Sony DSC-WX220 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 18.2 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 10x optical zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Focusing as close as 5 cm
  • Maximum aperture f3.3-5.9
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/1600
  • ISO range 100-3200 (12800 in Multi-Frame NR)
  • 10 fps burst mode (up to 10 shots)
  • 1080p HD video
  • 6.7 cm LCD
  • Wi-fi
  • Rechargeable battery rated at 210 images
  • Release Date: 2014-07-30
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

4.5 Star Rating: Recommended
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Sony DSC-WX220 offers well-rounded feature set in one tiny camera
With a 10x optical zoom, 10 fps burst speed, wi-fi and more, the Sony WX220 offers excellent features for the price.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 9/13/2014

If you're going to buy a point-and-shoot camera based on nothing but the manufacturer alone, Sony is a pretty safe bet. But there are plenty additional reasons to look at the Sony WX220--it's a well-rounded camera that comes in at a good price point too. Here's what we noted when first announced.

The 10x optical zoom is likely to be a deciding factor for many. The most popular cameras today typically have big zooms--it's something smart phone's can't compete with. The Sony WX220 has a 10x optical zoom packed into a little camera that weighs roughly as much as a smartphone. While it's not as big of a zoom as the bridge-style super-zooms, it's sufficient and comes with a much more compact body. The 10x optical zoom is paired with optical image stabilization.

Speed also looks to be a plus for the WX220. Burst speed tops out at 10 fps, which is excellent for the category. It's limited to ten shots at a time, but that's typical. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600, which is around average for the category. The camera includes Sony's latest processor.

Image quality should be on track for competing point-and-shoots too. The sensor size and maximum aperture are average for the category and price point, but includes Sony's latest processor and sensor technology. Early reports indicate noise reduction is also good for the category, and shots are usable even ISO 1600. It's difficult to judge image quality before a hands-on review, but Sony is has a solid reputation here.

Designed for consumers, the WX220 has a lot of features that make the camera easy to use. There's a variety of auto and scene modes, plus digital fitlers for adding special effects. The popular panorama mode is also included.

Measuring in around the width of a credit card, the WX220 is certainly easy to transport. It's remarkable to consider all the features that are packed into the tiny body--even wi-fi.

Point-and-shoots haven't been seeing too mcuh action lately, but the WX220 looks to be a good addition to Sony's line-up. Priced right around $200, it's a good deal too.

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