Sony DSC-W130 Review

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W130

Review posted 6/5/2008

Click on the W130 for a 360° QTVR tour

Rounding out Sony's "W" series of ultra-compact and durable models for 2008 is the 8.1-megapixel DSC-W130 and 7.2-megapixel DSC-W120 units. Both feature a 4x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD screen, Face Detection AF, Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization, etc.

Newly-available on the W-series cameras is Sony's "smile shutter" mode, which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles - without having to press the shutter. This function even lets you prioritize adult or child faces to capture photos only when the intended subjects smile.

Each of the new W series models includes Sony's improved face detection technology, which, like the smile shutter technology, can now distinguish between the faces of children and adults. You can select "child priority" or "adult priority" and the camera will detect up to eight faces in the camera frame and optimize focus, exposure, white balance, and flash control.

The "W" series features a number of powerful features, including: Sony's D-Range Optimizer to retrieve picture detail in photos with harsh highlights or dark shadows; semi-manual focus that allows you to select the focusing distance based on your subject's location; an improved auto focus system that includes macro ranges; Super SteadyShot image stabilization; high sensitivity settings up to ISO 3200; and in-camera editing functions such as "unsharp mask" to sharpen images.

To view your images in 1080 high-definition resolution, you can connect each of the cameras to a compatible HDTV sets via HD component cable or Sony's HD Cyber-shot Station® cradle (both sold separately).

Cyber-shot W130 Major Features:

  • Sony 8.1 Megapixel effective Super HAD CCD image sensor
  • Carl Zeiss 4x Zoom (32-128mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
  • Super SteadyShot image stabilization system
  • Zoom-coupled optical viewfinder
  • MPEG Movie: 640x480 VX Fine w/audio at 30fps (Memory Stick Duo Pro required)
  • Auto, Program AE, plus 10 Scene modes
  • Burst at 2.0fps (up to a max of 100 frames)
  • Live histogram display in capture and playback
  • 9 Area Multi-point AF; auto or selectable Spot AF point
  • Face Detection technology
  • "Smile Shutter" mode
  • 2.5" TFT color (115,000 pixels) LCD Screen with Auto Brightness
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Noise Reduction: Automatically cleans up long exposure images
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Fill, Red Eye Reduction and Slow Synch
  • USB 2.0 Auto-Connect to host computer
  • Powered by Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • 15MB internal memory plus Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro compatible (up to 16GB)
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible

TThe DSC-W130 model will be offered in pink, black and silver with an MSRP of US$229.99. It is available now and ships with: NP-BG1 Lithium-ion battery, BC-CSG charger, AV and USB multi-connector cables, wrist strap, and software CD-ROM.

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The Cyber-shot DSC-W130 and a CD for size comparison.

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Sony DSC-W130 Specifications

Image Device: 1/2.5" 8.1 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD
Recording Media: 15MB of internal memory
Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO Media (up to 16GB)
Zoom: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 4X Optical, 5.35 - 21.4mm (32-128mm equivalent in 35mm)
6 elements in 5 groups, 3 aspheric elements
Digital Zoom™ Feature: o - 2.0x (Precision)
Filter Diameter:N/A
Auto Focus: 9 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF, Spot AF
Minimum Focus Distance: 1.6 in. (4cm) - Infinity (wide); 19.7 in (50cm) - infinity (telephoto)
Shutter Speed: Auto (1/4-1/6000 sec.), Program Auto (1-1/6000 sec.)
Aperture Range:Auto(F2.8/F7.1(W), 2 steps with ND Filter) / Program Auto(F2.8/F7.1(W), 2 steps with ND Filter)
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Color LCD: 2.5" 115K Pixel TFT LCD Screen
Optical Viewfinder: Yes, Zoom coupled
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synch Red-Eye Reduction: On/Off
Flash Effective Range:ISO Auto: Approx.0.2-Approx.3.9m(W) / Approx.0.5-Approx.1.9m(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.7.1m(W) / Approx.3.9m(T)
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (1/2/3), Incandescent, Flash
Color Modes: Black & White, Normal, Sepia, Vivid
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Exposure Modes: Auto, Easy Shooting, Program Auto, Movie, High Sensitivity, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Smile Shutter
Self-Timer: 10 or 2 seconds
Video Output:NTSC/PAL Selectable
HD Output: Yes (1080i)
MPEG Movie Mode: MPEG VX Fine with Audio (640 x 480 at 30fps),
(MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick PRO media)
MPEG VX Standard with Audio (640 x 480 at 16.6fps),
Presentation mode (320 x 240 at 8fps) with Audio
Burst Mode:Max 100 Shots at 2.0fps
SteadyShot® Image Stabilization:Yes
AF Illuminator Light:Yes
Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
USB Terminal: Supports USB 2.0 high speed
Memory Stick PRO™
Media Compatibility:
Tested to support up to 16GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function
Compatible Battery: Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 3.6V, 960 mAh
Supplied Software: Windows: Picture Motion Browser Vers 2.0 + USB Driver
OS Compatibility: Microsoft® 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home and Professional
Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/OS X (10.0-10.4)
Supplied Accessories: NP-BG1 rechargeable battery, BC-CSG battery charger, A/V and USB multi-connector cables, Wrist strap, Software CD-ROM
Note: No Memory Stick® DUO media or adaptors are included.
Dimensions (WxHxD, excluding protrusions): 3.47 in x 2.25 in. x 0.90 in. (88.2mm x 57.2mm x 22.9mm)
Weight: 5.5 oz (156g) with MSDuo card, NP-BG1 pack, and supplied Accessories
NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.

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