Sony WX150

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 front
 
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 133g - 95 x 56 x 22mm
  • Introduced February 2012
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
43
Features
43
Overall
43

Sony WX150 summary

Sony WX150 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact camera first released on February of 2012. The camera includes a 18MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4896 x 3672.

The WX150 is placed #22 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #576 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should use our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your customized requirements.

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Sony WX150 family

The Sony WX150 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can discover all older and latest models alongside main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX500 front thumbnailSony WX500
WX150 vs WX500
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W800 front thumbnailSony W800
WX150 vs W800
26-130mm
F3.2-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX350 front thumbnailSony WX350
WX150 vs WX350
25-500mm
F3.5-6.5
18MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX300 front thumbnailSony WX300
WX150 vs WX300
25-500mm
F3.5-6.5
18MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W730 front thumbnailSony W730
WX150 vs W730
25-224mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W710 front thumbnailSony W710
WX150 vs W710
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX80 front thumbnailSony WX80
WX150 vs WX80
28-224mm
F3.3-8.0
16MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150 front thumbnailSony WX15025-250mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W690 front thumbnailSony W690
WX150 vs W690
25-250mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX50 front thumbnailSony WX50
WX150 vs WX50
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX70 front thumbnailSony WX70
WX150 vs WX70
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W610 front thumbnailSony W610
WX150 vs W610
26-105mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W620 front thumbnailSony W620
WX150 vs W620
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W650 front thumbnailSony W650
WX150 vs W650
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX30 front thumbnailSony WX30
WX150 vs WX30
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX10 front thumbnailSony WX10
WX150 vs WX10
24-168mm
F2.4-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX5 front thumbnailSony WX5
WX150 vs WX5
24-120mm
F2.4-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W370 front thumbnailSony W370
WX150 vs W370
34-238mm
F3.6-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W290 front thumbnailSony W290
WX150 vs W290
28-140mm
F3.3-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2009
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W230 front thumbnailSony W230
WX150 vs W230
30-120mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W220 front thumbnailSony W220
WX150 vs W220
30-120mm
F2.8-7.1
12MP1/2.3"2009

Sony WX150 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of good and bad points of the Sony WX150 based on features that are typically considered essential in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
decently wide (25mm)
flash built-in
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
in built lens has zoom (25-250mm 10.0 x zoom)
includes HDMI port
lighter than average in class (133g)
nice screen size (3 inch)
resolution is good (18 megapixels)
supports face detect focus
supports tracking focus
very good minimum ISO (100)
very long reach (250mm)
can't use external flash
does not contain selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW support
lack of shutter priority mode
missing headphone port
missing mic port
missing Time Lapse mode
screen has low resolution (461 thousand dot)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.9)
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Sony WX150 Sensor features

The Sony WX150 features the BIONZ processor chip. The spec of the sensor on the Sony WX150 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4896 x 3672 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 18 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.

The image below displays the WX150's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The WX150 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony WX150 dimensions

Sony WX150 is 0.29 lb (133 grams / 4.69 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 95mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Sony WX150 is less heavy as compared to other rivals.

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Below is a photo of the Sony WX150 alongside a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the WX150.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 topview buttons dials

Sony WX150 Lens features

The WX150 has an inbuilt lens offering a focal range of 25-250mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which won't be amazing however it will probably be useful in a few cases.

At it's widest 25mm, it will have an aperture of f3.3 and that's rather sluggish and not the best in low light conditions and you will struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also need to up your ISO which results in noisy photographs. At the long end, 250mm is amazing zoom and comes with f5.9 making it pretty sluggish and you will have to use slow shutter speeds.

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Sony WX150 Connectivity

The WX150 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer photos and at times alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Sony WX150 Video features

The max video quality on the Sony WX150 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance for quality versus file size but 1080p won't leave you with much room to crop. The body does not have a mic and headphone port which means you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably best to buy an alternative camera in case you want better sound in your video clips.

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Sony WX150 Weather Sealing

Sony WX150 does not have environment proofing so rainy conditions may affect the camera.

Sony WX150 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony WX150 includes a 3 inch fixed display having a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 screen and viewfinder World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Sony WX150 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be quite useful.

Sony WX150 Shutter features

Sony WX150 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Sony WX150 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony WX150 boasts just built in flash without external flash support.

Sony WX150 Autofocus features

Sony WX150 boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & accurate as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which can be valuable for portraits.

It includes 9 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Sony WX150 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be good for low light scenarios or you want to have more precise depth of field control.

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Sony WX150 Battery life

The battery pack (NP-BN) on the Sony WX150 is fashioned to last for 240 shots with respect to the CIPA standards which is similar to its competition. The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the maximum (470) battery life for this class of cameras.

Here is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:

Sony WX150 for different kinds of photography

The following graph provides a rundown of the Sony WX150 for different kinds of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section below.

Sony WX150 Portrait photography details

The Sony WX150 has a rating of 39 which is lousy, and means the camera is not acceptable for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files along with the capability to utilize off-camera flash.

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sensor resolution is decent (18MP)
offers face detect focus
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Sony WX150 Street photography advice

Getting a above average rating of 64, the Sony WX150 is a good fit for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (133g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Sony WX150 Sports photography factors

A moderate sports photography score of 46 suggests the Sony WX150 is somewhat suited for shooting sports. A camera needs fantastic tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18MP)
comes with tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Sony WX150 Travel photography features

Weight is pretty important when getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony WX150 gets a above average 71 as a travel camera which is a good option to take with you on your trips.

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lighter than competitors (133 grams)
good MP (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
great reach (250mm)
no Time Lapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Sony WX150 Landscape photography factors

For anyone who is looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Sony WX150 with it's reasonable score of 46 for a landscape camera is fairly suited within the current marketplace.

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really wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording

Sony WX150 Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging really should come with a moving screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Sony WX150 is not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a lousy rating of 35.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (133g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
no external mic jack

Sony WX150 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the WX150, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart underneath will give you a summary of the WX150 vs it's top scored rivals shown above.

Here are a few more cameras you may consider as alternate options. To see a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Sony
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2012-02-28
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor
BIONZ
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
18 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4896 x 3672
RAW images
Max native ISO
12800
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range
5cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of display
461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology
ClearPhoto TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
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
Features
Min shutter speed
30s
Max shutter speed
1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.70 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance 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)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
133 gr (0.29 pounds)
Physical dimensions
95 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Other
Battery life
240 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NP-BN
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
1
Cost at release
$300