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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 1478 reviews

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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony No Baloney

    Posted
    TuscayMan
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    Many years ago I purchased my first Sony Point and Shoot camera. I still have it today and it takes great pictures and video. Then I was shopping at Best Buy and much to my amazement there in front of my eyes was a Sony Camera that looked like my old one, only with better specifications. I didn't need a new camera, as I already own several cameras, but I decided to give it a try. I ordered it and received it the same day, boy Best Buy ships faster than they used to. It arrived in a very small box (Like a Tiny-Box). I removed it from the box and there was this Tiny-Sony Silver Camera waiting for me to use it. I pooped it out of it's temporary cardboard home, read the instructions, slipped in the battery and the memory card. Turned it on and started snapping pictures for the next few hours. Well let me tell you the pictures and the videos look fantastic for such a small camera. It has a very simple on-camera control, but I needed to use it for a while before I could know all it's settings. To wrap up my review the Sony DSC W830 20.1 Megapixel Digital Camera takes nice-and-sharp pictures and videos for the price. You can take it with you anywhere you go, because of it's small size. On the other hand nowadays many high-end Smartphones have the high Megapixels, so some people may not want to use a second camera when they are out and about town. Although there are many advantages or taking a second camera with you. With the Sony you will have better control over picture settings and that could make-or-break your picture quality. Even though I own several professional SLR Cameras and a couple of Point and Shoot cameras I still want to keep my DSC W830 20.1 Megapixel Digital Camera. Enough said.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great internet marketing tool

    Posted
    Rayneday3
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    I am on my 3rd Sony camera of this model in 10 years. I shoot 100's of vehicle photos daily to post online for a Vehicle dealerships websites. I work this little camera hard shooting outside and inside close-ups in VGA mode, but sometimes in high resolution mode for car shows and portraits which are excellent quality . I can shoot a few hundred pictures on a single battery charge, then I remove the battery for recharge & memory card to download to my PC for editing and Website posting. Sometimes, I go out to shoot photos, without realizing that the memory card is still in my office. Not to worry. This camera model has internal memory which allows me to shoot without a memory card if i use the charging cord with USB to copy photos to my PC. Afterwards the photos on the camera must be deleted by the camera. It's lightweight, and the Zeiss lens makes the photos crisp and clear. I specifically chose this camera for its Zeiss lens. It makes a big difference. My only issues with this camera, are my inability to force the flash to fire inside vehicles in certain shots, but I have learned how to get the flash active in most needed shots by where I focus my shots. The other thing is the Flash memory card which has caused me to retire 3 cameras when the card no longer slides easily into it's slot. I would be very careful when reinserting the memory card to prevent damage, but camera can be charged and downloaded without removing battery or flash card if you use the USB cord. It's a great little camera that I would highly recommend for most general applications.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Only Slightly Pleased

    Posted
    SFBnTX

    I bought this for my trip abroad. I wanted something that was compact but had some of the features of my DSLR. It served that purpose well, but my rating considers beyond the simple point and shoot application. There are half dozen scene selection modes that I assume take care of the ISO, aperture settings, white balance, etc. Since there is no manual, that's a guess. If one wants to get max use of the features of the camera, it is suggested that you download a manual from the net. I did not have to load any special Sony software to download the pix. Plug and play as it were. The menu allows you to make some manual adjustments but that's time consuming since you have to hunt for them from the many menu screens. The telephoto worked as advertised; especially, with the image stabilization. But the farther one shoots the less crisp the photo is. There are some annoying features. It takes too long to get from one shot to the next. The on/off button has to have some finger pressure on for it to work. That is way overboard for the prevention of accidentally turning it on. The shutter button is rectangular instead of the standard round one and it's flush with the case which makes for having to hunt for it. Although the lighting and color balance was really good, many of my shots at 400 ISO and a few at 200 were not crisp. I had to sharpen them with photo software. I took one video that was just OK quality but then it's 720p. For what you get for the price, it's a good little camera if you just want point and shot on auto or just stick with the normal scene selection modes.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Awful Camera

    Posted
    Courtney
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    I bought this camera a little over a year ago after I dropped and cracked my previous Sony Cybershot. When I bought it, I didn't even look at other cameras: I had already owned three Sony Cybershots over the span SEVERAL years, and they had all been AMAZING cameras! Extremely high resolution, crystal clear focus, great auto exposure, reliability, wide range of modes, etc. I trusted that the new camera would be just as high quality as the past three I had owned. I was wrong. This "update" of the Sony Cybershot is extremely downgraded from all that Sony Cybershot meant to me. The resolution is grainy, the focus is awful, and the exposure is terrible. I end up with a bunch of blurry, grainy pictures that look like I shot them with a low-end smart phone. At first, I thought I just had to give myself time to adjust to it and I'd eventually be shooting high quality pictures again, but that never happened and the 15 day window to return had lapsed by the time I figured out it was actually just an awful camera. Over the course of a year, I went from constantly taking pictures that captured treasured moments to just letting my camera sit on a shelf. Disappointing to say the least.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good point and shoot camera

    Posted
    dugb2

    I have two Sony DSLR Alpha Series cameras. Wanted a camera that I could carry all of the time. Evaluated Sony, Canon and Nikon in this price range. Sony had the same specifications as the other two, but a few things they didn't. This is my second W-380. The first one took terrible pictures. Best Buy exchanged it for another and I'm satisfied with the results. Other reviews on the Canon and Nikon showed the same results, hit and miss. As there is no shutter speed adjustment, photos of moving subjects is poor. Photos of my grandson are impossible. By the time slow focusing and shutter lag take place, he isn't there. It's great for still life/scenes as there are a multitude of manual settings to use. You can charge it using a PC or any portable phone charger which is very nice. After setup, you can use it right out of the box on 'Intelligent Auto'.Or use the 'Program' mode for different settings. Would I buy it again ? Yes....... Good camera with limitations.... Pro: Light weight, easy to use after set up, charge from PC or phone charger, quick to start, adequate battery life, tripod mount. Con: Terrible shutter lag, slow to focus, NOT to be used on a moving subject except in movie mode as there is no shutter speed adjustment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    So Disappointed

    Posted
    Courtney
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    I was incredibly disappointed by this camera. Sony Cybershots have always been my camera of choice. Nothing fancy, just the base model, but that's always been more than enough to take beautiful pictures that captured my most treasured moments. So when I bought the newest model, I was confused and disappointed by the results. At first, I was sure I was just doing something wrong, but after a couple weeks, then months, I realized that Sony has just cheapened the camera that I loved so much. The focus is shaky, the resolution is grainy, the way it takes in light is funky. It is very hard to take a clear picture with this thing. I bought the three year warranty, but returns are only allowed within the first 15 days, so I'm stuck with a disappointing $120 camera that just sits in my drawer because my phone takes better pictures. I would LOVE to go back to an older model of the Cybershot, but they're not available. So if you, too, are a Cybershot lover, be warned that this camera does not hold the standard of past Cybershot cameras.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK for the price

    Posted
    Mike
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    I purchased this camera because I was having a baby and wanted better quality pictures than a phone camera can produce. I didn't research any cameras prior to buying it. I was actually at Best Buy getting something else and figured, while I was there, why not. The cameras are all displayed but a lot of them you can't take pictures to test them out, which looking back, is slightly annoying. What I was looking for was an inexpensive point and shoot that was small enough to fit in my pocket and produced good pictures. Well the size part was a win. I love the size of the camera. It can easily be placed in my pocket and is not uncomfortable. I can bring this camera around everywhere with me. This was a win. The camera was 20.1 mp so I assumed it would be great. My conclusion (without having any actually printed yet) is that a lot of my pictures come out blurry, no matter what setting I use, and I have pretty much used them all. One of them and I ended up looking better. Another problem I had with the camera is the red eye. You can turn on the red eye reduction, but it still shows up. You would think in 2015 that they would have figured out how to completely eliminate this. My final issue is how long it takes to take the picture. You push the button and you wait several second...often missing the moment. I would not recommend this camera to anyone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Actually it has a 5-MPixel quality.

    Posted
    ProfTech
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    Title: Actually it has a 5-MPixel quality. Actually the Sony DSC-W830 camera has its best quality at 5 MPixel, instead of 20 MP. I bought one (serial number = 1384720) and tested it with every mode in every possible illumination. I took photos, transfered them into my computer, then checked the photos at zoom 1:1 on the computer. I saw every 20-MP 4:3 photo has its every pixel in a 2pixel * 2pixel blur, also the global blurs is exactly a kind of noise. And 5-MP 4:3 photos are in the best quality: every pixel is effective, not blurred with neighboring pixels. That means the effective resolution is not 20MP but 5MP. Even in the best mode (5-MP 4:3), the photos are worse than those made by by Samsung tablet 8-MP CMOS camera, though W830 has a good night scene mode which the Samsung tablet camera doesn't have. I am going to return this item, though it has a better photo quality than Nikon S3700 which I also checked and returned. S3700's Wifi connection is useless for my Debian Linux systems. S3700 Wifi connection needs Nikon's own Android or Apple app, and only works as a hot-spot device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi ProfTech, thanks for sharing a great review of the camera. We appreciate the tests you did, although we're saddened that you had to return it. _Mitch Sonystyle

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great point and shoot camera

    Posted
    Aaronxx7
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    I've had this camera for about a month. The camera is great at assessing the right settings for very easy picture taking. Most of my pictures come out very crisp and clear. I do however end up with some blurry shots while trying to take action shots in normal mode. There are several shot types or "scene's" you can pick from, but there is no "sports" or "action" scene, the best I've seen on the camera was a "pet" scene. My only other complaint is about the photo review on the lcd screen directly after taking a photo. There are no options to change this. On other camera's I've been able to shorten the review time or even stop the picture review from happening, so that you can take more pictures at a faster pace. The camera does have a burst mode but no flash in that mode. So it's a little slower to me, at taking several pictures in a row. The smile detection is a great feature, but a little sensitive some times. But for most normal scene's, the camera puts out really good pictures very easily.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Camera died after one week

    Posted
    Praveen
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    I gifted this camera to my 12 year old son. He carried this camera for a school camping trip. He said he took pictures with wet hands while playing in the pool. It just stopped powering on after that. He was so upset that he couldn't take any more pictures during the camping. I tried to return the camera at best buy on 17th day from the purchase date because we went on vacation right after my kid's camping and didn't know the 15 days best buy return policy. Best buy asked me to contact Sony as part of warranty agreement. Sony asked me to ship it to their repair center. They returned the camera saying it is unrepairable. Sony has the worst customer service. I spent shipping charges for the product in warrant and they can't give me explanation of why it isn't repairable and on top of it, they ask me to resend the camera so they can look at it again but with my shipping charges. I talked to manager who says sorry but he can;t help me. Finally I gave up. Overall I have had bitter buying experience with Sony products. I will never buy any Sony products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Praveen, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We’re sorry to hear about what happened to your Cybershot. Please allow us to re-evaluate your concern. You can contact us at socialsupport@am.sony.com and send the following information:
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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overall pretty nice

    Posted
    SuperAcct
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    I bought this camera to replace my other Sony camera that was similar. The previous camera was having focus issues and it was only 3.5 years old. This camera was at a good price at $90 and has similar features so no big learning curve, but I hope it will last longer. I have not used it much yet. The only issues that I have seen so far, first, when I access the images after taking them, the camera takes about 5-8 seconds before it can show the picture. This is a lot longer than my older camera, not sure why. Second the pictures that I have taken indoors with the flash and even standing 10 feet away are so washed out, that I turned off the flash and then it took better pictures. Not sure if this is my problem or the camera's. Have not tried outdoor pictures yet. Hopefully this will be a decent camera. I like that it is small and can fit in my purse and I like the ease of transferring the pictures to my computer quickly. Because of the 2 issues mentioned I am giving it 3 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good enough for beginners

    Posted
    Hollywood
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    I brought this for my sister for her birthday since her old one wasn't that great anymore. She has children, so she's always taking picture for all kinds of events. The size is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse and it's easy to use. The picture quality is good if from a normal distance, but not that great from afar even with the zoom. Maybe we still need more time to figure it out since I gave it to her a month ago. Pictures in low light areas were so and so, depending on how low the light is. It still a good camera just not for professional looking pictures that I think requires a more expensive camera. If you're just looking for a camera to just take pictures now and then and every little detail doesn't matter then I would recommend this camera. If you're a parent that needs to capture that special moment then I would recommend a different camera like Samsung Smart camera which is bigger but the pictures look great and so does the video. I will more likely invest in that one to give to my sister for Christmas.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Camera doesn't zoom properly

    Posted
    ws19
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    I bought this camera to replace my last Sony CyberShot which mysteriously got a spot on its lens. I have had two prior generation CyberShots that I loved but this one does not live up! My issue with it is that it freezes up when trying to zoom in and out. I finally figured out that it is constantly adjusting the auto focus which prohibits the zoom function from working and the only solution was to either wait a really long time for autofocus to stop adjusting or to point it to the ground on something that if could easily focus on so it would stop - very frustrating and not condusive to taking pictures on the fly while on my recent trip to Spain - many pictures were missed while I was waiting for the camera. I will be returning this camera and looking at other brands. Its too bad Sony did not live up to its legacy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    nice for the price

    Posted
    bfly
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    My several year old Sony started having problems after tens of thousands of very good pictures. I also had a Sony for many years before that is still working but old tech. and larger. I wanted a small point and shoot camera and this one seemed to fit my needs except no optical viewfinder, but that seems to be something in the past. It is a bit smaller than my previous, perhaps a bit too small, but I want it to slip in my pocket. It has a Zeiss lens as the previous and seems to take good pictures for what it is. I was skeptical at its very low price, much cheaper than my previous, but comparing to other brands and Sonys at higher prices did not show me more value, mostly more features that I did not want. I KNOW, some want more and perhaps may get better pictures (?) but this does fine for my need as a point and shoot. For professional quality pictures get a bulky DSLR at a much higher price. I also like that this one still takes my MEMORYSTICK media as well as SD and other.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good camera for the price.

    Posted
    Tallyho
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    I bought this camera for my daughter to take on her trip to Spain. It takes great picture and does well in low light situations. I was looking for the highest optical zoom, highest MP and compact camera for the price. I also liked that the zoom button is on the back side operated buy your thumb and not wrapped around the picture button on the top like some other cameras. The only thing we don't like is the shutter speed is slow. It has blurry pictures with action shots and is delayed so you may miss the shot you actually want. I had read this in the reviews prior to buying it. All of the cameras in this catagory seem to have the same issue. I have not tried all of the features but it looks like it will serve its purpose.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tiny, but nice size for travel

    Posted
    Veronica
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    Bought this for an upcoming trip to DC. Needed something smaller that took good pictures as my phone is terrible and my regular camera is big and bulky. So far I like it. Takes a nice, smooth video. Shutter speed good. It is very tiny so if you have large hands it may be a bit awkward to hold and use. Have used it to take pictures of backyard birds, my dogs, and niece and nephew. Seems to take good action shots. Haven't used it for a long, continuous time so can't say much about battery life yet. Can't wait to use it in DC! *Side note, tried to upload some of my better action shots but since they were over 5mb, the site wouldn't let me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good value for the price

    Posted
    lisuarte
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    The specs (20 megapixels, an equivalent range of 25 to 240 mm) are impressive, but this is still a pocket camera with a very small sensor, so there are limits to the achievable image quality. The pictures can be overly contrasty and sometimes grainy (under low light), and the camera is not totally immune to shaking. Still, under good conditions the results for the price are impressive, with fine detail and rich color. The on/off and shutter buttons seem annoyingly small at the beginning but are OK after getting used to them. Overall this is handy carry-along camera. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Piece of junk

    Posted
    auroramx
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    I read reviews of this camera and several others before selecting this camera for my daughter for a Christmas present. My other daughter has a similar style camera (different brand, but similar size and specs) and felt very confident when I purchased this item. This camera is junk. When you click the on/off button and the lens extends, it's grinds and makes a terrible noise. The lens fogs up and pictures turn out blurry. My daughter has had some very nice photo opps only for the pictures to turn out poorly. :( I wish I had gone with the cheaper camera that my other daughter has--we've never had any issues and the pictures turn out great. Save your money on this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi auroramx, We regret to hear that. We value your feedback and we will be forwarding this to the proper department as we always place a very high value on feedback from our customers because it allows us to continue to improve. -Jerome sony_US

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It works. Sort of. Sometimes.

    Posted
    Sanction88
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    This thing is a cheap, tiny, toy. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I just wanted/needed a simple to use digital camera to use when posting pics. to sell stuff on eBay & CL, so I went with the 2nd cheapest one BB had (at around $150!!!). They were out of stock on the cheapest one they sold. I got it home, and then was forced to do an insane amount of updates to my computer just in order to use this thing. 8 hrs. later, it worked. Sort of. Sometimes. And sometimes not. I can't in good conscience recommend this adorable little piece of junk to anyone, but hey, when it works, it's nice. I guess you get what you pay for, although $150 to me is quite a lot of money. If it's not to you, rock on.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good camera for the price

    Posted
    ds442
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    This camera takes great pictures. Very easy to use and has good features. Good video too. The only thing I don't like about it is when fully zoomed the pics aren't that great. For the money it is a good camera. This is a cropped pic I took with it fully zoomed. Its a little more blurry because it's cropped. The max file size is 5md this camera takes 7 mb pics. So I can't upload a good pic. The rabbit is cropped as well. Not sure if it was fully zoomed but it looks much better.

    I would recommend this to a friend