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Sony WX350 Digital Camera Review

If you like the new Sony HX400V 20.4-megapixel Digital Camera but it’s beyond your budget or you still find it too big or a bit complicated, Sony has a solution for you – the Sony WX350. Weighing at just 137g and measuring at 96.0 x 54.9 x 25.7 mm, the Sony WX350 has been hailed as the world’s smallest and lightest compact camera in the 20x optical zoom category. Because of its size, not only can you slip it into your pocket and carry it everywhere, this ultra-compact camera also has the same main circuitry as the HX400V.


Key Features:

–   18.2MP, 1/2.3 in. Type (7.82mm) Exmor R CMOS Sensor   

–   BIONZ X Image Processor

–   20x Optical Zoom (25-500mm equivalent)

–   Aperture F3.5 – 6.5

–   Shutter Speed 4 sec – 1/1600 sec

–   ISO 80 –12,800

–   Full HD Video, 1080p

–   Built-in Flash

–   Wi-Fi/NFC Capabilities

–   Play Memories Camera Apps

Heart of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350:

The Sony WX350 uses an 18.2MP, 1/2.3 in. Type (7.82mm) Exmor R CMOS Sensor in tandem with the latest generation BIONZ X image processor. This is the same core found in the newly launched Sony HX400V, the 20.4-megapixel, 1/2.3 in.  Type (7.82mm) Exmor R CMOS Sensor with BIONZ X image processor. Looking at the specs, the gross pixel of this type of sensor is 21.1-megapixels. But effectively it is only utilizing 18.2-megapixels of it. This was done in order to accommodate the zoom range of the optical lens in an ultra-compact body. By bringing the lens closer to the sensor, the desired focal length is achieved but there is cropping on the sensor. This reduces the overall resolution compared to the HX400V.

Most of the WX350’s shooting functions and speed are similar to those of  the HX400V – such as the 10 frames per second burst speed, sensitivity of up to ISO 12,800, light metering or focusing mode, white balance, and the like. Also because it uses the same BIONZ X image processor, there is marked improvement in tonal gradation and reduction in noise. This results in sharp, high-quality still images and full HD videos.

The WX350 captures video in 1080p full HD. Also incorporated in the camera is the new Sony Optical SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode. This feature gives a smoother and more stable video even while recording while moving.

Optical Zoom Lens:

With regard to the optical zoom lens, the Sony WX350 uses a Sony G lens instead of the high-quality and more expensive Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens. The Sony G lens uses 11 elements in 10 groups with 5 aspherical elements. This gives the WX350 a 20x optical zoom or an equivalent of 25-500mm. Using the 40x Clear Image Zoom feature, this range an be digitally doubled to 1000mm. This is almost equivalent to the optical range of the HX400V which is 1200mm.

Unlike the Carl Zeiss lens, the Sony G lens has a maximum aperture opening of F3.5 at its widest focal length of 25mm and F6.5 at its maximum telephoto range of 500mm. In terms of its shutter speed it’s rated at 4 sec – 1/1600sec.

Wi-Fi/NFC Capabilities and Sony’s PlayMemories Camera Apps

The Sony WX350 is also equipped with the Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, like most of the recently released Sony cameras. Downloading directly and instantaneously to your smartphone or tablet is easy and convenient. Also controlling the WX350 remotely using your smartphone or tablet is possible with the use of Smart Remote Control App. Other camera apps are also available at the Sony’s PlayMemories store.

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