Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera, 16.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD Sensor, 10x Optical Zoom, 3.0" LCD, Silver

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About Sony DSC-W690

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Silver) is a super-compact point-and-shoot with more under the hood than meets the eye. This sleek little number is host to a 16.1 MP image sensor, a 3.0" LCD screen, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, 10x optical zoom and more. In addition to capturing stills, the W690 also records 720p HD video. A bevy of auto functions also come in handy by taking the guesswork out of image making. Functions like iSCN, Natural Flash, Picture Effect and more do all the hard work while you enjoy the memory in-progress.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(5)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Compact (3),Easy to use (3),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Good image quality (3),Good in low light (3),Image stabilization (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (3)

Sony DSC-W690 Features

  • Compact camera with 10x zoom: The Sony 10x optical zoom G lens brings distant subjects super close for great outdoors, sports and travel photos. The compact size makes it easy to take with you in a pocket, purse, or backpack
  • 720p MP4 HD Movie Mode: In 720p MP4 movie mode the camera shoots 1280 x 720 high definition movies at 30 fps, a standard format when working with a PC. Users will create high quality movies with full use of optical zoom in files small enough to transfer to compatible PC or Mac computer
  • Sweep Panorama mode (up to 360deg): Reach beyond the traditional wide angle lens and capture more breathtaking shots with Sweep Panorama mode. Available in wide and up to 360deg full circle, the camera can take a variety of panoramic shots. Now capturing wide landscapes is as easy as press and sweep
  • 16.1 Megapixel Super HAD CCD Image Sensor: A powerful 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD image sensor helps you capture gorgeous images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail
  • 3.0" Clear Photo LCD display: Large 3.0" (230K dots) Clear Photo LCD display features sharp, natural color that makes it easy to compose shots, read menus and view photos, even in bright sunlight
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality
  • Picture Effect: Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select camera models have up to nine different effects. See camera specs for details
  • Intelligent Auto Mode: Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, faces & adjusts settings resulting in clear images, faces with natural skin tone and less blur. Take advantage of all the technology without leaving Auto mode
  • Face Detection technology: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends
  • Smile Shutter technology: Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity
  • Anti-blink Function: The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting
  • Soft Skin mode: Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot
  • Intelligent Scene Recognition mode: Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced
  • Natural Flash: Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash controls the white balance of both the background and main subjects
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer: Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) Standard and Plus uses a sophisticated algorithm to help recover shadows and highlights. The result is more natural images with clearer details that more closely match what your naked eye sees
  • Self-Portrait Timer: Self-Portrait Timer helps take the guesswork out of self-portraits by utilizing Face Detection technology to recognize when your face enters the frame. Once the camera detects your face, it triggers a 2-second timer and then snaps a picture

Sony DSC-W690 Specifications

Imaging Sensor
1/2.3" Super HAD CCD Sensor
Processor
BIONZ
Pixel Gross
16.4MP
Effective Picture Resolution
16.1MP
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Media Type
optional "Memory Stick Duo" (No movie recording), optional "Memory Stick PRO Duo" (Mark 2 only for movie recording), optional "Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo", optional SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
Still Image Mode
JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
Approx. 16.1 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9
12M (4,608 x 2,592) / 2M (1,920 x 1,080)
Still Image Size 4:3
16M (4,608 x 3,456) / 10M (3,648 x 2,736) / 5M (2,592 x 1,944) / VGA
Panorama Still Image Size
7,152 x 1,080 (235deg) / 4,912 x 1,080 (161deg) / 4,912 x 1,920 (161deg) / 3,424 x 1,920 (112deg)
Video Mode
1280x720(Fine)(1,280x720/30fps)/1280x720(Standard)(1,280x720/30fps)/VGA(640x480/30fps)
Audio Format
MP3
Microphone/Speaker
Mono / Mono
Lens Type
Sony G
Aperture
f 3.3-5.9
Optical Zoom
5x
Digital Zoom
40x
Smart Zoom Technology
10M: Approx.12x / 5M: Approx.17x / VGA: Approx.72x / 2M: (16:9) Approx.24x)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Still 16:9: 27.5-275mm / Still 4:3: 25-250mm / Movie 16:9: 27.5-275mm(SteadyShot Standard), 27.5-385mm(SteadyShot Active) / Movie 4:3: 33.5-335mm(SteadyShot Standard), 33.5-469mm(SteadyShot Active)
Lens Construction
9 elements in 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
Minimum Focus Distance
iAuto:AF(W:Approx.5cm(0.16') to Infinity, T:Approx.150cm(4.92') to Infinity) / Program Auto:AF(W:Approx.5cm(0.16') to Infinity, T:Approx.150cm(4.92') to Infinity)
Aspheric Elements
3
Steady Shot Mode
Active: Yes
Metering Modes
Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Exposure Compensation
Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
Scene Mode(s)
High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet mode
D-Range Optimizer
Standard / Plus / Off
ISO
Auto / 80/ 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
White Balance Mode
Auto (Intelligent) / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push
LCD Type
2.7" LCD Clear Photo LCD (230K dots)
Brightness Control
Normal / Bright / Auto Bright
Grid Display
Yes (Off / On)
AF Modes
Multi Point AF /Center Weighted AF / Spot AF / Tracking Focus / Face Tracking Focus
AF Illuminator
Auto / Off
Red-Eye Reduction
Auto / On / Off
Erase/Protect
Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder, Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder
Power Save Mode
Standard / Max / Off
Self-timer
Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
Shutter Speeds
Auto (2" - 1/1600) / Program Auto (1" - 1/1600)
Burst Mode
Approx 1 fps at 16.1MP (Maximum 100 shots)
Flash Modes
Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off
Flash Coverage
ISO Auto: Approx. 0.2-Approx. 3.7m (Approx. 0.66'- Approx. 12.1') (W) / Approx. 1.0-Approx. 1.5m (Approx. 3.28'- Approx. 4.92') (T), ISO3200: Up to Approx. 7.3m (Approx. 24.0') (W) / Up to Approx. 3.1m (Approx. 10.2') (T)
Sweep Panorama
Sweep Panorama / Sweep Panorama (360)
Face Detection
8 Faces (Auto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority / Key Selected Face Memory)
Smile Shutter technology
Yes
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode Image Stabilization
In-Camera Editing
Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking
Intelligent Auto
Yes
Shooting Tips
Yes
Tracking Focus
Off / Auto
Blink Detection
Yes
Picture Effects
Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial color / Soft High-key
Memory Card Slot
MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible
SD Output
4:3
HD Output
Composite
USB Port(s)
Multi (AV/USB), Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
Battery Type
LITHIUM ION NP-BN 3.6V
Battery Capacity
Typical: 2.3Wh (630mAh), minimum: 2.2Wh (600mAh)
Number of Still Images
220
Power Consumption (in Operation)
Approx. 1.1W
Power Requirements
AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 2W
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3-3/4" x 2-1/4" x 7/8" (94.3mm x 56.1mm x 21.7mm)
Weight
5.0 oz (142g)
Main unit only: 4.4 oz (124g)
Mfr #
DSC-W690
SKU
ISODSCW690

Sony DSC-W690 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.4

(based on 5 reviews)

66%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great, reliable camera!!!

I have used this camera at a special party where there was a live play. It got every shot with precision and clarity. I enjoy this camera very much!

Reviewed by 5 customers

 
4.0

Love it

By

from Milford, Pa  -  Casual Photographer

It's an easy camera to use...still haven't gotten the panorama feature to work well, but I know it's user error.

 
5.0

Great, reliable camera!!!

By

from Rosedale, NY  -  Casual Photographer

I have used this camera at a special party where there was a live play. It got every shot with precision and clarity. I enjoy this camera very much!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor Product for Sony to sell as a camera

By

from Florida

I wouldn't recommend this camera to my enemies. This is how bad this camera is made. Hate this product, a do not buy.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not What I was Expecting

By

from Ohio

I replaced a Sony dsc-H55 that they no longer make because it went bad in 2 years, with this w-690. I take pictures of homes and E-mail them. I use VGA in order to keep E-mail size small. The VGA pictures on this camera were very poor compared to the VGA quality that was on the h-55. I have since sent it back and upgraded to a H-90 hoping this will have better quality VGA pictures.

 
5.0

i would buy again

By

from akron,ohio  -  Casual Photographer

great

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Shopper  Does it use rechargeable batteries only or can you plug it in to charge. Will it take regular batteries also?
DEAN B  The only batteries available are of the rechargeable variety. The camera will not plug into the wall for recharging and the battery has to be removed before it can be recharged. The battery recharger does plug directly into the wall without the need for a cord.
Whit M  Is this camera really 10x optical zoom or is it only 5x? Also, what year is this camera?
MARK C  Yes, it is 10X optical zoom. Don't know the year, but it is not recent, since Sony no longer sells it on their web site.
Shopper  Does it use rechargeable batteries only or can you plug it in to charge. Will it take regular batteries also?
DEAN B  The only batteries available are of the rechargeable variety. The camera will not plug into the wall for recharging and the battery has to be removed before it can be recharged. The battery recharger does plug directly into the wall without the need for a cord.
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