Sony WX220

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 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
  • 121g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Announced February 2014
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  • Alternatives
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Portability
96
Imaging
44
Features
41
Overall
42

Sony WX220 summary

Sony WX220 is Sony's Ultracompact camera originally released on February of 2014. It features a 18 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4896 x 3672.

The WX220 is scored #11 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over-all #606 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. Please use our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.

Sony WX220 family

The Sony WX220 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can look at all earlier and most recent models as well as key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX220 front thumbnailSony WX22025-250mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W830 front thumbnailSony W830
WX220 vs W830
25-200mm
F3.3-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W810 front thumbnailSony W810
WX220 vs W810
27-162mm
F3.5-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W550 front thumbnailSony W550
WX220 vs W550
26-104mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W560 front thumbnailSony W560
WX220 vs W560
26-104mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W570 front thumbnailSony W570
WX220 vs W570
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX9 front thumbnailSony WX9
WX220 vs WX9
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W530 front thumbnailSony W530
WX220 vs W530
26-104mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W510 front thumbnailSony W510
WX220 vs W510
26-104mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W330 front thumbnailSony W330
WX220 vs W330
26-105mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W350 front thumbnailSony W350
WX220 vs W350
26-105mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W310 front thumbnailSony W310
WX220 vs W310
28-112mm
F3.0-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W320 front thumbnailSony W320
WX220 vs W320
26-105mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W380 front thumbnailSony W380
WX220 vs W380
24-120mm
F2.4-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010

Sony WX220 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Sony WX220 based on aspects which are normally regarded as crucial in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
comes with face detection focus
comes with HDMI socket
comes with tracking autofocus
fairly wide (25mm)
flash built-in
good megapixels (18MP)
good zoom range (25-250mm 10.0 x zoom)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
great zoom (250mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
NFC support
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have Timelapse recording
external flash not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no articulating screen
no manual control
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW support
no shutter priority
screen has low resolution (460 k dots)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Sony WX220 Sensor info

The Sony WX220 features the Bionz X processor. The size of the sensor in the Sony WX220 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4896 x 3672 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 18MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath displays the WX220's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The WX220 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony WX220 dimensions

Sony WX220 weighs around 0.27 pounds (121g or 4.27 oz) and features external size of 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Sony WX220 is similar as compared to other competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Sony WX220 next to a softdrink to help you have a feel for its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button arrangement on the WX220.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 topview buttons dials

Sony WX220 Lens info

The WX220 has a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 25-250mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which is not at all exceptional however it can be helpful in a few situations.

At the widest 25mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.3 and that is somewhat slow and not great in low light occasions and you will find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You would also need to up the ISO producing noisy pictures. With the tele end, 250mm is incredible zoom and comes with f5.9 making it really sluggish and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Sony WX220 Connectivity

The WX220 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy photos and at times adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Sony WX220 Video info

The highest possible video resolution in the Sony WX220 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance in quality versus file sizes but 1080p won't give you much room to downsample. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone port which means that you get little control over your audio. It is probably best to have a look at an alternative model should you require decent audio in your video clips.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Sony WX220 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Sony WX220 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty situations.

Sony WX220 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony WX220 features a 3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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The View Finder details regarding Sony WX220 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty useful in sunny outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Sony WX220 Shutter info

Sony WX220 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Sony WX220 Flash and Hot shoe info

Sony WX220 boasts only built-in flash lacking external flash support.

Sony WX220 Autofocusing info

Sony WX220 boasts just Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and precise when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be helpful for taking photos of people.

It also includes Tracking AF for moving subjects. Sony WX220 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus option is useful in low light or you need more precise focusing control.

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Sony WX220 Battery life

The battery life (NP-BN) for the Sony WX220 is fashioned to last for 210 shutters as per the CIPA benchmarks making it similar to its rivals. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the best (320) battery life in this class of cameras.

Here is a listing of Ultracompact cameras with the strongest battery life:

Sony WX220 for varying forms of photography

The following chart displays a summary of the Sony WX220 for varying forms of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Sony WX220

The Sony WX220 receives a score of 37 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really good to use for portraits. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files together with the capability to work with external lighting.

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decent sensor resolution (18MP)
provides face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Sony WX220 Street photography advice

Getting a reasonable rating of 59, the Sony WX220 is reasonably adequate for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Sports photography with Sony WX220

A reasonable sports photography points tally of 47 indicates the Sony WX220 is somewhat acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs fantastic autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (18 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Sony WX220 Travel photography info

Portability is very critical when choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony WX220 gets a nice 70 as a travelling camera which is a fine choice to buy for your trips.

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sensor resolution is decent (18MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
lack of Timelapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)

Sony WX220 Landscape photography information

For anyone planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Sony WX220 at it's subpar score of 45 as a landscape camera is not really good within the current marketplace.

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pretty wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Sony WX220

A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering everything, the Sony WX220 is not really good as a vlog camera as it comes to a subpar score of 35.

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quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic jack

Sony WX220 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the WX220, here is a number of the top scored cameras which fall under the category of Ultracompact.

The line graph here will give you an overview of the WX220 versus it's top rated competitors shown above.

Here are a few more cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To see a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
Class
Ultracompact
Announced
2014-02-12
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Powered by
Bionz X
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4896 x 3672
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
12800
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-250mm (10.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.3-5.9
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inch
Resolution of display
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.70 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash modes
Auto, on, slow synchro, off, advanced
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
121g (0.27 lbs)
Physical dimensions
92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9")
Other
Battery life
210 photos
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-BN
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
1
Retail pricing
$198