Sony CyberShot DSC-W80

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- Review & Sample Photos @ RegHardware

The Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 (announced 21.02.07) is a point-and-shoot digital camera features 7.2 million effective pixels, 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 35-105mm), Image stabilization, and a 1.5″ LCD monitor. The camera measures 91 x 58 x 22.9 mm (3 9/16 x 2 5/16 x 7/8 in), weighs 124 g (4.4 oz) and will be available in May 2007.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

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Sony CyberShot DSC-W80 Reviews

TrustedReviews reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 is a very reasonably priced camera considering its build quality and specification. Although it is a bit lacking in style and elegance it makes up for it with very fast continuous shooting performance, good low light ability and effective image stabilisation. Overall image quality is a bit disappointing, but for general snapshot and social photography it performs as well as most other models in its class. ”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

ImagingResource reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 and writes;
The W80 is a compact bargain, including the hottest technology Sony has introduced in its 2007 lineup. It has a Bionz processor, face detection technology, High ISO and Super SteadyShot one-two punch, in-camera editing and HD output signal. It does give away detail to hold onto color at higher ISO settings, but most users won’t mind that tradeoff, particularly if 4×6 prints are the game you want to play.”
Rating: N/A

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 and writes;
“Noise is well managed – ISO 100 images are close to excellent with very good resolution and lots of snap (although very minor pattern noise is sometimes visible). ISO 200 images are very good, but with a tiny bit less pop than ISO 100 (and marginally higher noise levels). Results at ISO 400 are a bit flat and detail is starting to soften due to higher noise levels. ISO 800 images are seriously soft, colors are almost pastelish, and detail loss is evident. ISO 1600 images are useless. .”
Rating: N/A

PopSci reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 and writes;
“Although the best at face tracking, the W80′s image quality across all shooting scenarios fell short of the Fujifilm’s…The feature is available in just two modes: fully automatic and portrait. Plus, photos at higher light-sensitivity settings (above ISO 200) showed considerable graininess and less detail ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCRP reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 and writes;
“Camera performance is the W80′s only real strong point. It starts up quickly (in about 1.5 seconds), focuses without delays, and has minimal shutter lag. Low light focusing speeds won’t break any records, but the camera lock focused consistently in those situations. The W80′s continuous shooting mode is excellent. You can take up to 100 shots in a row at an almost SLR-like 2.7 frames/second. Battery life was well above average, but the included battery charger works at a snail’s pace.”
Rating: N/A

CamerasUK reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 and writes;
“I like the Sony DSC W80. With virtually no shutter delay you should always get your shot with this camera. In lowlight the camera performs well (shame about the red eye!) and is capable of taken a decent shot outside. Worth a look if you are looking for a good value for money, pocket sized digital camera… The Sony DSC W80 is a mid priced, pocket sized digital camera. It performs well in most situations. I was also impressed by the speed of the camera when taking a photo. In fact when it comes to shutter lag it is the fastest camera I have tested for a long time.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 and writes;
“The W80 also did excellently in our noise test, where it achieved a very low score of .53% (lower is better). This is well below the sort of score we were expecting and our shots corroborated this, with no visible noise or speckling at all. Furthermore, the pictures also scaled well with higher ISO sensitivities, being usable all the way up to ISO 800 if you’re printing regular 4in x 6in prints, and ISO 400 if making enlargements. This is somewhat unusual for a compact as they often tend to struggle at higher sensitivities, so it is good to see Sony putting in the effort in this regard… A solid compact camera that combines speedy operation with above average image quality. If you’re making enlargements the over sharpening may become an issue, but otherwise this is a good choice if you’re after an all purpose model.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 and writes;
“The photos themselves looked great, with sharp details and accurate colors. Noise stayed relatively low up to ISO 800, when a noticeable grain developed. Predictably, shots taken at ISO 1600 appeared noisy and blurry, and the ISO 3200 setting produced pictures that looked more like impressionist paintings than photographs. Still, if you keep to ISO 800 or lower, you can pretty much count on solid pictures….The bottom line: With a shiny new interface, fast performance, and great pictures, the DSC-W80 sits on the top of the budget snapshot heap. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆


Sony CyberShot DSC-W80 Sample Photos

- Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
- Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 Sample Photos @ Cameras.UK


Sony CyberShot DSC-W80 User Manuals (PDF)

- Download Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 Instruction Manual
- Download Cyber-Shot Handbook


Sony CyberShot DSC-W80 Press Release

AS VEGAS, Feb. 27, 2007 — Designed to make photo viewing entertaining and fun, Sony announced today its new Cyber-shot® W-series digital cameras featuring high-definition component output. These new cameras offer simple and direct connection to an HDTV set so you can easily integrate full 1080 HD photo viewing into your home theater.

At the top of the line is the DSC-W200 camera, the most compact 12-megapixel camera in the industry. It’s followed by the 8-megapixel DSC-W90 unit and the 7.2-megapixel DSC-W80 model. All sport Carl Zeiss® 3x optical zoom lenses; traditional, eye-level viewfinders; and large, 2.5-inch LCD screens wrapped in sleek metal bodies.

Seeing Is Believing in High Definition

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Comment by Aliona Subscribed to comments via email
2009-05-29 17:39:22

Someona please help me, i have had sony dsc-w80 for nearly two years and it semed to work fine at the beginning,in the last year though i haved not had a single good quality picture with this camera. I am not a grea camera specialist,im suspecting i could do something wiht the settings.. all pictures,indoors and outdoors,especially indoors, come blurry,and if you zoom its just horrible quality,not sharp at all,and like washed out a bit, very dotty. The most annoying thing is that i am pregnant now and try to picture my bum every week,but the picture quality is just embarassing. Can someone guide me on how to hange the settings? I use aouto regime ll the time, but tried all othr regimes and they all come out same bad quality.

Thank you!


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