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Sony W650 vs Sony WX5

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
29
Overall
32

Sony W650 vs Sony WX5 Key Specs

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
Sony WX5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 146g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Introduced July 2010
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Sony W650 vs Sony WX5 Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Sony W650 and Sony WX5, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are offered by Sony. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the W650 (16MP) and WX5 (12MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The W650 was released 19 months after the WX5 which makes them a generation away from each other. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a complete comparison, here is a concise summary of how the W650 matches up vs the WX5 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony W650 over the Sony WX5

 W650 WX5 
IntroducedJanuary 2012July 2010More modern by 19 months
Screen dimensions3"2.8"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Sony WX5 over the Sony W650

 WX5 W650 
Screen resolution461k230kCrisper screen (+231k dot)

Common features in the Sony W650 and Sony WX5

 W650 WX5 
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Sony W650 vs Sony WX5 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry around your camera regularly, you're going to have to think about its weight and proportions. The Sony W650 enjoys outside dimensions of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 124 grams (0.27 lbs) whilst the Sony WX5 has measurements of 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9") with a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you choose during that time. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the W650 compared to the WX5.

Sony W650 vs Sony WX5 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the W650 and WX5 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Sony W650 vs Sony WX5 top view buttons comparison

Sony W650 vs Sony WX5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its difficult to envision the gap in sensor sizes simply by viewing specs. The image below might offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the W650 and WX5.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Sony W650 to provide you with greater detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs more aggressively. The fresher W650 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony W650 vs Sony WX5 sensor size comparison

Sony W650 vs Sony WX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W650 vs Sony WX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W650 Portrait photography factors
Sony WX5 Portrait photography factors
34
good MP (16MP)
provides face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
21
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony W650 as a Street photography camera
Sony WX5 as a Street photography camera
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (124 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony W650 Sports photography advice
Sony WX5 Sports photography advice
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
34
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony W650 Travel photography details
Sony WX5 Travel photography details
69
lighter than others in class (124g)
good MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
58
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W650 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony WX5 as a Landscape photography camera
43
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
no manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
no manual control
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
37
fairly wide (24mm)
nice screen size (2.8 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
manual exposure not available
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W650 as a Vlogging camera
Sony WX5 as a Vlogging camera
33
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
lighter than others in class (124g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external mic support
32
fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of microphone jack
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Sony W650 vs Sony WX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W650 and Sony WX5
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-01-10 2010-07-08
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor BIONZ Bionz
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 surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-125mm (5.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.6-6.3 f/2.4-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 2.8 inches
Resolution of display 230k dot 461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech Clear Photo TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 2s 2s
Highest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.70 m 5.10 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (50 fps), 1440 x 1080 (50, 25fps), 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected 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 124g (0.27 pounds) 146g (0.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9")
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
Other
Battery life 220 photographs -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NP-BN NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/ SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
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