Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W650 Review

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Review posted 3/21/2012

Quick Take
Pros
  • Ultra-Compact body is always easy to carry with you at all times
  • Easy to use controls and menu system
  • Captures nice 16-megapixel photos when using auto or program modes
  • Convenient control to quickly switch between Still, Panorama, or Video
  • Panorama technology is easy to use
  • Short descriptions of each exposure setting
  • In-camera photo editing such as crop, rotate, sharpening, and red eye correction
  • Available in silver, red and black
  • In-camera guide if you lose or forget the manual, or if you prefer hands-on learning
Cons
  • Weak built-in flash (typical for camera of this size however)
  • High levels of noise at all ISO settings over ISO 400; can be seen indoors and out when pixel peeping
  • Lacking a little in the performance area
  • No mode button to take you directly to scene modes
  • No way to manually go into macro mode
  • Good battery life for the battery size, but the battery size (630mAh) is very small
Bottom Line
An affordable and competent ultra-compact digicam, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 has excellent quality and performs on par with other cameras in its class. It's price tag of under $140 makes it a great candidate for anyone on a budget. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Thumbnail image for DSC-W650_Silver_Right_lg.jpgFor 2012, Sony has released three new Cyber-Shot W-series cameras; the DSC-W650, DSC-W620, DSC-W610. These ultra-compact models build upon the popular features of past cameras, with various 2012 upgrades. The most appealing feature of these new cameras is the price; each are under $140 USD!

The Cyber-Shot DSC-W650 boasts a 16-megapixel SUPER HAD CCD image sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens, 3.0-inc LCD screen, Intelligent Auto exposure controls, 360 Sweep Panorama, Optical Steady Shot image stabilization, and much more. This is all stuffed inside a petite metal frame that comes in three stylish colors; Red, Black, and Silver. 


Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W650 main features:
  • 16-megapixel SUPER HAD CCD image sensor
  • Carl Zeiss wide view (25mm) 5x optical zoom lens
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Intelligent Auto exposure control
  • Intelligent Scene Recognition mode (iSCN)
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer
  • Focus Tracking
  • Blink Detection
  • Smile Capture
  • In-Camera Editing and Picture Effects
  • Sweep Panorama up to 360 degrees
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen with 230k pixels
  • 720p HD video recording with sound
  • Li-ion battery pack
  • Memory card slot that accepts MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC type cards
The W650 is available now with a suggested retail price of just $139.99 USD. Check our buy box below for the most current pricing at various online vendors.

What's in the box?:
  • W650 Body
  • Battery 
  • Charger
  • Multi USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Instruction Manual




 

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