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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 563 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the value for money and responsiveness. The performance and portability also get good views. Opinions are divided on the focus, and the image stabilizer and features get critical comments.

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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-W100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Digital Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100 is a decent 8-megapixel ultracompact, but its low-light performance is underwhelming.

Sharp, crisp images. Very good performance. Almost no shutter lag.

A bit expensive. LCD solarizes easily. Problems with low-light function.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W100


Sony rounds out the 2006 W-series line of digital still cameras with two top-end models packed with powerful features -- the 8-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-W100 and the 7-megapixel DSC-W70. Both cameras are equipped with an eye-level optical viewfinder and...

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Cybershot DSC-W100 Digital Camera


The $350 (as of 6/15/06) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100 is a solidly built, metal-bodied camera that features an optical viewfinder in addition to a 2.5-inch color LCD. It's not loaded with exotic features, but it boasts high sensitivity to light, with an...

Wide-screen shooting mode High ISO setting (1250)

No aperture- or shutter-priority mode Few scene modes (6)

One of the W100's resolution settings lets you store photos with a 16:9 aspect ratio. At 1920-by-1080 pixels, the images are only 2 megapixels, but that's perfect for displaying on an HDTV. However, you can't simply hook up the camera to an HDTV via...


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Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 Digital Camera (8.1MP, 3264x2448, 3x Opt, 64MB Internal Memory, Memory Stick Duo Slot )


Photograph: Chris Manners

Wide-screen shooting mode ; High ISO setting (1250)

No aperture- or shutter-priority mode ; Few scene modes (6)

Has a high ISO 1250 setting and long battery life (455 shots). Shoots in wide-screen mode, but lacks a shutter-priority mode.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W100


Like the other models, I found the DSC-W100 to be an easy camera to learn and use, though the frequent trips into the menu system to change the metering scheme, the ISO speed, and the burst mode make it cumbersome to change these oft-used settings. The...

Acceptable snapshots; compact; easy to use; decent performance; better-than-average movie quality.

Beyond ISO 80, photos look soft and smeary due to processing artifacts and noise.

The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W100 is a decent snapshot camera, but better choices are out there.

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Cyber-shot DSC-W100


Well positioned and effective flash ; 8 megapixels ; Sleeker design than previous W-series cameras ; Manual controls ; Lots of ISO options ; Good battery life ; Lots of internal memory

Poor LCD resolution ; Difficult to handle ; Awfully slow burst mode ; Can't copy pictures to internal memory from the card ; Archaic software

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100 offers manual control, along with automatic, movie, and 6 scene modes, at a decent price of $349. As the flagship of Sony's W-series of point-and-shoot cameras, the W100 has 8 megapixels on its spacious 1/1.8-inch CCD. This...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100


Featuring an impressive 8.1-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom lens, and a well-designed user interface, the Cyber-shot DSC-W100 offers quite a bit in its small package. Novices and advanced amateurs alike will appreciate its point-and-shoot automatic and...

Fast, excellent shutter response, very good shot to shot speed ; Fast startup/shutdown time ; Good color accuracy ; Very high resolution ; Great low-light capabilities ; Very capable movie mode ; Very fast multi-burst mode, great for analyzing...

Some trouble with household incandescent lighting ; Rather contrasty default tone curve ; Anti-noise processing trades some subtle subject detail to hold the noise in check ; Significant chromatic aberration at wide angle ; Soft corners at telephoto ;...

The optical viewfinder on the W100 is terribly inaccurate, as expected, but its position on the camera means you can look through it without having to mash your nose against the LCD, a major plus in our book

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100


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Very good photo quality ; Surprisingly low noise levels through ISO 400 ; Compact, stylish body comes in silver and black ; Snappy performance (though see issues below) ; Large 2.5" LCD display (though resolution could be better) ; AF-assist lamp (but...

Not enough new features to separate it from the other W-series cameras; doesn't support conversion lenses, underwater case, or camera dock like the W30/W50/W70 ; Redeye ; Color saturation could be higher ; Needs more manual controls; only two apertures...

Is the W100 worth paying another $50-$100 for (over the W50 and W70)? The only things you're really getting are more resolution and built-in memory, and limited manual controls. At the same time, you're losing support for conversion lenses and Sony's...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W100 Digital Camera Review


The focal range of the W100's lens (F2.8-5.2, 3X optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens) is 7.9 - 23.7 mm, which is equivalent to 38 - 114 mm. This 8.1 Megapixel Camera is very effective at ISO 400 (reaches 1.000 lines/image length in the centre of the image and...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100


Imatest software analyzed the camera's colors and output the following chart, which describes the relationships between the W100's colors and those of the original GretagMacbeth chart. The ideal colors are pictured as squares, while the Sony W100's...

Product Specifications

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100 is an ideal camera for starting out right in digital photography, combining the quality of 8.1 megapixels and Carl Zeiss 3X optical zoom, the performance of High Sensitivity mode for great low-light shots, the simplicity of on-screen Function Guide for easy setup, and the convenience of 64 MB Internal Memory for shooting images in-camera.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

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 / High sensitivity / Landscape / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


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:8.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):1250
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1250 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical