The Sony WX80 can show quite a bit of information on the screen in iAuto mode, helping you create the best possible photo. You'll see the battery charge and mode in the upper left corner. Along the top you'll see the aspect ratio, resolution, ISO setting, remaining images on the memory card, and the flash mode.
By pressing the Disp button on the four-way button, you can remove all icons from the screen, other than the flash mode, and you can turn on and off the histogram in the lower right corner.
When you press the shutter button halfway to pre-focus on the scene, you'll see focus brackets on the screen, as well as a green dot in the lower left corner, indicating that focus has been achieved. The bottom of the screen shows the aperture setting.
The icons displayed here are all pretty small, especially considering how small the LCD screen is on the WX80.
When shooting in Program mode, you'll see the same set of icons as you see with iAuto mode. When you pre-focus on the screen, though, you'll see the shutter speed along with the aperture on the bottom of the screen.
Sony has also included an Easy mode with the Cyber-shot WX80. The only control option you'll have in Easy mode is to select either a small or large image resolution size. The only icons displayed on the shooting screen in Easy mode are the battery charge and number of photos you can shoot with the remaining memory card space. The font size on the screen is greatly increased, too, which can be handy with the WX80's small LCD screen.
You can select Easy mode from the Sony camera's popup menu.
You can change the look of the display and the icons shown by pressing the Disp button in any shooting mode, which is the upper portion on the four-way button. You then pick which display mode you want and press the OK button (small round button in the middle of the four-way button).
From any shooting mode, you can open the popup menu along the left side of the screen by pressing the Menu button. Then use the four-way button to navigate through the popup menu's options. Press the OK button to make a selection. The popup menu options when shooting in Program mode are:
- REC Mode - (Options discussed later)
- Easy Mode
- Wi-Fi Smartphone - Ctrl with Smartphone
- Wi-Fi Computer - Send to Computer
- Still Image Size - 4:3 16M, 4:3 10M, 4:3 5M, 4:3 VGA, 16:9 12M, 16:9 2M
- Exposure Compensation - minus-2.0 to plus-2.0 in 1/3 increments
- ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
- White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent White Balance 1, Fluorescent White Balance 2, Fluorescent White Balance 3, Indandescent, Flash, One Push, One Push Set
- Focus - Multi AF, Center AF, Spot AF
- Metering Mode - Multi, Center, Spot
- Cont. Shooting Interval - High, Low
- Scene Recognition - Auto iSCN, Advanced iSCN+
- Smile Shutter - Off, On
- Smile Detection Sensitivity - Big Smile, Normal Smile, Slight Smile
- Face Detection - Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority
- Movie Quality - FX Highest Quality (1920x1080), FH High Quality (1920x1080), HQ Standard Quality (1440x1080)
- Still Image Size Dual Rec - 16:9 12M, 16:9 3M
- Movie SteadyShot - Standard, Active
- In-Camera Guide
You have seven different still image recording mode options available with the Sony WX80, all of which can be selected through the popup menu. The recording mode options are:
- Intelligent Auto - Exposure adjustment with automatic settings
- Superior Auto - Shoot sharp image reducing blur and noise automatically
- Program Auto - Auto exposure with adjustable settings
- 3D Still Image - Shoots images that can be displayed on 3D TVs in 3D
- Scene Selection - Select best scene mode for environment and shoot
- Picture Effect - Shoot images selecting the desired effect
- Background Defocus - Shoot with background defocus
Even though the Cyber-shot WX80 doesn't have a physical mode dial, you can view a digital mode dial on the LCD screen. When you turn on the camera, you'll see a Mode Dial icon along the right side of the screen. When that icon is visible, spin the four-way dial and you'll see the digital mode dial shown here. Spin the four-way dial until the desired recording mode is highlighted and press the OK button in the center of the four-way dial.
When you select Scene Mode from the recording mode menu, you'll have 14 options, including:
- Soft Skin
- Soft Snap
- Anti Motion Blur
- Backlight Correction HDR
- Night Portrait
- Night Scene
- Hand-held Twilight
- High Sensitivity
There are in-camera special effects that you can apply to your images available through the record mode options too. There are nine picture effects you can pick from, including:
- HDR Painting
- Rich-tone Monochrome
- Toy Camera
- Pop Color
- Partial Color
- Soft High-Key
Sony has included plenty of easy-to-use features with the WX80, including an on-screen help guide. You just press the Help button on the back of the camera to open the In-Camera Guide, which includes shooting tips, playback tips, an icon guide, troubleshooting tips, operation tips, a keyword search, and an FAQ.
If you like to shoot panoramic images, Sony has tried to simplify this process as much as possible with the WX80. On the camera's toggle mode switch, Sony included still image, panorama, and movie as the three options. Once you slide the switch to Panorama mode, you'll see the display shown here, which provides directions for shooting panoramic images.
Slide the mode switch to the bottom to activate the movie mode. When shooting a movie you'll see the battery charge and mode in the upper left corner, the movie resolution in the middle, and the amount of memory card space remaining for storing video in the upper right corner.
When you press the movie recording button on the back of the camera, you'll see a REC icon appear toward the lower right corner of the screen, as well as the amount of time that has occurred so far in the recording.
You have to work through the popup menu to open the main camera control menus, which some photographers may find a bit confusing. It can be a hassle to have to go through multiple steps to gain access to the control menus.
The five control menus are designated with icons along the left side of the screen. The Shooting Settings menu offers options for basic control of the way the WX80 works. The options are:
- Movie Format - AVCHD, MP4
- AF Illuminator - Auto, Off
- Grid Line - On, Off
- Clear Image Zoom - On, Off
- Digital Zoom - On, Off
- Wind Noise Reduct. - On, Off
- Red Eye Reduction - Auto, On, Off
- Blink Alert - Auto, Off
- Write Date - On, Off