Excerpt: I was very happy to be selected part of Sony’s WX1 Panoramic photo contest. For a quick recap, a select group of people took a bunch of panoramic shots, people vote on the best picture and Sony will give 10 WX1 cameras to a school of the winners choice. It’s a great way of promoting what is easily this camera’s greatest feature, the sweep panorama shot. My initial impressions were the camera was very user [...
Excerpt: (1 items) Sony's 10-megapixel, 5X-optical-zoom (24mm to 120mm) Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 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 compact camera, which excels in dark situations thanks to its unique shooting modes.
Pros: Very compact size, Useful modes for low-light shots and panoramas, Very good battery life, Superb image quality, especially in low light
Cons: Lacks full manual controls, Buttons are a bit small
Reviewing the Best Digital Cameras for Low Light Photography Under $250
27 March 2010
Excerpt: It's hard to take good pictures in low light, especially with point-and-shoot cameras. If you want to take great photos at concerts, family gatherings, parties, or any indoor occasion, get a camera designed for taking great low-light images. Here...
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 does cost a bit much for a camera with no manual shutter or aperture controls. However, for the price, you get a very compact, very stylish camera that takes excellent photos in dark settings, and its unique in-camera modes make it a great all-purpose pocket camera.
Summary: I really enjoyed using the WX1 and I captured some interesting images with it, but I also found the camera a bit frustrating - it sometimes appears to have been designed by a committee. On the one hand, the WX1 provides a lot of nifty features that were clearly added to appeal to more advanced shooters - it has a very good zoom that starts at a wide angle equivalent of 24mm, a manual White Balance mode, a 720p video mode, and enhanced low light shooting capabilities.
Pros: Impressive noise management, Excellent 5x zoom, 720p movie mode
Cons: Slight tendency toward over-exposure, No direct access to the most commonly changed/adjusted camera settings and functions
Excerpt: The Sony 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 number of point-and-shoot features, and the WX1 looks like it could compete against the reining low light champ, the Fuji FinePix F200EXR.
Summary: Overall, I think the Sony WX1 is one of the leading, consumer-oriented point and shoot cameras. If you’re ready to recognize that a pocket-sized camera is smarter than you, and you can trust it to do it’s job, you’ll have a happy relationship with the Sony WX1.