Announced on the 14th of April 2015, Sony has yet another Cyber shot member joining the force. Here’s our comprehensive take on the Cyber shot WX 500.
Constructed with style and elegance, the Sony Cyber Shot WX 500 boasts an 18.2 Megapixel BSI-CMOS Sensor along with a 30x, 24-720 mm lens. The lens comes with image stabilization and is a definitive classic from Sony. This camera also shoots 1080/60p videos with the XAVC S codec. The camera also has Wi-Fi along with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that boosts its technicality a notch. The camera has the Exmor CMOS Sensors mated to the 30 x optical zoom ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lenses. A BIONZ X processor along with Steadyshot stabilization powers the camera. This camera definitely sets an example on the rapidly increasing trends in the market. Pleasing news for travel enthusiasts is that this camera has optical steadyshot with 5-axis image stabilization that minimizes the effects of camera shake. An in-built flash illuminates darkly lit-up places for some finer and brighter memories. This camera enables seamless wireless transfer of content with the Sony PlayMemories camera app.
Design and Display:
Measuring 102 x 58 x 36 mm and carrying a combined weight of 236 grams (including batteries) the Sony Cyber Shot WX 500 is a far-reaching zoom compact camera that snuggles into the users pocket. Claimed to be the world’s smallest compact zoom with at least a 30 x zoom lens, the WX 500 makes for a touch less wide camera. This camera carries similar design cues to the Sony RX100 III and has an intuitive control layout. Located on the rear side of this camera is a 3-inch LCD monitor with 921-k dot resolution. This camera has an articulated display that can be tilted upwards a full 180 degrees so that the frame self-portraits from in front of the camera. There is also a built-in popup flash strobe located on the top deck. This camera can record XAVC S-compressed 50 Mbps Full HD movies at up to 60 frames per second. Also included in this camera are built-in Wi-Fi and NFC antennas that make sharing files on social networks easy. Sadly, this camera does not include a GPS receiver so, geo-tagging images isn’t an option. This camera is available in black or white body colours.
The camera comes with USB 2.0 port that doubles as a charging terminal for Sony’s NP-BX1 Lithium-ion battery pack. This rechargeable battery comes with a USB charger. The battery life of this camera is rated at 390 shots on a charge according to CIPA testing standards. The WX 500 supports Secure Digital (SD) or Memory Stick Duo media cards. For SD, both SDHC, SDXC and UHS-1 cards are supported, while for MS Duo, the PRO Duo, PRO HG Duo cards can be used. Additionally, Eye-fi cards are also compatible with this camera.
The Sony Cyber shot WX 500 is a powerful yet affordable camera that comes with great specs and at a great price.