Just Also on offer are 3D Sweep Panoramas and 3D still images, high resolution panoramas, Superior Auto mode which combines up to 6 images to reduce noise and maximise dynamic range, 10fps continuous shooting, and Background Defocus mode to create portraits with a smoothly defocused background. Looking at the Sony Cyber-shot WX is a bit like looking at one of those Hot Rods that were all rusty and beaten up on the outside, but when they set off, they made your teeth chatter. That's not to say that the outside is all beaten up. The analogy simply describes that the unassuming exterior gives no indication to the apparent power that lies beneath. The WX is a basic box design of a camera.

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The Good Eye-catchingly small dimensions. Good low-light performance. The Bad Photos aren't great at per cent. Microphone picks up wind noise. The Bottom Line If you're looking for a small, lightweight camera with good low-light performance, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX is a good choice; just don't zoom all the way in on the photos.

Visit for details. Sony claims that its Cyber-shot DSC-WX is the world's lightest and smallest camera, if you care to discount the lens barrel. Though there might be some quibbles about the claim, the WX is a little camera that can. Available in two colours silver or black , this Cyber-shot's petite dimensions Out the front, there's a G-series 10x optical zoom lens feeding to a At its widest, it's the equivalent of a 25mm lens in a 35mm world.

There's also 19MB of usable internal storage that's around three images at maximum resolution , if you happen to be particularly forgetful and in a bind. A proprietary port is located on the bottom to provide both charging and data connectivity these cables are included. There's also a tripod mounting point on the bottom, but it isn't lined with the centre of the lens barrel.

At the back, the layout is pretty standard Sony compact camera fare. There's a 2. At the top of the control stack is a slider to flick between camera, iSweep Panorama and movie modes — the latter is almost redundant, as the movie recording button next to it works in all shooting modes and, unlike older Cyber-shots, doesn't need to be held down for film recording. Below that is a dial that doubles as a multi-way selector, which will let you cycle through the various shooting modes, as well as letting the user set a tracking focus point, switch continuous shooting on or off and set the flash and self-timer settings.

The latter includes face detection modes for both one or two heads, which is handy for those who struggle to hold, aim and click a camera with one outstretched arm. All up, there are 25 user selectable picture and shooting modes, but certain modes, such as macro, are only available at the camera's discretion in either Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto.

That gripe aside, Superior Auto actually does a good job of picking the appropriate style or mode for the conditions, especially in low-light situations, when it often chooses to do a merge of multiple burst shots to produce one image with improved exposure and less shake-induced blur.

A Menu button on the bottom right grants access to most of the camera's common settings and manual controls. Most of the latter are reserved for Program Auto mode, with user tweak-able controls for exposure compensation adjustment up to 2 stops , ISO selection Auto, through to 12, , white balance including manual white balance , auto focus multi, centre and spot , metering multi, centre and spot , continuous shooting interval 2 or 10 frames per second , auto smile shutter and smile detection sensitivity.

In high-speed burst mode, the WX is able to capture 10 photos at a claimed 10 frames per second. Unfortunately, we fell a little shot of that mark, but the unit's capture speed is impressive, nonetheless. According to Sony, the WX's lithium-ion battery should be good for at least shots, minutes of image viewing or shooting 60 minutes of video. During our tests, the camera survived for two and a half days of fairly intense use before its battery light began to flash in panic.

When the WX's photos are shrunk down for viewing on a laptop, TV, tablet or smartphone — or even printed out in regular size 6x4-inch prints — they're good, really good. As we've mentioned before, leaving the camera in one of the auto modes usually leads to it choosing the appropriate settings for the conditions. The details are sharp and colours punchy, without being oversaturated; although in certain lighting conditions, the WX tends capture things a bit too warm for our liking, but that's a minor gripe for pedants like ourselves.

With a new sensor, better autofocus system and more streamlined design, the X line Sony's follow-up to its NEX-6 laps the field with its 11fps burst and comfortable design.

This compact interchangeable-lens model is a great step-up from APS-C models, as long Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.

We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Don't show this again. Compare These Fujifilm XF. Review Sections Review Specs. Design and features Available in two colours silver or black , this Cyber-shot's petite dimensions Continue to next page.

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