- 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 3200
- 640 x 480 video
- 26-105mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
- 117g - 93 x 52 x 17mm
- Released January 2010
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- Size Comparison
Sony W320 overview
Sony W320 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera first revealed on January of 2010. It houses a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4320 x 3240.
The W320 is scored #102 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all round #1114 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can try out our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your customized criteria.
Here is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony W320 history
The Sony W320 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can check out all older and latest models alongside main specs.
W320 vs WX22025-250mm
W320 vs W83025-200mm
W320 vs W81027-162mm
W320 vs W55026-104mm
W320 vs W56026-104mm
W320 vs W57025-125mm
W320 vs WX925-125mm
W320 vs W53026-104mm
W320 vs W51026-104mm
W320 vs W33026-105mm
W320 vs W35026-105mm
W320 vs W31028-112mm
W320 vs W38024-120mm
Sony W320 Gallery
You can see the W320 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony W320 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Sony W320 based on factors that are usually seen as crucial in a digital camera.
Sony W320 Sensor specifications
The dimension of the sensor on the Sony W320 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below displays the W320's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The W320 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony W320 dimensions
Sony W320 has a weight of 0.26 lbs (117 grams / 4.13 ounces) & the sizing of the camera is 93mm x 52mm x 17mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Sony W320 is very similar in comparison with various rivals.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Listed below is a visual of the Sony W320 besides a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.
The top view directly below will show the button layout on the W320.
Sony W320 Lens specifications
The W320 is equipped with a built-in lens providing a focal range of 26-105mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which might not be amazing however it may be invaluable in some conditions.
At the widest 26mm, it has an aperture of f2.7 making it rather slow and not good for low light situations and you will probably find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will also have to boost the ISO setting giving you noisy photos. On the tele end, 105mm comes to f5.7 which is fairly slow and you would need to choose slower shutter speeds.
Sony W320 Connectivity
The W320 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer files and at times alter settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.
A few applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB port.
Sony W320 Video specifications
The highest video resolution on the Sony W320 is 640 x 480 and you can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is terrible for today's standards. You should really try to get a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The camera doesn't include a microphone and headphone jack so you have got no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to purchase an alternative camera in case you require good sound for your videos.
Sony W320 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Sony W320 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.
Sony W320 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony W320 is equipped with a 2.7 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The View Finder specs for Sony W320 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders can be particularly valuable.
Sony W320 Shutter specifications
Sony W320 is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.
Sony W320 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony W320 has only integrated flash lacking external flash ability.
Sony W320 Autofocusing specifications
Sony W320 has just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & accurate when compared with Contrast Based focusing.
The AF system supports 9 focus points to choose from. Sony W320 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing can be useful during low light situations or you want more precise control on focusing.
Sony W320 Battery life
The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the highest (320) battery life within this range of cameras.
Here is a number of Ultracompact cameras that have the highest battery life:
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Sony W320 for various types of photography
The following chart provides a overview of the Sony W320 for various types of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Sony W320 Portrait photography info
The Sony W320 gets a rating of 28 which is low, and means the camera is simply not good to use for portraits. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files together with the flexibility to work with external lighting.
Sony W320 Street photography details
Getting a moderate score of 49, the Sony W320 is somewhat adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Sony W320 as a Sports photography camera
A low sports photography score of 26 indicates the Sony W320 is simply not good for taking photos of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony W320 Travel photography information
Weight is super critical in choosing a travel camera. Overall, the Sony W320 gets a nice 66 for a travel camera which makes it a good pick to purchase for your journeys.
Landscape photography with Sony W320
If you are planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Sony W320 at it's low grade of 33 for a landscape camera is simply not good among it's competitors.
Sony W320 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Sony W320 is simply not good for vlogging as it delivers a low rating of 26.
Sony W320 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the W320, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the category of Ultracompact.
The chart below gives you a bird's eye view of the W320 compared to it's highest rated rivals listed earlier.
Following are additional cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.