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Sony W220 vs Sony WX300

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 front
Portability
94
Imaging
42
Features
38
Overall
40

Sony W220 vs Sony WX300 Key Specs

Sony W220
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 30-120mm (F2.8-7.1) lens
  • 147g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Released January 2009
Sony WX300
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 166g - 96 x 55 x 25mm
  • Revealed February 2013
  • Replacement is Sony WX350
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Sony W220 vs Sony WX300 Overview

The following is a in-depth comparison of the Sony W220 vs Sony WX300, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are sold by Sony. There is a considerable difference among the resolutions of the W220 (12MP) and WX300 (18MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The W220 was announced 5 years prior to the WX300 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise summary of how the W220 grades versus the WX300 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony W220 over the Sony WX300

 W220 WX300 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Reasons to pick Sony WX300 over the Sony W220

 WX300 W220 
RevealedFebruary 2013January 2009Newer by 50 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Sony W220 and Sony WX300

 W220 WX300 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Sony W220 vs Sony WX300 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to travel with your camera frequently, you have to think about its weight and size. The Sony W220 has external dimensions of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 147 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Sony WX300 has specifications of 96mm x 55mm x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 166 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you select during that time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the W220 versus the WX300.

Sony W220 vs Sony WX300 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the W220 and WX300 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Sony W220 vs Sony WX300 top view buttons comparison

Sony W220 vs Sony WX300 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very tough to see the difference in sensor dimensions simply by checking out technical specs. The picture underneath may offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the W220 and WX300.

As you have seen, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can expect to see the Sony WX300 to produce more detail with its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also let you crop pics more aggressively. The more aged W220 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony W220 vs Sony WX300 sensor size comparison

Sony W220 vs Sony WX300 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W220 vs Sony WX300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W220 Portrait photography information
Sony WX300 Portrait photography information
27
focusing manually
no manual control
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
36
decent MP (18MP)
supports face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony W220
Street photography with Sony WX300
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (166 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony W220 Sports photography info
Sony WX300 Sports photography info
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
49
excellent zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18MP)
supports tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony W220 as a Travel photography camera
Sony WX300 as a Travel photography camera
51
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
71
lighter than competition (166 grams)
decent MP (18MP)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
very long reach (500mm)
no Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W220 Landscape photography features
Sony WX300 Landscape photography features
32
focusing manually
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
44
really wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W220 Vlogging highlights
Sony WX300 Vlogging highlights
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external mic socket
35
really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (166g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
no external microphone support
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Sony W220 vs Sony WX300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W220 and Sony WX300
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 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 measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 18MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 30-120mm (4.0x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-7.1 f/3.5-6.5
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.10 m (Auto ISO) 4.30 m
Flash settings Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Red-eye, Flash Off -
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (8 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 147 gr (0.32 lb) 166 gr (0.37 lb)
Physical dimensions 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 96 x 55 x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery ID - NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Launch cost $160 $330