Sunday, March 21, 2010
Sony Cybershot DSC WX-1 Review
Hey Guys, Long time no see i know.
But i m back with a review.
This time it's my new point and shoot
Sony Cybershot WX-1.
Before we go to our real world details, let's check out the specs
-10.2 MPx Exmor R sensor
-5x G Zoom Lens
-Wide angle of 24mm
-Bright Aperture of f2.4
-10 fps burst mode
-Sweep panorama mode
-720p HD video @ 30fps
-and all the stuff you expect from a compact camera
Ok now let's check em one by one in real world
This features Sony's new Exmor R sensor, otherwise known as "Back-lit CMOS" sensor.
The concept of this is to remove all the wiring between the pixels of the sensor and putting them behind the actual sensing part, which will theoretically let 50% more light in.
The end result, it should 50% better in low light..... And it is.... very Good in low light.
This camera is meant to be used without flash in dim lit situations.
Of course there is noise but it's monochromatic which gives the pictures a certain old picture style grain effect, which is acceptable unlike that chroma noise from CCD sensors which ruin the whole picture.
In bright light situation, it's a different story. This camera is not as good as a CCD in bright light. Colors are rendered differently, they have a bit more detail in the shadows but the depth is sort of ... Gone. I think it's due to high ISO which starts from 160 which is twice of where my old H-50 used to start( at 80)
But in now context this is a bad camera, it's excellent for any new user but the owners of the ones with CCD sensor will understand what i mean.
This has a 5x optical zoom utilizing Sony's new G lens and has superb quality and the photos are quite sharp in all condition.
But the most noticeable thing for me was the reduction in color fringing which is visible at the end of your subject as a pink or blue light, it's nearly gone with this lens which is excellent.
the lens has widest focal length of 24mm, in simple words the area that one our eyes see is roughly equivalent to 50mm and this lens can go 24mm so it captures more than what you can see with your eyes which is very helpful in indoor situations where you can't step back any further.
and the lens also benefits from a bright aperture of f2.4 which adds to the performance of Exmor R sensor.
This camera can shoot video at 30fps in following resolutions
-640x480(also available at 15fps)
The footage looks really good and if you are moving from VGA to HD, you 'll find out that it's more than just resolution that's been improved.
However don't expect the Auto focus to be as good as a camcorder and the YES you can zoom while you shoot but it's slow and very noisy
the sound recording is mono and the mic is placed right next to the lens which is good in terms of "you won't muffle the sound by accidentally putting your finger on it" but it catches the sound of zoom motor which muffles the sound for you.
Apart from that it's all good news.
a First for Sony here but it's been done before.
The difference between normal Auto and iAuto is that it's faster and detects not just the lighting and colors but also detects scene and makes setting accordingly which makes it super easy to use.
-It has a mode called the sweep panorama which automatically takes all the photos and laces them together for a panorama image
-it can also shoot @ full resolution @ 10fps but don't expect to continue it for even another second.
-The 'P' mode is usual with manual settings for metering, focusing, exposure compensation white balance and etc etc.
-No aperture no shutter priority modes
This is a super easy-to-use Point and shoot camera with superb low light performance, wide focal length, superb handling and fine lens which is also very good for portraits and low lights.
If you have any question, please leave it in the comment section.
:::::Video Review coming soon::::::