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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980

alaTest has collected and analyzed 168 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the portability and battery are generally positive. The image quality and value for money are also appreciated, but there are some critical views about the features and exposure.

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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-S980 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Features, Responsiveness, Design

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980


Well-designed interface and controls ; Very good battery life

Subpar image quality ; Uneven flash exposure

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Cybershot DSC-S980


What's not to love about a $150 camera? The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 is a bare-bones but well-designed pocket camera that offers some nice-looking specs for the price: a 12-megapixel sensor, a 4X-optical-zoom lens ranging from 33mm to 132mm, digital...

Very good battery life Well-designed interface and controls

Subpar image quality Uneven flash exposure

Of course, image quality is very important in a camera, which is why we can't wholeheartedly recommend the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980. Nevertheless, it is a nice, cheap option for an aspiring younger photographer, and it has basic, intuitive controls...


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Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 digital camera


This well-designed pocket camera offers some nice-looking specs, but it offers lackluster image quality.

Those aren’t groundbreaking specs, but they hit many sweet spots for a sub-$200 camera. Alas, the cost-cutting measures needed to happen somewhere, and in the case of the DSC-S980, the trade-off is lackluster image quality

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Great Mothers Day Present


If you can find this bundle edition and/or just the camera, buy it. If your woman has been wanting a camera, this is the one to get.

This camera takes high quality pictures beyond its competition. Honestly, for $150 no company came remotely close to comparing. I bought it for my girl who uses it daily without any issues. Not to mention its a bundle pack which includes everything

Absolutely nothing is wrong with this camera

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Amazon review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980


alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Cybershot DSC-S980 12MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization with Case and 2GB Memory Stick (Pink)Sony Cybershot DSC-S980 12MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization with Case and 2GB Memory Stick (Pink)Sony Cybershot DSC-S980 12MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Black)

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Good for the price


"I bought this camera to have a small point and shoot that I could easily stick in my pocket and take with me. I wanted a Sony so that I could interchange my memory sticks between all of my cameras and camcorder. The camera is small, lightweight, and...

12.1 MP for a good price

Slow photo review, and dark LCD screen

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Great buy for awesome price


"The camera is amazing! It has the look of a top of the line along with the performance of a top of the line camera. Get this camera it is the best purchase Ive ever made."

Easy to use


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Sony Cybershot DSC-S980


I loved the Sony Cybershot DSC-S980 fits the memory more than 700 photos, is my first digital camera, I think I hit more in the purchase. Valuable and effective product for the amount of memory it offers, and the price is well below the other with a...

The resolusao is wonderful


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Sony Cybershot DSC-S980


Product muio good


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A Very nice, basic Camera. Would Recommend!


I recently purchased the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 Digital camera, and so far i am pleased with it. I bought it from Sam's Club for $139.00.  This is a good camera for anybody who is just looking for a good basic camera.  It takes nice, crisp pictures....

Picture Quality: For the price, the Camera had 12.1 Mega Pixels, which is fantastic

Size: This camera is a little thicker than what i was expecting


Product Specifications

Unlock your creativity with the 12.1 megapixels DSC-S980/P Cyber-shot digital camera. Offering an array of shooting modes and easy-to-use features, the S980 is equipped with SteadyShot image stabilization for reduced camera blur and also has high sensitivity ISO 3200 for better shots in low-light situations. This powerful point-and-shoot also features Face Detection and seven scene selections to help ensure you get the perfect shot.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BK1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / High sensitivity / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:2GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.5-5.6
Max Focal Length:23.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Steady Shot)/Optical (Steady Shot) / Electronic (Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None