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Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-W690

alaTest has collected and analyzed 185 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and value for money. The responsiveness and portability also get good feedback, but comments are divided on the performance.

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

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-W690 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 (Black)


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 is the slower, less talented sibling of the Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 . It has the same lens, ultracompact body, and a 3-inch LCD (though half the resolution), but after that, things go downhill for this little point-and-shoot.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 has a very good ultrawide-angle lens with a 10x zoom in a small slim body. It's also relatively easy to use.

The W690's shooting performance is slow and photos get noticeably noisier and softer at ISO 400, so you'll need a lot of light to get good results.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 is a decent little 10x zoom camera, but similar models from Nikon, Panasonic, and even Sony itself offer more for your money.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690


A cheaper alternative to the impressive WX150, the W690 has the same 10x optical zoom in a very sleek package. This is, however, the main selling point of the camera. With its 16 megapixel CCD, the camera is limited to 720p video, loses the stereo...

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Amazon review summary for Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-W690


alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 user reviews of Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-W690 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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

performance, responsiveness, features

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.


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Not What I was Expecting


I replaced a Sony dsc-H55 that they no longer make because it went bad in 2 years, with this w-690. I take pictures of homes and E-mail them. I use VGA in order to keep E-mail size small. The VGA pictures on this camera were very poor compared to the...

Good Price

VGA Quality Poor

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I like Sony camera.. Have had one for ma


Yes like Sony

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Nice Body Color","Short Lag Time","Small \/ Compact

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I always had a Sony


Ever day use for fun pictures

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Nice Body Color","Small \/ Compact

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great camera, excellent value


Excellent features and options for a camera of this price! User friendly. Wonderful camera! You can use a variety of storage media for taking photos. Great photos!!

compact, lightweight, beautiful photos

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i love this camera ... 1. you get to pick the backround menu color from pink to black to grey 2. this takes very fast pictures quickly n has a tracking focus so u get high quality photos on moving objects 3. it fits everywhere 4. N it turns on n off...

thin, durable


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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 review


The Sony W690 features a 16 million pixel sensor, a 10x optical zoom lens and lots of creative options. But how does it perform?

Slim ; 10x optical zoom ; Picture Effects

Poor screen ; Low quality sweep panorama

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 review


Sony's done a great job of stripping out all of the complexities of photography in the Cyber-shot DSC-W690. It's got a good, sharp lens, and I liked its video performance, but some uneven illumination in my stills results and the shallow viewing angle...

A truly compact camera ; Decent macro performance ; Good video output ; Very simple controls ; Sharp lens

Shallow viewing angle on LCD ; Some colour fringing

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 has clearly been designed with novice photographers in mind. Sony has done a good job of taking away all of the technical requirements of operating a camera so you can concentrate on finding and shooting great subjects.


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:2
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1600


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-BN1
Battery Type:SON NP-BN / Sony NP-BN1


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No