A Closer Look: Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS vs. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Canon and Sony are two major players when it comes to image and video technology, and both companies offer a wide range of cameras for different types of consumers. While both of them offer high-end products for the serious photography enthusiasts, they also have compact cameras for daily point-and-shoot use. Canon has its PowerShot ELPH series, and the smallest in this line-up is the 300 HS. Meanwhile, Sony has its Cyber-shot series, and one of the favorites by users is the Cyber-shot DSC-WX50. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at these two cameras to see

which has better features, better performance, and more value.


The PowerShot Elph 300 HS features Canon’s very own HS system, which joins a Digic 4 image processor with backside-illuminated CMOS sensors. This combination results in good photos even in conditions with low light, making this camera good for use both indoors and outdoors. This system also gives the 300 HS a faster shooting performance (in fact, it has a better 3.6 seconds shot-to-shot speed compared to the Sony WX50’s 4 seconds with flash). But, while the 300 HS’ speed is faster when using flash, the WX50 is faster without flash (1 second shot-to-shot speed compared to the 300 HS’ 2.2 seconds). The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 has its own Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor that is paired with a Bionz image processor, features that give it both excellent photo and video quality. The WX50 has improved shutter lag – 0.2 seconds (or 0.4 to 0.9 seconds in low-light conditions) compared to the 300 HS’ 0.5 seconds (or 0.9 in low light). The WX50 also gets a better burst shooting performance: 10 frames per second compared to the 3.5 to 8.2 frames per second of the 300 HS. It’s ideal for continuous shooting of objects in high-speed motion.


When it comes to features, the WX50 gets more points because it has loads of options that enable it to accommodate a wide range of shooting conditions. It has a sweep panorama feature, plus a Handheld Twilight mode that reduces blurring even when the hands are shaking. And, all of these are accessible without leaving the auto mode. But while the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS may not have as many features, among its strong points is its color performance. It produces bright and vivid colors that are comparable to those of higher-end devices. In fact, it has a better macro distance of 3cm (compared to the WX50’s 5cm). Plus, it has a Wink and Face Detection self timer, a fun feature that captures photo when you wink or when the camera detects a new face in front of it.


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 offers a longer battery life (240 shots compared to the 220 shots of the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS). The WX50 also allows for direct camera charging via USB, which is an advantage over the 300 HS, which can be charged only via a wall adapter. In this case, the solution for users might be an extra battery.

Bottom Line: Considering the performance and features of the 330 HS and the DSC-WX50, everything comes down to the features users want in a camera that’s compact, light, and easy to use. For those who want a device for day-to-day use indoors and outdoors without leaving the auto mode, then the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS is a great choice – it’s perfect for taking snapshots. However, those who are looking for various automatic options when capturing photos may be better off with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50. Its features will perfectly suit those who want to tinker with their cameras and the photos that they take.

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