Sony WX5 summary
Sony WX5 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally revealed on July of 2010. The camera houses a 12MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The WX5 is placed #135 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #993 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our database. Please check out our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your personalized requirements.
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Sony WX5 history
The Sony WX5 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can see all past and current models alongside key specs.
Sony WX5 Gallery
You can view the WX5 from several angles in the gallery below.
Sony WX5 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Sony WX5 based on aspects which are generally regarded as essential in a digital camera.
Sony WX5 Sensor information
The Sony WX5 is run by the Bionz processor chip. The sensor size on the Sony WX5 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 125 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.
The image underneath displays the WX5's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The WX5 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony WX5 dimensions
Sony WX5 weighs 0.32 lbs (146 gr or 5.15 ounces) & has external proportions of 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Sony WX5 is less heavy than various competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a image of the Sony WX5 next to a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will illustrate the button arrangement on the WX5.
Sony WX5 Lens information
The WX5 houses an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really perfect however it will definitely be helpful in certain cases.
At it's widest 24mm, it has an aperture of f2.4 and that's fairly sluggish and not good for low light conditions and you may struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You would also need to up your ISO which results in noisy images. For the long end, 120mm comes to f5.9 making it fairly sluggish and you might have to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Sony WX5 Connectivity
The WX5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send images and in some cases adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Several apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Sony WX5 Video information
The highest possible video quality on the Sony WX5 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in AVCHD file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance in video quality and file size but 1080p won't give you any room to crop. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone port which means that you get zero control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to purchase a different model should you require good audio for your videos.
Sony WX5 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing in the Sony WX5 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.
Sony WX5 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony WX5 is equipped with a 2.8" fixed display screen with a resolution of 461k dots.
Please be aware that the display has no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specs for Sony WX5 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be particularly valuable.
Sony WX5 Shutter information
Sony WX5 can shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.
Sony WX5 Flash and Hot shoe information
Sony WX5 has just built in flash lacking external flash support.
Sony WX5 Autofocus information
Sony WX5 has only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and precise than Contrast Detect autofocusing.
The AF system supports 9 focus points to choose from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Sony WX5 lacks manual focus. Manual focus mode can be good in low light scenarios or you need more exact focusing control.
Sony WX5 Battery life
The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the best (470) battery life in this group of cameras.
Here is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the strongest battery life:
Sony WX5 for specific categories of photography
The following chart displays a outline of the Sony WX5 for specific categories of photography. To see more, check out the specific section underneath.
Sony WX5 Portrait photography features
The Sony WX5 has a score of 21 which is subpar, meaning that it is just not good for portraits. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the ability to utilize off-camera flash.
Sony WX5 Street photography features
Coming in at a decent points tally of 57, the Sony WX5 is somewhat suitable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Sony WX5
A subpar sports photography points tally of 34 indicates the Sony WX5 is just not good for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony WX5 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is extremely critical in getting a travel camera. All round, the Sony WX5 gets a average 58 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly suitable to buy for your holidays.
Sony WX5 Landscape photography highlights
For anybody who is planning to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony WX5 with it's subpar score of 37 for a landscape camera is just not good among its competition.
Sony WX5 Vlogging features
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a moving screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Sony WX5 is just not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a subpar rating of 32.
Sony WX5 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the WX5, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The chart down below gives you a summary of the WX5 vs it's highest scored rivals shown earlier.
Here are a few more cameras you might see as alternatives. To see a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.