Sony has unveiled a second long-zoom compact camera that’s almost as feature-rich as the WX350, yet significantly more affordable. The Sony WX500 shares much with its higher-end sibling, but forgoes its popup viewfinder, GPS receiver and some other features the average consumer likely wouldn’t get much use from. For that, you get a price tag that is around a quarter below that of the viewfinder-equipped version.
The Sony WX500 sports both an 18-megapixel, backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor and a far-reaching, optically-stabilized 30x zoom lens. It also offers a selfie-friendly tilting LCD monitor, popup flash strobe, and the combination of Wi-Fi and NFC wireless networking connectivity. All of that in a camera that’s almost exactly the same size as the popular RX100, enthusiast compact — yet the WX500 has more than eight times the zoom range of that camera.
Of course, it’s sensor is much smaller, but that’s good enough for a pocket long-zoom — and Sony claims this to be the world’s smallest compact camera with a 30x or greater zoom range.
This camera is expected to be available from June 2015 in black or white body colours.