Sony DSC-W230 Review
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls
The Cyber-shot W230 features a Carl Zeiss 4x 5.35 - 21.4mm (30 to 120mm equivalent) zoom lens. The aperture range is from f2.8 - f7.1 (wide). It is constructed of 6 elements in 5 groups with 3 Aspheric elements. When powered down, the lens retracts into the body and is protected by a built-in shutter, no lens cap is necessary.
The DSC-W230 is equipped with a Sony's Super SteadyShot lens-shift system with two gyro-sensors that detects hand movement, and automatically calculates the compensation needed to provide a clear, crisp image. Sony is the first manufacturer to incorporate an advanced lens-shift optical image stabilizer into a camera with a folded-path lens system. This is what allows for a compact form; the lens does not have to extend from the body of the camera.
This model employs a 9 Area Multi-point auto focus system with a low-light focus assist
Illuminator. Sony does not specify the working focus range. Available AF modes are: Multi-Point, Center, Spot, and Semi Manual focus (0.5m / 1.0m / 3.0m / 7.0m / Unlimited distance).
The built-in flash has modes for Auto flash, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Synchro, with Red-Eye Reduction On or Off. The flash has a working range using ISO Auto: approx. .0.66'- 12.8' (0.2m to 3.9m) at Wide angle or 1.64 to 6.23' (0.5 to 1.9m) at Telephoto.
On the top is the power button and shutter release.
The 3.0-inch color LCD has 230,400 pixels and can be used for preview, review and accessing the camera's menu system. The monitor can also display a real-time histogram in record mode if desired.
Controls on the back: The Zoom lens control for Wide and Telephoto - also functions as Index and Magnify when in review mode. The Mode Dial has positions for: AUTO, Program AE, Movie, SCN, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Smile Shutter, High ISO, and Easy Shooting. The Play button enters Playback mode. The 4-way controller is for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images. The center button accepts menu selections. In record mode the 4-way buttons are used for: "Up" controls the info DISPlayed on the LCD as well as controls the brightness. "Right" changes flash modes, "Down" enables the self-timer, and "Left" is for Macro focus mode. The MENU button calls up and dismisses menu screens (delete in playback mode). The Home button pulls up the "Home" menu with options for shooting mode, playback mode, slideshow, print, settings etc.
The I/O connector is on the bottom next to the metal tripod mount and battery/memory card door. The included cable has outputs for USB 2.0 high-speed transfer to the computer or connection to a PictBridge printer, and Audio-Video for display on a TV (video signal can be set for NTSC or PAL standard).
The W230 is the yet another model form Sony to feature high-definition
video output for viewing images on your HDTV when using either the optional HD output adapter cable (VMC-HD2); sold separately.
Located on the bottom with the battery is the Memory Stick Duo card slot. The DSC-W230 has 15MB of internal
memory and supports any capacity Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Pro Duo card up to 16GB. Data can be easily
copied back and forth between the internal memory and flash cards.
Approx. Storage Capacities
The W230 is powered by a Sony Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 3.6V, 3.4Wh (960 mAh) battery pack. Sony claims this pack can power the W230 for up to 350 shots or 175 minutes of continuous runtime. This pack is charged in the handy BC-CSG charger. It features folds away prongs, which is great for traveling and easy storage.
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