For decades, Sony has provided many of the best digital cameras in the world. It has, in fact, introduced new technologies, advancing the industry by leaps and bounds. Featured here are the perfect compacts for travelers and holidaymakers that you can take with you anywhere you go, including the Canary Islands.

Top 5 Sony Travel Digital Cameras

After having packed everything, all you have to do is to set food on the Canary Islands to begin a fun-filled adventure and experience. These cameras are your best choices for taking snapshots – beautiful sceneries and landscapes, and your companion(s).

  Product Maximum Resolution Effective Pixels Sensor Type ISO Sensitivity Storage Types Price  
Sony DSC-WX350 Digital Compact Camera with Wi-Fi and NFC 4896 x 3672 18.2 megapixels 1/2.3″ type (7.76 mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor Auto, 100-12800 SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo £230.00 Buy on Amazon
Sony DSC-WX500 Digital Compact High Zoom Travel Camera with 180° Tiltable LCD Screen 4896 x 3672 18.2 megapixels 1/2.3 type (7.82mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor Auto, 80-12800 SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo £330.00 Buy on Amazon
Sony DSC-HX90V Compact Camera with 30x Optical Zoom 4896 x 3672 18.2 megapixels 1/2.3 type (7.82mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor Auto, 80-12800 SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo £409.00 Buy on Amazon
Sony DSC-HX95 Compact Digital with 24-720 mm Zoom and 4K Recording 4896 x 3672 18.2 megapixels 1/2.3 type (7.82mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor Auto, 80-12800 Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Micro £430.00 Buy on Amazon
Sony DSC-HX99 Compact Digital with 4K Video and Touchpad 4896 x 3672 18.2 megapixels 1/2.3 type (7.82mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor Auto, 80-12800 SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo £450.00 Buy on Amazon

1. Sony DSC-WX350 Digital Compact Camera with Wi-Fi and NFC

DSC-WX350 is the most affordable Sony compact digital camera that you could bring to the Canaries. Inside its slim body is an 18.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor that captures 4896 x 3672 resolution images. Small enough to fit in pockets, it is a workhorse that can shoot action scenes. If need be, you can also do close-ups as it comes with G lens and 20x optical zoom.

WX350 Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4896 x 3672
  • Effective Pixels: 18.2 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3″ type (7.76 mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100-12800
  • Focal Length: 4.3-86 mm

  • Angle of View (35 mm equivalent): 25-500 mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F3.5-6.5
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/1600 sec
  • Format: AVCHD
  • Storage Types: SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo

DSC-WX350 Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“All I can say is that it is an excellent camera. Honestly, there are plenty of options on the menu. Instead of tinkering and figuring out what those are, I opted for Intelligent Auto. Thus far, it has never failed me so far. Would I recommend the WX350? You bet.”

– Ken E.

“WX350 is perfect for me. It is small enough that I can dump it into my handbag. The photos I have taken during a family vacation in the Canary Islands have been incredible.”

– Suzanne Q.

2. Sony DSC-WX500 Digital Compact High Zoom Travel Camera with 180° Tiltable LCD Screen

A selfie is a great way to preserve moments while on holiday in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and the rest of the Canary Islands, and DSC-WX500 helps you do that by providing a 180-degree tiltable LCD monitor. This compact camera is a testament to Sony’s legacy of high-precision, high-performance optics. Built into the slim body is a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 30x optical zoom lens. From the 24 mm to 720 mm, expect to capture clear, sharp, undegraded images.

WX500 Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4896 x 3672
  • Effective Pixels: 18.2 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3 type (7.82mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80-12800
  • Focal Length: 4.1-123 mm
  • Angle of View (35 mm equivalent): 24-720 mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F3.5-6.4
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec
  • Format: AVCHD, XAVC S
  • Storage Types: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo

DSC-WX500 Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“I wanted an affordable camera that is small and easy to carry around and has a long optical zoom. The WX500 fits the bill and, more importantly, can deliver beautiful photos. I also appreciate being able to transfer pictures and videos to my phone using the Sony Playmobile app. That makes it easy for me to share on Facebook and Instagram. Imagine how many of my friends were envious upon seeing our Canary vacation moments?”

Bill C.

“I have had this camera for several months already, and it has been excellent. The optical zoom has served me well, and I have taken lots of photos of my girlfriend with the depth of field effects. By no means am I a techie or pro, but the auto mode has delivered stunning images as if professional photographers took them with those huge, expensive cameras. In our trip to the Canaries, I especially love its ability to transfer photos wirelessly, which I do after returning to the hotel.”

– Peter J.

Movies in versatile formats

Record in XAVC S or AVCHD high-resolution movie format and as MP4 file.

Keep the blurs away

Intelligent Active Mode w. 5-axis5 image stabilisation + frame analysis.

3. Sony DSC-HX90V Compact Camera with 30x Optical Zoom

The DSC-HX90V is a step up from the WX series, combining a 30x Zeiss zoom lens and OLED Tru-Finder, letting you see how the shots will look. It lives up to Sony’s tradition of excellence, packing the compact body with a high-performance CMOS image sensor to deliver vivid images throughout the 24-720 mm range. For most people, this camera is powerful enough to preserve moments, letting you remember the time you spend in the Canaries with loved ones or friends.

HX90V Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4896 x 3672
  • Effective Pixels: 18.2 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3 type (7.82mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80-12800
  • Focal Length: 4.1-123 mm
  • Angle of View (35 mm equivalent): 24-720 mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F3.5-6.4
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec
  • Format: AVCHD, XAVC S
  • Storage Types: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo

DSC-HX90V Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“The one thing I love about this camera is the GPS. Sure, it takes great photos and videos – that much I know after reading many of the reviews scattered around the net. The GPS, however, came as a pleasant surprise for me. I must have missed that while reading the product description. Anyway, it is so much fun looking at the photos, reminiscing the good times in Tenerife and Lanzarote (that’s where we had our vacation), and knowing where those moments were taken.”

– Jackie Q.

“First of all, I don’t think you can attach an external flash. Having said that, the large sensor in HX90V can capture more light than the older camera I owned. And so, even in dimly lit areas, such as within the trails of Teide National Park, I have had no issues whatsoever with the quality of the photos taken. In the evenings, the photos I took in some bars came up better than expected. Of course, out on the beaches during daytime – this camera delivers beautiful, high-quality shots.”

– Harley M.

The Elements of Comprehensive Image Quality

The synergy of a higher-performance CMOS image sensor, lightning-quick image processor and legendary lens pack the latest optical and engineering advancements into an amazingly compact form.

Get the best view

This high-contrast retractable OLED Tru-Finder is far brighter than conventional electronic viewfinders and perfect for all-around portability, safety and practicality.

Extra-speedy & precise Fast Intelligent AF

An improved spatial object detection algorithm realises a more optimal and accurate lens drive to make AF even faster, for capturing more fleeting moments with ease.

4. Sony DSC-HX95 Compact Digital with 24-720 mm Zoom and 4K Recording

The DCS-HX95 breaks the record held by the WX series being the world’s smallest camera with a 24-720 mm zoom lens. It boasts of impressive technology that delivers superior images and high-resolution 4K videos. The synergy of RTM CMOS sensor and BIONZ XTM image-processing system reduce noise even at high ISO settings. As such, you can be sure that every shot you take in the Canary Islands is bright and vivid, even in dimly lit scenes.

Although the previous generation of compact cameras is capable of high-resolution videos, HX95 takes it up a notch by recording with full pixel readout with no pixel binning. It captures 1.6 times the required information for 4K, resulting in high-quality outputs with reduced moiré and jaggies. Go ahead, bring the moments and sceneries to life – this camera will not fail to disappoint.

HX95 Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4896 x 3672
  • Effective Pixels: 18.2 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3 type (7.82mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80-12800
  • Focal Length: 4.25-118 mm
  • Angle of View (35 mm equivalent): 24-720 mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F3.5-6.4
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec
  • Format: AVCHD, XAVC S
  • Storage Types: Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Micro

DSC-HX95 Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“I have used the HX60 for nearly four years until deciding to upgrade to the HX95. The old one had served me well. And so I do look forward to years of premium quality photos and videos with this newer camera I intend to carry around, especially during travels. In the Canaries, I had the chance to test its capabilities. It performed so well that I am delighted with this purchase. I do not need a tripod to take clear photos, thanks to the combination of Carl Zeiss lens and SteadyShot image stabilization, even when shooting close-ups at max optical zoom. Most of the time, I use auto mode, although it offers an extensive manual control. And oh, I took more than 400 shots and over 20 videos on one charge, too.”

– Dilton P.

“I wanted a small camera that I can take anywhere, and the HX95 made the most sense. The only bummer is that I missed the other model – HX99. But what the heck. It has proven to be an excellent travel companion that is convenient to carry around, even in Tenerife’s beaches. The pictures and 4K video were also amazingly clear.”

– Hannah V.

5. Sony DSC-HX99 Compact Digital with 4K Video and Touchpad

DSC-HX99 is a minor step up from the HX95, with a touchpad LCD screen being the most significant change. It is, arguably, the best travel camera you can bring to the Canaries – portable, powerful, and highly capable. It needs only 0.09 seconds, for example, to capture a fleeting moment. With this compact, you are not going to miss anything.

HX99 Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4896 x 3672
  • Effective Pixels: 18.2 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3 type (7.82mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80-12800
  • Focal Length: 4.25-118 mm
  • Angle of View (35 mm equivalent): 24-720 mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F3.5-6.4
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec
  • Format: AVCHD, XAVC S
  • Storage Types: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo

DSC-HX99 Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“Until I had the HX99, taking night shots had been frustrating. Not with this new camera, though, and I have had excellent results in bars and the magnificent nightscape of La Palma. Of course, daytime shots were amazing, and I expected as much as older models have delivered that for years already.”

– Jacob Z.

“What can I say about the HX99 in the Canary Islands? Night shots were better than expected. The indoor photos were excellent. Outdoor shots under natural sunlight were the best. They could have shot by pros using an expensive DSLR and crazy exorbitant lens. But what do I really know? I merely turn on the camera and start shooting without so much as thinking about other settings.”

– Helene G.

Never Go to the Canaries Without One of These Sony Compacts

All the Sony WX and HX digital travel cameras have built-in NFC/Wi-Fi capability. DSC-HX99 is the most capable in this line-up, plus it also supports Bluetooth transfers. Such flexibility in connectivity lets you send photos and videos to other mobile devices, quickly and easily. It is much more expensive than the other models at this time. If that is an issue, then the HX95 would be a better choice.

For budget travel compact zooms, both the WX350 and WX500 are older models that may not match the HX series’ video recording capabilities. However, they sure are capable of capturing beautiful images.

Whichever models you end up choosing, one thing you can be sure of is that Sony is going to deliver photos as promised. And with that, you can bring back memories and savor those moments in the years to come.

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