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Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC W270 / W290

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1269 reviews of Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC W270 / W290. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed opinions on the low light performance and zoom. Many are less positive about the storage and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC W270 / W290 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC W270 / W290

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC W270 / W290 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 blackSony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 black

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC W270 / W290

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 808 user reviews of Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC W270 / W290 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 12 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Dark Blue)Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 12 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Dark Blue)

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

 

Fun in-camera editing tools ; Wide-angle lens and huge LCD

Image stabilization could be better ; Proprietary A/V connector

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Digital Camera Camera Review

 

Fun in-camera editing tools ; Wide-angle lens and huge LCD

Image stabilization could be better ; Proprietary A/V connector

A wide-angle lens and a big LCD complement the Cyber-shot DSC-W290's fun and unique in-camera features.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Sony Cyber-shot W290 review

 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 seemed too good to be true when it was announced in February 2009. For less than $250 you get a wide-angle lens with a 5x zoom, 12-megapixel resolution, some of Sony's advanced automatic shooting options, HD video capture,...

Terrific design, interface, and controls; wide-angle, 5x zoom lens; excellent price-to-feature ratio.

No optical zoom while recording video; soft photos.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is an excellent, well-balanced compact camera.

May, 2009

Expert review by (electronicsme.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

 

In conclusion, the Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is a great camera that offers users the best features of a point-and-shoot while adding the functionality of a digital video camera. As a camera that is readily accessible to users of all skill levels, this camera...

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x optical zoom3.0 in Clear Photo LCD Screen720p HD video abilityFace detectionSmile Shutter technology

If you like the portability of a point-and-shoot camera, but wish it...

May, 2009

Expert review by : awilliamsku (brighthub.com)

Review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Digital Camera

 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is an impressive point-and-shoot compact digital camera that is both practical and fun. Learn what this digital camera has to offer, what it doesn't, and whether or not this camera is right for you and your photography...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (macworld.com)

Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 digital camera

 

Wide-angle lens, big LCD, and good battery life complement this point-and-shoot's unique in-camera features.

The 12-megapixel DSC-W290 has a 5X optical-zoom Carl Zeiss lens, starting at 28mm on the wide-angle end to 140mm on the telephoto end. It’s a bit thicker than many competing point-and-shoots, but still pocketable: about 4 inches wide, 2.5 inches high,...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Cyber-shot DSC-W290

 

photos at the highest quality setting. Thus, you'll want to get a memory card, and fast. The DSC-W290 supports Memory Stick Duo cards (groan), and I'd recommend starting out with a 2GB card at the very least

Good color and exposure in most situations ; 5X zoom in a compact metal body ; Optical image stabilization ; 3-inch LCD with good outdoor visibility ; Snappy performance in most respects ; Intelligent Auto mode picks a scene mode for you ; Impressive...

Heavy noise reduction smudges fine details and gives images a soft, fuzzy look, even at low ISOs ; Redeye and purple fringing are problems, though you can remove the former in playback mode ; LCD lags behind the action in burst mode ; Not enough steps...

In a world of very capable ultra-compact cameras, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is decidedly average (at best). I like having the 5X zoom in a small package, the 720p movie mode, and the good battery life, but the mediocre image quality and a myriad of...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Ken McMahon (cameralabs.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270 / W290

 

Launched in February 2009, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270 is a 12.1 megapixel compact with a 5x optically stabilized zoom lens and a 2.7in screen. Launched at the same time, the Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is identical in every respect but with a slightly larger...

Ease of use ; Slick design and build quality ; Smile shutterfeature ; Fast flash recycling

Slightly soft image quality ; Proprietary storage and port ; No optical zoom while filming ; No HDMI port

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Ricky (etechreviews.net)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Blue Digital Camera

 

The new launch of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Blue has Carl Zeiss lens wielding compact packs a punchy 12.1 mega pixels and a boat-load of software features all for around $250. This machine is available in black and blue colors The W290 is a small, sleek...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Hardware Secrets (hardwaresecrets.com)

Sony Cyber-shot W290 Digital Camera Review

 

The W290 is a rock-solid point-and-shoot camera with a great lens and good capabilities. It incorporates several useful new features including smile detection, and face memory detection. The best feature, however, may well be the easy camera control...

May, 2009

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):300 / 330
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-BG1

Camera

Camera playback:Slide show
Image editing:Rotating, Trimming
Scene modes:Backlight, Close-up (macro), Landscape, Portrait
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Brown / Gold / Red / Silver

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7 / 3
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Flash

Built-in flash: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):19.7 - 74.8
Flash range (wide):7.87 - 118.1

Focusing

Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto

Lens System

Combined zoom:50
Digital Zoom:10
Filter size:1.81
Focal length range (f-f):0.197 - 0.984
Optical Zoom:5

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto
Light exposure modes:Auto
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:memory stick (ms), ms pro
Internal memory:11

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.1 - 5.51
Aperture range (F-F):3.3 - 5.2
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:2 - 1/1600
Digital SLR: No
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.1 - 5.51
Interface:USB 2.0 / USB2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image Sensor Size:1/2.3
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000
Megapixel:12.1
Scan technology:CCD
Sensor Type:CCD

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes

Video

HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.89
Height:2.23 / 2.26
Weight:4.76 / 5.11
Width:3.84