Last update: Reviews & Sample Photos @ InfoSync (03 July’08)
The Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 is a 8.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 4X Optical Carl Zeiss Zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 32-128mm), BIONZ processor, Face Detection, Smile Shutter Mode, Optical Image Stabilization, HDTV Compatibility, ISO 100-3200, and a 2.5″ LCD screen.
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Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 Reviews
InfoSync reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W130 doesn’t stand out in looks or design, but it doesn’t mess anything up, either. The camera is reasonably small for a compact, and it feels solidly built…Pros: Mode wheel. Pinhole viewfinder. Optical image-stabilization. Cons: Subpar lens with fuzzy performance. Only supports Memory Sticks.”
DigicamReview reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 and writes;
” Image quality is generally very good – with excellent colour, and high levels of saturation, contrast and detail. Noise levels were low compared to other 8 megapixel compact cameras, and purple fringing was very low…”
Steve’sDigicams reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 and writes;
“Performance from the W130 was good. It was able to capture its first image 2.6 seconds after pressing the power button… The quality of our images was very good, as was the video. At about US$230 or less, this is not a bad deal for what you are getting.”
Cameras.uk reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 and writes;
“At ISO 400 picture quality is still acceptable, although a lot of cameras manage to do a bit better… Simple and easy to use, the Sony DSC W130 is small and compact. It takes a decent shot in most situations.”
ImagingResource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 and writes;
“Despite some of its shortcomings in areas of lens distortion, color saturation, and noise suppression, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W130 is indeed a capable little digital camera. For starters, it’s small and easy to use, perfect for stashing in a pocket on the way out the door.”
DCRP reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 and writes;
“Camera performance was excellent. The DSC-W130 starts up in less than 1.2 seconds, which is pretty good for a camera with an extending lens. Focus delays were very brief, even at full telephoto, or in low light. Shutter lag wasn’t a problem, and shot-to-shot delays were minimal.”
CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 and writes;
“Noise, and Sony’s noise reduction, begins to lower sharpness noticeably at ISO 400, though colors stay vibrant and the effect on prints is minimal. Noise becomes prominent at ISO 800, and at ISO 1600 grain consumes the picture. At the camera’s maximum of ISO 3200, photos look like they were painted onto felt, with heavy fuzz ruining all fine lines”
Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 Samples
– Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 Sample Photos @ InfoSync
– Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
– Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
– Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
– Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
– Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 Sample Photos @ DCRP
Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 User Manual (PDF)
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Sony CyberShot DSC-W130 Press Release
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 23, 2008 – Sony is introducing a line of colorful W-series Cyber-shot® digital cameras with new imaging technologies for easier photo capture.
The 10.1-megapixel DSC-W170 and 8.1-megapixel DSC-W150 models feature Carl Zeiss® 5x optical zoom lenses with wide angles of view, 28 mm – 140 mm and 30 mm – 150 mm, respectively, and 2.7-inch LCD screens along with eye-level viewfinders. Rounding out the series are the 8.1-megapixel DSC-W130 models and 7.2-megapixel DSC-W120 units with 4x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD screens.
The lineup features a wider range of color choices than previous models – from playful pink and blue to sophisticated champagne gold and red.
Newly-available on the W-series cameras is Sony’s “smile shutter” mode, which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles – without having to press the shutter. This function even lets you prioritize adult or child faces to capture photos only when the intended subjects smile.
Smart Technology to Capture Better Photos
Each of the new W series models includes Sony’s improved face detection technology, which, like the smile shutter technology, can now distinguish between the faces of children and adults. You can select “child priority” or “adult priority” and the camera will detect up to eight faces in the camera frame and optimize focus, exposure, white balance, and flash control.
The W170 and W150 cameras feature new intelligent scene recognition (iSCN) technology, which allows the camera to automatically select the optimal scene mode for a variety shooting situations. In advanced iSCN mode, the camera will take a photo based on the user’s settings. If the camera determines that another setting would yield better exposure, it will automatically take a second photo with that setting. The user ultimately has two images to choose from.
Powerful Features for Outstanding Images
The series features a number of powerful features, including: Sony’s D-Range Optimizer to retrieve picture detail in photos with harsh highlights or dark shadows; semi-manual focus that allows you to select the focusing distance based on your subject’s location; an improved auto focus system that includes macro ranges; Super SteadyShot image stabilization; high sensitivity settings up to ISO 3200; and in-camera editing functions such as “unsharp mask” to sharpen images.
Enhanced Playback Options
The W170 and W150 units are equipped with advanced image management functionality. Filtering options allow you to search for photos by date and smile. Images can be viewed by date or in a helpful calendar view, and organized in the cameras’ “favorites” folder for quick retrieval of beloved images.
The slideshow function of W170 and W150 has also been upgraded. Photos can be selected using the same advanced filtering options available in playback mode and transitions have been improved through the application of face detection technology. Now your subjects can take center stage as the slideshow moves through sophisticated pans, fades and wipes. Improvements to the background music function include a choice of more tracks, longer tracks, and multiple tracks for longer slideshows.
Price and Availability
In pink, blue, black and silver, the DSC-W120 camera will be available for about $200 in March. The DSC-W130 model will be offered in pink, black and silver for about $230 that same month. The DSC-W150 model will hit retail in sophisticated champagne, red, black and silver for about $250 in April. The DSC-W170 model will also be available then in those same colors for about $300.
The new models can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), at military base exchanges, and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin on Jan. 31 at www.sonystyle.com.