Sony W350 vs Sony WX9

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 front

Sony W350 vs Sony WX9 Key Specs

Sony W350
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
  • 117g - 91 x 52 x 17mm
  • Launched January 2010
Sony WX9
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • n/ag - 95 x 56 x 20mm
  • Released January 2011
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Sony W350 vs Sony WX9 Overview

Following is a in depth assessment of the Sony W350 and Sony WX9, both Ultracompact digital cameras and both are produced by Sony. The image resolution of the W350 (14MP) and the WX9 (16MP) is very well matched and both cameras offer the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The W350 was revealed 12 months prior to the WX9 which means that they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before we go into a full comparison, here is a brief overview of how the W350 grades against the WX9 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony W350 over the Sony WX9

 W350 WX9 

Reasons to pick Sony WX9 over the Sony W350

 WX9 W350 
ReleasedJanuary 2011January 2010More modern by 12 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony W350 and Sony WX9

 W350 WX9 
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Sony W350 vs Sony WX9 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera often, you should consider its weight and measurements. The Sony W350 has outer measurements of 91mm x 52mm x 17mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") along with a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs) whilst the Sony WX9 has proportions of 95mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8") with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are employing during that time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the W350 versus the WX9.

Sony W350 vs Sony WX9 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the W350 and WX9 is 97 and 99 respectively.

Sony W350 vs Sony WX9 top view buttons comparison

Sony W350 vs Sony WX9 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to visualise the difference between sensor sizes purely by checking technical specs. The picture underneath may provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the W350 and WX9.

As you can tell, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Sony WX9 to give extra detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The more aged W350 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Sony W350 vs Sony WX9 sensor size comparison

Sony W350 vs Sony WX9 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W350 vs Sony WX9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W350 Portrait photography advice
Sony WX9 Portrait photography advice
good resolution (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
megapixel count decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony W350 Street photography features
Sony WX9 Street photography features
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony W350 Sports photography highlights
Sony WX9 Sports photography highlights
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony W350 Travel photography details
Sony WX9 Travel photography details
good resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
no Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony W350
Landscape photography with Sony WX9
fairly wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
screen is small (2.7")
lack of manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
reasonably wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W350 Vlogging features
Sony WX9 Vlogging features
fairly wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone port
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone port
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Sony W350 vs Sony WX9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W350 and Sony WX9
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Launched 2010-01-07 2011-01-06
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
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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 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-105mm (4.0x) 25-125mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.7-5.7 f/2.6-6.3
Macro focus range 10cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen tech - XtraFine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Slowest shutter speed 2 seconds 2 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.80 m 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 117 grams (0.26 pounds) -
Physical dimensions 91 x 52 x 17mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") 95 x 56 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Battery model NP-BN1 NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 sec or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Storage media Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro HG-Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $200 $188