Sony WX350

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 front
 
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 164g - 96 x 55 x 26mm
  • Announced February 2014
  • Superseded the Sony WX300
  • Updated by Sony WX500
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
94
Imaging
45
Features
43
Overall
44

Sony WX350 overview

Sony WX350 is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally introduced on February of 2014. It houses a 18 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4896 x 3672.

Sony brought out this camera as a way to improve the older Sony WX300 (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently launched the updated Sony WX500 (Read Full Comparison) to improve this model.

The WX350 comes in at #77 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all round #533 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony WX350 family

The Sony WX350 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can see all earlier and most recent models alongside main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX500 front thumbnailSony WX500
WX350 vs WX500
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX350 front thumbnailSony WX35025-500mm
F3.5-6.5
18MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W800 front thumbnailSony W800
WX350 vs W800
26-130mm
F3.2-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX300 front thumbnailSony WX300
WX350 vs WX300
25-500mm
F3.5-6.5
18MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX80 front thumbnailSony WX80
WX350 vs WX80
28-224mm
F3.3-8.0
16MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W710 front thumbnailSony W710
WX350 vs W710
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W730 front thumbnailSony W730
WX350 vs W730
25-224mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150 front thumbnailSony WX150
WX350 vs WX150
25-250mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W690 front thumbnailSony W690
WX350 vs W690
25-250mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX70 front thumbnailSony WX70
WX350 vs WX70
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX50 front thumbnailSony WX50
WX350 vs WX50
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W610 front thumbnailSony W610
WX350 vs W610
26-105mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W620 front thumbnailSony W620
WX350 vs W620
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W650 front thumbnailSony W650
WX350 vs W650
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX30 front thumbnailSony WX30
WX350 vs WX30
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX10 front thumbnailSony WX10
WX350 vs WX10
24-168mm
F2.4-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX5 front thumbnailSony WX5
WX350 vs WX5
24-120mm
F2.4-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W370 front thumbnailSony W370
WX350 vs W370
34-238mm
F3.6-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W290 front thumbnailSony W290
WX350 vs W290
28-140mm
F3.3-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W230 front thumbnailSony W230
WX350 vs W230
30-120mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W220 front thumbnailSony W220
WX350 vs W220
30-120mm
F2.8-7.1
12MP1/2.3"2009

Sony WX350 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Sony WX350 based on criterias which are usually viewed as useful in a camera.

above average min ISO (80)
better than average battery (470 CIPA)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
flash built-in
good resolution (18MP)
good sized screen (3 inches)
great zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has HDMI socket
lighter than competition in class (164 grams)
long zoom (500mm)
provides face detection focusing
provides tracking autofocus
quite wide (25mm)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW format
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (460 k dots)
no articulating screen
no external flash support
no manual exposure
no manual focus
slow at full zoom (f6.5)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Sony WX350 Sensor details

The sensor measurement on the Sony WX350 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4896 x 3672 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 18MP and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 12800. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the WX350's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The WX350 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony WX350 dimensions

Sony WX350 is 0.36 lb (164 grams or 5.78 oz) & has outside measurements of 96mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Sony WX350 is lighter in comparison with other competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Sony WX350 with a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button layout on the WX350.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 topview buttons dials

Sony WX350 Lens specs

The WX350 houses a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 25-500mm making it a 20.0 x zoom which is ideal and is going to enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 25mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.5 which is somewhat slow and not great for low light occasions and you will likely struggle to get good bokeh. You could also have to boost the ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs. At the tele end, 500mm is outstanding zoom and comes at f6.5 which is quite slow and you might need to set slow shutter speeds.

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Sony WX350 Connectivity

The WX350 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and oftentimes alter camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Sony WX350 Video specs

The maximum video resolution on the Sony WX350 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in AVCHD format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance for quality and file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a microphone or headphone jack so you have little control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to look at an alternative model should you require decent audio for your video clips.

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Sony WX350 Weather Sealing

Sony WX350 doesn't include weather sealing so wet conditions may damage the camera.

Sony WX350 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony WX350 is equipped with a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 screen and viewfinder Handle those 8K RED files like a boss

The View Finder specs for Sony WX350 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really handy for sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Sony WX350 Shutter specs

Sony WX350 is able to shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Sony WX350 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Sony WX350 comes with only built in flash without external flash ability.

Sony WX350 Autofocusing specs

Sony WX350 doesn't have Auto focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and exact in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect which is helpful for taking photos of people.

It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Sony WX350 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus option can be useful for low light or you want to have more accurate depth of field control.

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Sony WX350 Battery life

The battery (NP-BX1) on the Sony WX350 is made to last for 470 pictures as per the CIPA measurements making it higher than the usual when compared to its class. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest possible (600) battery life for this range of cameras.

Here is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the best battery life:

Sony WX350 for varying styles of photography

The following chart gives a overview of the Sony WX350 for varying styles of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony WX350 Portrait photography highlights

The Sony WX350 receives a score of 38 which is subpar, meaning that it is just not very good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support plus the ability to use off-camera lighting.

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resolution is good (18 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Sony WX350 Street photography advice

Coming in at a above average rating of 64, the Sony WX350 is a very decent pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (164 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Sony WX350 Sports photography info

A average sports photography score of 53 indicates the Sony WX350 is fairly appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera should have good tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
features tracking focus
better than average battery pack (470 CIPA)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Sony WX350 Travel photography highlights

Size is very crucial when picking a camera for travel. In general, the Sony WX350 gets a very good 73 as a travelling camera which is a respectable pick for your holidays.

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great battery pack (470 per charge)
lighter than competition (164g)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
long zoom (500mm)
missing Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Landscape photography with Sony WX350

If you are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony WX350 and it's average grade of 48 as a landscape camera is reasonably suitable in the current marketplace.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18MP)
better than average battery (470 CIPA)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Sony WX350 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera ought to offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Sony WX350 is just not very good for vlogging as it gets a subpar score of 35.

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decently wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (164g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic socket

Sony WX350 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the WX350, below is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart underneath will give you an overview of the WX350 compared to it's top scored rivals shown previously.

These are various other cameras you might consider as alternate options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2014-02-13
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4896 x 3672
RAW images
Max native ISO
12800
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-500mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.5-6.5
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inches
Display resolution
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
4s
Maximum shutter speed
1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
4.30 m
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
VCHD: 28M PS(1,920x1,080/60p) / 24M FX(1,920x1,080/60i) / 17M FH(1,920x1,080/60i),MP4: 12M(1,440x1,080/30fps) / 3M VGA(640x480/30fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
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
164 gr (0.36 pounds)
Physical dimensions
96 x 55 x 26mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0")
Other
Battery life
470 images
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-BX1
Self timer
Yes (Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
1
Retail cost
$270