Sony Cyber-shot W80 Review
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
1/2.5" Sony Super HAD Type CCD
3072 x 2304
MPEG Movie VX (VGA 30fps movie mode with audio)
|File formats|| Still: JPEG
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
|Image stabilization||Super Steady Shot (optical image stabilization)|
|Digital zoom||Precision 2x, TTL 6x|
• Manual focus (presets)
|AF area modes||• 9-point Multi
• Center Spot
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| AF: 50cm
Macro: 4cm (wide) 35cm (tele)
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
|Exposure compensation||+/-2EV in 1/3EV stop increments|
|Exposure bracketing|| +/- 0.3EV
|Shutter speed|| Auto: 1/4-1/1600
|Aperture||• F2.8-8 (W)
• F5.2-14.8 (T)
|Scene modes|| Twilight
|White balance|| Auto
Fluorescent 1, 2, 3
|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|
Range: 0.2-3.3m (wide) 0.4-1.8m (tele)
|Viewfinder||Optical real image|
|LCD monitor|| 2.5-inch
HDMI (via optional cable)
|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)|
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