Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX10 Review

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Review posted 06/28/2011

Quick Take
Pros
  • Metal body is stylish and well built
  • Robust shooting performance; including burst mode
  • Various 3D modes, including a Tilt mode that gives you a 3D feel by tilting the camera in playback; reminiscent of old baseball cards
  • Convenient mode dial and control wheel for quick changes
  • iSweep Panorama technology is easy to use and captures great images, both vertically and horizontally
  • Nice exposure indicator when using Manual mode; helps you dial in exposure
  • Quick switch to video with a separate movie button
  • Short descriptions of each exposure setting
  • Ability to control tracking focus and subject focus in program mode
  • In-camera photo editing such as crop, rotate, sharpening, and red eye correction
  • In-camera guide if you lose or forget the manual, or you are a hands-on learner 
  • Captures pleasing 16-megapixel images in Superior and iAuto modes
  • Above average battery life (up to 360 photos per charge according to Sony)
  • Tilting playback of burst sequences
Cons
  • High levels of noise at all ISO settings; can be seen indoors and out when pixel peeping
  • Zoom takes some practice to get precise framing
  • When switching modes, it is slow because it gives you a brief description; only pressing the 'select' button will skip this short intro, or it can be turned off in settings menu
  • Playback mode information does not list what exposure mode was used; which can get confusing when you're shooting with multiple modes for one subject
Bottom Line
Sony has created an impressive ultra-compact digicam that is blazing fast. The WX10 boasts a vast array of exposure settings and options, whether fully automatic or manual, along with some one of a kind 3D and Panorama type modes. While we did find a few disappointments, at just $279 US, the WX10 has a lot to offer. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
sony_WX10_Black_550.jpgThe Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 camera is Sony's flagship WX-series model for 2011. When looking over the camera's specifications, you'll notice they are very similar when comparing to both its cheaper (DSC-WX9) or more expensive (DSX-HX7V) siblings.
 
Like many of Sony's new Cyber-shot cameras, the DSC-WX10 features a large 16.2-megapixel "Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS sensor, which is great in lowlight situations, and is also capable of 10fps burst shooting at full resolution and recording full 1080 (60i) video. Sony has also included their new Dual Rec Mode, which allows you to capture 3-megapixel still images while shooting video in the 1080/60i AVCHD format.

The DSC-WX10 features a bright (f/2.4), 7X optical zoom lens that covers a nice wide range of approx. 24 - 168mm; in 35mm equivalence. Included in each of this new generation of Sony Cyber-shot cameras are 3D Sweep Panorama and 3D Still Image modes. In these modes, the DSC-WX10 takes two consecutive shots in different focus positions to calculate depth. 3D Still Images can be seen in normal 2D or in 3D on compatible 3DTVs ( with all the needed optional accessories of course).  Another 3D feature is called Sweep Multi Angle mode, where the camera takes 15 still images at different angles to assemble a panorama, which can be viewed on the camera's LCD screen by titling and panning the camera.
 
Sony DSC-WX10 features include:
  • 16.2-megapixel "Exmor R" CMOS sensor
  • 7x, bright F2.4 optical zoom lens
  • 2.8-inch LCD screen woth 460k dots
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Superior Auto mode
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama modes
  • Full HD 1080@60i with Dual Rec of stills and movies
  • Backlight Correction HDR enables crisp details in difficult lighting
  • Manual operation puts the control back in your hands
  • 10fps burst shooting at full resolution
  • 3D Still Image and 3D iSweep Panorama modes change the way you view your world
  • Li-ion battery pack (up to 360 shots per charge)
  • HDMI output with optional cable
  • Dual card slot accepts MS Duo and Sd/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Sony's DSC-WX10 is available in black with a MSRP of $279.99 US.

What's in the box?:
  •  Sony DSC-WX10 body
  • Battery (NP-BG1)
  • Wrist Strap
  • USB Cable
  • USB Charger (AC-UB10)
  • CD-ROM



Additional Views:

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