The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 is the first camera to feature Sony's redesigned, low-light-optimized Exmor R sensor. Another feature, rare in compact cameras, is the 24 mm to 120 mm Zeiss lens, which allows very wide angles. Shutter speed, as well as overall camera operation, is reported as the fastest in its class. Critics rave about the camera's low-light performance most of all, though they praise the WX1's special automatic features too. These include Sweep Panorama mode, which can effortlessly create 185-degree shots, and Handheld Twilight mode, which combines multiple shots at different exposures for the sharpest possible low-light images. But reviewers don't recommend the WX1 wholeheartedly. Some would like to have more manual control for the price, considering that the WX1's picture quality isn't as good as competing cameras that cost about the same. Critics also remind consumers that the WX1 uses Sony's proprietary memory cards and connection cables, limiting compatibility for those who already have a cache of SD memory cards.
We found good reviews of the Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 at popular consumer electronics sites CNET, PCMag.com and PC World; all three offer solid testing data without getting bogged down by technical details. The New York Times also has an illuminating feature that discusses the WX1. PopPhoto.com selects the WX1 as a top compact camera, but doesn't analyze it very deeply.
Joshua Goldman's review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 praises the camera's features and performance; he says the WX1 is well designed overall. However, Goldman is disappointed with the photo quality, despite its impressive lens, saying that its results are generally typical of a point-and-shoot camera.
Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1, Joshua Goldman, Sept. 30, 2009
PCMag.com's PJ Jacobowitz is enthusiastic about the features of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1, especially its low-light and panorama tools. He also notes that it's one of the fastest compact cameras on the market, beating out comparable Canon models. However, Jacobowitz cites some issues when shooting in bright light, and he criticizes Sony's limiting, proprietary connection options.
Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1, PJ Jacobowitz, Feb. 12, 2010
3. PC World
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 ranks first in PC World's latest chart of the top 10 point-and-shoot cameras. Reviewer Tim Moynihan praises the camera's low-light performance and innovative settings. Battery life is also commended. Moynihan is less thrilled by an LCD screen that is "too sharp," proprietary connection cables and a relatively high price.
Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1, Tim Moynihan, March 9, 2010
4. The New York Times
In his tech column, David Pogue compares two low-light cameras, the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and the Sony DSC-WX1. Pogue reports that the Sony "in most cases" performs better, but he's annoyed that the Sony doesn't use SD memory cards "like the rest of the world."
Review: Low Light Becomes a Highlight, David Pogue, Aug. 19, 2009
PopPhoto.com editor Kathleen Davis selects four compact cameras, providing a very short description of each one's most notable features. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 makes the list for its very wide-angle lens and "intuitive" panorama feature.
Review: Editor's Choice: Compact Cameras, Kathleen Davis, Oct. 28, 2009