• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony WX500 advantages over Sony HX99

  • Less expensive
    $348 vs $448
    Save money for lenses or accessories

Sony HX99 advantages over Sony WX500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    1 month vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    155 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Sony HX50V

Sony WX500
Sony HX50V
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Newer
  • $368
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
Sony HX99
Sony HX50V
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $368
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Sony WX500
Panasonic ZS40
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony HX99
Panasonic ZS40
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Sony HX90V

Sony WX500
Sony HX90V
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $382
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony HX99
Sony HX90V
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $382
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Panasonic ZS60

Sony WX500
Panasonic ZS60
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
  • $285
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony HX99
Panasonic ZS60
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
  • $285
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Sony HX80

Sony WX500
Sony HX80
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony HX99
Sony HX80
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
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