Sony WX30 overview
Sony WX30 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact camera originally announced on July of 2011. It includes a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The WX30 comes in at #34 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #663 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can test our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personal criteria.
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Sony WX30 family
The Sony WX30 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can take a look at all earlier and new models along with important specs.
Sony WX30 Gallery
You can check the WX30 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony WX30 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony WX30 based on criterias which are often seen as useful in a camera.
Sony WX30 Sensor details
The Sony WX30 is powered by the BIONZ chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Sony WX30 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and features a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.
The image underneath shows the WX30's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The WX30 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Sony WX30 dimensions
Sony WX30 is 0.26 lbs (117g or 4.13 oz) and features outer size of 92mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Sony WX30 is lighter in comparison with other competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Here is a image of the Sony WX30 beside a soda to help you have a sense of its scale.
The top view under will illustrate the button layout on the WX30.
Sony WX30 Lens specs
The WX30 offers a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 25-125mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all amazing but it can be valuable in a few conditions.
At the widest 25mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.6 and that's very slow and not great in low light conditions and you will likely struggle to capture good bokeh. You would also have to raise the ISO setting giving you noisy files. With the tele end, 125mm comes to f6.3 which is very slow and you will need to apply slow shutter speeds.
Sony WX30 Connectivity
The WX30 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send photos and oftentimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.
Certain applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.
Sony WX30 Video specs
The highest video resolution in the Sony WX30 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance for quality and file sizes but FULL HD is not going to give you much room to downsample. The camera doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port which means that you have little control over your audio. It is perhaps best to consider another model in case you want better audio in your video clips.
Sony WX30 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Sony WX30 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.
Sony WX30 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony WX30 includes a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 922k dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you will be able to shift focus points and adjust settings by using your fingertips.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder specs regarding Sony WX30 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very useful for sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Sony WX30 Shutter specs
Sony WX30 has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.
Sony WX30 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Sony WX30 boasts only in-built flash without external flash ability.
Sony WX30 Autofocusing specs
Sony WX30 boasts just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.
It includes 9 focus points to pick from. Sony WX30 does not have manual focus. Manual focus is useful for low light scenarios or you need more exact control on focusing.
Sony WX30 Battery life
The battery power (NP-BN1) for the Sony WX30 is built to last for 250 shots based on the CIPA benchmarks making it similar to its competitors. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest (470) battery life for this range of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:
Sony WX30 for varying kinds of photography
The following graph presents a analysis of the Sony WX30 for varying kinds of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Sony WX30 Portrait photography information
The Sony WX30 has a points total of 31 which is subpar, meaning that it is not acceptable to use for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files along with the potential to use off-camera flash.
Sony WX30 Street photography information
Having a very good points total of 64, the Sony WX30 is a respectable fit for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Sony WX30 as a Sports photography camera
A subpar sports photography points tally of 40 indicates the Sony WX30 is not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have fantastic autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Sony WX30
Portability is pretty critical when picking a camera for travel. In general, the Sony WX30 gets a nice 69 as a travel camera which is a respectable pick for your journeys.
Sony WX30 Landscape photography highlights
If you find yourself planning to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony WX30 at it's subpar rating of 44 as a landscape camera is not acceptable in the current market.
Vlogging with Sony WX30
A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Sony WX30 is not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a subpar rating of 35.
Sony WX30 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the WX30, below is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The graph down below gives you a bird's eye view of the WX30 vs it's top scored competitors suggested above.
These are various other cameras you might see as alternatives. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.