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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

alaTest has collected and analyzed 438 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The portability and value for money are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the control panel and contrast.

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

contrast, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 (Silver)


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 subtly makes you give up features to get below the crucial $200 price point. For example, the W220's linemate, the W290 , has a longer, wider lens, larger LCD, HD movie capture, and a few other extras pushing its street...

Above-average feature set; nice design.

No optical zoom while recording video; photo quality drops off above ISO 200; above-average chromatic aberration.

Sony's careful feature trimming results in the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220: a well-rounded pocket camera for less than $180.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 Digital Camera First Impression Review


The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W220 represents an attempt to provide a range of higher-end camera features, including Sony's Intelligent Scene Recognition and Dynamic Range Optimization systems, a 4x optical zoom (versus the typical 3x), 12.1-megapixel...

The Cyber-shot DSC-W220 doesn't offer any revolutionary advancements, but it packages a number of attractive features found in more expensive models into a sub-$200 camera. We were impressed by the build quality of our pre-production sample: the metal...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220


The new entry-level to Sony's Cyber-shot W series, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 will be based around a 1/2.3" SuperHAD CCD image sensor with 12.1 megapixel resolution coupled to a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded 4x optical zoom lens. Equivalent focal...

Other features of the Sony DSC-W220 will include seven scene modes plus an Intelligent Scene Recognition mode which automatically chooses between five of these modes, plus MPEG Movie VX video, a Dynamic Range Optimizer function, and both USB / video...


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A Review of the Sony Cybershot DSC-W220


The Sony Cybershot DSC-W220 is an affordable, sleek and compact digital point and shoot camera that doesn't lack in quality and professionalism. Learn more by reading this Cybershot review and buying guide.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220


Sony describes the Cyber-shot DSC-W220, launched in January 2009, as an 'entry level' addition to its W range of compact cameras. With a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 4x optically-stabilised zoom and 2.7in screen, it's a budget priced compact that, while...

Inexpensive and well-built compact ; 4x optical zoom range ; Scene recognition in Auto ; HD output with optional cable

Digital noise throughout ISO range ; Colour fringing ; No optical zoom when filming ; LCD panel lacks contrast

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Sony CyberShot DSC-W220 Review


The new Sony Cybershot DSC-W220 is Sony's newest edition to their Cyber-shot lineup and while they haven't exactly reinvented the wheel with their new camera, they have made a very nice product that is a great addition to any camera enthusiast's or...

The camera itself is a slimmed down version of Sony’s other product in the same lineup, the Sony Cybershot DSC-W290. There isn’t much different about the exterior of the camera from that device except a slightly smaller LCD screen and a different lens....

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Amazon review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220


alaTest has collected and analyzed 289 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Cybershot DSC-W220 12.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Black)Sony Cybershot DSC-W220 12.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Black)Sony Cybershot DSC-W220 12.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Silver)

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Cybershot 220 Excellent Camera! Low Price


I love my new Cybershot this camera takes excellent pictures that are of professional quality. I also purchased a Cybershot H20 from dell which I still love as well. the 220 is a excellent pocket camera if takes very precise and visually stunning...

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Great Camera


Great camera....Nice pics and clear 8x10 prints

None yet better than my samsung camera

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W220


This is my 4th Sony Cybershot camera that I've purchased for my teenaged daughters in the past 4 years. They love the compact camera, and the quality of pictures it takes. The price is also very good, and I can always find good bargains either in...

Product Specifications

This one's got it all. The Cyber-shot DSC-W220/B 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 Carl Zeiss 4x optical zoom lens, optical SteadyShot image stabilization, and 12.1-megapixel resolution deliver crisp, clear images. A powerful 12.1-megapixel 1/2.3" super HAD CCD image sensor helps you capture gorgeous images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail. With 12.1-megapixel, you can create stunning, photo-quality prints up to A3+ size, or crop your images and still come away with high resolution shots. The professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 4x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for great outdoor, sports, and travel photos.

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

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 / Fireworks / Gourmet / High sensitivity / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:15MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8/F/2.8 / F/2.8-5.8/F/2.8-5.8
Max Focal Length:21.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.35mm
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 (Super Steady Shot)/Optical (Super Steady Shot) / Optical (Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
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