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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £210
inc VAT

Lots of great features in a tiny package, and image quality is up to scratch


1/2.3in 18.0-megapixel sensor, 10.0x zoom (25-250mm equivalent), 121g

Smartphones have decimated sales of compact cameras, but the WX200 is ready to lead the charge for a comeback. It’s the smallest camera we’ve ever seen to use a standard 1/2.3in sensor, and yet Sony has managed to fit a 10x zoom and Wi-Fi.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200

There’s only room for a 2.7in screen, but the limited space beside it has been used well, with a wheel, a small scattering of buttons and a mode switch. The wheel acts as a mode dial too, which is a little odd but works reasonably well. The camera had a minor seizure each time we presented it with a blank memory card, complaining of a database error and a low battery until we waded through the Setup options and reformatted the card.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200

Elsewhere, performance was excellent, taking two seconds to switch on and one second between shots. Tricky lighting conditions sometimes increased image processing times, but even then it could still take a shot every 1.6 seconds. Continuous mode ran at either 10fps or 2fps, and lasted for 10 frames.

The PlayMemories app for Android and iOS can control the camera remotely and handle wireless transfers. It worked perfectly on a third-generation iPad, and we’re delighted to see remote shooting for videos as well as photos. There’s not much control over settings, though – we don’t need extensive control but an option to set the autofocus point would have been handy. Wireless transfers were handled elegantly, with selections made either on the camera or in the app.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200
The PlayMemories app turns an iPad into a remote video monitor – brilliant!

The Android app worked fine on a Samsung Galaxy S3, with the same set of functions as the iOS app. Our tests with an HTC One V were much less successful, though, with frequent lost connections and a stuttering live preview that made it almost impossible to compose shots.

The camera also supports PC transfers across a home network, configured using the PlayMemories Home software, which must be downloaded from the web. The camera doesn’t offer direct uploads to social media sites over a home network – no great loss from our point of view.

Videos are recorded in AVCHD or MPEG-4 format, and picture quality was excellent. The zoom and autofocus motors were responsive and virtually silent, but optical stabilisation wasn’t as effective as on the Panasonic DMC-SZ9. It can take up to ten 13-megapixel photos while recording, but details in these photos were poor. We suspect that the camera is simply enlarging the 1080p (2-megapixel) video frames to 13 megapixels rather than capturing simultaneous 1080p video and full-resolution photos.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
CCD effective megapixels 18.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 2.7in
LCD screen resolution 460,800 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 10.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 25-250mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,896×3,672
File formats JPEG, MPO; AVCHD, MP4 (AVC)


Memory slot SDXC, Memory Stick Pro HG Duo
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 220 shots
Connectivity USB, Micro HDMI, Wi-Fi
Body material aluminium
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB cable
Weight 121g
Size 54x92x22mm

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £210

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/3.3 (wide), f/5.9 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 3200
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 7 presets, manual
Additional image controls none
Manual focus No
Closest macro focus 5cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, spot, face detect
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, smile detect, face detect, panorama