Sony has announced the release of Sony CyberShot DSC-W30, a 6.0 megapixel (CCD) point-and-shoot digital camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens (38 – 114mm equivalent), a 2.0″ LCD Screen and it is only 23″ thick. The camera will be priced at $230 and with $20 more you can buy Sony CyberShot DSC-W50, the same camera with 0.5″ larger LCD screen.
>> REVIEWS (last update: 18.05.06)
Cameras.co.uk reviewed the Sony CyberShot DSC-W30 and wrote;
“The outdoor landscape shots are good without ever quite achieving the highest marks. Colours are strong and the camera does a good job of handling contrast in the lightest and darkest areas of each shot. The sharpness of a shot is one of the most critical factors in my opinion. Here the camera does well compared to many others, but does not quite challenge the better compact models. In fairness when you consider the price and design of this camera I think perhaps I am expecting too much of it. “
ImagingResource reviewed the Sony CyberShot DSC-W30 and wrote;
“It’s a very responsive camera, with low shutter lag in daylight conditions, and excellent shot to shot speeds. It also sports very good battery life, a very capable movie mode, and excellent download speed. Finally, Sony makes a line of accessory lenses, filters, a slave flash, and even an underwater case for it as well, greatly expanding your options beyond what you’d normal expect from a compact digicam model. The bright 2.0-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the W30 is user-friendly and hassle-free. “
DigitalCameraInfo reviewed the Sony CyberShot DSC-W30 and wrote;
“Pros: Remarkably fast startup time, Slim camera at slim price, Optical viewfinder is more accurate than most, Plenty of movie mode options, Nice 80-1000 ISO range, Good battery life, Function guide explains modes and image sizes
Cons: Optical viewfinder is tiny, Poor quality LCD, Tiny buttons, Short burst mode, Very noisy High Sensitivity mode”
Steve’sDigicams reivewed the Sony CyberShot DSC-W30 and wrote;
“I was pleased with the image quality of the W30’s 6M Fine mode. Outdoor images were well-exposed and sharp with true to life colors. Indoor shots are limited to small rooms and small group portraits because of the W30’s limited flash range (13 feet at wide angle) and the lens limited field of view at its full 38mm wide angle. Portraits had realistic skin tones, but the red eye reduction flash mode proved only marginally effective because of its relatively weak power. “
CNET reivewed the Sony CyberShot DSC-W30 and wrote;
“We’re very impressed with this camera’s photos. They come out well exposed under a variety of lighting conditions, with lots of detail in the shadows and highlights. The DSC-W30 doesn’t blow out whites as much as many other cameras in its class. It produces neutral but highly saturated hues, especially in the reds and the oranges. The most serious image problem was noise. While it’s barely visible at ISO 80, you can start to see smearing from the noise reduction at ISO 200 and discolorations at ISO 400 and beyond.”
>> SAMPLE PICTURES
– Sony CyberShot DSC-W30 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams
>> PRESS RELEASE
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 and DSC-W30 News Release
SONY’S NEW CYBER-SHOT W-SERIES CAMERAS BRING ADDED PERFORMANCE AND EYE-CATCHING DESIGN
Sony has re-engineered its W-series of top-performing Cyber-shot digital still cameras to embody the virtues of a traditional camera style and satisfy modern tastes for sleek, compact design.
In addition to sporting eye-level viewfinders in the fashion of traditional cameras, the new DSC-W50 and DSC-W30 models have large LCD screens and are significantly more compact than previous W-series models.
Both new cameras offer six-megapixel image resolution for high-quality prints, high-light sensitivity for fast-action shooting and more natural-looking pictures in low-light conditions, precision Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lenses, and MPEG1 movie recording.
Available in silver, the DSC-W50 model features a 2.5-inch, easy-to-view LCD screen wrapped in a metal-alloy body with sophisticated etching and details. The DSC-W30 model also comes in silver with a two-inch LCD.
“These new models will be attractive to people who prefer the look and feel of a traditional camera, but without the bulk,” said James Neal, director of digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. “We’ve also increased the light sensitivity, which minimizes the need for flash photography, and improved the cameras’ user interface for better photography results and overall camera experience.”
No More Guessing What those Icons Mean
Anyone who has ever found menu icons on a digital still camera mysterious will appreciate the new function guide on the latest W-series models. When menu icons are selected, such as a specific shooting function or scene mode, a text explanation is displayed on the LCD making it easier to take a great shot. This function guide can be turned off once the user becomes more familiar with the camera.
Built for Better Performance
Both new models include high light-sensitivity settings up to ISO 1000, which allow for shooting at higher shutter speeds to capture fast-moving subjects with less blur. With higher light sensitivity at your fingertips, you can shoot in available light without a flash for more naturally-exposed, “true-to-life” pictures. With Sony’s Clear RAW imaging technology, you can up the camera’s sensitivity without dramatically increasing picture noise, which makes pictures look blurry and grainy.
Sony’s ultra-fast Real Imaging Processor circuit delivers quick start-up, fast shot-to-shot times, and long battery life — up to 400 shots on a single charge for the DSC-W30 model. It also speeds up the cameras’ sophisticated auto-exposure and multi-point, auto-focus features so that users get the picture right the first time.
Both cameras have 32MB of internal memory, which can be expanded further with an optional Memory Stick Duo media card or Memory Stick PRO Duo card, now offered in capacities up to two gigabytes.
Make the Most of High-Resolution Images through Prints
You can make high-quality prints by simply connecting these models to a Sony DPP-FP50 digital photo printer. You can even create postcards or calendars using the printer’s supplied software.
With Sony’s ImageStation online photo service, you can expand your options to print tens or even hundreds of pictures, create online photo and video albums, or make customized gifts such as photo books and calendars.
The Cyber-shot DSC-W50 will be available in early March for about $250, and the DSC-W30 is available this month for about $230. Bundled accessories include rechargeable Lithium ion batteries (NP-BG1), charger (BC-CSG), USB and AV output cables, and Cyber-shot viewer software. Options include a lithium ion battery (NP-BG1) for about $50, a travel charger (BC-TRG) for about $60, a sports pack (SPK-WA) for about $100, and a 30mm lens/filter adapter (VAD-WB) for about $30.