Announced in January 2014, Sony presented the Cyber-shot W830 camera to the world. The camera costs approximately Rs. 7200*/-
The camera features a 20.1 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Super HAD CCD type sensor and the output is processed by a Sony BIONZ image processor. The camera has Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded, 8x optical zoom lens. Sadly, this camera offers just 1fps shooting speed, which is quite pedestrian as compared to its rivals. The camera has a pleasing sensitivity that ranges from ISO 80 to 3200. The cameras zoom range is from 25 mm wide angle to a modest 200 mm telephoto. The aperture ranges from f/3.3 to f/6.3. The camera has Optical Steady shot image stabilization that helps reduce blurs.
Design and Display:
The camera measures 93 x 53 x 23 mm and weighs 122 grams. It is quite a handy and portable camera. The camera’s rear panel lays a 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD monitor with 230k-dot resolution. It also has 5-step brightness adjustment; the front panel of the camera has flash with a range of 2.8 metes at wide angle. The rear panel has the zoom in and out keys, playback key, a circular pad with display, flash, timer and smile detection options. On the base, there is the menu key a well the delete button and the top panel has the power button. The camera does not have a Viewfinder but has Focus Peaking. The camera is available in silver, pink and black panels.
Functions and modes:
The camera has Sony’s Intelligent Auto mode that recognizes the scene type and configures the camera appropriately and has 360 degree sweep panorama function. The camera also offers image capture and stitching automatically. The shutter button has to be pressed once and the camera has to be panned across the scene. It also has a beauty effect function that lets the user retouch portrait images. It also has the option to use smooth tone the skin, whiten the teeth, widen the subject’s eyes and remove flares and shines. The camera also shoots high definition 720p HD movies with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution with 30 fps frame rate. This camera has a few scene modes like Soft Snap, Soft Skin, Night Scene, and Gourmet etc. It also has D-Range Optimizer, Sweep panorama 360.
A proprietary NP-BN lithium ion rechargeable battery with both composite standard definition video output powers the W830. It also has the USB 2.0 High Speed data connectivity that stores Images and videos on wither an SD, SDHC and SDXC cards. It also supports Sony’s proprietary memory Stick Duo card.
The Sony W830 is a decent camera that is ideal for travel purpose. Additional features like Wi-Fi, GPS etc would have been an added advantage.
Sony CyberShot DSC W830 Rivals:
Canon IXUS 155
Nikon Coolpix S3600
Nikon Coolpix S6700