- 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 25-500mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
- 166g - 96 x 55 x 25mm
- Introduced February 2013
- Replacement is Sony WX350
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony WX300 summary
Sony WX300 is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first announced on February of 2013. It includes a 18 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4896 x 3672.
Sony brought out the more recent Sony WX350 (Read Full Comparison) to replace this camera.
The WX300 places at #118 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #664 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please try out our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your customized criteria.
The following is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.
Sony WX300 family
The Sony WX300 has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can see all previous and more recent models along with important specs.
WX300 vs WX50024-720mm
WX300 vs WX35025-500mm
WX300 vs W80026-130mm
WX300 vs WX8028-224mm
WX300 vs W71028-140mm
WX300 vs W73025-224mm
WX300 vs WX15025-250mm
WX300 vs W69025-250mm
WX300 vs WX7025-125mm
WX300 vs WX5025-125mm
WX300 vs W61026-105mm
WX300 vs W62028-140mm
WX300 vs W65025-125mm
WX300 vs WX3025-125mm
WX300 vs WX1024-168mm
WX300 vs WX524-120mm
WX300 vs W37034-238mm
WX300 vs W29028-140mm
WX300 vs W23030-120mm
WX300 vs W22030-120mm
Sony WX300 Gallery
You can view the WX300 from various angles in the gallery here.
Sony WX300 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Sony WX300 based on criterias that are often regarded as useful in a camera.
Sony WX300 Sensor information
The dimension of the sensor on the Sony WX300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4896 x 3672 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 18 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the WX300's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The WX300 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony WX300 dimensions
Sony WX300 weighs around 0.37 pounds (166 gr / 5.86 oz) & the size of the camera is 96mm x 55mm x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Sony WX300 is less heavy compared to other rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The following is a photo of the Sony WX300 besides a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the WX300.
Sony WX300 Lens information
The WX300 comes with a built-in lens giving a focal range of 25-500mm making it a 20.0 x zoom which is ideal and will allow you to zoom right in.
At it's widest 25mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.5 which is quite sluggish and not great for low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will probably also need to boost your ISO producing noisy pictures. At the long end, 500mm is terrific zoom and comes with f6.5 which is fairly slow and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.
Sony WX300 Connectivity
The WX300 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy pictures and at times change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Certain apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Sony WX300 Video information
The highest possible video resolution on the Sony WX300 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in AVCHD format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in quality versus file size but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone jack which means you get zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to consider a different camera if you need better sound for your video clips.
Sony WX300 Weather Sealing
Sony WX300 does not have environment sealing so rainy conditions may affect the camera.
Sony WX300 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony WX300 includes a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Please note that the display has no touch support.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The View Finder specs for Sony WX300 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are rather handy in bright outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.
Sony WX300 Shutter information
Sony WX300 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.
Sony WX300 Flash and Hot shoe information
Sony WX300 comes with just in-built flash with missing external flash support.
Sony WX300 Autofocusing information
Sony WX300 has no Auto focusing. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & accurate compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect which is handy for portrait photography.
It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Sony WX300 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be good in low light occasions or you need more precise control on focusing.
Sony WX300 Battery life
The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the best (600) battery life in this range of cameras.
Below is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the best battery life:
WX300 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
WX300 vs B500600 nonoyes
WX300 vs L840590 noyesno
WX300 vs FZ200540 yesnono
WX300 vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Sony WX300 for various forms of photography
The following diagram shows a rundown of the Sony WX300 for various forms of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Sony WX300
The Sony WX300 has a rating of 37 which is dreadful, meaning that it is just not suitable to use for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files together with the capability to use off-camera lighting.
Sony WX300 Street photography features
Having a above average score of 63, the Sony WX300 is a very decent pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Sony WX300
A moderate sports photography rating of 50 suggests the Sony WX300 is somewhat suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have great tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony WX300 Travel photography factors
Portability is super crucial when picking a camera for travel. All round, the Sony WX300 gets a above average 71 as a travelling camera which is a very decent choice to buy for your journeys.
Sony WX300 Landscape photography details
In case you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most important factor will be image quality. The Sony WX300 with it's dreadful score of 44 for a landscape camera is just not suitable among its competition.
Sony WX300 Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera should really offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Sony WX300 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a dreadful score of 35.
Sony WX300 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the WX300, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph underneath provides you a bird's eye view of the WX300 vs it's top scored rivals shown earlier.
These are some more cameras you might consider as alternatives. To review a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.