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The best Sony cameras for beginners are the basic point and shoot models under the Cyber-shot product line. The below listed top-rated cameras are the lightweight models which can capture HD videos and images of up to 18 Megapixel resolution. Some of these cameras are ultra-zoom cameras and all of the listed cameras are limited to those which can be affordable under $300 price range.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10
Sony DSC-WX80
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX100
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W630
Sony CyberShot DSC-WX150
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Camera
Sony DSC-WX80/B Digital Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX100 3D Digital Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W630 Digital Camera
Sony DSC-WX150 Light Field Camera
Release Date
Sep 2013
Jan 2013
Jun 2012
Jul 2012
May 2012
0.23 lb.
0.27 lb.
0.26 lb.
0.22 lb.
0.29 lb.
Camera Type
Lens-style Camera, Compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
3D Digital Camera
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Light Field Camera, Compact
Optical Zoom
10.0 x
8.0 x
10.0 x
5.0 x
10.0 x
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
18.2 Megapixel
16.1 Megapixel
18.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
Exmor R CMOS
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
7.76 mm
7.66 mm
7.7 mm

  • Ultimately the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 just falls a little short, regardless of whether you're a smartphone or compact shooter. It doesn't quite come up to scratch in terms of performance, feature-set or image quality, and is also a little over-priced too, perhaps inevitable given that it's a first-generation product. At the moment we'd choose a smartphone and wi-fi enabled compact to quickly share images, though that solution has its own challenges.

  • The Sony Cyber-shot QX10 is a compact, but not ultra-compact digital camera, with Wi-Fi for a direct connection to your smartphone, running Android or iOS. Without the connection you can still take photos but will be left to guesswork regarding whether you are getting the photo you want.

    The camera does not have a flash, and can not use the LED from your smartphone, therefore in darkness, you may actually be better off using your smartphone with LED flash, than the QX10.

  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80 is a compact camera that is capable of capturing sharp photos in all types of light, and also includes Wi-Fi.

  • The Sony WX80 is very small, which means that its control buttons and LCD screen are also very small. This will represent a significant drawback with this camera, as anyone with large fingers will struggle to use this camera comfortably. Still, if you don't mind the small size of this model, it's a good option versus others in its sub-$200 price point.

  • Even though it boasts an array of attractive features, a compact body, and a few impressive highlights in our performance testing, the WX80's image quality is ultimately nothing special. While the prospect of having 1080p HD video, an 8x optical zoom, and WiFi connectivity in your pocket for under $200 seems enticing, the reality isn't quite that appealing.

  • For the price, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX100 is a great little unit. There are some previously mentioned issues with the build such as the lens and battery door. But for under £200, it's ideal for taking out on nights out and going on holiday. It may not look the nicest, but it's a wolf in sheep's clothing when it comes to performance. While not perfect, it's the sort of thing we'd expect from a camera at a higher price point.

  • The Sony Cyber-shot WX100 is a very compact 18 megapixel camera with full HD video, and stereo sound. If you don't mind that the camera has a 2.7 inch screen, rather than the more common 3 inch screen in this category, then this is a great camera, with an abundance of features (and the 2.7 inch screen helps make this camera smaller). Image quality is good, with good colour and exposure. Handling is good with a solid metal body that will easily fit into pockets.

  • If you're looking for a small, lightweight camera with good low-light performance, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX100 is a good choice; just don't zoom all the way in on the photos.

  • The Sony Cybershot DSC W630 may not be perfect when it comes to picture quality, but it does pack in enough features to make it worth a closer look. It scores highly for ease of use and features such as 360 panoramas and High Definition movies may make this camera an interesting option for you.

  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 is an excellent little camera that doesn't sacrifice features and performance for size.

  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 is a svelte point-and-shoot with a long 10x zoom lens. It produces sharp photos and does well at high ISOs, but more serious shooters may be turned off by the lack of physical control buttons.

  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 is a compact camera that packs a punch. It has a 10x optical zoom, an 18-megapixel resolution and excellent photo and video quality. The camera's small size makes it a little difficult to keep steady while shooting, so steady hands or a mini-tripod is a must for the clearest of images.