Announced at PMA in February 2007, the Cyber-shot W80 is one of three almost identical models that differ only in their pixel count (the range-topping W200 is 12MP, the W90 is 8MP and the W80 is 7MP). The W series has been gradually refined over the last few generations and now offers a more affordable alternative to the ultra-slim 'T' series whilst still offering a compact body, optical image stabilization and - new for these models - HDTV (1080i) output - albeit with an optional composite video cable or Cyber-shot Station dock. Also new to the W series is a new multi-point AF system and - of course - face detection AF/AE. Otherwise the spec is pretty standard ultra compact fare; 3x zoom, 2.5-inch screen and a claimed 340 shot battery capability. This is a crowded part of the market and Sony is one of the most successful players, and the W80 has proved very popular since it arrived in stores a few months ago. But is it any good? Let's find out, starting as usual with the headline features:

  • 1/2.5" CCD sensor, 7.2 million effective pixels
  • 3x Carl Zeiss branded optical zoom
  • 2.5" LCD screen
  • HDTV video output (requires optional cable or dock)
  • Super Steady Shot image stabilization
  • 4cm macro
  • ISO 80-3200
  • 7 Scene modes
  • 2.8 fps continuous shooting
  • Available in 4 colors (black, silver, white and pink)

Sony DSC-W80 specifications

Street price • US: $220
• UK: £150
Body Material Metal
Sensor

• 1/2.5" Sony Super HAD Type CCD
• 7.2 million effective pixels
• Bionz Processor

Image sizes

• 3072 x 2304
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 640 x 480
• 3072 x 2048 (3:2)
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Movie clips

• MPEG Movie VX (VGA 30fps movie mode with audio)
• MPEG VX Standard, 640x480, 16.6fps
• MPEG Presentation, 320x240, 8.3fps

File formats • Still: JPEG
• Movie: MPEG1
Lens

• Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
• 3x optical zoom
• 35-105mm (35mm equiv)
• F2.8-5.2

Image stabilization Super Steady Shot (optical image stabilization)
Conversion lenses no
Digital zoom Precision 2x, TTL 6x
Focus • Auto
• Macro
• Single
• Monitoring
• Manual focus (presets)
AF area modes • 9-point Multi
• Center
• Center Spot
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • AF: 50cm
• Macro: 4cm (wide) 35cm (tele)
Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center-weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
Exposure compensation +/-2EV in 1/3EV stop increments
Exposure bracketing • +/- 0.3EV
• +/- 0.7EV
• +/- 1.0EV
Shutter speed • Auto: 1/4-1/1600
• P: 1"-1/1600
Aperture • F2.8-8 (W)
• F5.2-14.8 (T)
Modes • Auto
• Program Auto
• Scene
• Movie
Scene modes • Twilight
• Twilight Portrait
• Landscape
• Beach
• Snow
• High Sensitivity
• Soft Snap
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent 1, 2, 3
• Incandescent
• Flash WB
White balance fine tune no
Self timer 2 or 10 sec
Continuous shooting 100 shots, 2.8fps, 7MP (max)
Image parameters Color modes: Natural, Vivid, Sepia, B&W
Flash • Auto
• On
• Slow synch
• Off
• Red-eye reduction
• Range: 0.2-3.3m (wide) 0.4-1.8m (tele)
Viewfinder Optical real image
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch
• 115,000 pixel
Connectivity • USB
• HDMI (via optional cable)
• AV w/multi-jack
Print compliance •PictBridge
• DPOF
Storage • Memory Stick / Pro Duo
• 31 MB card internal memory
Power • Lithium-ion battery NP-BG1
• BC-CSG Charger (included)
Weight (no battery) 124 g (4.4 oz)
Dimensions 91 x 58 x 22.9 mm (3 9/16 x 2 5/16 x 7/8 in)