Brought out to be a candidate for best point and shoot camera of 2013, Sony has made the DSC-WZ300 to match and beat competitors in its class. Still, it is not perfect in some aspects, but overall, the WX300 is a good buy for anyone looking for a small size camera with powerful zoom and good image quality at a reasonable price tag. Could this be the best point and shoot camera under $300? We will find out right now. But first, for those of you who visit this website the first time, I have something for you.
We review new cameras frequently and have series of bulk comparison to find the best point and shoot camera. This review of the Sony DSC-WX300 is fallen into the best point and shoot camera under $300 series. There are other review series I’ve done, such as the under $200 price range.Back to the Sony WX300, as with any other reviews on this website, I will focus on key factors related to image quality or special applications first, then the extra features that may add values to user. Through this review, I hope you will find if this camera is your best point and shoot camera.
Sensor | Sony DSC-WX300 Review
This camera is armed with a traditional point and shoot 1/2.3” sensor in its heart. The resolution counts 18 megapixels. Though megapixel on this size of sensor does not always mean high image quality, but this camera still shows impressive results. But this kind of resolution does show its limitation on ISO proven by the maximum native ISO of only 3200 (it can be stretched to 12800 but via in camera processing). A few years ago, 3200 in light sensitivity was great, but as technology advances, the standard also increases. Some point and shoot cameras today can be as sensitive as ISO12,800 natively, which leave this Sony counterpart falling behind slightly, especially when we use the camera at its longest end of the zoom and under low light conditions. But I will talk more on this in the next part. Saying this, most cameras with better ISO performance are in different price range and I only stated it with the demand of a camera critic. And the results from this camera at ISO1600 are very usable.
Lens | Sony DSC-WX300 Review
One of the most recognizable features on this camera is its lens. This powerful 20x lens is produced by Sony. With just a little bit of disappointment at the first glance because I wanted to see a Sony camera with Carl Zeiss lens. But the results produced by the aspherical lens change my thought quickly. The lens is 25-500mm in term of 35mm format, which means it covers from wide shot to super close up. Imagine the 25mm lens allows you to photography most group photos taken in a tiny room, while the longest end lets you take tightly crop photo of a footballer from your seat. With the aperture opening widest at f3.5 and 5.6 for 25mm and 500mm relatively, it is only a standard speed lens in the price range, but the Sony camera also features its 2 axes Optical SteadyShot (Sony’s own name for its image stabilization system).
Other Fun Features | Sony DSC-WX300 Review
The Sony DSC-WX300 has some cool features targeting users from its market. These can be listed as 4 modes of face detection, 14 shooting programs and 9 special effect settings. Out of which, I have fallen in love with the background defocus, which reproduce the effect of optical background blur (bokeh). This is very cool for portrait addicts.
Screen and Battery | Sony DSC-WX300 Review
The WX300 feature a wide 3 inches LCD screen with fairly good resolution of 460k dots which has the option to show grid and histogram. The big screen with constant photo playback generally means shorter battery life. But it is not the case with this camera. Sony claims that the battery last 500 shots per fully charged battery, and it is true under the test. With a battery fully charged, a heavy shooter can last almost one whole day.