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Sony W650 vs Sony WX500

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 front
Portability
91
Imaging
43
Features
56
Overall
48

Sony W650 vs Sony WX500 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 WX500
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
  • 236g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Announced April 2015
  • Succeeded the Sony WX350
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Sony W650 vs Sony WX500 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Sony W650 versus Sony WX500, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are designed by Sony. The resolution of the W650 (16MP) and the WX500 (18MP) is fairly comparable and both cameras provide the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The W650 was brought out 4 years earlier than the WX500 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going right into a full comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the W650 grades against the WX500 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony W650 over the Sony WX500

 W650 WX500 

Reasons to pick Sony WX500 over the Sony W650

 WX500 W650 
AnnouncedApril 2015January 2012More recent by 39 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony W650 and Sony WX500

 W650 WX500 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Sony W650 vs Sony WX500 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to lug around your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Sony W650 provides physical measurements of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") and a weight of 124 grams (0.27 lbs) whilst the Sony WX500 has proportions of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 236 grams (0.52 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. Below is a front view physical size comparison of the W650 versus the WX500.

Sony W650 vs Sony WX500 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the W650 and WX500 is 96 and 91 respectively.

Sony W650 vs Sony WX500 top view buttons comparison

Sony W650 vs Sony WX500 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very tough to picture the contrast in sensor measurements purely by seeing technical specs. The photograph here may provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the W650 and WX500.

As you can tell, each of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You should anticipate the Sony WX500 to show more detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics more aggressively. The older W650 will be behind in sensor technology.

Sony W650 vs Sony WX500 sensor size comparison

Sony W650 vs Sony WX500 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W650 vs Sony WX500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W650 Portrait photography info
Sony WX500 Portrait photography info
34
MP count decent (16MP)
supports face detect autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
39
resolution is good (18 megapixels)
comes with face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony W650 Street photography highlights
Sony WX500 Street photography highlights
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (124g)
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
69
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (236 grams)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony W650 as a Sports photography camera
Sony WX500 as a Sports photography camera
40
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
supports tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
57
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (18MP)
comes with tracking focus
great battery (360 CIPA)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony W650 Travel photography info
Sony WX500 Travel photography info
69
lighter than competition in class (124g)
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
71
great battery (360 shots)
lighter than others (236 grams)
resolution is good (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
missing Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W650 Landscape photography factors
Sony WX500 Landscape photography factors
43
rather wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Time Lapse mode
49
relatively wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (18 megapixels)
great battery (360 per charge)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W650 as a Vlogging camera
Sony WX500 as a Vlogging camera
33
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
lighter than competition in class (124 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic support
35
relatively wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (236g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
missing microphone port
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Sony W650 vs Sony WX500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W650 and Sony WX500
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2012-01-10 2015-04-14
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor BIONZ Bionz X
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 16 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-125mm (5.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Max aperture f/2.6-6.3 f/3.5-6.4
Macro focusing distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech Clear Photo TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 2s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.70 m 5.40 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, flash on, slow sync, flash off, rear sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 124 gr (0.27 lbs) 236 gr (0.52 lbs)
Physical dimensions 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 102 x 58 x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 life 220 photographs 360 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes
Time lapse feature
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
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $140 $348