Sony DSC-W230 Review

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Sony CyberShot DSC-W230

The screen display when in the AUTO (point-n-shoot) mode. Minimal information is displayed and only a few parameters such as image size or recording mode can be changed. Upper left is the battery level that's constantly displayed. The image size is 12 "M"egapixels, the image folder is 101, and there's 190 shots left. By pressing the display button, you can change the amount of info shown from nothing to full info that includes a histogram. You can also turn on the grid lines from the cameras menu.



Sony CyberShot DSC-W230

When you rotate the Mode Dial to change the exposure mode, this graphical dial is displayed along with a brief explanation of the each setting.



Sony CyberShot DSC-W230

Program AE mode is also automatic but it offers the user a wealth of options, like white balance, ISO speed, metering, etc. All of this information can be cleared off the screen by pressing "Up" (DISP) on the 4-way controller.



Sony CyberShot DSC-W230

Half-pressing the shutter will activate the auto focus system, if successful the AF marks turn "green" and a green dot is also displayed. You can also see the shutter speed and aperture values at the bottom, and the Steady Shot indicator at the top (On).



Sony DSC-W230

Home menu options:

    Shooting - Choose the exposure mode (Auto, Scene, Program, Movie)
    View Images - Single image, Index display
    Slide show - Slide show, Music tool
    Print - Print
    Manage Memory - Memory tool
    Settings - Main Settings, Shooting settings, Clock settings, Language setting




Sony DSC-W230

Program Record options:

    Image Size - 12M, 8M, 5M, 3M, VGA, 3:2 (11M), 16:9+ (9M), 16:9 (2M)
    Face Detection - Off, Auto, Children priority, Adult priority
    REC Mode - Normal, Burst, ±.3 BRK, ±.7 BRK, ±1.0 BRK
    Exposure Compensation - ±2.0EV
    ISO - Auto or manually locked at 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1/2/3, Incandescent, Flash
    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low
    Red Eye Reduction - Auto, On, Off
    DRO - Off, Standard, Plus
    Color Mode - Normal, Vivid, Sepia, B&W
    Steady Shot - Shooting, On, Off
    Setup - Enters the shooting settings menu




Sony DSC-W230

Record motion video with audio. The 640×480 "VX Fine" mode is 30fps and requires the use of Memory Stick Duo Pro media to insure that it can stream the data fast enough from the camera. The VX standard mode is also VGA resolution (640×480) but at a lesser 16fps frame rate and can be recorded on regular Memory Stick Duo media.

Movie clips can also be recorded in 320×240 resolution at 8fps, these movies will playback in a smaller window. The advantage is that the file sizes are smaller and more practical for e-mail purposes.



Sony DSC-W230

Movie mode options:

    Image Size - 640(fine), 640(standard), 320
    Exposure Compensation - Offset the exposure metering by ±2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
    Metering - Multi-pattern (default), center
    Focus - Multi AF, or fixed focus at infinity
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (1, 2, 3), Incandescent
    Color Mode - Normal, Sepia, B&W
    Steady Shot - On, Off
    Setup - Enters the shooting settings menu

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