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Sony DSC-W530
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Sony DSC-W530 Digital Camera

14.1MP 4x CCD 1/2.3" Sep 2013
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14 Reasons For

Good Brand

Sony is one of the better rated digital camera brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its compact camera digital cameras.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

Alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might want to look at include the Coolpix L120 ($225.00), or the Coolpix L320 both from Nikon which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on cameras that came out more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($225.00) (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Sony DSC-W800 ($88.00) (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon PowerShot N100 ($304.00) (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-W530 have digital zooms of between 1x and 810x. With a digital zoom of 8 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-W530 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Rollei Compactline 750 (12x), or the Sony DSC-WX50 ($142.97) (20x) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the DSC-W530 supports video recording.

Alternative cameras which support video recording currently available which you might also want to consider include the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($225.00), or the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which has better reviews.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The DSC-W530 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this camera.

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Has One Playback Mode

The DSC-W530 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently found playback mode is Single image, but this playback mode is not found on this camera. The playback modes slide show are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The Sony DSC-W530 has a greater number of image editing modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this Sony digital camera. The image editing modes rotating and trimming are also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Light

With a weight of only 97 grams, the DSC-W530 is one of the lighter compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years amongst cameras of this age. Compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 20g and 710g.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 97g cameras currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix JX500 which has better reviews.

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Very Thin

With a depth of only 19.3 millimeters, the DSC-W530 is one of the thinner cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DSC-W530 amongst digital cameras of this age. The thinnest digital camera of a comparable age and type to the DSC-W530 is 13mm deep, the thickest is 2,200mm, and the average depth is 38mm.

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Narrow

The DSC-W530 is quite narrow (only 92.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-W530. The widths of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 22mm to 470mm.

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Short

With a height of only 52.4 millimeters, the DSC-W530 is one of the shorter cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-W530 amongst digital cameras of this age. Comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have heights of between 16mm and 750mm, and the average height is 61mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age have a built-in flash, however the DSC-W530 does not have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash which you might also want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($225.00), or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony DSC-W530 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age do have an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($225.00) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-W530 the optical zooms range from 2x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. The Sony DSC-W530 has a quite small optical zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00) (4.6x and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-FS10 (5x and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix P310 ($350.00) (4.2x and higher rated).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The DSC-W530 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W530 also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Olympus Stylus SH-50 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-W530, the DSC-W530 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the DSC-W530 is not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS ($199.99), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P7700 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-W530, the DSC-W530 does not have a GPS.

There are a number of other cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to look at including the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony DSC-W530 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-W530 are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the DSC-W530 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of this type and age. The flash modes "Flash off", "pre-flash" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Very Low Maximum Playback Zoom

Cameras of this spec and age have maximum playback zooms of between 1x and 16x, and the average maximum playback zoom is 8.9x. With a maximum playback zoom of only 1 times zoom factor, the DSC-W530 has one of the lower maximum playback zooms amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The Sony DSC-W530 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W530. The image format "JPEG" is also supported by this camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-W530

Released Over Six Years Ago

Sony released the DSC-W530 over six years ago.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 14.1 megapixels, the Sony DSC-W530 has a relatively typical megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared all the other 14.1MP digital cameras to this camera and we think the Coolpix L120 ($225.00), and the Coolpix S1100 ($318.06) both from Nikon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Samsung WB200F ($201.97) (14.2MP), or the Canon IXUS 145 (16MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the DSC-W530 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W530.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon IXUS 135 is also worth considering.

If this camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Samsung WB50F ($183.99) (3"), or the Sony DSC-WX350 ($267.99) (3") which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Control
Flash
Flash Mode
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
Camera
White Balance Mode
Sharpness Level
Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Camera CCD Sensor
Digital SLR
Technical Details
Colour of Product

Expert Reviews

(13)
13 June 2011

Vario-Tessar, the image sensor boasts 14 megapixels, and the built-in stabilization is reassuring...

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530 may be relatively inexpensive as far as compact cameras from Sony are concerned, but we don't think it's good value. Its image quality is merely adequate, its shutter...

1 April 2011

The Sony Cybershot DSC W530 may not be weighed down with features, but it does what it sets out to do well. It is relatively inexpensive, takes a decent snapshot and is also easy to use. It is a...

22 March 2011

At a time when the same money will buy you a stabilised compact with a 720p video mode, it's hard to see why you might think of buying the Sony Cyber-shot W530, especially since its picture...

15 March 2011

À l'heure où d'autres proposent au même prix des appareils stabilisés filmant en 720p, on peine à imaginer une bonne raison d'acheter ce modèle à la qualité d'image décevante...

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User Reviews

(77)
Reviewed 30 December 2011 by David Glasgow
(Verified Purchase)

Fabulous camera I must say for £65 at time of purchase, was one of the very BEST Bargains I bought on Amazon in 7 years. I have to say it takes pictures VERY fast, seems to be all on AUTO mainly... Read more…

Reviewed 30 March 2011 by Bugsy

Ordered this camera and received it two days later. Very impressed with the quality of the pictures taken to test the camera. It seems well made, easy to use and can be carried in a shirt pocket... Read more…

Reviewed 13 August 2011 by Dr. Donna Green

I bought this camera with high hopes. I've been using it for about 10 months now and still don't really like it. Things I don't like: 1. You can't pick your own settings (it's all automatic!!! &... Read more…

Reviewed 21 April 2011 by Twisting-Charlie
(Verified Purchase)

We bought this for our daughter and collectively have owned several digital cameras over the years. This really is the business! She loved the size/colour/simplicity/quality....... These cameras... Read more…

Reviewed 2 August 2011 by Ms. C. A. Benn

Photo quality is excellent! i have had two sony cyber shots previously and this is by far the best! It takes photos quickly and has a good zoom. Easy to use and compact. The panoramic setting is... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

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