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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220

Portability
89
Imaging
57
Features
76
Overall
64
Sony Alpha NEX-5R front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 front
Portability
96
Imaging
43
Features
41
Overall
42

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220 Key Specs

Sony NEX-5R
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 276g - 111 x 59 x 39mm
  • Announced August 2012
  • Previous Model is Sony NEX-5N
  • Successor is Sony NEX-5T
Sony WX220
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 121g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Revealed February 2014
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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220 Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Ultracompact and they are both created by Sony. The image resolution of the NEX-5R (16MP) and the WX220 (18MP) is pretty similar but the NEX-5R (APS-C) and WX220 (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor measurements.

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The NEX-5R was unveiled 17 months prior to the WX220 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Sony NEX-5R being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony WX220 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going in to a detailed comparison, below is a quick overview of how the NEX-5R grades against the WX220 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5R over the Sony WX220

 NEX-5R WX220 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k460kCrisper screen (+460k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony WX220 over the Sony NEX-5R

 WX220 NEX-5R 
RevealedFebruary 2014August 2012Newer by 17 months

Common features in the Sony NEX-5R and Sony WX220

 NEX-5R WX220 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you're going to have to factor in its weight and volume. The Sony NEX-5R offers external measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") along with a weight of 276 grams (0.61 lbs) and the Sony WX220 has sizing of 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the NEX-5R and the WX220.

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the NEX-5R and WX220 is 89 and 96 respectively.

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The image below may give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the NEX-5R and WX220.

As you can see, the 2 cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The NEX-5R having a bigger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF easier and the Sony WX220 will offer you extra detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures much more aggressively. The more aged NEX-5R is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5R as a Portrait photography camera
Sony WX220 as a Portrait photography camera
74
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
37
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
supports face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Street photography features
Sony WX220 Street photography features
80
screen tilts up and down
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
features touch to focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
59
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Sports photography advice
Sony WX220 Sports photography advice
68
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
supports phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
46
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Travel photography highlights
Sony WX220 Travel photography highlights
73
features touch to focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
69
megapixel count decent (18MP)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Landscape photography information
Sony WX220 Landscape photography information
75
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
megapixel count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
44
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Vlogging info
Sony WX220 Vlogging info
31
touchscreen
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
does not have microphone port
34
really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone socket
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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony WX220 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5R and Sony WX220
 Sony Alpha NEX-5RSony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha NEX-5R Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Announced 2012-08-29 2014-02-12
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4912 x 3264 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 25600 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 99 -
Lens
Lens mount Sony E fixed lens
Lens focal range - 25-250mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Total lenses 121 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech Tilt Up 180� Down 50� TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 3.70 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, on, slow synchro, off, advanced
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 276 gr (0.61 lb) 121 gr (0.27 lb)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 78 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 13.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 910 not tested
Other
Battery life 330 photos 210 photos
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NPFW50 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait)
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $750 $198