom, this doubles optical zoom especially for close photos just for safekeeping quality in images. The lens comes with a 4.5 – 22.5 mm or a 25 – 125 mm/35 mm equivalent focal length, enough for larger group photos and landscapes. To provide exactitude in your images the camera caters an Optical SteadyShot Image stabilizer put primarily to counter blurs caused by camera shakes. With Active mode this works fine while recording movies which is great for handheld videos which tend to go shaky otherwise. Even as you zoom, there is certain guarantee that you will be able to click images with exactness and vibrancy.
Screen and Menus
You find a vibrant and prominent 2.7 inch Clear photo TFT LCD display gracing the camera’s back. All your photos and videos can be viewed on it with ease. It composes of a remarkable 460,000 dots resolution. It is also effortless when it comes to composing and using its interface for features alike. Menus are simply put with little info representing most of the functions work. It won’t be hard to work your way around the cameras function.
For power the camera relies on NP-BN rechargeable lithium ion batteries. With a full charge the camera can last up to 230 shots for you. For memory the camera uses a variety of cards that include Memory stick duo/ pro duo/ pro HG duo/ Memory stick micro /SD, SDHC, Micro SD and Micro SDHC.
Sony Cybershot DSC WX50 is capable of recording movies. Just click the dedicated movie recording button and you’re good to shoot 1080 AVCHD clear movies for 60i. The result is quite pleasing especially with the use of Active mode the movie turn out smooth and so hence amazing. Optical zoom is fully functional during video recording and the stereo mic is a stand out delivering exceptional clarity. You can play your videos back on HDTV too.
It comes with a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor that together with the Carl Zeiss lens presents you with high quality pictures and fast working processor. To add to it, Exmor R CMOS sensor together with the BIONZ image processor gives you the ability to shoot 10fps continuous images and handle Anti Motion Blur features, Hand held twilight and even record high quality videos.
Excellent features package in a compact point and shoot, steady shooting performance, good video and image quality.
The controls might seem to be too small and the photos aren’t as sharp enough for pixel peepers.