Sony DSC W800 vs Canon Ixus 185

Choosing a camera can be tricky. Sometimes the need for having a good quality camera can be important and not-important at the same time. Some people tend to have a camera for fun. You know, a camera for taking pictures at the party or recording daily lives without any professional commitment.

Easy-simple tasks like that don’t require beastly cameras. You won’t need a camera with a thousand lenses just for recording your kids birthday. A simple camera would work magically, with a decent amount of quality, along with friendly price as well. Some people may require easy functionality as well in order to operate the camera. So a non-confusing camera, affordable price, and decent quality.

A type of camera with those three important characteristics is Point and Shoot Cameras. Cameras that are easy to use, easy to operate, simple, and affordable. Of course you can’t hope for DSLR-like image quality on these products, but they could still create decently good images still.

Previously we compared the two cameras from Sony and Canon, which is the newer Canon M50 and the classic Sony A6000. This time, we’re gonna take a look at the PnS cameras from these two giant vendors. First one is the Sony DSC W800 and the rival is Canon Ixus 185. We specifically compare these cameras within a hundred dollar price range, a really affordable price to pay.

So, without further ado, let’s start with the first one.

Sony DSC W800

  •     Vendor : Sony
  •     Price : 75$

The first one on the list of Sony DSC W800. It came around the market in February 2014, about 6 years from now. It delivers the generic compact camera shape that is popular on that year on, and it looks really neat in pitch black touch with lining design. It has 97 mm x 55 mm in size with the weight about 125g only. It’s really light, since it’s a compact pocket camera.

This small camera has the same camera sensor as the Ixus, which is a 20MP CCD Sensor. The size of the LCD screen is also the same 2.7 inch with 230.000 dots. Isn’t that small for its total size. It’s easy to carry everywhere and able to capture good quality images with its sensors. However, the display screen carries an HD resolution or 1280 X 720. It’s easy enough to see what’s going on the screen. Read also: Canon Eos M50 vs Sony A6000.

If you like to customize the setting, you can adjust the ISO from 100-3200. It’s not that great either, but it’s quite decent for an old camera like this. With a Point and Shoot camera, generally you’ll not adjust anything. Just put up your camera and you’re good to go. With this kind of ISO, taking night pictures is not a good idea. But it should work for outdoor uses with enough sunlight.

The zoom lens is 26mm that can be put to the maximum 130 mm, with F3.2-6.4. You can use the zoom for the maximum 5X. The maximum aperture for tele is 6.4. This camera is not good for continuous shooting, since it only has an average 1.0 fps. Better use for a single take, and go for another with pause in between.

And about the features, you can find some like the Optical Image Stabilization, the built-in flash, and also face-detection feature. This can be a good affordable camera for taking a selfie. And you may also control this in portrait mode as well, since it’s really light to carry in your hand.

Unfortunately, there’s no other good features that can be taken advantage of. There’s no articulating screen, and the external shoe for flash so you must depend on the built-in one at all times. The manual setting for adjusting focus or exposure also doesn’t exist. Since it is a pocket camera, you shouldn’t carry it around in toughest weather conditions.

Canon Ixus 185

  •     Vendor : Canon
  •     Price : 90$

The Ixus 185 is a compact Point and Shoot camera from Canon that launched a year after Sony’s DSC W800. In general, there’s no significant difference that you can pick from it. The image sensor is still the same 20MP CCD Sensor, with ISO adjustment from 100-1600, which is lesser than W800.

The screen used is still the same 2.7” display with 230 dots, meaning these are low resolutions screens. Also it’s a bit heavier, but the difference is only about 4 grams, highly not noticeable. For continuous shooting, it has worse FPS, reaching 0.8 fps, highly unusable. The tele lens also reaches maximum aperture of 6,90, meaning in slower lenses.

However, you should also notice the better things from it. The length of the tele lense is greater on this camera. It can reach longer, which is at 224mm. It’s about 94mm longer than W800. An upgrade you can find is in the optical zoom that now can zoom the images about 8 times.

Other than those, it’s still the same compact easy-to-carry Point and Shoot camera. With a long time interval, it doesn’t bring any big differences that we can enjoy. Almost everything on this camera is still the same as a camera that was released a year before. A little upgrade on the tele lens and zoom feature are not worth the upgrade from the older device. But for the people who really like Canon products, this can be a great choice of little but dependable camera.

Sony DSC W800 vs Canon Ixus 185

- MP Super HAD CCD sensor for beautifully detailed images. Blink Detection
- Sony Lens w/ 5x Optical Zoom and 360 sweep panorama
- Reduced blur with SteadyShot Image stabilization.Recording Format:Still Images: JPEG , Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
- Capture your videos in 720p HD Movie mode
- 8x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer helps you capture images with flexibility and ease
- 20.0 Megapixel CCD sensor combines with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality
- Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings based on predefined shooting situations
- Digital IS helps reduce the effect of camera shake and subject movement


As said above, the differences between these two are not like heaven and earth. They come with the same image sensor, same display, and the differences are almost unnoticeable. The longer tele lens reach can be good, but with only slight differences, it doesn’t mean anything. More zooming may allow you to see further, but also decrease the picture quality, and likely everything would be pixelated, since both of them have low display resolution.

At the end of the day, considering the price and the things you get, we consider the Sony DSC W800 to be the one we should choose. You can have almost every aspect that the newer camera has, but even with lower price. This could be a great deal for people who want to look for their first Point and Shoot camera.


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