LCD and Viewfinder
Sony WX500 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
WX500 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Fujifilm X30 (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Sony WX500 can shoot continuously at max speed of 10.0 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
Unfortunately WX500 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Sony WX500 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Sony WX500 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Sony WX500, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60p,60i,30p,24p fps and save in AVCHD and XAVC S formats. Full HD resolution of Sony WX500 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
WX500 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Sony WX500 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Fujifilm X30 or Olympus XZ-2 iHS in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Sony WX500 features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( with NFC) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. With its NFC feature, WX500 can communicate with devices such as smartphones which are also equipped with this technology by simply touching each other.One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our WX500. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect WX500 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony WX500 is powered by NP-BX1 battery which provides a shooting life of 360 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 254 shots, Sony WX500 has a good battery life for its class.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Sony WX500 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Sony WX500 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Sony WX500 is $349.99