Sony CyberShot DSC-W100

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ Megapixel (added on 10 March 2007)

The Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 is an 8.1 megapixel digital camera (announced 25 February 2006) features 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 38-114mm), eye-level viewfinder and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. The camera is measuring in at 94.2 x 60.6 x 24.8 mm (3 11/16 x 2 3/8 x 1 in), weighing 161g (5.9 oz) and running on Lithium-ion NP-BG1 battery.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 10.03.07)

Megapixel reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 (rating: 3/5) and writes;
“The DSC-W100 offers a good value. This is a camera that offers good image quality easily, which becomes excellent when it benefits from good outdoor light, allowing it to capture perfect colours that print beautifully. Moreover, users that would like to be able to experiment with night photography will very likely appreciate the DSC-W100’s 30-second maximum exposure time, and its remarkably effective noise reduction system. “

ImagingResource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 and writes;
“IFeaturing an impressive 8.1-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom lens, and a well-designed user interface, the Cyber-shot DSC-W100 offers quite a bit in its small package. Novices and advanced amateurs alike will appreciate its offering of both point-and-shoot automatic and full manual exposure control, and its six pre-programmed scene modes help with more tricky subjects. The large, bright 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the DSC-W100 is user-friendly and hassle-free. Dimensionally it’s not too small and not too big, not too slim or too fat. Its size allows for both an optical viewfinder and a big LCD, as well as a good fit in the hand and pocket. We were particularly impressed with the printed output from the W100, which included enlargements up to 13×19 with decent quality, and 8×10 prints at ISO 800. Performance at ISO 400 is now quite good by comparison, with output at 11×14 looking like yesterday’s 8x10s at this size. If you’re looking for a good “take anywhere” camera with great versatility and good color and tonality, the Sony DSC-W100 deserves a close look — especially considering its high resolution CCD and low price point. The Sony W100 is a clear Dave’s Pick.”

PCMag reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 (rating: 3/5) and writes;
“In the labs, the W100 performed respectably. There was just a hint of noise in both flash and daylight images, and colors were vibrant and accurate. I found a hint of fringing in the test images, but in my real-world test shot of dark branches against a bright sky, some sections of the photo had a lot of purple fringing. The exposure for most of my test shots was quite good, although the contrast was a bit too strong. The flash performed pretty well, but it did blow out some highlights. “

DCRP reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 (rating: 3/5) and writes;
“Is the W100 worth paying another $50-$100 for (over the W50 and W70)? The only things you’re really getting are more resolution and built-in memory, and limited manual controls. At the same time, you’re losing support for conversion lenses and Sony’s camera dock, and battery life isn’t as good. If you’re a regular point-and-shoot user I’d probably pick the W50 instead and use the savings to buy a decent-sized memory card. If you really need the 8 Megapixel resolution or limited manual controls, then the W100 is worth the extra dollars. “

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 (rating: 6.8/10) and writes;
“Bottom line – the Cyber-shot DCS-W100 is an awesome 8-megapixel digital package. In fact, the only compaint I had with the camera was the fingerprints on the LCD issue, and this is a common problem with most LCDs. With excellent image quality, robust performance, and versatile exposure modes, the W100 will make a great choice for anyone in the market for an “ultra-compact” pocket-rocket. With a durable all-metal body, you can be sure it will stand up to the active users lifestyle. With a price tag of US$350 at the time of this review, it offers an excellent value for compact and full featured 8-megapixel camera. “

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 (rating: 6.8/10) and writes;
“We assess the appeal of the camera’s images, as well as all the factors that contribute to a good capture. We look for good exposure, accurate colors, broad dynamic range and tonal separation, sharpness and sufficient resolution, and low noise. We also scrutinize images for compression or optical artifacts, such as color shifts, fringing, blockiness, and edge distortions.”

CNET Asia reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 and writes;
“Even though there’s no option to custom set white balance on this Cyber-shot, the W100 still churned out decent images. Noise was reasonably controlled up to ISO 400, but at ISO 800 and ISO 1,250, you would be making only small prints at best. Still, the W100 proved to be one of the better-faring cameras when it came to noise at ISO 400. Overall, our images were well-exposed with purple fringing only moderately affecting some of our heavily backlit pictures. Barrel distortion was kept to a minimal. Colors were also rich and saturated which we liked.”

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100 offers manual control, along with automatic, movie, and 6 scene modes, at a decent price of $349. As the flagship of Sony’s W-series of point-and-shoot cameras, the W100 has 8 megapixels on its spacious 1/1.8-inch CCD. This digital camera still fits into the line, though; it keeps the traditional optical viewfinder but adds a 2.5-inch LCD screen onto a sleek body. Previous W-series cameras have been a bit chunky, but the W100 is part of Sony’s redesign. The makeover flattened its surfaces, making the 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.98-inch digital camera more portable. There is a downside to that though: the camera is more difficult to handle. Also complicating the handling are the small buttons, tight zoom switch, and lack of a finger grip. For users who can cramp their hands around the small point-and-shoot model, there are some advantages to the W100. It has a wide ISO range of 64-1250 and a High Sensitivity scene mode that works well in dim lighting. The camera has 64 MB of internal memory, more than most compact digital cameras, and can take up to 360 shots on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery too. Sure, Sony took some shortcuts: its LCD screen has poor resolution, and the Carl Zeiss lens only extends to 3x, which is fast becoming below average. Still, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100 takes great pictures, which users can control manually or automatically, for a fair price of $349. “

CamerasUK reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 (rating: 81/100) and writes;
“I found this camera pretty easy to use. Even when I switched over to manual exposure mode changing the aperture and shutter speed settings was a lot easier than with most cameras I have tested. Key controls for shooting mode, flash, self timer, macro and accessing the menu system are all located on the back of the camera. Zoom is controlled through a ring on top…The Sony DSC W100 is a pretty solid offering. Picture quality is good and it is not often you find any manual exposure controls in such a small digital camera. The camera is easy to use and well priced.”

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 10.03.07)

Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 Sample Photos @ Megapixel
Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 Sample Photos @ Pbase
Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 Sample Photos @ DCRP
Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 Sample Photos @ Flickr
Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 Sample Photos @ CamerasUK


– Download Sony CyberShot DSC-W100 User Manual (English)


ORLANDO (PMA 2006, Booth #4150), Feb. 25, 2006 — Sony rounds out its new W-series line of digital still cameras with two top-end models packed with powerful features — the Cyber-shot® DSC-W100 and DSC-W70.

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