Sony WX5

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 146g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Introduced July 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
29
Overall
33

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 #141 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #992 out of 1422 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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX500 front thumbnailSony WX500
WX5 vs WX500
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W800 front thumbnailSony W800
WX5 vs W800
26-130mm
F3.2-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX350 front thumbnailSony WX350
WX5 vs WX350
25-500mm
F3.5-6.5
18MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX300 front thumbnailSony WX300
WX5 vs WX300
25-500mm
F3.5-6.5
18MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W730 front thumbnailSony W730
WX5 vs W730
25-224mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W710 front thumbnailSony W710
WX5 vs W710
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX80 front thumbnailSony WX80
WX5 vs WX80
28-224mm
F3.3-8.0
16MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150 front thumbnailSony WX150
WX5 vs WX150
25-250mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W690 front thumbnailSony W690
WX5 vs W690
25-250mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX50 front thumbnailSony WX50
WX5 vs WX50
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX70 front thumbnailSony WX70
WX5 vs WX70
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W610 front thumbnailSony W610
WX5 vs W610
26-105mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W620 front thumbnailSony W620
WX5 vs W620
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W650 front thumbnailSony W650
WX5 vs W650
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX30 front thumbnailSony WX30
WX5 vs WX30
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX10 front thumbnailSony WX10
WX5 vs WX10
24-168mm
F2.4-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX5 front thumbnailSony WX524-120mm
F2.4-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W370 front thumbnailSony W370
WX5 vs W370
34-238mm
F3.6-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W290 front thumbnailSony W290
WX5 vs W290
28-140mm
F3.3-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W230 front thumbnailSony W230
WX5 vs W230
30-120mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W220 front thumbnailSony W220
WX5 vs W220
30-120mm
F2.8-7.1
12MP1/2.3"2009

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.

has built in flash
has HDMI support
image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
pretty good screen size (2.8")
pretty wide (24mm)
provides tracking focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
cannot use external flash
does not contain selfie friendly screen
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of headphone jack
lack of mic jack
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW files
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Time Lapse recording
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
pixelated screen (461 k dot)
screen is fixed
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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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.

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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.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Here is a image of the Sony WX5 next to a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button arrangement on the WX5.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 screen and viewfinder Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos

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.

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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.

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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 22 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.

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manual focus not available
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files

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.

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image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Sports photography with Sony WX5

A subpar sports photography points tally of 35 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.

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image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

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.

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flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
does not have Timelapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)

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.

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relatively wide (24mm)
nice screen size (2.8")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)
lack of manual mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
no Timelapse mode

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.

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really wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic jack

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.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2010-07-08
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor Chip
Bionz
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/2.4-5.9
Macro focus range
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.8"
Resolution of screen
461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
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
2 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.10 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (50 fps), 1440 x 1080 (50, 25fps), 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
146 grams (0.32 lbs)
Physical dimensions
92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9")
Other
Battery model
NP-BN1
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/ SDHC/ SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots
1
Launch pricing
$250