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– Review & Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
Sony CyberShot DSC-W220 is a 12MP point-and-shoot digital camera features 4x Optical Zoom (35mm Equivalent : 30-120mm) with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization, Super HAD CCD image sensor, BIONZ image processor, Face Detection; Smile Shutter technology and a 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD display (230k pixels). The camera measures 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ x 7/8″ (95.2mm x 56.5mm x 21.8mm) and weighs approx. 4.2 oz (118g).
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Sony CyberShot DSC-W220 Reviews
CameraLabs reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W220 and writes;
“Certainly, if you ignore the image quality issue, in every other respect the Cyber-shot DSC-W220 is a very capable budget compact, but if image quality is paramount to you, then the Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS / SD1200 IS is a better bet for the money. “
CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W220 and writes;
“The good: Above average feature set; nice design. The bad: No optical zoom while recording video; photo quality drops off above ISO 200; above average chromatic aberration.
The bottom line: Sony’s careful feature trimming results in the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220: a well-rounded pocket camera for less than $180.”
Cameras.uk reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W220 and writes;
“I found the camera easy to use and it has a low shutter lag time compared to other cameras in its class. When it comes to picture quality it has some tough competition and does not quite match up to some of its competitors”
ImagingResource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W220 and writes;
“I don’t think it’s an out-of-the-park home run, but after living with it for a few days, it clearly deserves a Dave’s Pick: Most consumer-level users will be happy with the results produced by it.”
DCI has a preview of Sony CyberShot DSC-W220;
“We were impressed by the build quality of our pre-production sample: the metal body feels solid and substantial in your hand. “
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Sony CyberShot DSC-W220 User Manual (PDF)
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Sony CyberShot DSC-W220 Press Release
Las Vegas, January 7, 2009 – Sony today announced a new 12-megapixel Cyber-shot® camera (model DSC-W220) that combines powerful imaging features with intelligence to make taking great pictures easy.
The entry-level W model has features that until now were only found in high-end models (DSC-W150 and DSC-W170), including Intelligent Scene Recognition and Dynamic Range Optimizer.
“This camera is perfect for customers who forget to change settings to the right scene mode, do not have the time to change settings or do not know what setting to use” said Karim Noblecilla, senior product marketing manager in the Digital Imaging Division at Sony Electronics. “It chooses the correct scene mode, which makes it easy to use.”
Intelligent Scene Recognition automatically recognizes a total of five scenes—twilight portrait, twilight, twilight using a tripod, backlight and backlight portrait. It optimizes camera settings for shooting situations, taking an additional shot in low and bright light scenarios when there are two different approaches to shooting a scene so users can choose which picture they would like to keep.
The camera’s Dynamic Range Optimizer uses a sophisticated algorithm to determine the best exposure and contrast settings in almost any shooting environment, giving images a natural look with clearer details that match what you see with your naked eye.
The W220 camera has a 2.7-inch LCD screen (measured diagonally) and Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar 4X optical zoom lens with 30 millimeter (equivalent) wide angle view. It includes Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization to minimize blur without affecting picture quality. Sony’s Smile Shutter™ technology automatically captures a smile the moment it happens. You can use the adult or child priority setting when shooting scenes containing both adults and children, and the camera will distinguish one face from another.
Bundled Picture Motion Browser (PMB) software allows you to quickly organize images on a compatible PC and upload images to the Web. You can search and organize images by event, smile or face, including children and infants. Then you can display them in calendar or chronological views organized into folders.
Images can be stored and managed on both the camera’s 15MB internal memory and an optional Memory Stick® media card. The camera’s high definion output and HD slideshow with music let you share images on HDTV sets, including Sony’s BRAVIA® flat-panel LCD models (HDMI cable not included).
Pricing and Availability
The DSC-W220 camera will be available in March in silver, black, pink and blue for about $190.