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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800 Review

Sony just showcased its most affordable Sony Cyber-Shot camera that’s way less than US$100 — the Sony W800.  It is ideal for teenagers or for people looking for a reasonable everyday camera that’s more dedicated than using a camera phone.

Sony W800 Digital Camera

Key Features:

–  20.1MP, 1/2.3 in. Type (7.76mm) Super HAD CCD Sensor   

–  5x Optical Zoom (26-130mm equivalent)

–  Aperture F3.2 – 6.4

–  Shutter Speed 2 sec – 1/1500 sec

–  ISO 100 – 3200

–  HD Video, 720p

–  Built-in Flash

–  Picture Effect

–  Sweep Panorama Mode

Heart of the Sony W800:

The Sony W800 comes with a 20.1-megapixel, 1/2.3 in. Type (7.76mm) Super HAD CCD Sensor.  The Super HAD (Hole-Accumulation Diode) CCD sensor is an improved version of a standard CCD sensor in terms of better sensitivity. This is achieved by putting a micro lens above each photo-diode which is able to collect more light that can be directed into the photo sensor. This allows the W800 to be usable in low light situations as the sensitivity can be increased up to ISO 3200.

The 20.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD Sensor is paired with Sony’s BIONZ image processor. This is an earlier version of the BIONZ X series which has a higher processing speed and is found in the higher models. However, for an entry-level camera, it still gives a fairly adequate speed in terms of start-up, shooting or shutter release time lag.

The W800 also has 4 focus modes available – multi-point, center-weighted, tracking focus for shooting moving subjects and face tracking focus to ensure sharp portraits.

Optical Zoom Lens:

The Sony W800 is equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens or an equivalent of 26 – 130mm in a 35mm format. This is already a good zoom range coverage as you can shoot a group as well as zoom-in on the headshots. It’s more than enough to document your everyday activity. It does have a 10x Precision Digital Zoom feature which allows you to digitally increase the zoom range to 260mm, in-case you want to capture more details.

The aperture is standard at F3.2 at its widest focal length and F6.4 at maximum telephoto.

The W800 also comes with a 720p HD video.  When recording a movie, the optical zoom can be utilized to its maximum telephoto.  And with the help of the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode, your video recordings are assured of a sharper output. This feature also allows you blur-free footages as you record a video even while moving.

Additional Features:

The Sony W800 sports the Face Detection feature which is now becoming popular. It can identify up to 8 faces, and optimizes the focus and exposure of an image whenever those faces are identified.  At playback, recalling images taken with those identified faces becomes a lot easier and faster.

Other feature includes 4 Picture Effects to help you get more creative. These are Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color and Soft High-key.  The picture effects are available both in still images and in video mode.

Lastly, the W800 has a Sweep Panorama feature that can seamlessly stitch the frames together in-camera.

All these features can be had for this low-priced, easy-on-the-pocket camera.

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