Sony WX10 overview
Sony WX10 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially announced on January of 2011. The camera has got a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The WX10 is ranked #51 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #742 out of 1436 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your custom factors.
Below is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony WX10 history
The Sony WX10 comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can take a look at all older and latest models as well as main features.
Sony WX10 Gallery
You can view the WX10 from several angles in the gallery below.
Sony WX10 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Sony WX10 based on features that are typically viewed as crucial in a digital camera.
Sony WX10 Sensor information
The Sony WX10 is run by the BIONZ processor chip. The size of the sensor on the Sony WX10 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below shows the WX10's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The WX10 sensor comes with 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 idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Sony WX10 dimensions
Sony WX10 weighs 0.35 lbs (161g or 5.68 ounces) and features exterior dimensions of 95mm x 54mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Sony WX10 is on par as compared with other rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Below is a pic of the Sony WX10 next to a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.
The top view below will highlight the button design on the WX10.
Sony WX10 Lens information
The WX10 is equipped with a built in lens giving a focal range of 24-168mm giving it a 7.0 x zoom which is definitely not great however it will probably be useful in some situations.
At it's widest 24mm, it provides an aperture of f2.4 which is rather sluggish and not great in low light circumstances and you will probably struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to increase your ISO setting which results in noisy photos. For the long end, 168mm comes at f5.9 making it really sluggish and you will have to use slower shutter speeds.
Sony WX10 Connectivity
The WX10 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and oftentimes alter settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Many apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.
Sony WX10 Video information
The maximum video quality on the Sony WX10 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality provides a good balance for video quality and file size but FULL HD will not leave you with much room to crop. The body doesn't feature a mic or headphone port which means you have got zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to find another camera should you require better sound in your videos.
Sony WX10 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing on the Sony WX10 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.
Sony WX10 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony WX10 has got a 2.8" fixed display with a resolution of 460k dots.
Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder details regarding Sony WX10 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial for bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.
Sony WX10 Shutter information
Sony WX10 has the capability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600s.
Sony WX10 Flash and Hot shoe information
Sony WX10 has got just inbuilt flash with missing external flash ability.
Sony WX10 Autofocus information
Sony WX10 has got only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and exact compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.
It has got 9 focus points to choose from. Sony WX10 can use manual focusing in case it is needed for low light occasions or you require more precise focusing control.
Sony WX10 Battery life
The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest possible (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Underneath is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:
Sony WX10 for specific categories of photography
The following graph shows a overview of the Sony WX10 for specific categories of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.
Sony WX10 Portrait photography details
The Sony WX10 has a points tally of 40 which is really bad, and means the camera is not suitable for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and option to work with external lighting.
Sony WX10 Street photography advice
Having a decent points tally of 58, the Sony WX10 is fairly suitable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Sony WX10
A really bad sports photography rating of 40 suggests the Sony WX10 is not suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony WX10 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is extremely crucial in buying a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony WX10 gets a above average 66 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent option to take on your travels.
Sony WX10 Landscape photography factors
When you're planning to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Sony WX10 at it's moderate grade of 50 for a landscape camera is relatively suitable in the current market.
Sony WX10 Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sony WX10 is not suitable for vlogging as it gets a really bad score of 33.
Sony WX10 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the WX10, below is a range of the top placed cameras that fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The line graph underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the WX10 compared to it's top rated competitors shown previously.
These are various other cameras you may view as alternatives. To look at a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.