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Sony HX99 vs WX800

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX800 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in August 2018 and October 2018. Both the HX99 and the WX800 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 18 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Sony HX99
versus
Sony WX800
Sony HX99   Sony WX800
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-720mm f/3.5-6.4 24-720mm f/3.5-6.4
18 MP – 1/2.3" sensor 18 MP – 1/2.3" sensor
4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 80-3,200 (80 - 6,400) ISO 80-3,200 (80 - 6,400)
Electronic viewfinder (638k dots) No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0" LCD – 922k dots 3.0" LCD – 922k dots
Tilting touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
10 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
370 shots per battery charge370 shots per battery charge
102 x 58 x 36 mm, 242 g 102 x 58 x 36 mm, 233 g
Sony HX99:
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Sony WX800:
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Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX800? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Sony HX99 and the Sony WX800. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The WX800 can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the HX99 is only available in black.

Size Sony HX99 vs Sony WX800
Compare HX99 versus WX800 top
Comparison HX99 or WX800 rear

In this particular case, the Sony HX99 and the Sony WX800 have exactly the same width and height, and, thus, have identically-sized bodies. However, the WX800 is slightly lighter (4 percent) than the HX99. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the HX99 nor the WX800 are weather-sealed.

The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 i
2.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 i
3.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 206 g 235 n Jan 2017 529 i
4.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399i
5.
 
Nikon W300 112 mm 66 mm 29 mm 231 g 280 Y May 2017 389 i
6.
 
Panasonic TZ90 112 mm 67 mm 41 mm 322 g 380 n Apr 2017 449i
7.
 
Sony RX100 VI 102 mm 58 mm 43 mm 301 g 240 n Jun 2018 1,199i
8.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 i
9.
 
Sony HX80 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349 i
10.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 i
11.
 
Sony A5000 110 mm 63 mm 36 mm 269 g 420 n Jan 2014 449i
12.
 
Sony HX400V 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 660 g 300 n Feb 2014 499 i
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The WX800 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 11 percent) than the HX99, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Sony HX99 and Sony WX800 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 18 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the HX99 and the WX800 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. Moreover, the two cameras were released in close succession, so that their sensors are from the same technological generation. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200, which can be extended to ISO 80-6400. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX800 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

HX99 versus WX800 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p20.612.1105851
2.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p20.612.2107051
3.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.912.552265
4.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p20.511.992450
5.
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p20.512.093850
6.
 
Panasonic TZ90 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p19.110.610636
7.
 
Sony RX100 VI 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.112.347864
8.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p20.612.1105751
9.
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p20.411.882248
10.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p20.211.673847
11.
 
Sony A5000 APS-C 19.8 5456 36321080/60i23.813.0108979
12.
 
Sony HX400V 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p20.111.462945
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/30p).

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the HX99 has an electronic viewfinder (638k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the WX800 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Sony HX99 and Sony WX800 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Sony HX99638 n3.0 / 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
2.
 
Sony WX800none n3.0 / 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
3.
 
Canon G9 X Mark IInone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 8.2/s Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX730none n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9/s Y Y
5.
 
Nikon W300none n3.0 / 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0/s Y Y
6.
 
Panasonic TZ901166 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
7.
 
Sony RX100 VI2359 n3.0 / 1229 tilting Y 1/2000s 24.0/s Y Y
8.
 
Sony HX95638 n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
9.
 
Sony HX80638 n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
10.
 
Sony HX90V638 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
11.
 
Sony A5000none n3.0 / 461 tilting n 1/4000s 3.5/s Y n
12.
 
Sony HX400V210 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0/s Y Y
Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

Both the HX99 and the WX800 have zoom lenses built in. Both optics have identical focal length range and aperture specifications (4.3-118mm f/3.5-6.4). Both cameras offer the same maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the HX99 and the WX800 write their files to SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. The HX99 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the WX800 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX800 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Sony HX99-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
2.
 
Sony WX800-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon SX730-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
5.
 
Nikon W300-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Panasonic TZ90-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
7.
 
Sony RX100 VI-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
8.
 
Sony HX95-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
9.
 
Sony HX80-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Sony HX90V-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
11.
 
Sony A5000-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
12.
 
Sony HX400VYstereo / mono--micro2.0YY-

Both the HX99 and the WX800 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The WX800 replaced the earlier Sony WX500, while the HX99 does not have a direct predecessor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Sony website.

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Sony HX99 better than the Sony WX800 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Arguments in favor of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99:

  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.


Advantages of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX800:

  • More affordable: Was released into a lower priced segment (11 percent cheaper at launch).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the HX99 emerges as the winner of the contest (3 : 1 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

HX99 03:01 WX800

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Sony HX99 and the Sony WX800 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the HX99 and the WX800 in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sony HX99........4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i
2.
 
Sony WX800............ Oct 2018 399 i
3.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II4/5..4/575/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 529 i
4.
 
Canon SX730..+....4/54/5 Apr 2017 399i
5.
 
Nikon W300..+....4/54/5 May 2017 389 i
6.
 
Panasonic TZ90..+ +....4/54/5 Apr 2017 449i
7.
 
Sony RX100 VI4.5/5+ +..83/1004/54.5/5 Jun 2018 1,199i
8.
 
Sony HX95............ Aug 2018 429 i
9.
 
Sony HX80............ Mar 2016 349 i
10.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +....4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i
11.
 
Sony A50003/5+....4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2014 449i
12.
 
Sony HX400V4/5+ +....4/54/5 Feb 2014 499 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

Sony HX99:
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Other camera comparisons

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    Specifications: Sony HX99 vs Sony WX800

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Sony HX99 Sony WX800
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-720mm f/3.5-6.4 24-720mm f/3.5-6.4
    Launch Date August 2018 October 2018
    Launch Price USD 449 USD 399
    Sensor Specs Sony HX99 Sony WX800
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 18 Megapixels 18 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4896 x 3672 pixels 4896 x 3672 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.25 μm 1.25 μm
    Pixel Density 64.04 MP/cm2 64.04 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 3,200 ISO 80 - 3,200 ISO
    ISO Boost 80 - 6,400 ISO 80 - 6,400 ISO
    Image Processor BIONZ X BIONZ X
    Screen Specs Sony HX99 Sony WX800
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Resolution 638k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Sony HX99 Sony WX800
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium MS or SDXC cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Sony HX99 Sony WX800
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Sony HX99 Sony WX800
    Battery Type NP-BX1 NP-BX1
    Battery Life (CIPA)370 shots per charge370 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 102 x 58 x 36 mm
    (4.0 x 2.3 x 1.4 in)
    102 x 58 x 36 mm
    (4.0 x 2.3 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 242 g (8.5 oz) 233 g (8.2 oz)
    Sony HX99:
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    Sony WX800:
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