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The Sony HX90V and WX500 Are the World’s Smallest 30x Zoom Cameras

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Sony has just announced a pair of superzoom compact cameras that it claims are the world’s smallest to offer 30x optical zooms. The new WX500 and HX90V both have 24-720mm (35mm equiv.) zoom lenses with 5-axis optical image stabilization.

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The cameras also feature the same 18.2 megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, pop-up flash, 921K-dot 3-inch LCD screen that tilts 180 degrees, Wi-Fi and NFC, and 1080p video recording.

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The two cameras look virtually identical, except the HX90V includes a couple of nifty features not found in the WX500: it packs a pop-up OLED viewfinder — the same one found in the Sony RX100 III — and built-in GPS for geotagging your photos. It’s “the first truly ‘pocketable’ compact high-zoom camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder,” Sony says.

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Physically, the cameras measure 4×2.3×1.4 inches. The WX500 weighs 7.37 oz without a battery, and the HX90v is slightly heavier at 8.64 oz.

The WX500 will cost $330 and the HX90V will cost $430 when the cameras hit store shelves in June 2015.

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