When we talk about mid range digital cameras then we obviously have to include the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 which is made targeting this specific niche of the market and is made to deliver maximum number of advantages to the users at an affordable price.
To start things off we are mentioning the technical aspects for your convenience and to put things in context for the review which follows
DETAILS AND MAIN TECH POINTS
- Camera Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.3 x 9.3 cm
- Camera Weight: 118 gm
- Screen Size:2.7 inches
- Optical Zoom: 8 X
- Video Resolution: 1280 X 720
- Sensor Resolution: 20.1 megapixels
- HAD CCD sensor with 32 X digital Zoom
A MODERN AND A THIN DESIGN
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 is a thin and a compact camera which is lightweight enough to easily be carried around in the pocket while travelling and can be handled easily due to its form factor.
The top of the device has an on/off button and the stretched oval shaped shutter button.The back panel has the zoom rocker buttons on the top right and the silver colored menu with 2.7 inch LCD display along with the silver colored trash button,menu button and the round navigation panel is situated and the right side has sliding switch which can be switched to change the shooting modes.
Aesthetics of the W830 are good and will fit perfectly in the hands of mostly everyone but people with large hands might have issues to getting used as the small buttons might get pressed accidentally,the device is mostly built out of plastic but does not feel cheap as the slight rounded edges and the top flat surface give it a stylish feel.
SATISFACTORY DISPLAY QUALITY
The 2.7 inch screen which is an 230 k dots clear photo display screen and does work well under many conditions whether it be on the inside or maybe outdoor under the sunlight and does fare well because it is actually an average quality display afterall.
A good feature included is the ability to be set to high quality display or the default quality display according to your needs and shooting modes which will improve the contrasts so you can click better photos and actually get to know the final result beforehand.
DECENT OPTICAL STABILIZATION AND LENS
It has a 8 x optical zoom and a 32 x digital zoom which perform really well with the HAD CCD Sensor which works well to give you a nice shooting experience and the inbuilt stabilization is pretty decent,The lens has an aperture range of f 3.3 closing to f 6.3 and does function pretty well.
Inbuilt image stabilization performs well on the W830 digital camera to reduce the blur and the images do come out crispy under low light also because of the flash which is built inside the camera.
The wide angle aspect of the lens is a major plus point and the shooting of panoramic shots is easy and the images turn out to be good and noise free.
NUMEROUS INBUILT FEATURES
The digital camera has multiple shooting modes and stabilizes the videos automatically whether it is on a tripod or in your hand.
The device can easily do facial recognition and also has the smile shutter to snap the photo quickly when the subject smiles.It can also set the exposure automatically and gives more control over the contrast and the shadows.
One can easily experiment with their videos or photos as Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 offers modes such as Soft skin, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Gourmet and Beach which are pretty neat and give functionality and also it has picture effects which can be used efficiently as well.
It shoots videos in 720p and has fine or standard modes to choose from while shooting them along with the sweep panorama feature is really outstanding.
A Quick Verdict to Complete the Review
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 is an well built and an exceptional camera with loads of features and a brilliant lens with which you will be able to shoot exceptional photos or capture a lot of videos on your trip or on a regular basis.
Good optical zoom and the nice stabilization and some really nice shooting modes are a nice addition and will surely make your camera experience really good on this digital camera.
Hence this well priced product does cover all the major details and the necessities of a decent camera and does prove itself as one of the best in the average compact camera category.