Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 Digital Camera

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Improve your selfie, and take it easily, too. A 180-degree tiltable LCD monitor makes it simple to see how you look in the frame. Meet the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 Digital Camera - the world’s smallest camera to contain the far-reaching performance of a ZEISS 30x optical zoom lens. With so much creative capability at hand to shoot for fun, you'll capture more star quality in every image.

  • World‘s smallest camera with 30x optical zoom (up to 60x magnification with clear image zoom) and Optical SteadyShot
  • New ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with a 24-720mm focal-length range
  • 180-degree tilt LCD screen for the perfectly framed selfie with easy retouching using Beauty Effect
  • Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with 18.2 effective megapixels
  • BIONZ X engine with advanced image processing technologies for faster image processing and detailed reproduction
  • XAVCS high-quality Full HD (1920 x 1080) 60p/50p recording at 50Mbps to capture all fast-moving action moments


Go farther, closer and wider
The Sony WX500’s ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 30x optical zoom lens extends a legacy of high-precision optics to capture clear, sharp, undegraded images throughout a 24–720mm range.

Renowned ZEISS optics
Legendary ZEISS quality delivers brilliant sharpness, rich contrast and minimal distortion.

Exmor R CMOS sensor
The Sony WX500 features a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with 18.2 effective megapixels to take in more light for greater detail in every shot.

BIONZ X image processing engine
The Sony WX500 is now reproducing more realistic detail and colour in images with less diffraction and noise.

Look before you shoot
The high-resolution LCD monitor on the back of the Sony WX500 can be tilted up to 180 degrees, so you can comfortably frame a selfie prior to shooting it or shoot at a low position.

Spread the good looks
To retouch the appearance of people in photos, you can use Beauty Effect to smooth skin, tone skin, dull overly glistening skin, widen eyes and brighten teeth — all in camera.

Change a photo's look
Photo Creativity in the Sony WX500 mode lets you alter the appearance of stills and movies with simple, intuitive changes to settings for brightness, colour, vividness and Picture Effect.

Quick - call up your menu
Six customisable buttons/keys include the Function button that can be assigned up to 12 frequently used functions, and five buttons/keys that can be assigned one function each.

Extra-speedy & precise Fast Intelligent AF
An improved spatial object detection algorithm realises a more optimal and accurate lens drive to make AF even faster, for capturing more fleeting moments with ease.

Movies in versatile formats
Record in XAVC S or AVCHD high-resolution movie format and as MP4 file with your Sony WX500.

Keep the blurs away
Intelligent Active Mode w. 5-axis image stabilisation + frame analysis.

Hold your power - live long, work hard, stay strong
A full battery lets you take approx. 400 stills or record 75 minutes of movie footage to make sure that you won't miss a good chance to shoot.

An easy, direct connection gets your images across
Use built-in NFC/Wi-Fi capability to send photos and movies from your Sony WX500 camera to other mobile devices. It takes just a single touch of your mobile device to the camera to make the connection.

PlayMemories Camera Apps
PlayMemories Camera Apps include free My Best Portrait for adding brightening and softening effects to skin, and sparkling catch-light effects to eyes in selfies and portraits.

My Best Portrait
Add skin-softening, skin-brightening and eye catch-light effects.

Smart Remote Control
Use a smartphone to control exposure, release shutter and receive photos.

Sync to Smartphone
Transfers photos to a mobile device automatically after powering off.


Image Sensor


Type  Exmor R CMOS sensor
Size  1/2.3 type (7.82mm)
Gross Pixels  Approx. 21.1 mega pixels
Effective Pixels  Approx. 18.2 mega pixels


Lens Type  ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, 11 elements in 10 groups (5aspheric element)
F Number  F3.5 (W) - 6.4 (T)
Focal Length (f=)  f=4.1 - 123mm
Focal Length (35mm conversion) - Still Image 16:9  f=26.5 - 795mm
Focal Length (35mm conversion) - Still Image 4:3  f=24 - 720mm
Focal Length (35mm conversion) - Still Image 3:2  f=25 - 750mm
Focal Length (35mm conversion) - Still Image 1:1  f=27.5 - 825mm
Focal Length (35mm conversion) - Movie 16:9  f=26.5 - 795mm(SteadyShot Standard), f=28 - 1180mm(SteadyShot Active), f=31 - 1210mm(SteadyShot InteligentActive)
Focal Length (35mm conversion) - Movie 4:3  f=32.5 - 975mm(SteadyShot Standard), f=34.5 - 1450mm(SteadyShot Active), 38 - 1480mm(SteadyShot InteligentActive)
Focus Range (iAuto)  W: Approx. 5cm to Infinity, T: Approx. 250cm to Infinity
Focus Range (Program Auto)  W: Approx. 5cm to Infinity, T: Approx. 250cm to Infinity
Optical Zoom  30x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
Clear Image Zoom  Still Image: 18M Approx. 60x/ 10M Approx. 80x/ 5.0M Approx. 113x/ VGA Approx. 459x/ 13M(16:9) Approx. 60x/ 2.1M(16:9) Approx. 153x; Movie: Approx. 60x 
Precision Digital Zoom - Still Image  18M Approx. 120x/ 10M Approx. 161x/ 5.0M Approx. 226x/ VGA Approx. 459x/ 13M(16:9) Approx. 120x/ 2.1M(16:9) Approx. 306x 


Screen Size  Approx. 7.5cm (3.0 inch) 4:3 format
Number Of Dots  921,600 dots
Name  Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Adjustable angle  Up by approx. 180 degrees
Brightness Setting  Manual (5 steps)
Shooting Specs


Imaging Processor  BIONZ X
Image Stabilizer System  (Still image) Optical SteadyShot, (Movie) Optical SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation, Anti Rolling type
Focus Mode - Single-shot AF (AF-S)  Yes
Focus Mode - Continuous AF (AF-C)  Yes (Advanced sports & Movie Only)
Focus Area: Wide  Yes
Focus Area: Center  Yes
Focus Area Flexible Spot (S/M/L)  Yes
Focus Area: Expanded Flexible Spot  Yes
Lock On AF  Yes
Light Metering - Multi Pattern  Yes
Light Metering - Center-Weighted  Yes
Light Metering - Spot  Yes
Exposure Compensation  +/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
Exposure Control  Yes
ISO Sensitivity Setting (Still Image)  (Auto(ISO80-3200), 80/ 100/ 200/ 400/ 800/ 1600/ 3200, Multi-Frame NR:Auto(ISO80-3200 same as selected range in Auto), 100/ 200/ 400/ 800/ 1600/ 3200/ 6400  /12800  )
ISO Sensitivity Setting (Movie)  Auto:(ISO80Level-ISO1600Level)/ High Sensitivity:(ISO80Level-ISO3200Level)
White Balance  Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluor.: Cool White, Fluor.: Day White, Fluor.: Daylight, Flash, Custom, One Push, One Push Set
Shutter Speed  iAuto (4" - 1/2000)/ Program Auto (1" - 1/2000)/ Aperture Priority (8" - 1/2000)/ Shutter Priority (30" - 1/2000)/ Manual (30" - 1/2000) 
Image Control  Long exposure NR
Noise Reduction  Multi Frame NR:Auto, ISO100-12800
Self-Timer  Off/ 10sec./ 5sec./ 2sec./ 3 consecutive shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec. delay selectable
Flash Mode  Auto/ Flash On/ Slow Sync./ Flash Off/ Rear Sync.
Flash Range  ISO Auto: Approx. 0.3m to 5.4m(W)/ Approx. 2.5m to 3.0 m(T)
Auto Macro  Yes
Auto Focus Illuminator  Auto/Off
Aperture  iAuto(F3.5-F6.3(W))/ Program Auto(F3.5-F6.3(W) )/ Manual(F3.5-F8.0(W))/ Aperture Priority(F3.5-F8.0(W))/ Shutter Priority(F3.5-F6.3(W))
Face Detection - Mode  Off/ On(Regist Faces)/ On
Face Detection - Face Selection  Yes (Key, Selected-face Memory)
Face Detection - Max. No of Detectable Faces  8 faces
Shooting mode


Superior Auto  Yes
Intelligent Auto  Yes
Program Auto (Program shift available)  Yes
Shutter Speed Priority  Yes
Aperture Priority  Yes
Movie Mode(Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure)  Yes
Panorama  Yes
Scene Selection  Yes
MR (Memory Recall) 1,2,3  Yes
Manual Exposure  Yes
Scene Selection


High Sensitivity  Yes
Night Scene  Yes
Night Portrait  Yes
Portrait  Yes
Landscape  Yes
Beach  Yes
Snow  Yes
Fireworks  Yes
Advanced Sports Shooting  Yes
Gourmet  Yes
Pet  Yes
Soft Skin  Yes
Handheld Twilight  Yes
Anti Motion Blur  Yes
Backlight Correction HDR  Yes
Sunset  Yes
Picture Effect


HDR Painting  Yes
Rich-tone Monochrome  Yes
Miniature  Yes
Toy Camera  Yes
Pop Colour  Yes
Partial Colour  Yes
Soft High-key  Yes
Water Colour  Yes
Posterization  Yes
Retro Photo  Yes
Soft Focus  Yes
High Contrast Monochrome  Yes
Illustration  Yes
Compatible Recording Media


Memory Stick Duo (Still Image / Movies)  Yes
Memory Stick PRO Duo (Still Image / Movies)  Yes
Memory Stick PRO Duo - High Speed  Yes
Memory Stick PRO HG Duo  Yes
SD Memory Card  Yes
SDHC Memory Card  Yes
SDXC Memory Card  Yes
Memory Stick Micro  Yes 
Memory Stick Micro (Mark2)  Yes 
Micro SD Memory Card  Yes 
Micro SDHC Memory Card  Yes 
Micro SDXC Memory Card  Yes 
Still Image Recording


13M (3,664×3,664) 1:1 mode  Yes
7.5M (2,736×2,736) 1:1 mode  Yes
3.7M (1,920×1,920) 1:1 mode  Yes
16M (4,896×3,264) 3:2 mode  Yes
8.9M (3,648×2,432) 3:2 mode  Yes
4.5M (2,592×1,728) 3:2 mode  Yes
18M (4,896 X 3,672) 4:3 mode  Yes
10M (3,648 X 2,736) 4:3 mode  Yes
5M (2,592 X 1,944) 4:3 mode  Yes
VGA (640 X 480) 4:3 mode  Yes
13M (4,896 X 2,752) 16:9 mode  Yes
7.5M (3,648×2,056) 16:9 mode  Yes
2.1M (1,920×1,080) 16:9 mode  Yes
Sweep Panorama 360 (11,520 X 1,080)  Yes
Sweep Panorama Wide (7,152 X 1,080 / 4,912 X 1,920)  Yes
Sweep Panorama Standard (4,912 X 1,080 / 3,424 X 1,920)  Yes
Movie Recording


AVCHD - 1,920 X 1,080/50p (28M, PS)  Yes
AVCHD - 1,920 X 1,080/50i (24M, FX)  Yes
AVCHD - 1,920 X 1,080/25p (24M, FX)  Yes
AVCHD - 1,920 X 1,080/50i (17M, FH)  Yes
AVCHD - 1,920 X 1,080/25p (17M, FH)  Yes
MP4 - 28M(1,920x1,080/50fps)  Yes
MP4 - 16M(1,920x1,080/25fps)  Yes
MP4 - 6M(1,280x720/25fps)  Yes
XAVC S - 50p 50M(1,920x1,080/50p)  Yes
XAVC S - 25p 50M(1,920x1,080/25p)  Yes
Battery life


Still Image  Approx. 400 / Approx. 200min 
Movies actual shooting  Approx. 75min(In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4GB.)  
Other Features


PlayMemories Camera Apps  Yes
Beauty Effect  Skin Toning/ Skin Smoothing/ Shine Removal/ Eye Widening/ Teeth Whitening
Face Detection  Yes
Face Registration  Yes
Smile Shutter  Yes
MR (memory recall)  Yes
Photo Creativity  Yes
Zebra  Yes
Micref Level  Yes
Self-portrait timer  Yes
Control for HDMI  Yes
Start-up Time  Approx. 1.8 sec. 
Shooting Time Lag  Approx. 0.14 sec. 
Shutter Release Time Lag  Approx. 0.008 sec.
Shooting Interval  Approx. 0.67 sec. 
Burst Speed (Maximum)  Approx. 10 fps (for up to 10 shots) 
Burst Interval (Minimum)  Approx.0.1 sec.(10 shots)  
Built-in Microphone  Stereo
Wind Noise Reduction  Off/On
Optical Zoom During Movie Recording  30x
Histogram Indicator  Yes (On/Off)


Built-in flash  Built-in, manual pop-up


Slide Show - Video Out  HD (HDMI)
Slide Show - Movie  Yes
Automatic Image Rotation  Yes


USB Connection - Auto (Multi-Configuration)  Yes
USB Connection - Mass Storage  Yes
USB Connection - MTP  Yes
Hi-Speed USB  Yes
Micro USB  Yes 


Multi-use Terminal  Yes
Micro HDMI  Yes
NFC  NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
Wi-Fi  Yes(Control with Smartphone, Send to Smart Phone, View on TV and PC transfer)
Optional Accessory Capability


Tripod Receptacle  Yes
Power Source


Supplied Battery  Maximum Voltage: 4.2V, Nominal Voltage: 3.6V, Maximum charge voltage: DC 4.2V, Maximum charge current: 1.89A, Capacity for Shooting: 4.5Wh(1240mAh)
AC Adaptor  Power Requirements: AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mA; Output voltage: DC 5V, 0.5A
USB Charge  Yes (with supplied AC Adaptor and supplied Battery)
USB Power Supply  Yes (with supplied AC Adaptor and supplied Battery)
Dimensions & Weight


Dimensions (W x H x D)  Approx. 101.6 x 58.1 x 35.5 mm (CIPA compliant)
Weight (with Battery & Memory Stick)  Approx. 236g
Weight (Body only)  Approx. 209g
Supplied Accessories


Supplied Accessories  Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC AdaptorAC-UB10C/UB10D, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual, AC Power Cord

Box Contents

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 Digital Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
  • AC AdaptorAC-UB10C/UB10D
  • Micro USB cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • AC Power Cord