We were recently invited to spend a few days in Sedona, Arizona testing out some of the upcoming cameras from Sony. What a better place to test cameras than amidst the breathtaking red rock monoliths and the blue skies of Northern Arizona? We started off testing out the Sony Cyber-shot WX150 and over the course of a few days, it won our hearts as one of our favorite compact point and shoot cameras. The WX150 is the top of the line in Sony’s Cyber-shot WX line of compact cameras. The crowning achievement of this camera is that it sports a 10x optical zoom lens in a package just shy of an inch thick. It’s an amazing amount of zoom packed into a tiny package. It produces quality 18 megapixel images with solid low light performance. (generally the more megapixels, the more you can crop while retaining a high quality image).
It’s built-in SteadyShot image stabilization helps to reduce blurriness from an unsteady hand. It also includes a myriad of fun in camera picture effect options to help jazz up your photos.
The in-camera panorama feature is particularly good. Select panorama on the touchscreen, sweep the camera from left to right, and it will stitch together multiple shots in a near seamless fashion.
Having difficulty getting your kids to smile? A feature that seems somewhat gimmicky but actually works fairly well is called the “smile shutter” . Turn it on, frame your shot, and the camera will automatically detect when people smile and take the photo.
The WX-150’s continuous shot mode can take up to 10 frames per second, should you need to catch junior jumping on the trampoline.
The Sony WX150 will be available in May 2012 in silver, black, blue, or red and cost around $250. If you’re looking for the modern successor to this camera, I’d suggest the high-quality Sony RX100 series.
- It’s easy to use, keep it in “Superior Auto mode” and you’re good to go.
- The most zoom you can get in the smallest package from any manufacturer.
- Large 3” LCD screen
- 1080i HD video recording with stereo sound
- 9 Picture effects
It’s the most zoom and features you can get in a small point and shoot. A great trip and everyday camera for those not wanting to lug around larger interchangeable lens cameras.
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Here are a few shots I took in Sedona with the WX150 (more to the right in the slideshow):
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