Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 Preview

Sony has just launched two new powerful Cyber-shot models, the DSC-WX500 and DSC-HX90V, which both share the label of the world's "smallest 30x optical zoom compact camera" (as of 4/13/2015). Offering nearly identical specifications, these two new cameras boast a great deal of versatility, thanks to their impressive Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 30x optical zoom lenses, 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensors, tilting 3.0-inch LCD screens, SteadyShot image stabilization, BIONZ X processors, et cetera . These features and more are packed into sleek black bodies, which measure just 2 x 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches.

So, what makes them different? Other than the model numbers, the WX500 offers a slimmer hand grip and lacks the retractable OLED viewfinder and built-in GPS functionality found on its HX-series sibling. Not including these features saves you about $100 when compared to the HX90V.

Both models also sport Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, which allows you to easily share photos and video via their free PlayMemories camera apps, as well as control the cameras remotely with your smart device.

For you video enthusiasts, Sony has included their "broadcaster's quality" XAVC S video format in both of these new models, which offers full HD video capture at 60fps or 24fps, at a bit rate of 50Mbps. You can also choose to shoot MP4 format video at 60 or 30fps.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V Features;
  • 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor (1/2.3")
  • 30x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, covering 24-270mm (in 4:3 aspect)
  • BIONZ X processing engine
  • SteadyShot image stabilization (Optical + Electronic), including Intelligent Active mode
  • 3.0-inch tilting LCD screen with 922K dots
  • Full 1080/60p HD video capture using their XAVC S video format (MP4 also available)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technologies
  • Card slot accepts Memory Stick Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC type memory cards
  • Li-ion battery pack (record up to 390 shots)

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 will be available in black, with a MSRP of $330, and should start shipping in June, 2015.

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