Latest Sony camera reviews

Sony A9 initial review: Phenomenal speed from the full-frame mirrorless master
Sony A9 initial review: Phenomenal speed from the full-frame mirrorless master By Timothy Coleman

Many DSLR users are either debating whether they should switch to a mirrorless system (it's less so the other way around). That's not been the case so much with professional sports and wildlife photographers because there was no real alternative to a... Read more

Sony A7R III initial review: Giving the Nikon D850 a run for its money
Sony A7R III initial review: Giving the Nikon D850 a run for its money By Timothy Coleman

In the A7R III, Sony has built on the already impressive full-frame Mark II model, by creating a high-resolution and high-speed camera. Think of this Sony as part A7R II and part A9, all rolled into one.It does for mirrorless what the Nikon D850 does... Read more

Sony A6500 review: A mini mirrorless powerhouse
4.5 stars Sony A6500 review: A mini mirrorless powerhouse By Timothy Coleman

The Sony A6500 is the company's 2017 flagship mirrorless camera with a crop sensor, sitting below the Sony A7 full-frame line-up.The A6500 joins an already bustling series across the wider A6000 range, with several cameras at different specifications... Read more

Sony Alpha A99 II review: Proving that translucent can triumph
4.0 stars Sony Alpha A99 II review: Proving that translucent can triumph By Timothy Coleman

Holy moly, what a specification the Sony A99 II offers: a 42.4-million-pixel BSI (back illuminated) full-frame CMOS sensor, a 399-point hybrid autofocus system, 12-frames per second shooting with continuous tracking autofocus, 4K movie capture, and 5-axis... Read more

Sony RX100 V review: Impressive, but resting on its laurels
4.0 stars Sony RX100 V review: Impressive, but resting on its laurels By Mike Lowe

Sony has completely owned the high-end compact camera market since the launch of the original RX100 back in 2012. From the third-gen model, it tore up what a palm-sized compact could do by introducing a built-in electronic viewfinder and faster lens.... Read more

Sony RX10 III review: A camera for all seasons
4.5 stars Sony RX10 III review: A camera for all seasons By Sam Kieldsen

As its name suggests, the RX10 III is the third iteration of Sony's RX10 bridge camera, building on the appeal of the RX10 II (which Sony continues to market and sell) by boosting the optical zoom's reach.Given that the limited 24-200mm equivalent zoom... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review: Full-frame fun and foibles
4.0 stars Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review: Full-frame fun and foibles By Mike Lowe

When it first launched at the end of 2012, the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 was a camera like no other. Its full-frame sensor and fixed 35mm lens made it a distinctive shooter for the high-end market. Sure, it had its imperfections, but that large sensor gave... Read more

Sony FDR-AX53 offers pro quality 4K video recording for a consumer price
Sony FDR-AX53 offers pro quality 4K video recording for a consumer price By Rik Henderson

As part of its annual camcorder line-up refresh, Sony has introduced a powerhouse 4K Handycam that brings professional standard features to the consumer field. And it won't be priced in loopyville neither, as it comes in at the same price as last year's... Read more

Sony HDR-AS50R takes the action cam to another level
Sony HDR-AS50R takes the action cam to another level By Rik Henderson

Sony has updated its hugely popular action camera series with the HDR-AS50 and HDR-AS50R - the latter coming with a new Live View Remote you can wear on your wrist in order to see what you're recording.The camera itself is as tiddly as last year's model,... Read more

Sony A7 II review: Mostly alpha, some beta
4.5 stars Sony A7 II review: Mostly alpha, some beta By Mike Lowe

The very first full-frame compact system camera, the Alpha A7, was such an out-there trend setter that it nabbed the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best system camera back in 2014. Fast-forward a couple of years and, as we tread into 2016, the latest-generation... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II review: One serious superzoom
4.5 stars Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II review: One serious superzoom By Mike Lowe

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II is, just like its predecessor, a camera that's going to divide opinion. On paper its 24-200mm f/2.8 equivalent lens and 1-inch sensor combination sounds like the bees knees. Until, that is, you see the physical size of this... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV review: Still the compact to beat
4.5 stars Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV review: Still the compact to beat By Mike Lowe

It's 2015 and there's an argument that the compact camera is obsolete in the face of advancing smartphones. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV is the absolute antithesis to that; a high-end, pocketable compact with large 1-inch sensor and 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot HX90 review: Travel compact gives Panasonic TZ70 something to chew over
Sony Cyber-shot HX90 review: Travel compact gives Panasonic TZ70 something to chew over By Mike Lowe

Sony is going for gold with its latest travel zoom compact, the Cyber-shot HX90 (and HX90V, which adds GPS), which includes a pop-up electronic viewfinder - a key feature as adopted from its higher-end Cyber-shot RX100 III camera.But whereas the RX-series... Read more

Sony Alpha A5100 review: Compact-a-like
4.0 stars Sony Alpha A5100 review: Compact-a-like By Mike Lowe

Since Sony dropped its NEX branding and blanketed its compact system camera line with the Alpha brand name, the range has not morphed dramatically, simply divided itself into different schools of thought: those seeking a compact alternative, and those... Read more

Sony Alpha A7S review
4.0 stars Sony Alpha A7S review By Mike Lowe

In 2013 the Sony Alpha A7 convinced our team and a panel of tech-savvy judges that it was system camera of the year. Not because it had the most lenses available, was the fastest, nor because there weren't other great new cameras coming out, but because... Read more

Sony QX1 and QX30: Bringing real and interchangeable lenses to your smartphone (hands-on)
Sony QX1 and QX30: Bringing real and interchangeable lenses to your smartphone (hands-on) By Britta O'Boyle

Sony has added two new lens-style cameras to the QX range at IFA 2014, the QX1 and QX30.Just like the QX10 and QX100 - launched at last year's IFA - the new lenses will connect to your smartphone. The idea is to give you a high quality sensor with... Read more

Sony Action Cam Mini AZ1 dreams big for such a tiny camera (hands-on)
Sony Action Cam Mini AZ1 dreams big for such a tiny camera (hands-on) By Rik Henderson

Sony has defied the laws of physics with its new all-action camera. There is so much tech crammed into a seemingly impossible size that it must be pixie magic or something.Of course, it isn't, but we have to say that on first impressions the Action Cam... Read more

Sony Alpha A6000 review
4.5 stars Sony Alpha A6000 review By Mike Lowe

The Sony A6000 is, in some respects, the older NEX-6 reincarnate. Which puts it in good stead: as far as interchangeable lens cameras go, the NEX-6 was one of our favourite small scale models with a built-in electronic viewfinder, so the Alpha A6000 arrives... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review
5.0 stars Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review By Mike Lowe

If you want a pocketable high-end compact camera that offers it all, it looks as though Sony may have finally cracked it with the Cyber-shot RX100 III. This third-generation model delivers a large 1-inch sensor size, but rewrites the earlier RX100 rulebook... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot HX60V review
3.5 stars Sony Cyber-shot HX60V review By Mike Lowe

There is no shortage of 30x optical zoom compact cameras on the market in 2014, with the Sony Cyber-shot HX60V slotting neatly into the company's compact lineup. If you're looking for a zoom to cater for wide-angle group shots and those far-and-away subjects... Read more

Sony a77 II pictures and hands-on
Sony a77 II pictures and hands-on By Chris Hall

The Sony a77 II comes in to replace a camera that launched in 2011, the a77, so is long due an upgrade. A lot has changed during that time. Not only has Sony rejigged how it refers to cameras, rolling NEX into the alpha line, but it has also gone on a... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot H400 pictures and hands-on
Sony Cyber-shot H400 pictures and hands-on By Mike Lowe

Looking for a huge zoom? Then look no further. The Sony Cyber-shot H400 has a whopping 63x optical zoom lens that provides a 24.5-1550mm equivalent focal length. But can it deliver as big as its features suggest?Sadly, no. We got to play with the H400... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot HX400V pictures and hands-on
Sony Cyber-shot HX400V pictures and hands-on By Mike Lowe

Everyone loves a superzoom. Sony has updated its HX line with the beefed-up Cyber-shot HX400V model to inject a dash of speed into proceedings.The HX400V is, for the most part, a mirror image of the earlier HX300V camera from last year. The key difference:... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot HX60V pictures and hands-on
Sony Cyber-shot HX60V pictures and hands-on By Mike Lowe

It's that camera time of year and Sony has updated its travel zoom line with the latest Cyber-shot HX60V model. If you're looking for a compact model with significant zoom that can fit into a pocket or small bag then there's lots here to appeal here.If... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot QX100 review
3.5 stars Sony Cyber-shot QX100 review By Chris Hall

Sony did something a little radical in 2013, launching the lens-style camera accessories for smartphones. With two models on offer - the QX10 and the QX100 - the idea is to bring quality to your smartphone photos that would be otherwise be impossible... Read more

Sony FDR-AX100E: We go hands-on with the 4K HandyCam that could change TV forever
Sony FDR-AX100E: We go hands-on with the 4K HandyCam that could change TV forever By Rik Henderson

Sony has been at the forefront of prosumer camcorders for a while. We've known many a lower-budget TV show to use a three-chip VX1000 in the past and, more recently, Full HD and, even, 4K equivalents. Now it's about to shake up the industry again, with... Read more

Hands-on: Sony Alpha A5000 is small yet mighty
Hands-on: Sony Alpha A5000 is small yet mighty By Mike Lowe

With Sony’s NEX brand surrendering to the Alpha title, the A5000 is among the first compact system cameras we’ve seen to carry the new badge. But what’s in a name? We got to play with the A5000 at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 to find out.At... Read more

Sony Alpha A7R review
4.0 stars Sony Alpha A7R review By Mike Lowe

The Sony Alpha A7R is a specialist camera if we ever saw one. Visually it looks nigh-on identical to the Alpha A7 - the other full-frame compact system camera released alongside this one - but it’s that capital "R", which we’ll call "resolution",... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 review
4.5 stars Sony Cyber-shot RX10 review By Mike Lowe

When we first heard about the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 our ears pricked up with joy. A superzoom-esque camera with a 24-200mm f/2.8 equivalent lens and the same 1-inch sensor as found in the award-winning Cyber-shot RX100 II - could the RX10 be the all-in-one... Read more

Sony Alpha A7 review
4.5 stars Sony Alpha A7 review By Mike Lowe

When the Sony Alpha A7 first materialised we were really rather excited. The first compact system camera with a full-frame sensor to surface in the market, it answered a question so many had been waiting for. Big sensor, small size, affordable price.... Read more

Sony Alpha A7R hands-on: We test out the 36-megapixel full-frame system camera
Sony Alpha A7R hands-on: We test out the 36-megapixel full-frame system camera By Mike Lowe

Not content with launching one full-frame compact system camera, Sony has gone and launched two. The Sony Alpha A7R joins the A7 model, but offers a significant push in resolution. That sensor houses 36 million pixels. Wowzers.But that's not all, the... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 review
4.0 stars Sony Cyber-shot QX10 review By Chris Hall

Sony's lens-style cameras are going to divide opinion. Some will love the geekiness of being able to strap a lens to your smartphone, others will see it as a waste of money. But we can't help being excited about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10, the 10x optical... Read more

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V pictures and hands on
Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V pictures and hands on By Britta O'Boyle

Adding to Sony's line-up is the Action Cam HDR-AS30V, providing a wearable video camera for capturing any adventures you fancy taking.It comes packed with features including GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC, but first up is its waterproof casing. The Action Cam HDR-AS30V's... Read more

Sony QX100 lens-style camera: Hands-on with the RX100 II lens for your phone
Sony QX100 lens-style camera: Hands-on with the RX100 II lens for your phone By Chris Hall

It was no secret that Sony was lining up to launch a couple of exciting smartphone accessories, looking to give you access to better smartphone pictures. The Sony QX100 is the higher-quality of the two lens-style cameras just announced by Sony at IFA... Read more

Sony A3000 hands-on: Cheap body, NEX lenses
Sony A3000 hands-on: Cheap body, NEX lenses By Chris Hall

Sony is pushing into new territory with the launch of the Sony A3000. But it's risky: this compact system camera lifts the Alpha brand name, but not the A-mount lenses. This is an Alpha with the E-mount from the NEX series. Confused yet?The A3000 is all... Read more

Sony NEX-5T hands-on: NFC comes to the NEX
Sony NEX-5T hands-on: NFC comes to the NEX By Chris Hall

Jumping in at the middle of the NEX pack is the new Sony NEX-5T. New it may be, but there isn't a huge change compared to the previous NEX-5R - the 5T's only differentiating factor is the addition of NFC (near field communication) technology to simplify... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II review
4.5 stars Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II review By Mike Lowe

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II isn't a casual camera purchase. It touts itself as the big gun of the compact camera world, and with an asking price of £650 it's about as far removed from a back pocket change purchase as a compact can be. But we're still... Read more

Hands on: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R review
Hands on: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R review By Mike Lowe

Six months after the release of the Sony RX1 - the world's first full-frame compact camera, no less - Sony has revealed a second option of the model. The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R is identical to the RX1 in all ways except for one bif difference: there's no... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot HX50 review
4.0 stars Sony Cyber-shot HX50 review By Mike Lowe

Bigger zooms, smaller bodies: the compact camera market continues to evolve and Sony thinks it has the winning travel zoom formula in the shape of the Cyber-shot HX50. With a 30x optical zoom crammed into a relatively compact body, the HX50 is like a... Read more

Sony NEX-6
4.5 stars Sony NEX-6 By Mike Lowe

When we first saw the Sony NEX-6 ahead of its launch towards the end of 2012 we were impressed with how it seemed to encapsulate the very spirit of what, in our view, a compact system camera should be.The NEX-6 is small yet comes complete with a built-in... Read more

Sony NEX-5R
4.0 stars Sony NEX-5R By Mike Lowe

The NEX-5R is the product of Sony's continuing refinement of its compact system cameras. We're already fans of the interchangeable lens series, and found the previous NEX-5N model to be a little star in the image quality department, but a little behind... Read more

Sony F65 4K camera, hands-on with the camera used to shoot Oblivion and After Earth
Sony F65 4K camera, hands-on with the camera used to shoot Oblivion and After Earth By Stuart Miles

If you truly want to embrace the 4K "experience" as a moviemaker, adopting a fully digital workflow makes sense.Announced in 2011, the Sony F65 is the big daddy of the 4K camera world, capable of shooting at 8K resolution and coming with a number of bolt-ons... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot HX300
4.0 stars Sony Cyber-shot HX300 By Mike Lowe

Superzoom cameras across various brands have been crafting out their own individual points of interest of late. Sony's angle, it would seem, is all about resolution: the Cyber-shot HX300 pairs a brand new 50x optical zoom lens - capable of a 24-1200mm... Read more

Sony Alpha A58 pictures and hands-on
Sony Alpha A58 pictures and hands-on By Mike Lowe

Sony continues to march out the megapixels: the latest update to its Single Lens Translucent (SLT) series, the Alpha A58, houses a brand new 20.1-megapixel APS-C sensor at its core. Pocket-lint met up with Sony ahead of the official unveiling to take... Read more

Sony NEX-3N pictures and hands-on
Sony NEX-3N pictures and hands-on By Mike Lowe

Sony's refreshed its entry level NEX camera, updating the NEX-F3 with the new - and smaller - NEX-3N model. And Pocket-lint was on hand to take a gander at the latest compact system camera.Spec-wise there aren't masses of differences compared to the previous... Read more

Sony Alpha A99
3.5 stars Sony Alpha A99 By Mike Lowe

We knew the Sony Alpha A99 - the first full-frame single lens translucent (SLT) camera - was on its way, having played with it extensively back in 2012. Sony's transition from the traditional DSLR space to the SLT fold has seen the company make the digital... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot H200 superzoom pictures and hands-on
Sony Cyber-shot H200 superzoom pictures and hands-on By Mike Lowe

If one thing's true it's that entry-level, limited zoom compact cameras are in decline. Sony's answer? An affordable, 26x optical zoom model: the Cyber-shot H200.With an asking price of £200, or $250 in the US, there's plenty of zoom on offer for the... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot TF1 tough camera pictures and hands-on
Sony Cyber-shot TF1 tough camera pictures and hands-on By Mike Lowe

Sony's latest waterproof compact camera, the TF1, has a name that, when said fast enough, sounds a lot like "Tough One". Which is most apt as it's also sand, freeze and dustproof, as well as being tough enough to survive watery plunges down to 10m.When... Read more

Cyber-shot H200 leads the charge for the camera middle ground at CES
Cyber-shot H200 leads the charge for the camera middle ground at CES By Stuart Miles

Sony has updated several of its compact digital cameras at the start of CES on Monday, as it continues to try to stay at the forefront of the digital imaging world.At the top of the pile is the DSLR-style Cyber-shot H200 that will cost $249 when it comes... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX1
4.0 stars Sony Cyber-shot RX1 By Mike Lowe

The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is a compact camera like no other. That may sound like the company's former brand slogan, as this camera - the world's first fixed-lens compact to feature a full-frame 35mm sensor - is no "make.believe". This is the real deal,... Read more