Sony W350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
  • 117g - 91 x 52 x 17mm
  • Released January 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Sony W350 summary

Sony W350 is Sony's Ultracompact camera originally launched on January of 2010. The camera uses a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The W350 places at #82 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & overall #1053 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your customized factors.

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Sony W350 family

The Sony W350 has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can check out all previous and brand new models as well as important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX220 front thumbnailSony WX220
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W830 front thumbnailSony W830
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W810 front thumbnailSony W810
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W550 front thumbnailSony W550
W350 vs W550
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W560 front thumbnailSony W560
W350 vs W560
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W570 front thumbnailSony W570
W350 vs W570
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX9 front thumbnailSony WX9
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W530 front thumbnailSony W530
W350 vs W530
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W510 front thumbnailSony W510
W350 vs W510
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W330 front thumbnailSony W330
W350 vs W330
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W350 front thumbnailSony W35026-105mm
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W310 front thumbnailSony W310
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W320 front thumbnailSony W320
W350 vs W320
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W380 front thumbnailSony W380
W350 vs W380

Sony W350 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony W350 based on features that are generally regarded as crucial in a camera.

does have HDMI out
great minimum ISO (80)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (26-105mm 4.0 x zoom)
relatively wide (26mm)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of headphone support
lack of manual focus
lack of mic support
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Time Lapse recording
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW support
no manual mode
screen has low resolution (230 k dots)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f5.7)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
small screen (2.7 inches)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Sony W350 Sensor info

The Sony W350 is powered by the Bionz processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Sony W350 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4320 x 3240 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the W350's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The W350 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony W350 dimensions

Sony W350 weighs around 0.26 lbs (117 grams or 4.13 oz) & has external proportions of 91mm x 52mm x 17mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Sony W350 is similar when compared to various rivals.

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Below is a photo of the Sony W350 next to a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button layout on the W350.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 topview buttons dials

Sony W350 Lens info

The W350 has got an inbuilt lens providing a focal range of 26-105mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which may not be significant however it could be convenient in certain circumstances.

At the widest 26mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.7 which is kind of slow and not very good for low light occasions and you will probably find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will also need to up the ISO leading to noisy files. For the tele end, 105mm comes at f5.7 making it really sluggish and you would need to set slow shutter speeds.

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Sony W350 Connectivity

The W350 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer pictures and at times change camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Sony W350 Video info

The highest possible video quality in the Sony W350 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should really aim for at least FUll HD quality for good video. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone port which means you have no control over the sound. It is probably best to shop for another camera should you want better sound for your video clips.

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Sony W350 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Sony W350 so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Sony W350 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony W350 houses a 2.7" fixed display boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs for Sony W350 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are pretty valuable.

Sony W350 Shutter info

Sony W350 can shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Sony W350 Flash and Hot shoe info

Sony W350 features only integrated flash without external flash support.

Sony W350 Autofocus info

Sony W350 features just Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and exact when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.

The Sensor boasts 9 focus points to choose from. Sony W350 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing option is useful in low light or you want to have more accurate control on focus.

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Sony W350 Battery life

The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the best (320) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Ultracompact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Sony W350 for specific forms of photography

The following illustration provides a outline of the Sony W350 for specific forms of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section below.

Sony W350 as a Portrait photography camera

The Sony W350 gets a rating of 28 which is really bad, meaning that it is simply not acceptable for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support & option to use off-camera flash.

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decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Sony W350 Street photography information

With a moderate score of 58, the Sony W350 is reasonably suitable for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Sony W350 as a Sports photography camera

A really bad sports photography points tally of 35 indicates the Sony W350 is simply not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
slow fps (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Sony W350 Travel photography highlights

Portability is really critical when selecting a travel camera. On the whole, the Sony W350 gets a nice 66 as a travelling camera which is a good fit to buy for your trips.

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megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)

Sony W350 Landscape photography highlights

When you are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Sony W350 and it's really bad grade of 38 for a landscape camera is simply not acceptable among its competition.

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reasonably wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
no Timelapse function

Sony W350 Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a articulating screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Sony W350 is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 29.

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fairly wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone support

Sony W350 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the W350, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall within the category of Ultracompact.

The line graph followed below shows you a bird's eye view of the W350 vs it's highest rated rivals mentioned previously.

Following are several cameras you might see as alternate options. To read a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-105mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.7 inches
Display resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
2 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.80 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
117 gr (0.26 lbs)
91 x 52 x 17mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Card slots
Pricing at release