Sony Cyber-shot DSC- W830 is a pocket sized entry- level compact camera for everyday use. It is especially targeted at amateur users since it has very basic controls which are easy to use and relies heavily on automatic functions.
Retailing at only Ksh. 12, 500 on the Kenyan market, it is a delightful point-and-shoot camera that is also friendly to the purse. It is built with a 20.1 megapixel, 1 /2.3- inch Super HAD CCD sensor which has an RGB primary color mosaic filter for effective shots. It also uses a BIONZ image processor for recording great JPEG photographs as well as HD video (MP4 format) with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Like its predecessor, the DSC- W730, this compact camera comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with an optical zoom capability of 8x.
Physically, Sony Cyber-shot W830 is a thin camera whose lens retracts completely into the body to make it extremely portable. Yet it is still very small and light to further reinforce its credibility as a carry- along camera. Weighing in at 120 grams with the battery attached, the camera has dimensions measuring 3.67 x 2.07 x 0.89 inches. It is also handy for use in various lighting situations owing to its ISO ratings of between 80 and 3200.
Its focal length is 25- 200mm in 35mm camera terms. Like I mentioned earlier, you do not need to sit down with a manual in order to figure out the workings of this camera in particular. There are a total of four modes to pick from and they include the Intelligent Auto (iAuto), Program Auto, Picture Effect and Scene. You also get the crucial Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) feature. The only advanced settings, so to speak, that you can make are for ISO modifications and white balancing. However, a fair warning should be issued at this point that at high ISO settings you should expect a lot of noise; most especially when you are shooting in telephoto.
Another interesting feature that you can take advantage of to diversify your shots is the panorama mode which enables you to pan around as the camera snaps away in order to compose a single shot. Otherwise, the rest of the work is done by the camera’s onboard computer that figures out what to do using the autofocus, face detection and smile shutter. You can still skip all the settings and further go for ISO Auto, Auto Flash and Auto White balance.
Continuous shooting on this camera is underwhelming considering that it only manages to snap away at just 1 frame per second. In fact, Sony calls it 0.80 fps (for up to 100 shots) which should stun professional photographers used to taking shots at 6fps. But then to achieve such a remarkable fit, you will need a much more expensive bridge or DSLR camera for a great overall package.
For composing your images into a frame, you have a fixed 2.7- inch LCD screen with 230k pixels that also features a grid display. Not only are the images displayed clearly, it is also easy to read text and therefore handy for changing your menu options. But as expected, it is not touch sensitive.
Internal memory is only 27 MB, therefore an external storage media is a must when you purchase this. Luckily, there are a vast majority of flash memory cards that are compatible with the DSC- W830 including the Memory Stick Pro DUO (high speed). The battery life covers up to 210 shots before the need to swap or recharge.
|Device type||Compact Digital Camera|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||93.1 x 52.5 x 22.5 mm|
|Sensor||20.1 MP, 5152 x 3864 pixels, Super HAD CCD|
|Burst speed||Up to 0.8fps|
|ISO sensitivity||80 – 3200|
|Zoom||8x optical zoom, Zeiss Vario-Tessar optics|
|Screen size||2.7 inches, TFT LCD|
|Connectivity||USB Hi-Speed, Memory Stick Duo, PRO Duo,
HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC, Micro SD
|Battery||NP-BN 630mAh rechargeable, 210 shots per charge|
|Others||BIONZ image processor, Carl Zeiss optics, Vario-Tessar optics|