- 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Tilting Display
- ISO 80 - 12800
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 24-720mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
- 236g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
- Announced April 2015
- Superseded the Sony WX350
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony WX500 overview
Sony WX500 is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally announced on April of 2015. The camera has got a 18MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4896 x 3672.
Sony released this camera to improve the previous Sony WX350 (Read Full Comparison)
The WX500 comes in at #28 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #449 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to check out our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom factors.
Below is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony WX500 family
The Sony WX500 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed list underneath.
WX500 vs WX35025-500mm
WX500 vs W80026-130mm
WX500 vs WX30025-500mm
WX500 vs W71028-140mm
WX500 vs W73025-224mm
WX500 vs WX8028-224mm
WX500 vs W69025-250mm
WX500 vs WX15025-250mm
WX500 vs WX5025-125mm
WX500 vs WX7025-125mm
WX500 vs W65025-125mm
WX500 vs W62028-140mm
WX500 vs W61026-105mm
WX500 vs WX3025-125mm
WX500 vs WX1024-168mm
WX500 vs WX524-120mm
WX500 vs W37034-238mm
WX500 vs W29028-140mm
WX500 vs W23030-120mm
WX500 vs W22030-120mm
Sony WX500 Gallery
You can look at the WX500 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony WX500 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Sony WX500 based on things which are often viewed as necessary in a camera.
Sony WX500 Sensor specs
The Sony WX500 features the Bionz X chip. The spec of the sensor on the Sony WX500 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4896 x 3672 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 18 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 80 to 12800. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less margin for error.
The graphic underneath illustrates the WX500's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The WX500 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Sony WX500 dimensions
Sony WX500 weighs around 0.52 pounds (236 grams / 8.32 oz) and features exterior dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Sony WX500 is lighter as compared to other rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Underneath is a picture of the Sony WX500 besides a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.
The top view under will highlight the button design on the WX500.
Sony WX500 Lens details
The WX500 comes with a built in lens offering a focal range of 24-720mm making it a 30.0 x zoom which is very good and can make it easier to zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 24mm, it offers an aperture of f3.5 making it somewhat sluggish and not the best in low light circumstances and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also have to increase your ISO setting which causes noisy files. With the long end, 720mm is incredible zoom and comes to f6.4 making it really sluggish and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.
Sony WX500 Connectivity
The WX500 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can send photos and oftentimes alter settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.
Certain apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.
Sony WX500 Video details
The maximum video quality on the Sony WX500 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in AVCHD and XAVC S format. 1080p quality provides a good balance in quality versus file size but FULL HD will not give you much room to crop. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone jack which means that you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to take a look at another model should you require decent audio in your video clips.
Sony WX500 Weather Sealing
Sony WX500 doesn't have weather proofing so rainy conditions can easily affect the camera.
Sony WX500 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony WX500 has got a 3 inch tilting display having a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder specs regarding Sony WX500 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are pretty useful in sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Sony WX500 Shutter details
Sony WX500 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Sony WX500 Flash and Hot shoe details
Sony WX500 includes just inbuilt flash with missing external flash ability.
Sony WX500 Autofocusing details
Sony WX500 includes only Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which makes it helpful for portrait photography.
It also has Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Sony WX500 does not have manual focus. Manual focus can be good in low light occasions or you require more accurate focus control.
Sony WX500 Battery life
The battery (NP-BX1) on the Sony WX500 is designed to last for 360 shutters according to the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than average for its class. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the highest possible (600) battery life in this group of cameras.
Following is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the best battery life:
WX500 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
WX500 vs B500600 nonoyes
WX500 vs L840590 noyesno
WX500 vs FZ200540 yesnono
WX500 vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Sony WX500 for various forms of photography
The following illustration gives a analysis of the Sony WX500 for various forms of photography. To understand more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Sony WX500 Portrait photography details
The Sony WX500 has a points tally of 39 which is bad, meaning that it is not really very good for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files & potential to work with external flash.
Sony WX500 Street photography info
Getting a nice score of 70, the Sony WX500 is a good choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.
Sony WX500 Sports photography details
A modest sports photography score of 57 indicates the Sony WX500 is reasonably suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have very good autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony WX500 Travel photography advice
Size is pretty crucial when buying a camera for travel. In general, the Sony WX500 gets a above average 71 as a travel camera which is a good choice to take on your journeys.
Sony WX500 as a Landscape photography camera
When you are planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Sony WX500 with it's average grade of 49 for a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable among it's competition.
Sony WX500 Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Sony WX500 is not really very good as a vlog camera as it gets a bad rating of 35.
Sony WX500 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the WX500, below is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The diagram underneath will give you a bird's eye view of the WX500 compared to it's top scored rivals shown earlier.
These are some more cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To review a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.