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Small and very lightweight,
This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot WX100 High Zoom CMOS Sensor Camera - Black (18.2MP, 10x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (Camera)
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Having owned the Sony DSCHX9VB which is part of the older series released by Sony, I was more than keen on getting my hands on this new model which whilst doesn't offer as much zoom, does offer more mega-pixels and features.
This model is extremely small, it's just a little bit bigger than the palm of my hand and is very light in weight.
Before I go into any more detail here are a few things it comes with and what you will need:
In the box:
Camera | AC adapter | USB to mini USB | Battery | Wrist strap | Manual.
Things you NEED:
Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card (You can choose a different brand/memory capacity).
Camera Case | USB SDHC Card Reader | Spare Battery | HDMI - Mini HDMI cable | Anti-reflective Screen Protector | Depth Underwater Case.
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Despite the camera being super small, it's comfortable to hold and it's really easy to navigate around the settings, for those who have owned an older Cyber-shot model such as the HX9, you will notice how familiar the settings are as they are practically the same with a few extras.
On the back you have a slider that lets you select which mode you want to be in; Picture, Panoramic, Movie mode, and within those modes you can go to different settings:
- PICTURE MODE:
* Program Auto; a full customisable setting which lets you change exposure value, ISO, white balance, focus, metering, burst setting, smile settings and face detections.
* Superior Auto; shoot sharp images reducing blur and noise automatically.
* Intelligent Auto; Exposure adjustment with automatic settings. (Great for most situations).
* Background defocus; adjust how much defocus you want the background to have which gives you a lower or greater depth of field.
* Picture effect; tons to choose from such as partial colour, watercolour, illustration, black & white, pop colour and more!
Partial colour is my favourite as it lets you single out a particular colour (red, blue, green & yellow), so if you have a red rose and have it on the red setting, the rose will be red, however everything else will be in black and white.
* Scene mode; 15 pre-set modes to give you the most out of certain scenes. Here are some scenes available; soft skin, landscape, night portrait, hand-held twilight, gourmet, beach and more.
* 3D still picture; viewable on 3DTV's.
* iSweep panorama; shoot panoramic image by panning across the scene.
I love this setting, it's extremely easy to do and the results are fantastic, also choose from standard, wide or high-resolution panoramic shots.
* 3D sweep panorama; take a 3D panoramic image displayable on a 3DTV.
* Sweep multi-angle; can be displayed on a 3DTV or this camera, though personally is a bit of a gimmick setting in my opinion.
* Underwater sweep panorama; natural colours for a fantastic underwater shot. *Need the underwater housing for this mode!
You have the choice of three different video quality; FX (highest quality with 1920x1080(50i) resolution, FH (High quality 1920x1080(50i) & HQ (Standard quality with 1440x1080(50i) resolution.
Two modes are available in movie mode; 'Intelligent Auto' or 'Scene Mode' which will effect your picture outcome when taking a picture whilst recording.
The overall quality of the video and sound was decent, it's not as good as most camcorders available, however it's great for family videos and outings.
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The battery life is pretty good, I've had it out for a whole day and didn't once need to recharge it until I got back home.
As for the screen, it's a TFT screen not LCD and whilst does display images very clearly it has a poor viewing angle.
I have been really pleased with the outcome of most shots, it does portrait, landscape, panoramic, daytime shots and night-shots(as long as the flash can cover the subject) brilliantly, as for low-light conditions without flash or night-time shots even when using hand-held twilight settings, have been extremely poor in my experience, I still have yet to take one good photo in such conditions.
Apart from that I really like this camera and would still recommend it, but for those who want that little bit extra, I would recommend an upgrade.
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2012 16:27:50 GMT
What a brilliant video, i was thinking of gettting the WX50 but i can buy this camera for the same money as Sony are giving £30 cashback on the WX100. This video is the best one i have seen on the internet for this model well done! Regards Martin.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2012 16:44:39 GMT
Thank you so much for your kind words!
Glad I could help. :)
Posted on 6 Dec 2012 20:45:07 GMT
Dean G says:
Absolutely brilliant review, the video was very informative and thourough. This pretty much sold the camera to me, buying it for a christmas present for the girlfriend and she will be very pleased I'm sure.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012 21:03:43 GMT
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 00:03:08 GMT
Thank you both for your kind words. :)
Dean, your girlfriend will love it I'm sure, I've taken some great photos with this camera and it's portability is fantastic.
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 09:30:20 GMT
This is an exellent and thorough review. So why have 3 people marked it as unhelpful? I suspect skulduggery, people trying to boost their ratings by knocking yours down.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2013 10:26:06 GMT
Thank you very much for the compliments Makooya. :)
Posted on 15 Feb 2013 16:37:50 GMT
Hi, please could you tell me if you can turn off the picture review feature on this camera. This is a pet hate of mine if you can't.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2013 01:43:34 GMT
To my knowledge, you can't unfortunately. :|
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