Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 Review

4.0
August 5, 2013 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality


File sizes on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 are around 5Mb each. The WX200 has no provision for adjusting the compression, so we only shot at the highest resolution. The only time the resolution changes on these photographs is when the camera adjusts them automatically.

Noise

Just how well this camera performs at noise control is all down to your personal outlook on its importance. We have to bear in mind who the target audience is with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 and if we approach this section with that as our primary motivation then at ISO 100, the pictures look great. They're smooth, sharp and nicely exposed with no colour cast. If we approach it as the photographers that we are, the photos are analysed at full magnification. Doing this will show some colour noise in the darker areas. That's bad for a low ISO setting. It gets a little stronger as we move through the settings with slight specks of salt & pepper noise appearing at ISO 400. To be fair, things stay roughly the same for those four settings. It's not until ISO 800 that things take a turn for the worse.

Sharp edges start to be attacked by salt & pepper noise that's becoming more aggressive. Noise reduction software kicks in at ISO 1600 as though it was caught on a break for the first four settings. Sharp edges begin to soften here and darker areas lose detail due to smoothing. This noise reduction carries on, but colour noise worsens until the noise reduction simply can't keep up any more. Unusually, ISO 6400 sees a massive change in colour cast. We didn't change any settings, but just that one image has a strong orange cast to it. The highest setting of ISO 12,800 simply looks like an oil painting because of the amount of noise reduction has smoothed out all sharp edges and fine detail in the image.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The 10x optical zoom on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 spans from a decent 25mm wide, to a satisfying 250mm zoom in 35mm terms.

25mm

250mm

Sharpening

Because of the low level noise issues, we wouldn't recommend adding any additional sharpening to the pictures from the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200. It only exacerbates the noise issue already present.

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Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

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Sharpened (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The appearance of chromatic aberration on the images from the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 is rare. We had to really hunt it out in the sample pictures. We think that the camera has a CA removal system of some kind, because when it appears it's very faint. But it could just be testament to the quality of the G lens. We did get a lot of light bleeding over, which can look like CA, but it actually a type of lens flare. It can still be a problem, though.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The close focusing of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 is around 5cm. That's a pretty average distance for a digital camera and it means that you can get in reasonably close without casting shadows or suffering from much barrel distortion.

Macro

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Flash

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 suffers some vignetting at wide-angle and it's still apparent at full zoom. The flash is intelligent, so it works with the ambient light to stabilise it. We didn't find any issues with red-eye, but the camera has a doesnt red-eye reduction system available, should you need it.

Suppressed Flash - Wide Angle (25mm)

Forced Flash - Wide Angle (25mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Suppressed Flash - Telephoto (250mm)

Forced Flash - Telephoto (250mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots.

Forced Flash

Forced Flash (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

For the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200's night shot test, both the Program mode and the Night scene chose ISO 100 for the smoothest possible results. However, Program selected a slightly longer shutter speed to create a lighter image. The Night scene result is the closest to the actual light available at the time. Flicking the camera into Auto ISO selected ISO 500 as the camera will assume you're hand holding it.

Night Scene

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Night Program

Night Program (100% Crop)

   

Night Program Auto ISO

Night Program Auto ISO (100% Crop)

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