Sony W810 Review

The Sony DSC W810 is the cheapest camera in Sony’s range but it still supports a 20-megapixel CCD sensor with a professional 6X optical zoom lens which is focal length terms is equivalent to 26 to 156mm. The 2.7-inch clear photo LCD 230k dot monitor allows for obvious picture viewing even in bright sunlight and to shoot HD movies at 720P. The highest resolution of this model is 5152×3864 pixels with the aspect ratio of 4:3 and 16:9. The DSC W810 has a native ISO range of 80 to 3200, but I realized that unfortunately, it does not have RAW file support.

When it comes to design, the Sony DSC W810 is very sleek and can fit perfectly in your pocket. It measures 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.8 inches or 96.8 x 55.5 x 20.9 mm (W x H x D) and weighs just 3.92 Oz. The finish is attractive and the ergonomics are not bad for such a small camera. W810 does not have any environmental sealing and so it is not water resistant.

Sony W810 (Specs)

  • 20.1mp Super HAD CCD sensor
  • 6x optical zoom lens, f/3.5-6.5
  • 2.7inch screen, 230K dots
  • ISO100 to ISO800 (if not using auto, will extend to ISO3200)
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 360 sweep panoramic

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSCW810 20.1MP Digital Camera
  • 20.1MP Super HAD CCD sensor for beautifully detailed images, Sony Lens w/ 6x Optical Zoom, Easy shooting in Party Mode
  • Reduced blur with SteadyShot Image stabilization, Capture your videos in 720p HD Movie mode, Simplify camera menu with Easy Mode, Creative shooting with Picture Effects
  • Take stunning images in Sweep Panorama mode-up to 360 degrees, Smile Shutter technology automatically captures smiles, Conveniently charge your battery via USB

Sony W810: Features

The Sony Cyber-shot W810 features a Sony branded 6x optical zoom lens, with electronic image stabilisation, and the lens is equivalent to 26-156mm in 35mm terms. The camera has a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p (1280×720 pixels) video recording, face-detection autofocus, 360 panoramic shooting and flash is built-in. Intelligent Auto makes it easy for beginners and there are a number of scene modes to assist you should you want to use them. For those wanting more control, you can adjust settings such as ISO speed, white balance, shutter speeds and the focus mode.

Various shooting modes are available, along with picture effects, 0.52fps continuous shooting for up to 100 shots, EV options, red-eye correction and electronic image stabilisation.

On the back is a 2.7inch screen with 230K dots and as the digital camera weighs just 120g (with battery and memory card) it’s very lightweight. Plus, its dimensions are small (93.1 x 52.5 x 22.5mm), too, so it will easily fit in a pocket.

Sony W810: Handling

The Sony Cyber-shot W810 has a plastic camera body with a metal-effect finish which, actually, looks quite smart. Plastic bodies can look a bit cheap but Sony’s done a good job at making the Sony Cyber-shot W810 look very modern with its rounded corners and minimal design.

There’s a small grip which makes your hold feel more secure but the overall size of the compact means you shouldn’t have any trouble gripping the Cyber-shot W810 any way. For extra security, there’s a hole for a wrist strap to be secured to, too. Next to this is the USB/AV out port and if you flip the camera over, you find the slot for an SD memory card and the battery compartment under a very secure flap. Close to this is a tripod thread should you want to mount the Cyber-shot W810 onto a tripod but it’s off-centre which is a bit annoying.

On the top is a power button and a raised up shutter switch which is very responsive so you don’t have to press too hard to focus and capture a photo. From off to on is only around 1-second but there is a bit of a whirring noise when you switch the digital camera on. The camera also focuses quickly once you half-press the shutter key and it takes less than 2-seconds for the photo to be captured and appear on the screen. The image preview does stay on screen for a little longer than needed, though.

Talking of the display, it measures 2.7inch and even though the resolution is low, it’s enough to see a clear picture of what you’re capturing and the brightness can be adjusted. It’s not a touch display screen which, for the price point, isn’t too surprising but it does make it lose a point against a modern smartphone which, of course, includes a touchscreen.

To the right of the screen is a mode circle for setting the self-timer, flash options, previewing and deleting photos. Below this is actually the button to access the menu and above is a dedicated movie button. There’s also a zoom rocker which ergonomically positioned to make it easy to use with your thumb.

Finally, on the front, is the flash, focus light and the lens which takes up much of the space available on leading of the camera.

The menu system gives you access to various modes/settings/functions including the option to switch to ‘Intelligent Auto’ which does all of the hard work for you. A party mode is designed to take the best shots in low light indoor conditions automatically and you can get creative with picture effects (Toy digital camera, Pop Color, Partial Colour, Soft High-key). Scene modes optimise settings for what’s in front of the lens – for example, choose ‘landscape’ when out in the countryside, while those wanting a little more control can use Program Auto to adjust some configurations (ISO, white balance and metering mode) but exposure is left to the camera. EV goes to +/- 2 and you may choose from multi or centre AF.

Flash choices include Car/On/Off/Red-Eye Correction, a self-timer is built-in and the ISO sensitivity ranges from 100-800 (if not using auto, will extend to ISO3200).

Continuous shooting is rated at 0.52fps for 100 shots, you can capture panoramas and electric battery life is rated at up to 200 shots which is plenty for a day out at the coast with your family. Charging the camera is easy, as you can simply use the provided USB cable and plug it in anywhere there is an USB socket.

The Sony Cyber-shot W810 weighs just 120g with battery and memory, and thanks to its compact size it will fit into small pockets, making it easy to take with you anywhere you go.

The Sony Cyber-shot W810 doesn’t feature Wi-Fi and other connectivity options but is one of the cheapest compact cameras available. In good weather, the camera produces images with bright saturated colours, and images will look good when shared on social media websites, like Facebook. If you can avoid using higher ISO speeds, then the digital camera can produce good results. However, you’ll need to spend quite a bit more to get a compact camera with Wi-Fi, with the Nikon Coolpix A300, or the Sony Cyber-shot WX220 the closest alternatives. Plus, when it’s up against a huge smartphone market, the inexpensive Sony Cyber-shot W810 has an even bigger fight on its hands.

Verdict

The Sony Cyber-shot W810 doesn’t feature Wi-Fi and other connectivity options but is one of the cheapest compact cameras available. In good weather, the camera produces images with bright saturated colours, and images will look good when shared on social media websites, like Facebook. If you can avoid using higher ISO speeds, then the digital camera can produce good results. However, you’ll need to spend quite a bit more to get a compact camera with Wi-Fi, with the Nikon Coolpix A300, or the Sony Cyber-shot WX220 the closest alternatives. Plus, when it’s up against a huge smartphone market, the inexpensive Sony Cyber-shot W810 has an even bigger fight on its hands.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSCW810 20.1MP Digital Camera
  • 20.1MP Super HAD CCD sensor for beautifully detailed images, Sony Lens w/ 6x Optical Zoom, Easy shooting in Party Mode
  • Reduced blur with SteadyShot Image stabilization, Capture your videos in 720p HD Movie mode, Simplify camera menu with Easy Mode, Creative shooting with Picture Effects
  • Take stunning images in Sweep Panorama mode-up to 360 degrees, Smile Shutter technology automatically captures smiles, Conveniently charge your battery via USB

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