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Sony S930 vs Sony WX300

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 front
Portability
94
Imaging
42
Features
38
Overall
40

Sony S930 vs Sony WX300 Key Specs

Sony S930
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 320 x 240 video
  • 38-108mm (F2.9-5.4) lens
  • 167g - 90 x 61 x 26mm
  • Revealed January 2009
Sony WX300
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 166g - 96 x 55 x 25mm
  • Launched February 2013
  • Replacement is Sony WX350
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Sony S930 vs Sony WX300 Overview

In this write-up, we will be looking at the Sony S930 versus Sony WX300, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are sold by Sony. There exists a considerable gap between the sensor resolutions of the S930 (10MP) and WX300 (18MP) but they use the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The S930 was announced 5 years before the WX300 which is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a brief view of how the S930 scores vs the WX300 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony S930 over the Sony WX300

 S930 WX300 
Manual focus Dial exact focus

Reasons to pick Sony WX300 over the Sony S930

 WX300 S930 
LaunchedFebruary 2013January 2009Newer by 50 months
Screen sizing3"2.4"Bigger screen (+0.6")
Screen resolution460k112kClearer screen (+348k dot)

Common features in the Sony S930 and Sony WX300

 S930 WX300 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Neither features Touch screen

Sony S930 vs Sony WX300 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera often, you are going to need to factor its weight and measurements. The Sony S930 enjoys exterior measurements of 90mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.5" x 2.4" x 1.0") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Sony WX300 has proportions of 96mm x 55mm x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 166 grams (0.37 lbs).

Analyze the Sony S930 versus Sony WX300 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at that moment. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the S930 and the WX300.

Sony S930 vs Sony WX300 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S930 and WX300 is 94 and 94 respectively.

Sony S930 vs Sony WX300 top view buttons comparison

Sony S930 vs Sony WX300 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions only by looking at specifications. The picture below should provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the S930 and WX300.

To sum up, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Sony WX300 to resolve extra detail with its extra 8MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The more aged S930 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony S930 vs Sony WX300 sensor size comparison

Sony S930 vs Sony WX300 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony S930 vs Sony WX300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony S930
Portrait photography with Sony WX300
26
has manual focus
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
36
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
provides face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony S930 Street photography factors
Sony WX300 Street photography factors
56
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (166 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony S930 Sports photography features
Sony WX300 Sports photography features
24
image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
49
incredible zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18MP)
provides tracking focus
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony S930 as a Travel photography camera
Sony WX300 as a Travel photography camera
50
flash built-in
no Time Lapse mode
MP count low (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
71
lighter than average in class (166g)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
very long zoom (500mm)
missing Time Lapse function
does not offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony S930 Landscape photography advice
Sony WX300 Landscape photography advice
31
has manual focus
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.4 inch)
no manual mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
44
quite wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18MP)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony S930 Vlogging factors
Sony WX300 Vlogging factors
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (320 x 240 resolution)
no external mic jack
35
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (166 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly display
missing mic support
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Sony S930 vs Sony WX300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony S930 and Sony WX300
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-01-08 2013-02-20
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 38-108mm (2.8x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.9-5.4 f/3.5-6.5
Macro focus distance 5cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.4 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 112 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 1/8 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.00 m (Auto ISO) 4.30 m
Flash settings Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Syncro, No Flash -
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)
Highest video resolution 320x240 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 167 gr (0.37 lb) 166 gr (0.37 lb)
Dimensions 90 x 61 x 26mm (3.5" x 2.4" x 1.0") 96 x 55 x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0")
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 model 2 x AA NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse recording
Storage type Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo / PRo-HG Duo, Internal SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $219 $330