Sony CyberShot DSC-W290

Last update (20 February’10):
– Review & Sample Photos @ PCAuthority

Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 is a 12.1 megapixel point-and-shoot camera features 5x optical zoom (35mm Equivalent : 28-140mm), Face Detection, ISO 80-3200, HDTV compatibility and a 3.0″ LCD screen. The camera measures 3 7/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 29/32″ (97.6mm x 57.4mm x 22.6mm ) and weighs Approx. 6.1oz. (174g).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 Reviews

PCAuthority reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 and writes;
“the W290 gives a good zoom range, wide-angle lens, lovely big screen and good quality for well below $300. Add in the fact that nobody is ever disappointed about receiving something with a Sony badge on the front, and you have a great cheap camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 and writes;
“If you’re looking for a well-built compact that’s uncomplicated and simple to operate though, and which also has good automatic performance, a capable general-purpose zoom, topped off with excellent quality HD video, the Cyber-shot W270 / W290 represents great value for money. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 and writes;
“if you want a camera that will take a good photo quickly and reliably in virtually any lighting conditions then the Sony W290 is very hard to beat. Excellent build quality, lightning-fast performance and the additional versatility of the 5x wide zoom and HD video recording make this camera outstanding value for money. “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 and writes;
“The response times with the DSC-W290 are above average, especially for a model in the sub-$250 price range. Start-up times are pretty strong with this Sony camera, and the DSC-W290’s continuous-shot mode is well above average.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 and writes;
“The good: Terrific design, interface, and controls; wide-angle, 5x zoom lens; excellent price-to-feature ratio. The bad: No optical zoom while recording video; soft photos. The bottom line: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is an excellent, well-balanced compact camera.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 and writes;
“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 other issues make the W290 a camera I’d probably pass on..”
Rating: N/A

ITReviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 and writes;
“Sony have gone all out in the Cyber-shot DSC-W290 to make capturing photos both fun and creative with a number of innovative portrait technologies as well as introducing HD movie making. It’s a shame this is marred by some design flaws, lack of a Sport mode and a restrictive zoom.”
Rating: N/A

User Opinions

Excellent Camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“Everything you could want in a digital camera. High MP, multiple modes, high ISO, easy to use, takes great pics, shoots video in 720p, large and bright LCD screen, etc…” – by Carm

Sharp | Rating: ★★★★★
“Having such a high resolution is nice and the wide angle lens is great. It also has a little extra zoom than other point-and-shoots, which is another great feature. The smile detection feature is fun for about 30 minutes, but ultimately useless….” – by Ryan

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Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 Sample Photos

Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 Sample Photos @ DCRP


Sony CyberShot DSC-W290 User Manual (PDF)

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* LCD : 3.0″1 Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)
* Lens Construction : 9 elements in 7 groups (including 3 aspheric elements, 1ED glass)
* Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar®
* Microphone/Speaker : Mono / Mono
* Viewfinder : No

* Imaging Device : 1/2.3 type(7.79mm) Super HAD CCD
* Megapixel : 12.1MP
* Recording Media : 11MB internal Flash Memory, optional Memory Stick Duo™ Media, optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media

* 35mm Equivalent : 28-140mm
* Aperture Range : Auto(F3.8/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter) / Program Auto(F3.8/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter)
* Digital Zoom : Smart Zoom / Precision Digital Zoom / Off
* Exposure Compensation : Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
* Face Detection : 8 face(flash, focus, exposure, white balance, child/adult priority, blink, face motion detection)
* Filter Diameter : 46mm (with Lens Adapter)
* Focal Length : 5.0-25.0mm
* Focus : 9 points / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF / Semi Manual (1.0m / 3.0m / 7.0m / unlimited distance)
* Macro Mode : Auto Macro / Macro On
* Optical Zoom : 5x
* Shutter Speed : Auto(2 – 1/1,600) / Program Auto(1 – 1/1,600)
* Smart Zoom® Technology : 8M:Approx.6.1x(Total), 5M:Approx.7.7x(Total), 3M:Approx.9.8x(Total), VGA:Approx.31x(Total), 16:9(2M):Approx.10x(Total)
* Total Zoom : Approximately 10x

Convenience Features
* AF Illuminator Light : Auto / Off
* Clear RAW NR : Yes
* Histogram Display : Yes
* In-Camera Editing : Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Soft Focus / Partial Color / Fisheye Lens / Cross Filter / Retro / Radial Blur / Unsharp Masking / Happy Faces
* Movie Mode(s) : 1280 x 720(Fine) (Approx.30fps, Progressive) / 1280 x 720(Standard) (Approx.30fps, Progressive) / 640(Fine) (VX Fine, 640 x 480, Approx.30fps)
* Multi-Pattern Measuring : Yes
* NightFraming System : No
* NightShot® Infrared System : No
* PictBridge Compatible : Yes
* Power Save Mode : Yes (after approx. 3 min. of inactivity)
* Real Imaging Processor™ Technology : BIONZ™

* Burst Mode : Max 100 shots at approx. 1.8 fps
* Color Mode(s) : Normal / Vivid / Sepia / B&W
* Date/Time Stamp : Available in the included PMB software.
* Dynamic Range Optimizer : Standard / Off / Plus
* Image Stabilization : Optical
* Media/Battery Indicator : Yes/Yes
* Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility : Tested to support up to 16GB Memory Stick DUO PRO™ media capacity1; does not support Access Control security function.
* Red-Eye Reduction : Auto / On / Off
* Scene Mode(s) : Intelligent Auto / Easy Shooting / Program Auto / Movie (Auto Adjustment / High Sensitivity / Underwater) / Scenes (High Sensitivity / Twilight / Twilight Portrait / Soft Snap / Landscape / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Hi-speed Shutter / Underwater / Gourmet)
* Self Timer : Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)
* Still Image Mode(s) : Normal (JPEG) / Burst (JPEG) / Bracketing (JPEG) – AE(Plus / Minus 0.3EV / 0.7EV / 1.0EV)
* White Balance : Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / Underwater White Balance Mode (Auto, Underwater 1, Underwater 2, Flash)
* ISO : Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200

Inputs and Outputs
* Accessory Terminal : Multi connector
* Audio/Video Output(s) : Yes via Mutli-Use Connector
* HD Output : Yes (1080i)
* USB Port(s) : Yes – USB2.0 Hi-Speed

Weights and Measurements
* Dimensions (Approx.) : 3 7/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 29/32″ (97.6mm x 57.4mm x 22.6mm )
* Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 6.1oz. (174g) – With battery and Memory Stick media.

One Response to “Sony CyberShot DSC-W290”

  1. Patrik says:

    nice camera review. i enjoyed reading your page.thanks for sharing your thought about this camera..

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