The Good The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is currently the lightest, smallest camera with a 20x zoom. It has built-in Wi-Fi for on-the-go sharing (among other things); fantastic battery life; and a large variety of auto shooting options.
The Bad The camera's weight and size can make it difficult to keep steady when using the zoom lens, the screen is difficult to see in bright sun, and the lens has small apertures at both ends, making the zoom best suited for daytime, outdoor use.
The Bottom Line If you miss having a zoom lens, but don't want to add too much bulk and weight to your travels, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is a very good choice.
20x zoom, Wi-Fi, and a lot of fun
As everyone's well aware at this point, one of the key advantages point-and-shoots have over smartphones is their zoom lenses. Sony's out in front for 2013 with theand the 20x zoom Cyber-shot WX300. Though both are small enough to fit in a pocket, the WX300 is compact and light enough to comfortably stick in a pants pocket or carry with you every day in a bag.
Also, because of how much Sony has pared down its Cyber-shot lineup, the HX50V is really targeted at those who want more control and features, while the WX300 is for those who want a better shooting experience than you get using a smartphone. At providing that, the WX300 definitely succeeds.
Its built-in Wi-Fi makes it possible to shoot and send to an Android or iOS device on the go, so if you do get a shot you want to share, you don't have to run back to a computer to do it. The wireless also allows you to remotely control the camera with a mobile device, making it an easy way to capture group or self-portraits. It can even be set to snap and save a low-res version to your device for fast sharing.