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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1169 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the performance and portability. The value for money and image quality are also appreciated. Many are critical about the manual image adjustments and zoom, and there are mixed comments on the viewfinder 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-W290 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290


Fun in-camera editing tools ; Wide-angle lens and huge LCD

Image stabilization could be better ; Proprietary A/V connector

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Digital Camera Camera Review


Fun in-camera editing tools ; Wide-angle lens and huge LCD

Image stabilization could be better ; Proprietary A/V connector

A wide-angle lens and a big LCD complement the Cyber-shot DSC-W290's fun and unique in-camera features.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 (Blue)


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 seemed too good to be true when it was announced in February 2009. For less than $250 you get a wide-angle lens with a 5x zoom, 12-megapixel resolution, some of Sony's advanced automatic shooting options, HD video capture,...

Terrific design, interface, and controls; wide-angle, 5x zoom lens; excellent price-to-feature ratio.

No optical zoom while recording video; soft photos.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is an excellent, well-balanced compact camera.


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Sony Cyber-shot W290 First Impression Digital Camera Review


The Sony Cyber-shot W290 is a compact point and shoot model that shoots at an impressive resolution of 12.1 megapixels, as well as shooting high definition video. Priced at $249.99, this new camera packs a lot of features into a case less than an inch...

Priced at $249.99, the W290 is at the higher end of the range for compact point and shoots, but it does bring some big features to the table, such as shooting 12 megapixel images. But megapixels aren't the draw they used to be, as most users realize...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290


In conclusion, the Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is a great camera that offers users the best features of a point-and-shoot while adding the functionality of a digital video camera. As a camera that is readily accessible to users of all skill levels, this camera...

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x optical zoom3.0 in Clear Photo LCD Screen720p HD video abilityFace detectionSmile Shutter technology

If you like the portability of a point-and-shoot camera, but wish it...

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Review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Digital Camera


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is an impressive point-and-shoot compact digital camera that is both practical and fun. Learn what this digital camera has to offer, what it doesn't, and whether or not this camera is right for you and your photography...

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Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 digital camera


Wide-angle lens, big LCD, and good battery life complement this point-and-shoot's unique in-camera features.

The 12-megapixel DSC-W290 has a 5X optical-zoom Carl Zeiss lens, starting at 28mm on the wide-angle end to 140mm on the telephoto end. It’s a bit thicker than many competing point-and-shoots, but still pocketable: about 4 inches wide, 2.5 inches high,...

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Cyber-shot DSC-W290


photos at the highest quality setting. Thus, you'll want to get a memory card, and fast. The DSC-W290 supports Memory Stick Duo cards (groan), and I'd recommend starting out with a 2GB card at the very least

Good color and exposure in most situations ; 5X zoom in a compact metal body ; Optical image stabilization ; 3-inch LCD with good outdoor visibility ; Snappy performance in most respects ; Intelligent Auto mode picks a scene mode for you ; Impressive...

Heavy noise reduction smudges fine details and gives images a soft, fuzzy look, even at low ISOs ; Redeye and purple fringing are problems, though you can remove the former in playback mode ; LCD lags behind the action in burst mode ; Not enough steps...

In a world of very capable ultra-compact cameras, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is decidedly average (at best). I like having the 5X zoom in a small package, the 720p movie mode, and the good battery life, but the mediocre image quality and a myriad of...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Blue Digital Camera


The new launch of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Blue has Carl Zeiss lens wielding compact packs a punchy 12.1 mega pixels and a boat-load of software features all for around $250. This machine is available in black and blue colors The W290 is a small, sleek...

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Sony Cyber-shot W290 Digital Camera Review


Review of the Sony Cyber-shot W290 digital camera, a 12.1-megapixel point-and-shoot USD 249 model.

Product Specifications

Taking great pictures is easier than ever with the DSC-W290 Cyber-shot digital camera. The iAuto mode adjusts the settings for you based on your surroundings, so all you have to do is press a button to capture shots with the right amount of light and beautiful clarity. And with the ingenious Face Detection mode, faces in your photos will look more realistic with natural skin tones and sharp details. Tired of blurry photos? Optical SteadyShot image stabilization minimizes blur for better results. You can also connect your camera 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

Weight:5.1oz/5.1oz / 6.1oz

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 / Hi-speed shutter / High sensitivity / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait / Underwater


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5.2
Max Focal Length:25mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:5
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 (Super Steady Shot)/Optical (Super Steady Shot) / Optical (Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / 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