Point-and-shoot cameras have one advantage over smartphones: optical zooms. It makes sense then that Sony would tout the zoom capabilities in its latest Cyber-shot cameras. In fact, these compact Cyber-shots are the smallest 30x optical zoom cameras in the world, according to Sony.
In addition to 30x optical zoom, the DSC-HX90V and the DSC-WX500 both come with an 18.2-megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor, a BIONZ X processor, and a 3 inch upward-tilting LCD with 921k dot resolution. Both are also Wi-Fi and NFC compatible, and share the capacity to record 1080/60p video. The XAVC S codec facilitates 50 mbps video recording.
Other specs include 5-axis Optical SteadyShot stabilization, and a built-in pop-up flash.
The HX90V, which will cost an extra hundred dollars, brings a handful of features not available on its counterpart release. These includes built-in GPS for automatic geotagging of snapshots and video, as well as a pop-up OLED viewfinder that is the same viewfinder previously available with the RX100 III.
Both cameras are slated for release in June. The DSC-WX500 will cost approximately $330, and the DSC-HX90V will bear a price tag of roughly $430.