Sony - DSC-W830 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera - Silver

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With Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, this 20.1-megapixel Sony DSC-W830 digital camera allows you to take crisp, blur-free pictures, even with shaky hands. The high-definition movie mode lets you preserve special moments in vibrant 720p resolution.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Sony DSC-W830 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Multi-USB cable, AC adapter
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1246 out of 1360)

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Features


20.1-megapixel, 1.7" Super HAD CCD sensor

Captures high-resolution images up to 5152 x 2896 pixels.

8x optical/up to 32x digital/up to 256x total zoom

Through a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens for precise zooming and accuracy.

2.7" LCD

Provides a clear view, so you can easily compose and review your shots.

High-definition movie mode

Allows you to record smooth, detailed video clips in 720p resolution.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

With Active mode reduces image blur caused by camera shake and vibration, so you can take crisp, steady shots. ISO up to 3200 for improved image capture in low-light conditions.

Scene modes

Include high sensitivity, soft snap, soft skin, landscape, night portrait, night scene, gourmet, beach, snow, fireworks and pet to accommodate various shooting scenarios. Sweep Panorama mode lets you capture expansive landscapes.

Burst mode

Allows you to capture up to 100 shots at 1 fps and 16.1MP resolution for dynamic, fast-action shooting. Face detection recognizes up to 8 faces, so you can take high-quality pictures of friends and family members.

Auto mode

Automatically optimizes camera settings for improved image capture in a wide range of shooting conditions.

White balance modes

Include auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent 1 (white), fluorescent 2 (natural white), fluorescent 3 (day white), incandescent, flash, one push and one push set to help achieve natural tones in various lighting conditions.

Advanced flash mode

Illuminates distant subjects, so you can take properly lit photos.

Built-in picture and beauty effects

Allow you to enhance your images by adjusting skin tone and text, whitening teeth and more.

Autofocus

Lets you focus as close as 2", so you can take up-close photos of subjects in clear, sharp detail.

Multicard slot

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


Customer rating

4.4
92%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

3.6

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony No Baloney

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

    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: 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: 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

    Awful Camera

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

    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

    Great point and shoot camera

    Posted
    Aaronxx7
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    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: 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

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overall pretty nice

    Posted
    SuperAcct
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.6 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 viewfinder, optics, exposure and sensor. Editors are less positive about shutter and have mixed opinions about focus. 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 83/100 = Very good quality.
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