Sony on Tuesday unveiled a handful of new Cyber-shot cameras, running the gamut of incredibly affordable to just out of impulse buy range. If you’re simply looking for a quick point-and-shoot, Sony’s newest Cyber-shot members will likely fit your needs; three of which are focused on optical zoom capabilities, while the other two are meant to be ultra-compact. Phones are good, but dedicated shooters are better, and Sony’s making sure it has plenty of options on the market.
Sony’s new mega-zoom lineup includes the HX400V, H400 and H300, which offer 50x, 63x and 35x optical zoom, respectively. The HX400V is Sony’s headliner, sporting Wi-Fi, NFC, 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, Full HD shooting and compatibility with Sony PlayMemories camera apps. The H400 and H300, meanwhile, both sport a 20.1-megapixel CCD sensor, and are largely similar save for the huge difference in zooming capabilities.
On the ultra-compact side, Sony’s WX350 is the more robust of the two, which also includes the W800. The company’s WX350 comes equipped with a 20x optical zoom, 18.1-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC and Full HD shooting capabilities. The W800, on the other hand, has 5x optical zoom, a 20-megapixel CCD sensor and the ability to record 720p video. All five of the new models each has their own quirks, but offer enough functionality and power in really small bodies.
Expect the H300 to hit in February for about $200, and the rest of the new Cyber-shot family to arrive in March. Sony says the HX400V will retail for $500; the H400 for $320; the WX350 for $320 and the W800 for just $80. If you’re a casual weekend shooter, or just want to document your growing family, Sony’s latest Cyber-shot cameras are attractive offers at some friendly price points.