Sony DSC-WX150 18.2 Megapixel Ultra Compact Reviews Roundup

Sony announces four new Cyber-Shot models include the DSC-WX150, DSC-W690, DSC-TX66 and the waterproof DSC-TX20 cameras. The WX150 and W690 are the world's thinnest 10x optical zoom cameras with the new AA (Advanced Aspherical) lens element which is drastically smaller than those in previous 10x zoom Cyber-shots. The TX66 and TX20 feature an ultra-slim, front-sliding design and measures about 12.2 mm thick. The TX20 is also waterproof up to 5m (16 feet), dustproof, shockproof up to 1.5m (5 feet) and freezeproof up to 14 degrees F.

The DSC-WX150 and DSC-TX66 features a 18.2 Megapixels Exmor R CMOS sensor with fast AF speed of approximately 0.13 second in daylight, 0.20 seconds in low-light. The DSC-WX150 comes with 3.0-inch 460k dot LCD screen and 10x wide-angle optical zoom lens (25-250mm in 35mm format) with 20x digital Clear Image Zoom at full resolution, while the DSC-TX66 comes with 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens (26-130mm in 35mm format) and 3.3-inch Xtra Fine OLED touch-screen. Both models have Extra High Sensitivity technology to enhance low-light shooting, Full HD Movie Shooting at 1920x1080/60i, Enhanced Optical SteadyShot and 9 Picture Effect options. The DSC-W690 features a 16.1 Megapixels CCD sensor, 3.0-inch 230k dot LCD touch screen, same 10x zoom lens, 720p HD Movie Shooting, and only 4 Picture Effect options. The DSC-WX150, DSC-W690 and DSC-T66 are listed for $250, $180 and $350 respectively. The DSC-WX150 & DSC-W690 are available in silver, black, red and blue this May, while the DSC-TX66 is available in silver, gold, red, white, purple and pink this March.

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Sony DSC-WX150 Camera Reviews Roundup

CNET US - May 20 2012
"Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 produces very good photos both indoors and out. At lower ISOs, you can definitely get shots that look good printed up to 10x13 and they stand up to a little enlarging and cropping. That's probably more than most people need, but it also means that the occasional 8x10 isn't out of the question. Subjects do get visibly s..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Apr 28 2012
"Smartphones keep eating into compact-camera sales, but there's still a place for capable, no-nonsense point-and-shoots, neither crippled by cut-rate components nor burdened by bogus extras like WiFi and touchscreens. The Sony Cyber-shot WX150 ($249) is the best one that we've seen so far this year. It's a good-looking camera, and even with the respectable 1..." More »
74out of 100

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User Review of the camera - Sony DSC-WX150

  • 2014-04-09 07:00
    Great Camera!, PatrimonioSeb-Irodden
    I am using this camera to keep memories of our family trips. We went to Europe and when I asked to other hotel guests to take a picture of the family, they frequently asked: Where did you buy this beautiful camera?. It's very little (light) and very thin, but the picture quality is superb. I used to carry a Panasonic with me at least 5 years ago, but I decided to change when I read about the capabilities of this cybershot. My favorite? You can choose which is the best picture of a round of automatic shoots and you can have HD recording if you like to keep most funny moments of family encounters and dinners. Great perfect camera for this purpose.
  • 2014-04-08 07:00
    Family Snapshots Review, Sarah "Fall in Love Every Day"
    I'm no camera wiz, lets just get that out of the way up front. Personally, I'm not a big fan of this camera. I had a SC DSC-W730 prior to this and it was my favorite camera I had owned. I go through digital camera's every couple years or so. I'll admit, I'm hard on my cameras. I'm around children a lot and I let them take pictures, inevitably the camera gets dropped...I throw my cameras in my purse at times and generally, I treat them as a functional daily item without tons of reverence. My SC DSC-W730 lasted the longest of my digital cameras (almost 4 years) and until the last month of it's life every picture I took was beautiful. Action shots, still shots, the photos were amazing. I decided not to get the same camera because this version (SC DSC-WX150) had a higher zoom and that drew me in. The zoom is pretty substantial, and for what I use it for it does it's job. What I am NOT a fan of is this camera's ability to handle action shots. I want to rip my hair out. I have a 3yo child and before that (with my old camera) I babysat for a family of four children. I know what to expect with (amateur!) action shots involving kids. This camera does not give me beautiful, clear, first-time-photo shots. I'm lucky when I get an action shot with this baby. I'm still pining for my old Sony Cybershot. For the price I think you can find better.
  • 2014-03-31 07:00
    Great camera, John F "Louis J Ford"
    I am well pleased with this tiny but full-featured camera. Multiple settings allow wide range of pictures under almost any condition. Zoom works well and camera very easy to carry.
  • 2014-03-23 07:00
    Not good battery., ross of pt.roberts
    camera is okay, but the battery (included with purchase) stopped working just after the one-year warranty ran out...and I don't take a lot of pictures...
  • 2014-03-22 07:00
    I love this camera!, Hashu Deikus
    This camera is awesome! I love the picture quality and the features are great. I've had it for a couple of years now and I still love it. I bought my mom a newer model of this camera for Christmas and she loves hers too. I have a DSLR as well but this little point and shoot is much easy to grab on the go just in case I want to take a few pictures. The picture quality is fantastic, the zoom is really impressive and the newer model has WiFi capabilities. It's very easy to use, I highly recommend this camera!
  • 2014-03-22 07:00
    Nice little camera, Shawneepaints
    I was happy with this purchase, although I agree with what other users have stated. It is a bit challenging to learn to use the camera, which didn't pose as much a problem for me since I only needed a few basic functions and learned them quickly enough to serve my purposes. I am not a fan of the way the functions are made available. Too hard to get to one from another, but the camera does take really nice photos, is light and compact. It contains some great functions if you want to take the time to learn how to manage them and have patience when using.
  • 2014-03-18 07:00
    In between the typical cheap digitals and high end DSLRs, GregoryDearth
    I bought this camera used. After doing a lot of shopping around, I found that there were two options and price ranges. You either get a highly complicated, bulky full size digital SLR, starting around $450 and going way way up in price, or you get a sub-standard light weight 16 mega-pixel or less camera for $170 or less.
    This camera is very unique. It sort of bridges the gap between the two. While you certainly cannot change the lense, it has many other features found in high-end full size digital SLRs while having a lightweight and ease of use closer to the lower digital cameras. It also has an 18.2 Mega pixel sensor, which is a few higher than your typical cameras of its price range and still costs less than $200 brand new.
    It lets you decide what kind of camera you want it to behave like. You can actually put it into 'easy' mode, in which the camera does all the thinking for you and works as fast and with higher image quality to your cell phone camera. But if you are doing some complicated shots, you have a HUGE variety of options.
    It has scene modes, where the camera adopts specific settings depending on what you are trying to shoot. It has a pet mode for example that makes great photos of your pets. It has a snowy outdoors mode, which makes shooting a ski-trip quite easy and effortless. You can even capture fireworks in its specific mode. There are about a dozen different scene modes.
    It also has a "P" mode which roughly equates to how an SLR would work. You can set the exposure and various other settings manually. You can even have it adopt various ISO's, simulating different types of film, which adjusts the sensitivity. This camera thereby performs incredibly well in low light.
    Finally, there are intelligent modes that adjust the various settings on the fly. I took a picture of an owl in a tree at night using one of these modes and the camera automatically took two pictures based on refocusing on the flash.
    The focusing mechanism is incredibly smart. It has properties typically seen in the big DSLRs like object tracking. You can have it target a particular object and if that object moves in the frame (or you move the camera), the focus square stays glued on the object. The focusing mechanism also has a mode whereby it recognizes the overall shape of a central object and attempts to focus on the average of that shape. For example, if you have a guitar in the picture, it will create a boxed shape around the guitar and make a good focus on the whole object.
    It even shoots photos in 3D, which is really really rare in cheaper digital cameras. You need a 3D tv to view the pictures and an HDMI cable to connect the two.
    The video capabilities are quite impressive. Not only does it shoot in 1080p, but it has a stereo microphone on the top of the camera. This makes all the difference in the world when shooting action. If someone is running across the field of view, you not only see them moving across the video in beautiful HD, but you hear their feet stomping from one side to the other, adding excellent realism to the recording.
    If you don't need 1080p you can shoot at lower levels. This is great for shooting relatively unimportant stuff for posting on websites as it makes the videos much smaller in file size while still looking great on smaller screens.
    The 10x zoom is a little slow to engage. But it works quite well and is an actual optical zoom. This means what you see is not going to be all pixelated when you zoom in on it. This works well when shooting distant objects.
    I purchased mine used from a pawn shop and the camera looks like it is brand new. The body is a light aluminum, and it feels remarkably solid while being quite light weight.
    So before you slap down half a grand on a big DSLR, ask yourself if you really are ready to deal with the complexity, expense, and weight of such cameras. And before you consider a lesser camera, check its mega pixels, 3D capability (really fun to use), stereo audio recording capability, and if it is just another plastic rectangle with minimal settings flexibility.
  • 2014-03-10 07:00
    Better than my last overpriced crappy camera, but not the best, K W
    This camera works fine, however I am really disappointed that within a year of use (and careful storage when not in use), it has fibers or something inside the lens. So frustrating. My last camera (different brand) had the same issue quickly, and I had to buy this one. It doesn't seem to affect most pictures, unless it is something very solidly plain or white. The other issues I have are that I have to avoid using the flash like crazy because it makes a shadow behind the objects/people that I am photographing, no matter how close or far I am from them. Yuck. Also, it appears that the lens causes a shadow in the corner of some pictures, which is irritating. I've taken hundreds of pictures in the last few weeks as I work on a big project, and I do like this camera for ease of use, however I haven't yet been able to really play around with a lot of the extra settings. It drives me nuts that cameras don't come with paper manuals anymore, as when I'm taking pictures I'm out and about and don't want to be strapped to a computer to look at the manual to change settings. This camera is good enough and I hope to not have to replace it soon (someone in a big box store told me, when I searched for my previous camera, that cameras are made to last 2 years or less, which is ridiculous. I had my first digital camera for 6 years before it just stopped working and I was forced to replace it, unhappily. I refuse to spend $200+ on a new camera every 2-or-less years, and I expect them to be higher quality if that's the expectation of the companies who are taking all this money.)
  • 2014-03-10 07:00
    not worth the $$$$, Lauren
    S L O W to take the picture---my daughter could age from it! Not worth the effort. I did not think it was an improvement for the same model a few years older.
  • 2014-03-07 08:00
    Worst pocket camera I've ever had, T. Nofziger "Tyler Traveler"
    I've had probably 4-5 small pocket cams over the years to compliment my Canon DSLR's and cannot believe how terrible the shots are from this camera. Indoor shots are basically impossible. Everything turns out grainy and blurry. I'm not sure if I should give up pocket cameras all together or try again with a different model or brand. The positive reviews on here absolutely shock me.
  • 2014-03-06 08:00
    Easy to Use, Chuang7662
    Good quality picture, easy to use. The night light picture not what I expected. But still worth to by at that price range.
  • 2014-03-05 08:00
    When it's good, it's great, T. Linker
    You can produce some surprisingly fine photos with this lightweight camera. It's much faster than I expected, and works well for a number of purposes. If you want snapshots of friends, tourist sights, even landscapes, you may enjoy this camera.
    It is not a replacement for a more serious camera, however. I own two Nikon semi-pro DSLRs, which are heavy but give incredible control over a picture and elegant color rendering. If you need to shoot wildlife in a forest, birds on the wing, or anything that requires clear control of the focus, this camera will disappoint completely for the simple reason that it has no viewfinder or manual focus control. And an LCD screen outside in bright light is VERY difficult to see.
    It does quite well choosing the focus point when the subject is simple, and especially if a human face or a building is the subject.
    Unless your smartphone has a really high megapixel count, this camera will probably outperform it. And it has a large number of scene types to choose from ( if you can figure out the menus), for everything from bouncy pets to night scenes and fireworks.
    I've been a little disappointed with flash pictures using this, but it does quite well without flash in fairly low available light.
    The video function on this is also quite usable.
  • 2014-03-02 08:00
    Best camera EVER!, Linda H.
    I went on a photo shoot yesterday with a friend and he used a pricey Nikon D3100 and I used the Cyer-shot. I just downloaded the pics and you cannot tell the difference in the pics! I love it! I scuba dive and may get the housing for underwater shots it's so good!
  • 2014-02-09 08:00
    Best camera, KJ
    This is a wonderful camera. The pictures are so good, that a family member used the photos of artwork to post on a site that sold his paintings. The site uses these photos to sell prints of the artwork.
  • 2014-02-09 08:00
    Best Camera every, angie
    This camera is great, it take wonderful pictures and is so small and compact. My son took the camera to Italy and was not dissapointed with the pictures.
  • 2014-02-05 08:00
    Great camera, inconsistent controls layout., Frank Mason "Dristal"
    The conundrum is great performance. Total inconsistency with controls layout model to model. That shows poor communications internally within their organization. Poor ergonomics is not fresh marketing and innovation. They should benchmark and get a clue.
  • 2014-01-20 08:00
    Sharp pictures but otherwise disappointing, CK "CK"
    I bought this camera to replace an Olympus that was no longer focusing properly based on consumer website reviews. I'm mostly disappointed with this camera. 1) It's never downloaded properly. I put the software on my computer and I get an error message every time on my camera. It eventually will download if I ignore the message. The software also has no editing capability. I end up still using my Olympus software for that. 2) The settings are almost impossible to figure out. Especially when you are in the middle of shooting and need to make an adjustment. There is no way to over-ride the settings and put it on manual. My Olympus had manual settings; this doesn't. Just to turn the flash off requires going to the menu to try to find it every time. The settings are not intuitive or easy to find. 3) There are only two pixel adjustments that I can find: 3 mpx and much higher. The choices for size of photo are just not there. 4) Sometimes it takes multiple shots, sometimes not. I don't know how or when this feature comes on. 5) Camera did not come with a manual; it's on-line. Not a help when you are using the camera and need to figure something out.
    The camera has a very good lens and takes a nice picture. Otherwise, I would not choose this camera again. If you want only a point and shoot for family photos it may be a decent choice, but don't expect any cropping or editing help with this software.
  • 2014-01-18 08:00
    Love this Camera, SailingShelley
    This camera has become a well travelled companion! It also does great shots for anything else you may have in mind. It is as simple or complicated as you demand! It's light and easy to slip into your pocket or purse.
  • 2014-01-16 08:00
    Wife loves it, Amazon Customer
    Takes great pictures although response time could be better. Wife loves it so I guess that's what counts. I would recommend to anyone trying to take pictures in non-sport or fast moving conditions (unless the fast moving stuff is in bright sunlight).
  • 2014-01-14 08:00
    Was worried about price but love the camera, Daniele Bryson
    I usually use my smartphone for pictures and videos but purchased this camera for our trip to Disney World. I was so glad I did as the quality is much better than what I get from my phone. Very easy to use.