Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 18.2 megapixels CMOS sensor
  • 10X optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle
  • 1080/60p HD video capture with stereo sound
  • 3-inch LCD with 460,800 dots
  • Image stabilization
  • 10fps continuous burst
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-02-07
  • Final Grade: 83 4.15 Star Rating: Recommended

4.15 Star Rating: Recommended
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150
Big performance in a small package
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

With a 10x optical zoom and 18.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, the WX150 packs a lot of punch into a very tiny package. That sensor proved itself in our recent review of the HX30v, and it really is steal at the lower price point of the WX150. And as with all Sony cameras with an "x" in the name, the WX150 shoots 1080/60 HD video, has a number of multi-shot tricks like HDR and sweep panorama, and shoots 10fps continuous. It's a surprisingly full feature set for this kind of money and makes the camera worth a real hard look. Reviews have been quite positive so far, with many commenting on the very small size of the camera (same size as the WX50) despite the long zoom range.

Hillary Grigonis is the Managing Editor at DCHQ. Follow her on Facebook or Google+.

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