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Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30

Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
38
Overall
38
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX30 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
41
Overall
39

Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30 Key Specs

Sony WX10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-168mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 161g - 95 x 54 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2011
Sony WX30
(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
  • 117g - 92 x 52 x 19mm
  • Announced July 2011
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Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30 Overview

Its time to examine more closely at the Sony WX10 versus Sony WX30, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are sold by Sony. The image resolution of the WX10 (16MP) and the WX30 (16MP) is fairly similar and they feature the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The WX10 was manufactured 6 months before the WX30 and they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a short highlight of how the WX10 matches up vs the WX30 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony WX10 over the Sony WX30

 WX10 WX30 
Focus manually Very precise focusing

Reasons to pick Sony WX30 over the Sony WX10

 WX30 WX10 
Display sizing3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution922k460kSharper display (+462k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony WX10 and Sony WX30

 WX10 WX30 
AnnouncedJanuary 2011July 2011Similar age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you will want to take into account its weight and proportions. The Sony WX10 comes with external dimensions of 95mm x 54mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") along with a weight of 161 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Sony WX30 has measurements of 92mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") along with a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you use at that time. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the WX10 versus the WX30.

Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the WX10 and WX30 is 95 and 96 respectively.

Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30 top view buttons comparison

Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to envision the difference between sensor dimensions purely by reading specifications. The image below will help give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the WX10 and WX30.

To sum up, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same resolution and you can expect similar quality of photos however you should factor the launch date of the products into consideration.

Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30 sensor size comparison

Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony WX10
Portrait photography with Sony WX30
39
has manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
30
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony WX10 Street photography information
Sony WX30 Street photography information
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (117 grams)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony WX10 Sports photography advice
Sony WX30 Sports photography advice
39
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
39
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony WX10 Travel photography features
Sony WX30 Travel photography features
65
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
no Timelapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
69
lighter than competition in class (117g)
good megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony WX10 Landscape photography information
Sony WX30 Landscape photography information
50
has manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
good sized screen (2.8 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
no Timelapse function
43
quite wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony WX10 Vlogging info
Sony WX30 Vlogging info
32
fairly wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
no microphone port
35
quite wide (25mm)
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (117 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of mic jack
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Sony WX10 vs Sony WX30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony WX10 and Sony WX30
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX30
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX30
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-01-06 2011-07-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip BIONZ BIONZ
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-168mm (7.0x) 25-125mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.4-5.9 f/2.6-6.3
Macro focusing range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.8" 3"
Resolution of display 460k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology Clear Photo LCD Plus XtraFine TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.10 m 3.70 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
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 161 grams (0.35 lb) 117 grams (0.26 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 54 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 92 x 52 x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7")
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 - 250 photographs
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BG1 NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $200 $259