Sony WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-8.0) lens
  • 124g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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  • Alternatives
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Sony WX80 summary

Sony WX80 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact camera initially introduced on January of 2013. It features a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The WX80 stands at #37 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #731 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please use our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your custom factors.

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The following is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Sony WX80 family

The Sony WX80 has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can check out all past and newer models as well as main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX500 front thumbnailSony WX500
WX80 vs WX500
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W800 front thumbnailSony W800
WX80 vs W800
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX350 front thumbnailSony WX350
WX80 vs WX350
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX300 front thumbnailSony WX300
WX80 vs WX300
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W730 front thumbnailSony W730
WX80 vs W730
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W710 front thumbnailSony W710
WX80 vs W710
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX80 front thumbnailSony WX8028-224mm
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150 front thumbnailSony WX150
WX80 vs WX150
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W690 front thumbnailSony W690
WX80 vs W690
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX50 front thumbnailSony WX50
WX80 vs WX50
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX70 front thumbnailSony WX70
WX80 vs WX70
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W610 front thumbnailSony W610
WX80 vs W610
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W620 front thumbnailSony W620
WX80 vs W620
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W650 front thumbnailSony W650
WX80 vs W650
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX30 front thumbnailSony WX30
WX80 vs WX30
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX10 front thumbnailSony WX10
WX80 vs WX10
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX5 front thumbnailSony WX5
WX80 vs WX5
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W370 front thumbnailSony W370
WX80 vs W370
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W290 front thumbnailSony W290
WX80 vs W290
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W230 front thumbnailSony W230
WX80 vs W230
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W220 front thumbnailSony W220
WX80 vs W220

Sony WX80 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Sony WX80 based on aspects which are usually regarded as essential in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
comes with touch focus
comes with tracking autofocus
does have HDMI support
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
in built zoom lens (28-224mm 8.0 x zoom)
lighter than competitors in class (124g)
relatively wide (28mm)
can't use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone jack
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have Timelapse mode
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW files
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
max zoom aperture not good (f8.0)
no aperture priority mode
screen does not articulate
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
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Sony WX80 Sensor features

The Sony WX80 features the BIONZ processor chip. The sensor measurement on the Sony WX80 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. The ISO can be extended electronically to a maximum of 12800. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported therefore you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the WX80's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The WX80 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony WX80 dimensions

Sony WX80 is 0.27 lbs (124g / 4.37 oz) & the size of the camera is 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Sony WX80 is less heavy compared to its rivals.

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Down below is a picture of the Sony WX80 with a softdrink so you can get a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80 dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button layout on the WX80.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80 topview buttons dials

Sony WX80 Lens features

The WX80 offers a built-in lens giving a focal range of 28-224mm making it a 8.0 x zoom which may not be exceptional but it is going to be handy in a few conditions.

At it's widest 28mm, it features an aperture of f3.3 making it really sluggish and not the best for low light occasions and you might find it hard to get good bokeh. You might also need to up your ISO resulting in noisy files. At the long end, 224mm comes with f8.0 making it really sluggish and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Sony WX80 Connectivity

The WX80 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and in some cases adjust camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Sony WX80 Video features

The highest possible video resolution on the Sony WX80 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance for quality vs file size but 1080p won't leave you with any room to downsample. The body does not offer a microphone and headphone jack which means that you have got zero control over the audio. It is probably best to look into another model if you need better audio for your video clips.

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Sony WX80 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Sony WX80 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Sony WX80 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony WX80 features a 2.7 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the display has no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications for Sony WX80 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders are pretty helpful.

Sony WX80 Shutter features

Sony WX80 is able to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Sony WX80 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony WX80 features just inbuilt flash with missing external flash support.

Sony WX80 Autofocusing features

Sony WX80 features only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & precise compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be useful for taking photos of people.

Sony WX80 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to adjust focus. It also includes Tracking AF for things on the move. Sony WX80 has no manual focus. Manual focus option can be good for low light or you need more precise focus control.

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Sony WX80 Battery life

The battery life (NP-BN) for the Sony WX80 is fashioned to last for 240 pictures according to the CIPA specifications making it similar to it's competitors. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Sony WX80 for varying kinds of photography

The following graph gives a rundown of the Sony WX80 for varying kinds of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony WX80 Portrait photography advice

The Sony WX80 receives a points tally of 35 which is bad, and means the camera is simply not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files & ability to work with off-camera flash.

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megapixel count decent (16MP)
has face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Sony WX80 Street photography features

Having a very good points tally of 67, the Sony WX80 is a good fit for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch focus
lighter than competitors (124g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Sony WX80 Sports photography factors

A bad sports photography score of 45 indicates the Sony WX80 is simply not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have very good tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Sony WX80 Travel photography highlights

Weight is really important in picking a travel camera. Overall, the Sony WX80 gets a nice 71 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine pick for your travels.

Photography Glossary
lighter than average (124 grams)
includes focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Sony WX80 as a Landscape photography camera

If you are looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony WX80 with it's bad rating of 39 as a landscape camera is simply not acceptable in the current market.

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fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Sony WX80

A vlogging camera should have a moving display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Sony WX80 is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a bad rating of 35.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (124g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
missing microphone port

Sony WX80 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the WX80, here is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram just below shows you a bird's eye view of the WX80 vs it's highest rated rivals mentioned previously.

There are more cameras you might check out as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-224mm (8.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7 inches
Resolution of display
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display tech
TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.20 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
124g (0.27 pounds)
Physical dimensions
92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9")
Battery life
240 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Pricing at release