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The best ultra-zoom Sony cameras, are typically compact and available under the $400 price category with atleast 12x optical ultra-zoom and camera resolution of 18 Megapixel having the best optics.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Smartphone Attachable Lens Style Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Sep 2015
Oct 2014
Mar 2014
Mar 2014
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
30.0 x
30.0 x
20.0 x
50.0 x
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Resolution
18.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V has an incredible zoom range and an excellent EVF, but its images suffer when the light gets low.


  • We liked last year's HX60V, but with slightly underwhelming image quality and no EVF or lens barrel control ring like the competition from Panasonic, it couldn't quite compete. Sony has clearly listened though and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V addresses most of our concerns.
    The move to an 18.2MP Exmor R sensor has given the HX90V a much-needed image quality boost, and although the results are no better than the class-leading Panasonic TZ70, they're certainly on a par, whether shooting in daylight or indoors.


  • With the HX90V/HX90, Sony presents a serious contender for the title of best 30x compact: it provides all-round performance, a plethora of features and is the only model to offer an electronic viewfinder, adjustable screen and customisable settings ring, all in one compact package. Indeed, despite having all these features, it's still the most compact camera of its kind. Unfortunately, this all makes for a relatively high RRP.


  • Compact cameras with 30x optical zoom are becoming fairly commonplace, but the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 stands out from the crowd by being noticeably smaller than the competition. It’s a pity this comes at the expense of ergonomics though, as the camera could really benefit from better gripping points.
    The only other significant shortcoming with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 is that you don’t get an electronic viewfinder.


  • Once again, Sony has produced something which is capable of producing some excellent images, but it has a unique set of quirks when it comes to usability that you only get with QX cameras.
    The idea behind these cameras that they give you lots more flexibility than your average smartphone, and of course, that is true, but when using it becomes so much more difficult than your phone - or indeed - a standard smartphone, the appeal of them starts to wear off.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 stands out as a very capable travelzoom camera. Its Exmor R sensor doesn’t fall foul of some of the image quality pitfalls prevalent in cameras using the same size of sensor and produces very pleasing photos with good detail, punchy colours and well-controlled noise.
    The camera's optics don’t let the side down either, and neither do its exposure metering or autofocus systems.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V is a rather modest update of last year's HX300 model, principally adding a faster Bionz X processor, useful multi interface shoe, and Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and built-in GPS.


Top 5 ultra-zoom sony digital camera:

  1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
  2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
  3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Smartphone Attachable Lens Style Camera
  4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
  5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V