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Sony WX220 vs Sony WX30

Portability
96
Imaging
43
Features
41
Overall
42
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX30 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
41
Overall
39

Sony WX220 vs Sony WX30 Key Specs

Sony WX220
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 121g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Launched February 2014
Sony WX30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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 WX220 vs Sony WX30 Overview

The following is a thorough comparison of the Sony WX220 versus Sony WX30, former is a Ultracompact while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both built by Sony. The image resolution of the WX220 (18MP) and the WX30 (16MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras offer the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The WX220 was manufactured 2 years after the WX30 which is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Sony WX220 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony WX30 being a Compact camera.

Before getting right into a full comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the WX220 scores vs the WX30 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony WX220 over the Sony WX30

 WX220 WX30 
AnnouncedFebruary 2014July 2011Newer by 32 months

Reasons to pick Sony WX30 over the Sony WX220

 WX30 WX220 
Screen resolution922k460kSharper screen (+462k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Sony WX220 and Sony WX30

 WX220 WX30 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Sony WX220 vs Sony WX30 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you'll need to think about its weight and measurements. The Sony WX220 comes with exterior measurements of 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9") along with a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs) and the Sony WX30 has proportions of 92mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have attached at the time. Below is a front view size comparison of the WX220 versus the WX30.

Sony WX220 vs Sony WX30 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the WX220 and WX30 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Sony WX220 vs Sony WX30 top view buttons comparison

Sony WX220 vs Sony WX30 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very difficult to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions purely by checking specifications. The picture below should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the WX220 and WX30.

Plainly, both of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same resolution. You can count on the Sony WX220 to give you more detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots way more aggressively. The fresher WX220 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Sony WX220 vs Sony WX30 sensor size comparison

Sony WX220 vs Sony WX30 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony WX220 vs Sony WX30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony WX220 Portrait photography details
Sony WX30 Portrait photography details
37
decent MP (18MP)
provides face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
30
megapixel count decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony WX220
Street photography with Sony WX30
59
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (117 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony WX220 Sports photography highlights
Sony WX30 Sports photography highlights
46
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18MP)
provides tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
39
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony WX220 Travel photography advice
Sony WX30 Travel photography advice
69
decent MP (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (250mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
69
lighter than average in class (117g)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony WX220
Landscape photography with Sony WX30
44
pretty wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse recording
43
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
manual mode not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony WX220 Vlogging factors
Sony WX30 Vlogging factors
34
pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have external microphone jack
35
reasonably wide (25mm)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (117 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic support
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Sony WX220 vs Sony WX30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony WX220 and Sony WX30
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX30
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX30
Class Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2014-02-12 2011-07-25
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
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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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4896 x 3672 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-250mm (10.0x) 25-125mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/2.6-6.3
Macro focus range - 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology - XtraFine TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.70 m (with Auto ISO) 3.70 m
Flash settings Auto, on, slow synchro, off, advanced Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 121 grams (0.27 pounds) 117 grams (0.26 pounds)
Physical dimensions 92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9") 92 x 52 x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7")
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 210 photographs 250 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BN NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Launch price $198 $259