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Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 859 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the responsiveness and performance. The image quality and low light performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the reliability and energy efficiency, and many are critical about the viewfinder and exposure.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1


Sony's new range of digital cameras and camcorder feature the Exmor R sensor and a bunch of innovative features that makes photography easy and fun for everyone. The all-black Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 is the latest compact digital camera by Sony that...

The price tag of Rs 19,990 (MRP) completely justifies the lengthy list of features and the stellar performance. Although you can pick a compact mega-zoom for a lesser price, you get a wide-angle lens, 720p video recording capability, 4 GB memory card...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1


The 10-megapixel, 5X-optical-zoom (24mm to 120mm) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 ($330 as of 3/8/2010) is among the first pocket cameras to offer Sony's redesigned, low-light-optimized Exmor R sensor. Those low-light chops are the marquee feature of this very...

Superb image quality, especially in low light ; Very compact size ; Useful modes for low-light shots and panoramas ; Very good battery life

Pricey for the lack of full manual controls ; Buttons are a bit small

The small-but-skilled Cyber-shot WX1 takes phenomenal low-light shots and easy panoramic images, making it a superb compact camera for anyone without giant hands.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1


Sony's $299.99 (direct) Cyber-shot WX1 may fool you with its petite body, but this camera packs big features. The camera's lens includes a maximum wide-angle aperture of f/2.4, allowing the WX1 to capture more light than your average point and shoot....

Compact body. f/2.4 lens enables fast shutter speeds in low light. Fantastic low-light performance. Fast capture speed. Shoots 720p HD video

Noticeable image blooming in bright light. Limited connectivity options

The Sony WX1 is a great choice for intermediate photographers looking for a very compact camera with great low-light performance.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 (Black)


Good low-light shooting without help from a flash is a rarely attained goal in the world of compact cameras. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 does it with three of the company's own components: a new sensor design, a high-end lens, and a fast image...

Well-designed; several fun, useful features; good low-light and overall performance.

Mixed photo quality.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 is a great, fast-performing snapshot camera that falters on photo quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 is not your average point-and-shoot camera. The new EXMOR sensor technology overcomes many of the shortcomings of compact cameras with small sensors. Its performance specs are truly impressive, and the build quality is...

10 megapixel resolution5X, 24-120mm f/2.4 lensEXMOR sensor provides outstanding performance2.7 inch color LCD10fps continuous shooting

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 is a new 10 megapixel, 5 times opitcal zoom...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 Review


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 and comparisons to other Digital Cameras

Innovative automatic features; Very good low-light performance; Wide-angle 24 mm lens; Very fast shutter; HD video capture

Uses proprietary memory cards; Average image quality; No manual settings; Expensive

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Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 digital camera


The small-but-skilled Cyber-shot WX1 takes phenomenal low-light shots and easy panoramic images, making it a superb compact camera for anyone without giant hands.

Rather than forcing the shooter to boost ISO equivalency in order to take a brightly exposed photo in low-light situations without a flash, the WX1's Handheld Twilight mode snaps up to six shots at different exposure settings in rapid succession, then...

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Cyber-shot DSC-WX1


($349) is an ultra-compact, point-and-shoot camera that uses a new "back-illuminated" CMOS sensor, which promises better higher sensitivity and less noise than traditional CCDs. Throw in a wide and fast 5X zoom lens, HD movie recording, and a fair...

Modest improvement at middle ISOs over conventional sensors ; 5X, 24 - 120 mm lens in an ultra-compact body ; Lens is faster than average at wide-angle ; Optical image stabilization ; Snappy performance, great burst mode ; Intelligent Auto mode picks a...

Heavy noise reduction and lots of shadow noise at base ISO ; Significant blurring in corners (and sometimes edges) of frame ; Camera tends to overexpose; colors can sometimes be drab ; Redeye a problem, though you can remove it in playback mode ; Lens...

In the end, the Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 just didn't do it for me. I like its performance, well-implemented face and smile detection system, cool sweep panorama feature, and HD movie mode. However, the WX1's disappointing image quality and so-so ergonomics...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1


The small-bodied Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 from Sony packs a punch with a huge feature set, including a lightning fast image processor, wide-angle aperture, and a 10.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. You also get 720p high-definition video capture and TV connectivity...

Compact & lightweight size ; 720p HD video ; Fast shooting speeds ; Excellent image quality

Proprietary connector ; No RAW shooting ; Low-light quality can be mediocre

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Sony Cyber-shot WX1 Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 brings the speed and low-light capability we loved in the much bigger HX1 down to pocket size.

Great low-light shooter ; Excellent 5x zoom ; 720p movie mode

Dense menus ; Some overexposure ; Auto exposure only

Noise levels are quite reasonable up to ISO 800, but noise levels increase noticeably at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200. Low light image quality is the WX1's main claim to fame and this camera offers users unprecedented (for a P&S digicam) automatic noise...

Product Specifications

The DSCWX1 W series Cyber-shot camera delivers superior image quality thanks to an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and "BIONZ" imaging processor. The "Exmor R" CMOS sensor is high-speed and approximately twice as sensitive as conventional CMOS sensors and boasts 50% less noise than previous versions. The WX1 also features Sony's super wide-angle 24 mm (35 mm equivalent) fast f/2.4 "G Lens" for superior image quality. In addition, the integrated sweep panorama mode allows you to capture the full picture every time! To achieve its delightfully compact form, Sony slimmed the WX1 way down, sparing no effort to reduce dimensions to a bare minimum. But don't let its small size fool you. This lithe little Cyber-shot boasts outstanding operability thanks to controls logically positioned and easily identifiable for maximum ease-of-use. All Sony Cyber-shot cameras feature a high-speed "BIONZ" imaging processor that delivers brilliant, lifelike images. High resolution, natural color, smooth tonal gradation, minimal noise and fast processing - a potent combination for photos as rich and vivid as your imagination.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Gourmet / High sensitivity / Landscape / Pet / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait / Underwater


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.4-5.9
Max Focal Length:21.25mm
Min Focal Length:4.25mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.6 mm ( 1/2.4 ) / 10.6 mm ( 1/2.4" )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 160 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None