Sony announces DSC-W650, DSC-W620 and DSC-W610 budget compacts

Jan 10, 2012 at 01:00 GMT

Pre-CES: Sony has announced the DSC-W650, DSC-W620 and DSC-W610 entry-level company cameras. The DSC-W650 features a 16MP CCD sensor and 5x stabilized zoom lens that covers the 25-125mm equivalent range, it also features a 3.0" LCD. The W620 has a 14MP sensor, unstabilized 5x, 28-140mm equiv. lens and 2.7" LCD. The W610 has the same 14MP sensor and 2.7" screen but with a 4x, 26-104mm lens. All three offer the company's 360° Sweep Panorama mode, while the W650 and W620 also get 4 'Picture Effect' creative filters.

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Sony DSC-W610

Three New Entry-Level Compact Cameras Offer Enhanced Point and Shoot Flexibility

LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 9, 2012 – The newest additions to Sony’s Cyber-shot® line of point-and-shoot cameras deliver powerful new features for consumers, ranging from 360 Sweep Panorama™ and image stabilization technologies to creative picture effects. These new entry-level cameras pack high performance into a compact body, allowing users to take high-quality, creative photos with ease.

The stylish and compact new lineup include the DSC-W610, DSC-W620 and DSC-W650 models.

Small Cameras, Big Features

The compact DSC-W610, DSC-W620 and DSC-W650 cameras feature Sony’s new 360 Sweep Panorama™ mode.  Users can now capture beautiful, seamless 360 degree panoramic images of the entire surrounding landscape with one easy “press and sweep” motion.  Multiple images are automatically stitched together to create one stunning, detailed panoramic photo. 

Additionally, the “Intelligent Auto” mode allows the cameras to automatically optimize camera settings based on the external environment.  They analyze focus, lighting, subjects and more, selecting the appropriate scene mode to realize a clear, high-quality image output with ease.  Further, in order to reduce image blur often caused by camera shake and subject motion, the DSC-W610 and DSC-W620 cameras feature SteadyShot® image stabilization.  The DSC-W650 model offers enhanced Optical SteadyShot™ functionality and also boasts a 16.1 mega pixel Super HAD™ CCD image sensor.

The new DSC-W620 and W650 cameras also feature HD Movie mode (720p) as well as four “Picture Effect” options which can be used to create customized, artistic images.  The full list of effects includes Toy Camera, Partial Color, Pop Color and Soft High-key.

Product Specs, Pricing and Availability

The cameras and an expanded range of stylish accessories, including the new LCS-CS1, LCS-CS2, LCS-TWM and LCM-CSVH carrying cases, will be sold at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) as well as other authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network.  New camera specs are below:

The DSC-W610 camera will be available in silver, black, pink, green and blue later this month for approximately $110.  Features include:

The DSC-W620 camera will be available in silver, black and red this February for approximately $120. Features include:

The DSC-W650 camera will be available in silver, black and red this February for approximately $150. Features include:

Sony DSC-W650, DSC-W620 and DSC-W610 specifications

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620
Body type
Body typeCompact
Max resolution4608 x 34564320 x 3240
Other resolutions4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 10804320 x 2432, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels14 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors16 megapixels15 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ISOAuto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (2)No
Image stabilizationOpticalNo
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG 2.3
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–125 mm28–140 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF2.6 - F6.3F3.2 - F6.5
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYesYes (10x)
Manual focusNo
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size32.7
Screen dots230,400
Touch screenNo
Screen typeClear Photo TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed2 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1600 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Easy Shooting
  • Program Auto
  • Movie Mode
  • Panorama
  • Scene Selection
Scene modes
  • High Sensitivity
  • Night Scene
  • Night Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Soft Snap
  • Soft Skin
  • Beach
  • Snow
  • Pet Mode
  • Gourmet
  • Fireworks
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.70 m3.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous Shooting
  • Self-Timer
Continuous drive1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264Motion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage included27 MB28 MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-BN battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)220
Weight (inc. batteries)124 g (0.27 lb / 4.37 oz)116 g (0.26 lb / 4.09 oz)
Dimensions94 x 56 x 19 mm (3.7 x 2.2 x 0.75)98 x 56 x 20 mm (3.86 x 2.2 x 0.79)
Other features
Timelapse recordingNo

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