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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

alaTest has collected and analyzed 290 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and portability. The image quality and value for money are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments about the color and responsiveness are different. Many are critical about the features and shutter.

usability, value for money, image quality, portability, performance

focus, low-light, shutter, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Do not buy -- bad focus, bad colours


I would expect this picture quality from a brand-less cheap product retailed in the range of £15-£20 not from £100 Sony-branded product. All my cameras and video cameras and laptops so far have always been Sony (starting with Sony Mavica -- anyone remember?). So we bought this because it was a Sony, without any preliminary checks, purely on the positive experience with all other Sony products that we own. What a disappointment! This model resembles a £20 children's toy with poor focus, poor white balance and poor resolution. We bought this since our old Sony DSC-P10 (5Mp) camera needed a new battery. We went with it on a family holiday that we had been looking forward to and now all we have are wonderful memories and smeared pictures. On the first evening we noticed that the indoor pictures were poor and yellowish. On the next day we noticed that the outdoor pictures were smeared and lacked focus to the extend that at a distance of 3-4 meters from the camera the faces had just two dark dots instead of eyes. We had bought the camera on the internet from a retailer who only offered 7-days return policy, so we were unable to return it. It went into the bin and we are now still using our old DSC P-10 with the old battery (works for about 30-40 minutes) and looking forward to buying a new camera, but it might not be a Sony any longer.

Bad focus, Bad white colour balance

Poor resolution (much worse than 2Mp), Poor image quality

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Amazon review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180


alaTest has collected and analyzed 143 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

image quality, value for money, usability, portability, flash

focus, responsiveness, low-light

58% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Cybershot DSC-W180 10.1MP Digital Camera with 3x SteadyShot Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Red)Sony Cybershot DSC-W180 10.1MP Digital Camera with 3x SteadyShot Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Black)Sony Cybershot DSC-W180 10.1MP Digital Camera with 3x SteadyShot Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Black)

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Great portable camera


Great camera! Smile scanning technology really works! Point and shoot--the camera will record a picture when it senses a smile on your subject! Very cool! Nice bright flash. Simple to use menu system. Highly recommended!


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blurry, bad colors



there is something seriously wrong with the focus...most of the time the pic's will be blurry and the colors are really bad it makes it all warped

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If You Want A Camera, Then Get This One!


This has excellent picture quality. You can change the lighting settings and do almost anything picture related. If you are looking for a camera with a video camera on it this one does not have one but remember, a camera is for taking pictures and this...

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i just got this camera yesterday and it is an excellent camera so far. before i got this camera i had an l19 nikon coolpix and it was a great camera untill the lens stopped working and it would not work anymore... so i switched to this camera and it is...

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Works great for me.


I don't understand the bad reviews.This camera is real simple if you don't like complicated.I didn't need to read all the instructions to operate it it's that simple.My pics came out clear and the video was good quality,better than my camcorder.It was...

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poor images--- NOT USER ERROR!!!


This camera does not take good pictures. The image's are all yellow, and the stability of images is horrible. Even when I set the camera on a table or sturdy object the images are so blurry that you can hardly make out what/who is in the pic. I lost a...

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Excellent picture quality & high quality camera


I've read some negative reviews of this camera, but was convinced this was probably due to operator error and Sony rarely makes a bad product. I bought this camera a few weeks ago and it has been fantastic. The picture quality is wonderful and the...

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not disappointed in the least


I love sony cameras and this is my latest. It is excellent in most situations, including low light. I always get crisp pictures with beautiful color. I think the previous reviewer must have had something set incorrectly because I rarely get a blurry...

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Very Disappointed


I take pictures Every day.. I bought this camera and the fist day it broke(lens would not close) I took it back and got the same one.. First once you push to take a pic it has a huge delay before taking the pic. Second the pic quality is horrible.. At...

Product Specifications

This one's got it all. The Cyber-shot DSC-W180 combines point-and-shoot ease-of-use with advanced features in a sophisticated, compact body. Smile Shutter technology allows you to capture a smile the moment it happens, and the 3x optical zoom lens, SteadyShot image stabilization, and 10.1-megapixel resolution deliver crisp, clear images.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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 / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:3.8oz/4.2oz / 3.8oz
Width:3.6in/3.6in / 3.7in/3.7in

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 / Smile shutter / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:12MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.1-5.6
Max Focal Length:18.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.2mm
Optical Zoom:3
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:10.1Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG
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 / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None