The Cyber-shot DSC-W’s 3x optical zoom lens offers a range equivalent to mm on a 35mm camera, fairly standard among digital cameras of this class. Otherwise, in normal conditions, the viewfinder brightness was adequate, and I liked the available gridline for framing. In our Still Life test shot, the red tones practically jump out of the image. At ISO , image noise is moderate in the shadows, but not overpowering. More experienced users will appreciate the range of adjustable image attributes such as white balance, ISO, contrast, sharpness, and color modes, while novices will benefit from the Sony W’s point-and-shoot style auto modes. Mark Goldstein tested the W in the short, dark days of an English winter to find out how it coped out in the real world.

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Auto Focus Points Zones Qty. As you can see in the crops above, image noise definitely increases with each step in sensitivity, but doesn’t become overpowering until ISO Focusing is very quick in good light and the camera happily achieves focus most of ds time indoors or in low-light situations at the wide end of the zoom, but it does tend to hunt for the subject when using full telephoto.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W Review – PhotographyBLOG

When it comes to exposure, the Sony W offers an excellent range of options for a consumer-oriented and very compact digital camera. Enough megapixels for enlarging photos. The new Retouch menu contains six creative effects of varying usefulness, including red-eye reduction which can be applied after a photo is taken. Face Detection can only be enabled in the Soft Snap preset mode, and appears as an option in the Shooting menu. It functions wonderfully and I would certainly purchase it again.


On the W, the menu moves to the left side of the screen, and now features an updated white background, with an orange gradient highlighting the selected option.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 12.1MP Digital Camera – Silver

The DSC-W also has an HD output for direct image viewing on high-definition television sets and automatic D-Range optimization, to attempt at better shadow detail in difficult lighting conditions. Just a minor quibble, like I said, but one that took some getting used to. This is a pretty neat point and shoot with an optical viewfinder which means when every one else’s point and shoot has too much glare to even see you can frame your picture easily.

Thankfully leaving the anti-shake system on didn’t negatively affect the battery-life, with the camera managing over shots before the battery needed to be recharged.

The internal memory will hold about six maximum resolution, high quality images, or about a minute and a half of video at the x Standard movie settings. Product Repair Repair information and service assistance. The Sony W is small enough for most pockets at 3. The start-up time from turning the camera on to being ready to take a photo is quite quick at 1.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200

It’s an interesting new feature that attempts to better organize the camera’s overall setup screens. Basic Specifications Full model name: It looks like JavaScript is disabled in your browser.


A newer version of your browser may be available. The W captures good-looking images with vibrant color and pretty good overall exposure. It was a very good deal. Show less Show more. Overall, I liked the Sony W’s user interface, despite a minor quibble with the new Home button on the rear panel.

Sony DSC-W Review

Anyone already familiar with Sony digital cameras will remember the standard menu lineup along the bottom of the screen. Optical Sensor Size metric. The 3x zoom lens is equivalent to mm, disappointing given the recent trend of wider-angle standard zoom lenses, and the maximum aperture of f5.

In the same series of shots, I also compared the image in normal Program mode with Steady Shot turned off, and then activated Steady Shot.

The 18x Smart Digital Zoom is only available at the s200 resolution setting, as it is basically a crop from the center of the sensor. You can adjust the intensity of the flash, as well as put the Red-Eye Reduction pre-flash under automatic control or set it to fire with every flash exposure.

Although it’s quite small with w2000 information displayed, the viewfinder is very useful in bright sunlight when the LCD screen becomes difficult to see, or when you want to compose the image by holding the camera up to your eye. At 3, a 4×6-inch print was still fairly usable, thanks to the megapixel resolution.