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Sony QX30 vs Sony W650

Portability
91
Imaging
46
Features
37
Overall
42
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Sony QX30 vs Sony W650 Key Specs

Sony QX30
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 193g - 68 x 65 x 58mm
  • Released September 2014
Sony W650
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 124g - 94 x 56 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2012
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Sony QX30 vs Sony W650 Overview

Following is a in-depth comparison of the Sony QX30 vs Sony W650, one is a Lens-style and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both are built by Sony. There is a big difference between the resolutions of the QX30 (20MP) and W650 (16MP) but they possess the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The QX30 was launched 2 years after the W650 which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Sony QX30 being a Lens-style camera and the Sony W650 being a Compact camera.

Before getting in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the QX30 matches up versus the W650 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony QX30 over the Sony W650

 QX30 W650 
IntroducedSeptember 2014January 2012More modern by 33 months
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W650 over the Sony QX30

 W650 QX30 
Display sizing3""Larger display (+3")
Display resolution230k0kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Sony QX30 and Sony W650

 QX30 W650 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Sony QX30 vs Sony W650 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera regularly, you're going to have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Sony QX30 features outside measurements of 68mm x 65mm x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") with a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs) while the Sony W650 has proportions of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 124 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you select at that time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the QX30 against the W650.

Sony QX30 vs Sony W650 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the QX30 and W650 is 91 and 96 respectively.

Sony QX30 vs Sony W650 top view buttons comparison

Sony QX30 vs Sony W650 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's hard to visualise the contrast between sensor sizes merely by reading through specs. The image underneath should offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the QX30 and W650.

All in all, the two cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Sony QX30 to give more detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images far more aggressively. The newer QX30 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony QX30 vs Sony W650 sensor size comparison

Sony QX30 vs Sony W650 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony QX30 vs Sony W650 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony QX30 Portrait photography info
Sony W650 Portrait photography info
39
good resolution (20 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
34
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony QX30 Street photography advice
Sony W650 Street photography advice
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch focus
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (124g)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony QX30
Sports photography with Sony W650
48
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (200 shots)
has no phase detect AF
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
max fps low (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony QX30 as a Travel photography camera
Sony W650 as a Travel photography camera
65
provides touch focus
good resolution (20MP)
decently wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery pack (200 CIPA)
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
69
lighter than competition (124g)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony QX30 Landscape photography features
Sony W650 Landscape photography features
40
decently wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (")
no manual control
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
bad battery pack (200 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
43
fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony QX30 Vlogging details
Sony W650 Vlogging details
35
decently wide (24mm)
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic socket
33
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
lighter than competition (124g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
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Sony QX30 vs Sony W650 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony QX30 and Sony W650
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650
Type Lens-style Small Sensor Compact
Released 2014-09-03 2012-01-10
Body design Lens-style Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz X BIONZ
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 25-125mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-6.3 f/2.6-6.3
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size - 3"
Display resolution 0k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - Clear Photo TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 2 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 3.70 m
Flash modes None Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 193 grams (0.43 lb) 124 grams (0.27 lb)
Dimensions 68 x 65 x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 photographs 220 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BN, NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
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