Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model)

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  1. Fair Minded Guy says:
    468 of 478 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    More than I expected – Still!, May 27, 2012
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    Fair Minded Guy (Rutherford, NJ USA) –

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    If you are a photo-purist, you will not like this camera. It does not take RAW images; there are no manual exposure controls (other than the ISO setting); and it lacks both a manual focus ring and the ability to switch-out $1,500 lenses. Add to this the fact that the camera applies a degree of in-camera processing to every shot taken and you pixel-peeping people will be outraged at the result when your images are blown-up to the football-field proportions that 18.2 megapixels affords. Maybe a D3 is the camera you need after all? Similarly, you geeky folks that wax lyrical of bells and whistles will be disappointed to learn that this camera does not do wi-fi, does not contain a GPS and, so far, I have not discovered any way to use it for sending text messages.

    If, on the other hand, like me, you accept up-front that the WX150 purports to be nothing more than a darn good ‘point and shoot’ camera, you will not be disappointed. The stats are there for all to see and, in the two weeks I have owned and used this camera, I have been more than happy with the performance. What is not there to see so obviously on amazon.com is that this camera feels sturdy and well-built, yet is small enough to fit into a cigarette packet. Battery life is excellent (250+ photos per charge, even with the $5.00 look-alike batteries); there is no (yes zero!) noticeable shutter-lag when not using the flash; and it is blazingly fast (getting from switch-on to ‘ready’ probably takes less than 2 seconds and when zooming/focusing it is almost instantaneous, rivaling DSLR’s).

    Having switched off the battery-saving ‘eco’ option (which, in the default mode, annoyingly shuts-down the camera after one minute if no settings are changed) I have absolutely nothing negative to say about the WX150 at this stage. I will be back to update this review if I am subsequently disappointed by some as-yet-undiscovered weakness.

    July 25, 2012 – Update

    Looking at all the other reviews here, it seems I was wise to wait (as I did) several months for this camera to become available in the USA. I have now been using the WX150 for a further eight weeks and its performance as a truly ‘pocket-sized’ point and shoot continues to be hugely impressive. It could never compete with a mid/high-end DSLR, but I defy any DSLR user to find a better ‘pocket alternative’ at present.

    In addition to the ‘core’ camera features, I have recently been enjoying some new perspectives using the (pretty much 1-click) artistic settings. Initially, I thought I would have no use for these ‘novelty’ features, but the Watercolor and Line Drawing in-camera processing effects are producing some interesting and worthwhile shots. Neither did I anticipate using the video recording option, but I discovered that, (even at the lo-res MP4 setting), this camera takes high quality video indoors in ambient lighting conditions. The hi-res video consumes a lot of memory (of course), but the quality of both picture and audio are absolutely remarkable for a camera of this size … now you’ll have to buy a 55 inch TV from Amazon.com, just to see what I mean 😉

    I would advise buyers to also get an external battery charger and an additional battery. The USB charging connection can be very convenient, but so too is being able to swap-out a battery and carry on shooting while the original recharges. The Wasabi batteries are working just fine for me. Wasabi Power Battery and Charger Kit for Sony NP-BN1 and Cyber-shot DSC-T99, DSC-T110, DSC-TX5, DSC-TX7, DSC-TX9, DSC-TX10, DSC-TX20, DSC-TX55, DSC-TX66, DSC-TX100V, DSC-TX200V, DSC-W310, DSC-W320, DSC-W330, DSC-W350, DSC-W360, DSC-W380, DSC-W390, DSC-W…I would also strongly recommend installing a 16GB/32GB Class 10 SDHC, or better, memory card (to get the high-end performance from this camera, you cannot shackle it with a low-end memory card).

    We can expect broken battery/utility doors, damaged connectors and the occasional ‘lemon’ failure on miniature cameras such as this – only time will tell us whether these and other reliability features are any better or worse for this camera than they are for its peers. So far, so good, it seems.

    A photographer friend asked me the other day, “What would be the one thing you would like to improve on the WX150”. He forced me to answer. After a few moments thought I replied that the one thing that I would personally like would be for the camera to provide a menu option to capture a RAW image in addition to the processed image. Don’t get me wrong … the image processor in this camera is astonishingly intelligent, but on the odd shot (less than one percent of the total) I would like to try my luck with some manual post-processing. This, despite what I said above – I guess there’s still some geek…

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  2. 296 of 305 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect for an upgrade from an older point and shoot, May 14, 2012
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    B. Wueste (Boston, MA) –
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    This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model) (Electronics)

    If you’re still using a point and shoot camera that’s more than a few years old and you’re tired of pushing the button and holding it down waiting forever for the damn thing to take a picture then this is a great next camera for you.

    Our old digital camera was fine for throwing in our pocket when we went on trips, but the shutter delay was so horrible that we’d miss fast paced moments or people would get tired of smiling as they hold a pose anxiously waiting for that flash. We had a few trips planned this summer and wanted an upgrade that would take clearer faster pictures generally for photo books and online viewing.

    I did TONS of research online and got all tangled up in megapixels and optical zoom and features that I probably would never use anyway. I’m not advanced enough to move up to a SLR camera, but I wanted something that was a step up from the camera I have now. After getting dizzy from all the online reviews I finally just went to some big box stores and played around with the cameras on display. I used them like I would use them on a trip and I even brought along my wife to make sure that she was comfortable using it.

    Based on the reviews I was all set to buy a Panasonic Lumix model, but there were too many dials and settings and it wasn’t user friendly when actually holding and playing with the camera. I honestly hadn’t even seen a review for this Sony WX150 camera, but it was so easy to use and was much smaller than some of the other “travel zoom” cameras. It has three basic modes that you could easily toggle with a button – camera, movie and panorama.

    Camera is where you spend most of your time and on here 95% of the time we live it on “auto”. There are several scenes you can select if you want to optimize something for a specific setting. For example, if you’re shooting through glass in low light you can set it to that it doesn’t flash. If you’re moving around a lot you can set it for extreme anti-blur where it takes like 5 pictures super fast and then puts them all together for a crisp image. Most importantly it’s easy to toggle between the settings and you don’t have to scroll through countless menu/info screens to find things.

    Panorama mode seems awesome when you read about it, but in practice it’s been tough to get to actually work out well. The pictures always end up getting cut off pretty short. Maybe they’ll look good on the computer when you blow them up, but on the camera screen it’s a little disappointing.

    I haven’t used movie mode yet so I can’t speak to that feature.

    So this camera doesn’t have GPS (which I think is just a battery drain) and it doesn’t have wifi (another battery drain) but it has everything else you could probably want for the best of both worlds between point and shoot and travel zoom. Sure you can probably find more zoom or more megapixels, but if you play around with this camera I guarantee you’ll appreciate how easy it is to use, how compact and lightweight it is, and how fast and clear it takes pictures.

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  3. Abbey Normal "J39" says:
    185 of 196 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    State of the art travel zoom, April 23, 2012
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    Abbey Normal “J39” (Hightstown, NJ United States) –

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    I was looking for the following qualities in a travel zoom:

    1) At least a 10:1 zoom

    2) Good low light performance

    3) Lightweight and compact

    4) Optical Image stabilization

    It performs well in low light. This may have to do with its latest generation CMOS sensor.

    It is lightweight at 133 grams – most cameras with this much performance weigh in at closer to 180 grams.

    The size is nice at 118cc. Other cameras in its class come in at around 190cc.

    Things I didn’t care about:

    1) Movie performance

    2) GPS

    I spent a couple of days researching cameras that fit my requirements. There are some wonderful camera comparison sites out there (dpreview, for one) that were invaluable in my research.

    All in all, I’m very happy with this camera and would buy it again.

    My only quibble? I don’t care for the charger because it comes with a cord that attaches to the camera in order to charge the battery. I prefer the self contained chargers that you just pop the battery into. For $11 I got the aftermarket charger I wanted along with an extra battery.

    About me: I started on film SLRs and had a B&W darkroom. This is my 10th digital camera.

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