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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1405 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the battery and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and value for money also get good comments. Opinions about the energy efficiency and contrast are different. Many are negative about the manual image adjustments and sensor.

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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-W80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Good resolution, particularly in the middle of the frame ; Nice design - very slim, all-metal body ; HDTV output ; Decent macro ; Good image quality in good light; bright, sharp images with immediate 'consumer friendly' appeal ; Very reliable exposure...

Slow, unreliable focus in low light ; Combined effects of noise and noise reduction at high ISO's and in low light produces poor results ; Noise reduction effects visible even at low ISO settings ; Fiddly controls and fancy fade effects which make...

I haven't actually used a Sony Cyber-shot compact for about a year, and on previous experience I was expecting the W80 to sail through this review and emerge - even if not with flying colors - as an easy recommendation for anyone wanting a simple point...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 (Pink)


Sony created the W-series to be its budget line of snapshot cameras. Without the sleek designs of the T-series or the high-powered zoom lenses of the H-series, the W-cameras distinguish themselves only through their modest price tags. Despite their...

Attractive new display; great performance and pictures.

Small buttons can sometimes feel awkward.

With a shiny new interface, fast performance, and great pictures, the DSC-W80 sits on the top of the budget snapshot heap.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 features a seven megapixel sensor which is coupled to a Zeiss-branded 3x optical zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD display. The DSC-W80's 35 to 105mm equivalent lens incorporates Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization to...

Not too small for features like image stabilization, high ISO sensitivity and Face Detection ; Big, LCD screen, usable (but a little hard to see) in full sun and in surprisingly dim lighting too ; Good, bright AF-Assist lamp ; Very fast USB 2.0...

Menu system remains difficult to navigate ; High ISO captures color at the expense of detail ; Limited flash range (no surprise, this is very typical of subcompact digital cameras) ; An excellent lens overall, but pincushion distortion at telephoto...

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 ships from March 2007 priced at U.S.$250, and is available in pink, black, silver, or white


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80


I find myself scratching my head about some of the decisions made in Sony's marketing department when they were designing the 2007 W-series models. Generally when you pay more, you get more. But on the W-series, the more expensive models have half the...

Stylish, compact metal body, comes in four colors ; Optical image stabilization ; Low noise through ISO 400 ; Large 2.5" LCD display (but see issues below) ; Optical viewfinder (a rarity in this class) ; Snappy performance; amazing continuous shooting...

Images are soft, with fuzzy details, even at lower ISOs ; Considerable corner blurriness ; Clunky, confusing new menu system (and I'm being generous here) ; Redeye remains a problem (but it can be fixed in playback mode) ; Low resolution LCD ; Weak...

In a market already oversaturated with ultra-compact cameras, coming out on top requires a pretty solid product. While the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 has quite a few things going for it (such as image stabilization and robust performance), the negatives...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 Review


Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-W80 is a stylish auto-exposure only digital camera that was designed to appeal to casual photographers, snap-shooters, first time digital camera buyers, and shutterbugs that value compact size and operational simplicity.

Stylish, compact, fast, optical image stabilization, low noise (up to ISO 400), 2.5" LCD, optical viewfinder, and better than average battery life

Resolution: 7.2 megapixels (3072x2304) ; Sensor: 1/2.5" CCD ; Viewfinders: Optical viewfinder and 2.5 inch LCD ; Lens: f2.8-f5.2/5.8mm-17.4mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom ; Auto Focus: Contrast Detection ; Manual Focus: no ; Exposure: Auto, Program AE,...

Most compact and ultra-compact digicams don't provide optical viewfinders anymore, so for those who prefer optical viewfinders for framing and composition the W80 offers a solid benefit. That said, the W80's optical viewfinder is small, rather...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 Review


The Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 is the latest addition to Sony's W-series of compact digital point-and-shoot cameras. Sony really stepped up to the plate with this one, making it the best camera in the series. Today we'll look it over to see what makes it...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 Digital Camera Review


The DSC-W80 has a newer interface and look compared to other W series cameras from Sony (it comes in attractive colors of the sleek metal body as well). Also, W80 uses Sony's new Bionz image processor, which is much faster. The photos have sharp...

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"Good Camera for its Price!"


Very good camera overall, I took amazing macro photos that came out very well and looked almost professional. The video is very good too. The camera is small, light weight and easy to bring anywhere. The only bad thing about the camera are that I've...

Good Photo Quality, Good lumonosity settings, Good In-Camera Editing, Good Macro and other modes

Horrible ISO Mode, Bad Battery Life

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I bought this camera after reading reviews here and on Consumer Reports and I thought I was getting a good camera for the price. Well after having the camera for less that 2 years I got this error code 91:01 and the flash stopped working. Of course...

Good camera for the first 1.5 years. Was happy with all aspects.

Stopped working after 1.5 years

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 (black)


Very good camera overall, I took amazing macro photos that came out very well and looked almost professional. The video is very good too. The camera is small, light weight and easy to bring anywhere. The only bad thing about the camera are that I've...

Good Photo Quality, Good lumonosity settings, Good In-Camera Editing, Good Macro and other modes

Horrible ISO Mode, Bad Battery Life

Product Specifications

Shoot, print and share your pictures in spectacular HD clarity with the DSC-W80HDPR Cyber-shot Total Solution. This convenient bundle includes all you'll need. Recreate the moment with the incredibly lifelike pictures you'll take with the silver DSC-W80 7.2 megapixel Cyber-shot digital camera. Your friends will be impressed with its combination of high fashion and advanced performance. The convenient in-camera retouching and red-eye reduction expands your creativity while the double anti-blur solution allows low-light shooting without flash. And the Carl Zeiss 3X optical zoom lens lets you view the action through the large 2.5" LCD screen. This photo printer makes lab-quality prints in about 60 seconds. With the advanced Sony dye sublimation method, you will print up to 16.7 million distinct colors and create spectacularly vivid prints with smooth, natural color gradations. You can also make border prints and index prints using multiple images with dates. For spectacular high definition photo viewing, just dock your camera in the supplied Cyber-shot cradle with the HD output component cable to a BRAVIA HDTV or other compatible HDTV screen, and share your memories in brilliant color and detail in your living room.

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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:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / High sensitivity / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:31MB


Model:DSC-W80/DSC-W80/B/DSC-W80/P/DSC-W80/W/DSC-W80HDPR Total Solution/DSC-W80S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:17.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

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 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid/Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical