Sony Cybershot is a range of easy to use point-and-shoot cameras. Originally, this line comprised of low-cost models aimed at amateur photographers. However, Sony has recently integrated some higher-priced options that may appeal to advanced and professional photographers. We will let you know the best models at a range of different price points.
The tables below show the important specs and features for the most popular cameras. We recommend that you take the time to compare the different options.
|Model||Sensor Size||Megapixels||ISO Range||AF Points||Burst mode (fps)||Video||Display (Size and Resolution)||Touch Screen (Fixed or Rotating)||Approx. Price|
|HX80||1/2.3 inch||18.2||80 – 3200||NA||10||1080p 60fps|
|HX90V||1/2.3 inch||18.2||80 – 3200||NA||10||1080p 60fps|
|RX1R II||35mm||42.4||100 – 25,600||399||5.0||1080p 60fps|
|RX10 III||1 inch||20.1||100 – 12,800||25||14.2||4K 30fps|
|RX10 IV||1 inch||20.1||100 – 12,800||315||23.8||4K 30fps|
|RX100 IV||1 inch||20.1||125 – 12,800||25||16||4K 30fps|
|RX100 V||1 inch||20.1||125 – 12,800||315||23.8||4K 30fps|
|WX500||1/2.3 inch||18.2||80 – 3200||NA||19||1080p 60fps|
Choosing a Sensor
You will notice the bigger a camera’s sensor size, the higher the price tag. The reason is that large sensors typically take better photos than smaller sensors. They can capture more light, which results in more detail.
There is little point in comparing the different megapixels. The reason is that the cameras in each sensor-size category have the same amount of megapixels. For example, all the 1/2.3 inch sensor cameras have 18.2 megapixels.
ISO is a camera setting that will brighten or darken an image. What’s important is a camera’s ISO range. The lower the minimum ISO, the more shooting flexibility available for bright conditions. The higher the maximum ISO, the more shooting flexibility available in dark conditions.
If you plan to shoot at night or indoors then you may want to consider the Sony Cybershot RX1R II which has the highest max ISO of 25,600.
All the Cybershot cameras have similar minimum ISOs, ranging from 80-125.
Automatic and manual autofocusing systems make cameras easy to use. The key to capturing a great image is focusing clearly on your subject, and the more autofocus points available, the better.
You will notice that some of the cameras in our table have 25 focus points, which means they have a basic system. Others have 300+ focus points which makes them more effective.
You will also notice that some of the cameras have “NA” recorded in the autofocus section. The lack of information doesn’t mean they don’t have autofocus systems. It simply means that Sony has not released any specific data about these systems.
While there is more to autofocus effectiveness than the number of autofocus points, it is still the primary factor to consider.
All these Cybershot cameras can record high-quality video footage at 1080p and 720p resolutions. Make sure you pay attention to each video modes’ frame rate: The higher, the better.
The most powerful video mode is 4K, which is available for a select few cameras. Remember, 4K is extremely data heavy, and you will need a lot of spare SD cards and hard drives to store the footage. You will also require a powerful computer for editing.
If you’re going to be shooting scenes with moving subjects, such as sports games, you will want to use a camera’s burst setting. Doing so will allow you to take a rapid succession of shots. Your odds of getting a good image will be greater than if you just took one photo at a time.
The Sony Cybershot RX1R II has the slowest burst mode of 5fps. The fastest burst modes belong to the Cybershot RX10 IV and RX100 V, with max speeds of 23.8fps.
The Best High-End Camera Option
The Sony Cybershot RX10 IV is a solid option for serious photographers. The 1-inch sensor may be small. However, it can still capture quality images. 315 autofocus points make it simple to hone in on a subject. If you’re going to be shooting sports games or wildlife, the 23.8 burst mode will be up to the task. You won’t be limited to still-shots because this camera can record 4K at 30fps and 1080p at 120fps. Lastly, the camera is easy to use due to its rotating touchscreen.
A new model costs around $1,700.
The Best Value for Money
If you want a camera that combines value with power, then the Sony Powershot RX100 V is an ideal choice. The camera has 315 autofocus points and a 23.8fps burst. A 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor allows photographers to shoot crisp images. The camera can also record 4K footage at 30fps and 1080p at up to 120fps.
The price tag comes to around $950.
The Best Camera Choice for Those on a Budget
If you’re on a tight budget, then you may want to consider the Sony Cybershot WX500. For around $270 you’re getting a functional camera that’s perfect for basic photography. Simply point and click the camera to be rewarded with sharp images. If you’re filming a moving subject, then you will have a 19fps burst mode at your disposal. This device can even record 1080p at 60fps.
Choosing a camera is a tough decision, as there are so many features and specs to consider. We suggest you spend your time comparing the top Sony Cybershot models as closely as you can. Make use of our table and don’t forget our recommendation for different budgets. You don’t want to act rashly and end up with an expensive device that is simply not right for you.