PROS / This camera has a long battery life.
CONS / Lackluster low-light performance means you’ll need to use a flash indoors.
VERDICT / The WX350 is compact and has fantastic battery life and a versatile lens, making it a great travel camera for casual users.
Sony’s CyberShot DSC-WX350 is incredibly lightweight and compact yet boasts excellent battery life and decent all-around performance. Thanks to its size, it’s a great option for traveling, or you can just throw it in a pocket or a purse should the need arise. While its image quality isn’t quite on par with the best point and shoots, it’s a solid option for a small and reliable camera.
In low-light conditions, the WX350 performed pretty well, placing in the middle of the pack. In general, however, this isn’t a camera that you’ll want to rely on when shooting indoors with dim lighting. It does have a built-in flash, though, which we found works well when you need to grab a shot in a pinch.
Its dynamic range is probably its best feature in terms of image quality. In general, we found the WX350 does well to resolve details in highlights and shadows. Again, though, it couldn’t quite live up to the standards set by our top picks for point and shoot cameras.
Much like with the other Sony cameras in our review, the colors produced by the WX350 aren’t quite as natural or appealing as those we analyzed from our Canon, Nikon and Panasonic offerings. The differences are small, but they’re there. Granted, there are several color modes to select from, and should you run into any issues, you can always try another.
The WX350 is rated for 470 shots on a single charge. Considering that the next best camera only shoots 360, this is a huge advantage. Of all the cameras we tested, we felt by far the most comfortable taking this camera out for a day trip with only one battery. This is quite a plus for traveling.
Despite being a small and simple camera, the WX350 gives you a decent level of control. Its mode dial is located conveniently near your thumb and offers a variety of different shooting modes, including program mode. While this isn’t quite full manual shooting, it gives you a deeper level of control than full auto.
With a 20x zoom range, the WX350 is actually very versatile for its size. At the extremes of this range, camera shake can become an issue, however. Fortunately, this camera is equipped with optical image stabilization, which helps to counteract such effects.
The Sony CyberShot DSC-WX350 is small and simple yet versatile. That makes it a great point and shoot digital camera for traveling or for those for whom size is a primary concern for other reasons. At any rate, we were impressed with this little camera.