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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 compact digital camera specs, video test and review

Features, specifications and video review of the compact digital camera Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 compact digital camera
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 digital camera

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 is a cheap 14.1 MP compact digital camera with 4x optical zoom. DSC-W610 got popular mainly because of its price but it also delivers quite good images. That is thanks to the quality CCD sensor and the 26mm wide angle lens which allow you to take perfect landscape shots.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 has 6 shooting modes and 10 scene selectors. In Intelligent Auto Mode the compact camera recognizes a wide range of common shooting situations and therefore uses optimal settings for the best possible quality. One nice feature in the Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 is the 360 Sweep Panorama mode for all-around view shots. On the back of the DSC-W610 you can find a 2.7-inch LCD display (230k dots) which is the only viewfinder in this camera, of course optical viewfinders are not something typical for cameras in this class.
 One of the biggest downsides of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 is the low video resolution in movie mode. The highest available for recording resolution in this camera is just 640 x 480 which is quite low for modern camera and most of its competitors offer at least 720p HD video recording. This downside is fixed in the new Cyber-Shot W620 which offers max resolution of 1280 x 720 and a slightly bigger 5x optical zoom. At least the  DSC-W610 records videos in 30fps which is definitely fast for a pocket camera.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 is very compact in size and weighs 97 gr. It is almost entirely made of plastic and is offered in five different color choices - silver, black, pink, green and blue. We tested the silver model which probably is the best choice for this camera.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610Sony DSC-W610 accessories

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 backSony DSC-W610 battery

As already mentioned the price of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 compact digital camera is its biggest plus. It costs around $80 (around £65 in UK) which is a very good price for this quality Sony product.
There are many competitors in this segment and price range but probably the biggest rival of all is the great selling Samsung ST77 which is a great affordable compact camera with plenty of nice features like 5x optical zoom and 720p video recording.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 test video

Here are the full Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 specifications (provided by Sony):

4x (Optical Zoom is not working during movie recording)
Digital Zoom
14M Approx.8x / 10M Approx.4.7x / 5M Approx.6.7x / VGA Approx.27x / 2M(16:9) Approx.9x
F
2.8-5.9
Focal Length (f= mm)
4.7-18.8
Focal Length (f=35mm conversion)
26-105
Macro (cm)
iAuto:AF(W:Approx.4cm(1.57'') to Infinity, T:Approx.60cm(1.97') to Infinity) / Program Auto:AF(W:Approx.4cm(1.57") to Infinity, T:Approx.60cm(1.97') to Infinity)
Filter Diameter (mm)
NO
NO
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
NO
Sony G
NO

  Image Sensory

CCD Type
Super HAD CCD
Size (Inches)
1/2.3 type(7.75mm)

  Camera

Effective Pixels (Mega Pixels)
Approx. 14.1 Megapixels
Bionz Processor
NO
YES
YES
Soft Skin Mode
NO
NO
GPS
NO
Waterproof
NO
Backlight correction
NO
By Pixel Super Resolution
NO
Picture Effect
NO
Sweep Panorama
YES (360 sweep panorama)
Intelligent Sweep Panorama
NO
Underwater Sweep Panorama
NO
NO
Clear RAW NR
NO
Auto Focus Area (Multi Point)
YES
Auto Focus Area (Centre weighted)
YES
Auto Focus Area (Spot)
YES
Auto Focus Area (Flexible Spot)
NO
NO
Aperture Auto Mode
iAuto(F2.8/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter) / Program Auto(F2.8/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter)
Aperture Priority Mode
NO
Aperture Manual Mode
NO
Shutter Speed Auto Mode (sec)
iAuto(1/8 - 1/1600) / Program Auto(1" - 1/1600)
NO
Hand Shake Alert
NO
Exposure Control
± 2.0EV, 1/3EV step
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent3, Incandescent, Flash
Automatic White Balance
YES
Light Metering (Multi Pattern)
YES
Light Metering (Centre weighted)
YES
Light Metering (Spot)
YES
Sharpness Setting
NO
Saturation Setting
NO
Contrast Setting
NO
Auto /80/ 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
Soft Snap / Night Portrait / Night Scene / High Sensitivity / Beach / Snow / Gourmet / Pet Mode / Landscape
Red-eye Reduction
Auto / On / Off
Auto Daylight Synchronized Flash
NO

  SteadyShot

SteadyShot capability
YES
Optical SteadyShot capability
NO

  Auto Focus System

  Built-In-Flash

Auto / Flash On / Slow Syncro / Flash Off
Red-Eye Correction
Auto / On / Off
Auto Daylight Synchronized Flash
NO
Distance limitations using Flash (m)
ISO Auto: Approx.0.3m to 3.5m(0.98" to 11.48")(W) / Approx.0.6m to 1.8 m(1feet 1.96" to 5.91")(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.7.1 m(23.3")(W) / Approx.3.7 m(12.1")(T)

  LCD/ Viewfinder

LCD Screen Size (inches)
6.7cm (2.7type)
LCD Total Dots Number
230.400
Monitor Type
TFT
Auto Bright Monitoring
NO
NO
NO

  Recording

Recording Media
Memory Stick™ Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (high speed) / Memory Stick PRO HG Duo™ / Memory Stick Micro* / Memory Stick Micro (mark 2)*
Recording Media II
SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / SDXC Memory Card / microSD Memory Card* / microSDHC Memory Card*
Recording Format
JPEG
DCF (Design rule for Camera File System)
YES
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
YES
Burst Mode (shots)
Approx. 1 fps
Burst Interval (approximately sec)
Approx.1.0 sec.(100 shots)
Still Image size (16M 4608 x 3456)
NO
Still Image size (14M 4320 x 3240)
YES
Still Image size (13M 4224 x 3168)
NO
Still Image size (12M 4000 x 3000)
NO
Still Image size (10M 3648 x 2736)
YES
Still Image size (9.0M, 3456 x 2592)
NO
Still Image size (8.0M, 3264 x 2448)
NO
Still Image size (7.2M 3072 x 2304)
NO
Still Image size (5.0M, 2592 x 1944)
YES
Still Image size (3.1M, 2048 x 1536)
NO
Still Image size (VGA, 640 x 480)
YES
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 1920 x 1080)
YES
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4608 x 2592)
NO
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4320 x 2432)
YES
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4000 x 2248)
NO
Still Image size (3:2 mode, 4000 x 2672)
NO
Still Image size (3:2 mode 3648 x 2432)
NO
Still Image size (3:2 mode 3456 x 2304)
NO
2D Panorama
360°(11,520×1,080) / Wide(7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard(4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920)
3D Panorama
NO
Moving Image Size (1440x1080 25fps Fine Approx.12Mbps)
NO
Moving Image Size (1280x720 30fps Fine Approx.9Mbps)
NO
Moving Image Size (1280x720 30fps Standard Approx.6Mbps)
NO
Moving Image Size (1280x720 25fps Fine Approx.6Mbps)
NO
Moving Image Size (640x480 30fps Approx.3Mbps)
YES
Moving Image Size (640x480 25fps Approx.3Mbps)
NO
Moving Image Size (320x240 30fps)
NO
Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1920 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.24Mbps(Average bit-rate))
NO
Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1920 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.17Mbps(Average bit-rate))
NO
Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1440 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.9Mbps(Average bit-rate))
NO
Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 1440 x 1080 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.12Mbps(Average bit-rate))
NO
Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 1280 x 720 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.6Mbps(Average bit-rate))
NO
Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 640 x 480 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.3Mbps(Average bit-rate))
YES

  Playback/ Edit

HD (High Definition) Playback
Under 14M(4,320 x 3,240)
Slideshow Playback
YES
NO
Slideshow Movie
NO
Trimming
YES
YES (8x)
Cue & Review (MPEG)
YES
16 / 25 images
Image Rotation
NO
Auto Image Rotation
NO
Auto grouping and & Best Picture Recognition
NO

  General

Battery Remaining Indicator
NO
Histogram Indicator
NO
Exposure Warning Indicator
NO
Disk / Memory Stick remaining indicator
YES
PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol)
NO
Print Image Matching
YES
PictBridge
NO
Shop Front Mode
NO
Start up time (approximately sec)
Approx. 1.8 sec.
Menu Language
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Croatian, Romanian

  Jacks

Multi use Terminal with HD
NO
Multi use Terminal
YES
AV Out
YES
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
YES

  Power/ Others

Battery System
Lithium N
Supplied Battery
NP-BN
Stamina (battery life) with the supplied battery(s) in normal shooting condition
Approx. 250 / Approx. 125min
Weight (g)
Approx. 97g (3.4oz.)
Weight with Accessories (g)
Approx. 113g (4.0oz.)
Supplied Software
PlayMemories Home
Supplied Accessories
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN), Batery Charger, Multi-USB, AC Power Cord, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual

  Dimensions

Width (mm)
92.9
Height (mm)
52.4
Depth (mm)
19.3


You can also check the full Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V product review (the camera which I proundly own for quite some time) and the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review.

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