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Sony W810 vs Sony WX500

Portability
96
Imaging
46
Features
26
Overall
38
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 front
Portability
91
Imaging
44
Features
56
Overall
48

Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 Key Specs

Sony W810
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-162mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 111g - 97 x 56 x 21mm
  • Announced January 2014
Sony WX500
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
  • 236g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Revealed April 2015
  • Earlier Model is Sony WX350
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Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 Overview

On this page, we will be reviewing the Sony W810 vs Sony WX500, one being a Ultracompact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are offered by Sony. The sensor resolution of the W810 (20MP) and the WX500 (18MP) is pretty well matched and both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The W810 was brought out 15 months earlier than the WX500 which makes them a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras have different body design with the Sony W810 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony WX500 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight to a complete comparison, here is a short view of how the W810 matches up against the WX500 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony W810 over the Sony WX500

 W810 WX500 

Reasons to pick Sony WX500 over the Sony W810

 WX500 W810 
RevealedApril 2015January 2014More recent by 15 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony W810 and Sony WX500

 W810 WX500 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to lug around your camera, you will have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Sony W810 enjoys outer dimensions of 97mm x 56mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 111 grams (0.24 lbs) and the Sony WX500 has dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") along with a weight of 236 grams (0.52 lbs).

Compare the Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the W810 compared to the WX500.

Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the W810 and WX500 is 96 and 91 respectively.

Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 top view buttons comparison

Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very difficult to envision the contrast between sensor measurements purely by checking technical specs. The graphic underneath will provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the W810 and WX500.

As you have seen, each of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Sony W810 to give you extra detail having its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures more aggressively. The older W810 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 sensor size comparison

Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W810 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony WX500 as a Portrait photography camera
39
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
39
sensor resolution is decent (18 megapixels)
supports face detect focus
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony W810 Street photography information
Sony WX500 Street photography information
59
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
70
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (236 grams)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony W810
Sports photography with Sony WX500
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
has tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
57
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (18 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
good battery power (360 shots)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony W810 as a Travel photography camera
Sony WX500 as a Travel photography camera
67
megapixel count good (20MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (27mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
71
good battery power (360 per charge)
lighter than average in class (236g)
sensor resolution is decent (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
no Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W810 Landscape photography factors
Sony WX500 Landscape photography factors
41
quite wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual mode not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
49
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (18MP)
good battery power (360 per charge)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W810 Vlogging features
Sony WX500 Vlogging features
32
quite wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have microphone support
35
reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average in class (236g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
no microphone support
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Sony W810 vs Sony WX500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W810 and Sony WX500
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Type Ultracompact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2014-01-07 2015-04-14
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - 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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5152 x 3864 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 27-162mm (6.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-6.5 f/3.5-6.4
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech Clear Photo LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 2s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/1500s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.20 m (with ISO auto) 5.40 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash Auto, flash on, slow sync, flash off, rear sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 AVCHD, XAVC S
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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 111g (0.24 lb) 236g (0.52 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 56 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") 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 200 photographs 360 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo
Card slots One One
Launch price $100 $348