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Sony - DSC-W800 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black

This Sony DSC-W800 digital camera's 20.1-megapixel, 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD sensor enables you to shoot stunning photographs and 720p video footage. The 2.7" Clear Photo LCD lets you view stored content.

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    What's Included


    • Sony DSC-W800 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera
    • 3.6V lithium-ion battery (NP-BN)
    • AC adapter (AC-UB10C), USB cable
    • Wrist strap
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (644 out of 700)

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    Features


    20.1-megapixel, 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD sensor

    With an RGB primary color mosaic filter system captures high-resolution images up to 5152 x 3864 pixels.

    5x optical/10x digital/50x total zoom

    Through an f/3.2-6.4 lens with 5 aspheric elements for precise zooming and accuracy.

    2.7" Clear Photo LCD

    With 230,000 dots resolution, brightness control and a grid makes it easy to review images and videos.

    High-definition movie mode

    Lets you record 720p video footage at 30 fps in AVI (motion JPEG) format with MP3 audio. Also allows you to record footage with VGA (640 x 480) or QVGA (320 x 240) resolution at 30 fps.

    BIONZ processor

    Enables you to achieve sharp images.

    Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode

    Helps reduce the effects of camera shake and vibration to minimize blurring.

    0.52 fps (frames per second) continuous shooting

    Lets you capture up to 100 shots in rapid succession. Burst mode allows you to capture up to 100 shots at approximately 1 fps.

    Face detection

    Tracks up to 8 faces to help bring subjects into clear view. Smile Shutter technology and blink detection ensure optimal results.

    Scene modes

    Include high-sensitivity, night scene, night portrait, landscape, portrait, beach, snow, gourmet and pet for versatility.

    White balance modes

    Include auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent 1, fluorescent 2, fluorescent 3, incandescent and flash for shooting in a variety of lighting conditions. Also features ISO up to 3200.

    Flash

    With auto, on, slow synchro, off and advanced flash modes lets you add light to your shots when necessary.

    Autofocus modes

    Include multipoint, center-weighted, tracking and face tracking to ensure scenes remain clearly visible.

    Card reader

    Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC and Memory Stick PRO Duo formats (cards not included). Also supports Memory Stick Micro and microSD formats with adapters (not included).


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 700 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Mini Camera With Mini Price

      Posted
      AlanInHouston
      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      Folks with an Apple iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy 5 have a good camera in their pockets. For those of us whose phone has a crummy camera, the W800 provides a pocket sized camera at a very low price. The W800 has three auto modes but takes its best photos in program mode with the ISO locked to 200. That mode enables you to adjust exposure to make a photo brighter or darker and boost ISO to 400 for flash photos and get faster shutter speeds for photos of sports, kids, pets and other fast moving subjects. Sony uses a two stage shutter button. Press it slightly to focus. A steady green light shows focus is locked. Then press further to release the shutter. The folks who complain about blurred photos should practice the two step shutter release and practice holding the camera rock steady when pressing the shutter. Outdoor photos in bright sunlight are excellent and photos in deep shade are adequate. You can take good closeups of flowers outdoors from a foot away but you need to set ISO at 200 and use a tripod or support to keep the camera very still for sharp results. The optical zoom lets you use a wide angle view to cover a large area and then zoom in for a much closer view. The one page of instructions gets you started. Press on the menu button and then practice the dozens of special modes and settings until you fully understand all of the options the W800 offers. The W800 is the smallest and lightest camera with an optical zoom lens in its price range. It matches the quality of the iPhone camera at a much lower price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi AlanInHouston, thanks for the very informative feedback on the camera. Would surely help other users. Glad you like it. Thanks_Mitch Sonystyle

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Size is a plus, but flash position is a minus.

      Posted
      MoVa
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Bought this camera to carry in my work bag and snap photos when the opportunity presents itself. My DSLR is wonderful, but just too large to carry around for occasional photos through the day. My phone camera is very convenient, but not very good at night shots. This camera is the perfect combination of both extremes. At 4 inches by 2.5 inches, it's small size is a definite plus. Slips into my work bag pocket without picking up a lot of space. I carry it easily in my shirt front pocket or pants pockets and hardly know it's there. Photos aren't DSRL quality, but that's expected with a camera this size and price range (though it's better than my phone camera with night shots). The only negative is the flash is situated in an awkward position in the front and my middle finger blocks the flash sometimes. Holding the camera one handed (in your right hand), most people put their thumbs on the back, index finger on the shutter button, and their other finger curl around the front and side of the camera. The problem is your fingers sometimes get in the way of the flash and your photo is only half lit or not lit at all. Use this camera with two hands and you should be okay.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Love the rechargability, hate the photos

      Posted
      OccasionalBuyer
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought and kept this camera because it is rechargeable. That part is great and I love it. But I have yet to find a way to take photos I actually like. My old camera, a Canon, with way less capability, took nice clear, crisp photos with no adjustments whatsoever on my part. If it didn't finally break, I'd still be using it, despite the batter-eating. But every photos this camera takes is just not crisp. I like to photo my garden to keep track of what bloomed when, and it does that, as far as being able to identify what the flower is, but distance shots are the worst. And I'm only talking maybe 20 feet away. They're just not nearly as clear as my old camera. I will continue to experiment with different settings, but I shouldn't have to. Like I said, my old 10 megapixel Canon, probably 7 years old, took great shots with no adjusting on my part at all! I could clearly see every leaf on every plant. This camera makes foliage look like a haze of green many times. I am VERY disappointed, and can't recommend it at all, unless you just want that one good feature, being able to recharge the battery from your computer or a wall plug. (Easiest to do it from PC when I upload photos.)

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The perfect camera for traveling

      Posted
      cavscout1991

      My wife and I own a Nikon DSLR, but I recently received a promotion at my job that involves me traveling all over the country, so I wanted something much more portable to be able to take with me to take pictures on my trips. I didn't want to fill up my iPhone with a ton of pictures, so I started researching small, reasonably priced point and shoot digital cameras. Sony came very highly recommended by some friends of ours who are photography enthusiasts. They actually advised me to avoid Canon point and shoots (which I was originally looking at) as they apparently have a lot of problems. I ended up purchasing this Sony Cybershot DSC-W800 and I have not been disappointed. The price was right and it's exactly the size I was looking for. It fits right in your pocket. This camera takes very high quality photos and produces beautiful 720p HD video. Even my wife, who is an avid DSLR user, loves it. I highly recommend this camera!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Nice settings for a basic Point & Shoot

      Posted
      Paul
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Unfortunately, this camera feels uncomfortably small in my hands. For an inexpensive camera it has a good menu selection for various photographic compositions. Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night Scene, High Sensitivity (for low-light and no flash), Gourmer--for food pix, Pet, Beach--for waterside scenes, and Snow--for very bright scenes. It also offers a steady shot mode. This camera is even equipped with facial recognition. All these features 10 years ago would have cost a bundle, now they're packed into this (too) tiny package. This camera proves that these days you don't need to pay a lot to get good features in a basic camera. It's small enough to drop in your pocket for a quick go-anywhere camera. Decent resolution, nice settings, and reasonable shutter lag make this a handy grab-and-go camera that isn't going to hog your pocket or break the bank. Now, if I just had smaller hands...

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi Paul, Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We will forward your information to the proper department. Thank you for your feedback. Dave Sonystyle

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Compact, versatile

      Posted
      JimMc
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I purchased this as a small, quick camera. I was hooked by the ISO 3200 setting, which allows me to take pictures in concert settings without a flash. It still requires a steady hand, but my cellphones were never able to produce any good photos in those low-light settings. Minor annoyances on first use: Don't try to remove what looks like a paper coating on the lens. It belongs there to protect the lens cover. Also, the battery can be inserted the wrong way or the right way. Double-check the contacts to make sure you get it right. These are only first-time problems. I got a great price on this camera at Best Buy, and it is so tiny that it has become my go-to camera when I don't want to haul around a large SLR. Picture quality is excellent, and you can go full auto or manually set everything. It holds your manual settings even if you power "off." It uses SD cards, which are affordable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I like the camera...

      Posted
      Steventhestephanos
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      I like Sony's approach to a digital camera. It is easy to shift from still mode to movie mode. But unlike previous versions of this camera, once in movie mode, the owner cannot go to zoom; the viewer has to first zoom in, than start the movie mode--and cannot zoom out. But on the whole, for the price it is a great camera, a flexible camera. People say pixel size doesn't matter. I have low pixel cameras, and taking a distance picture makes for an impressionistic photo; a larger pixel camera seems to give greater clarity to those distance shots. And when you live in a place like San Francisco which has great scenic views--clarity of pictures is a must. This camera is more than adequate tot it's task. There is also a handy dandy recharger for the battery which is really helpful.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A solid point and shoot camera for a decent price.

      Posted
      DirkRexington
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a nice dedicated point and shoot camera for under $100 (got mine on sale for $45). It has a decent amount of options for allowing decent control over exposure while still having automatic options for in-the-moment shots. It is a 20 megapixel camera but it's a bit wasted as the lens really doesn't pick up the detail to justify that size in most cases. I have an older 5 mpx camera with a terrific lens that picks up detail much better. Thankfully you can easily adjust the memory size of each picture. All in all if you need something small to get the job done and you want a dedicated camera this not a bad purchase for the price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about optics, sensor, portability and design. Editors are less positive about energy and control panel and have mixed opinions about viewfinder. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 80/100 = Very good quality.
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