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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 428 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and screen. The value for money and image quality also get good feedback. Many are negative about the features and low light performance, while there are some mixed reviews about the zoom and memory.

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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-W230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230


Given that Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-W230 ($199.99 direct) has the same 12.1-megapixel "Super HAD" CCD image sensor and "Carl Zeiss" premium lens as the $299 Cyber-shot DSC-T90, you'd expect them to produce pictures of identical quality. But that's not the...

Large LCD. Low noise up to ISO 800. Fast. Easy-to-use. Affordable

Major sharpness problems at image edges. LCD shows considerable motion blur

The 12.1-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230's price and features make it very attractive, but its image quality doesn't meet expectations.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230


Fun UI and slideshow features ; Excellent 3-inch LCD

Image stabilization not always effective

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Sony DSC-W230 Review


SAN DIEGO, Feb. 17, 2009 - Sony today announced five new Cyber-shot cameras (models DSC-T900, DSC-T90, DSC-W290, DSC-W230 and DSC-H20) that make it easier to take the best pictures without changing settings.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 Point-and-Shoot Review


Excellent 3-inch LCD screen ; Fun UI and slideshow features

Image stabilization not always effective ; Proprietary USB connector

The slick DSC-W230 has a great LCD and neat in-camera features, but its image quality and stabilization could be better.

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Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 digital camera


This slick Cyber-shot has a great LCD, neat in-camera features, and a wide-angle lens, but image quality and stabilization could be better.

The 12-megapixel DSC-W230 is well-constructed and looks sharp, too. It’s available in four colors: blue, black, red, and silver. Its 4X optical-zoom Carl Zeiss lens offers a 30mm film equivalent on the wide-angle end, with 120mm on the telephoto end

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Not worth the risk


Sony did not make these cameras to last and it is not durable. This is not the camera to buy if you want it to last.

it was a great camera, all the right functions, great pictures with a small learning curve

the lens is very fragile. several people say the same the lens comes loose very easy. Costs too much to repair

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230


I got the Sony W230 to replace my aging Canon SD-10. I bought the Sony W170 a year ago but quickly returned it after very disappointing pictures due to heavy noise reduction and possible defective sensor. I thought I will not buy a Sony again but never...

None so far except for short battery life on first unit

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Amazon review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230


alaTest has collected and analyzed 327 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Dark Red)Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Dark Blue)Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Black)

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SONY Cyber-shot DSC-W230 Silver 12.1 MP 3.0" 230K LCD 4X Optical Zoom Digital Camera


would never order from anywhere else, even if the product was a few bucks more, Newegg is the best!

Just love it


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Nice Camera


Overall very satisfied, expected nothing more than Sony quality, and they delivered, and Newegg had it out to me in 3 days!

Light weight, Nice big screen, takes great pictures once you get used to the different settings. Awesome battery life

Not really a con, but I liked the basic USB to Mini-USB cables that Sony had on some of the older cameras, this comes with a USB/AV-Connector that is specific to this camera only

Product Specifications

Enter the world of digital photography with this impressive all-around performer. The DSC-W230 Cyber-shot digital camera combines point-and-shoot ease with a host of advanced features in a sophisticated, compact body. A 12.1 megapixels image sensor and a Carl Zeiss 4x optical zoom lens offer ultra-crisp shots and quality close-ups. Not sure which mode is best for your shot? Intelligent Scene Recognition automatically detects the surroundings and adjusts the settings for you. Face Detection capture faces with natural skin tones, while Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. To minimize blurry photos, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is included for great-looking pictures. You can even hook your camera up to a compatible HDTV and show off your shots on the big screen in high definition.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


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:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture: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)

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 / Cross filter / Fisheye / Happy face / Partial color / Radial blur / Retro / Sepia / Soft Focus / Unsharp masking / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None