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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1185 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the battery and portability are overall positive. The value for money and performance are also appreciated, whereas views about the energy efficiency and contrast are mixed. There are some critical comments about the image stabilizer and zoom.

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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-W1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1


Megapixels: 5.1, Media Format: Memory Stick, Type: Compact

Huge LCD. Images are well exposed with colors that pop. Simple to use. Advanced features, such as a real-time histogram and manual modes.

Very low scores on our resolution test for a 5MP camera. Sharpening may cause edges to look forced. Optical VF has some barrel distortion.

The W1 is fun to use, thanks to a monster 2.5-inch LCD, and it produces reasonably good-looking images. But some quirkiness with image sharpness means that if you plan to print large images, this may not be the 5MP camera for you.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1 Digital Camera Review


The Cyber-shot DSC-W1 is sculpted by Sony with less stylistic vigor than many other Cyber-shot models, as its boxy form and 35mm point and shoot design suggests a greater concern for pragmatic application and functionality. Offering a 1/1.8", 5.1...

- Manual control of aperture and shutter speed - Accessory options: additional lenses and flash - Well sculpted front and idiosyncratic nooks (help with grip and stabilization) - Good overall feel - shape makes it comfortable to hold, while weight...

- limited ISO range (100, 200, 400) - No manual white balance setting - No hot shoe (would ease assistance of additional flash) - Slow shooting - shot to shot, long start-up time lag

Those looking for a simplistic point-and-shoot camera with a sharp imager and enlarged LCD, along with the necessary space to expand their knowledge, should look no further. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1 is the solution to the curious beginner's plight....

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W1


Huge 2.5-inch LCD; relatively high-powered MPEG movie-capture when used with Memory Stick Pro; compact.

Middle-of-the-road performance; occasional serious postprocessing artifacts in photos; no manual white-balance adjustment.

It has a sweet 2.5-inch display and some nice point-and-shoot features, but a few notable weaknesses keep it off our top 5-megapixel cameras list.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1


Were it not for its LCD, the Sony DSC-W1 might look like just another one of the many small, brick-shaped digital cameras on store shelves. But the monster, 2.5-inch screen on the back of the W1 clearly sets this camera apart--and it could make optical...

Sony's Picture Package, bundled with the W1, seems bare-bones. You use it to download images and view or archive images, but you'll find almost no image editing tools. The software CD includes an animated tutorial on the basics of photography and using...

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Sony DSC-W1


The Cyber-shot DSC-W1 is an affordable yet high-performance 5-megapixel digital camera that offers a Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens, large 2.5-inch color LCD, automatic simplicity and advanced features that you can "grow into" later, housed in a very...

Bottom line the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1 is an all around great camera. It makes a perfect choice for those wanting a compact, durable, and easy to use digicam. The 5-megapixel images it yields have plenty of resolution to make photo-quality 8x10-inch print

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Digital Cameras - Sony CyberShot DSC-W1 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-W1 is one of the latest in the long (and incredibly broad) line of digicams that reflect Sony's commanding position in the digicam marketplace. Sony's P-series digital cameras have been hugely popular in the compact and subcompact...

The Sony DSC-W1 could be described as a more rangefinder-styled DSC-P100 with a few of the features of the V1 and T1 thrown in for good measure. Most of the functions and the 3x zoom lens and small built-in flash are the same as (or at least very...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1


... black bodies

Very good photo quality ; Stylish, all-metal body ; Super-fast performance ; Huge 2.5" LCD display ; Limited manual controls ; VGA, 30 fps movie mode ; Support for conversion lenses and external flash ; USB 2.0 high speed support ; AF-assist lamp ;...

Redeye ; More manual controls would be nice ; LCD nearly impossible to see in low light ; Unimpressive software bundle; not very Mac friendly either ; Flimsy plastic door over memory card slot

While the S500 is a bit smaller and lighter, the W1 does give it a run for the money, and I highly recommend it. Either camera is a great choice, so I suggest trying both in person to see which is more compatible with you.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1


I have used this camera for 3 years and almost 10.000 exposures. DSC-W1 is a good camera for outdoor photography; image quality is very good at ISO 100. The build feels solid (but also heavy) and the design is 'classic'. Manual controls are as...

Print on the dial switch are not durable ; The AF can be a bit tricky ; sometimes images are out of focus

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1


I am up to 11,000 photos with my W1 (its an early version, purchased Nov 04), and its been pretty amazing 90% of the time. When I bought it, I didn't know anything about cameras, so just used it in the auto mode, with flash on or off as it decided....

Just the lens - see above

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Owners Opinion: Sony DSC-W1 (dzine, 15 Feb 08)


I am up to 11,000 photos with my W1 (its an early version, purchased Nov 04), and its been pretty amazing 90% of the time. When I bought it, I didn't know anything about cameras, so just used it in the auto mode, with flash on or off as it decided....

Product Specifications

High-end optics combine with everyday ease of use in the DSC-W1 Cyber-shot digital camera. The DSC-W1 features a 1/1.8" Super HAD CCD and a 3X optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, both come together to give you stunningly detailed 5.1 Megapixel (2592 x 1944 resolution) images. Other features include manual exposure control, 5-area multi-point auto focus and MPEG Movie VX video mode. Even though it is packed with features, the DSC-W1 was designed to be incredibly easy to use. The huge 2.5-inch LCD monitor, live histogram display, 6 scene modes, and PictBridge compatibility all combine to make taking a picture and making a print simpler than ever before.

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Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick / Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO/Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Landscape / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:23.7mm
Min Focal Length:7.9mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:5.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2/4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical