Sony Cyber-shot W80 Review

by Johan on October 13, 2007



Sony Cyber-shot W80 Review

The Sony Cyber-shot W80 digital camera was first announced at PMA in February 2007. This 7MP compact camera comes in a compact body with an optical image stabilization, a HDTV (1080i) output and an optional composite video cable. Other features include a face detection AF/AE, 3x zoom, 2.5-inch screen and a claimed 340 shot battery capability. dpreview has reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot W80 digital camera. Here is the verdict.

The W80 is a camera that is capable of producing surprisingly good results in good light at ISO 100 and is perfectly usable at ISO 400-800 in low light if you don’t want big prints (the church interiors in the samples gallery, for example, are better than I expected), but a camera that falls down in what I consider to be one of the most important areas for a camera such as this; pictures of people indoors in low light – with or without flash. If you’re after a ‘walk around’ camera for scenery then it’s not a bad buy for $200-ish, but if you actually have friends and family, and are still awake taking pictures after sunset it’s hard to wholeheartedly recommend it when there are so many better alternatives out there.

Read a full list of specification after the jump.

  • 1/2.5″ CCD sensor, 7.2 million effective pixels
  • 3x Carl Zeiss branded optical zoom
  • 2.5″ LCD screen
  • HDTV video output (requires optional cable or dock)
  • Super Steady Shot image stabilization
  • 4cm macro
  • ISO 80-3200
  • 7 Scene modes
  • 2.8 fps continuous shooting
  • Available in 4 colors (black, silver, white and pink)

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