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34 Reasons For

One Industry Award

Camera Labs endorse this compact camera digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including Camera Labs, Digital Versus, Chip.de and Les Numeriques.com the average expert rating of this camera is 70 out of 100.

Good User Reviews

The average user rating of this Sony digital camera is 86 out of 100 based on 859 user reviews.

Popular Choice

According to Amazon sales data, the DSC-W830 is one the best selling digital camera currently available.

Good Quality Lens

Six people reckoned that it had a good zoom. A. Skudder said in their Sony DSC-W830 review on Amazon two years ago “The optical zoom is very respectable” although they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Mykeyreviews said in the same month “Sacrifices a lot of extra features the more "premium" cameras have, such as WiFi, NFC, extra zoom and better components etc” in their review. Robin wrote “Outside on a bright sunny day it works perfectly and the zoom delivers good results” in his review of the Sony DSC-W830.

A few people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good lens. A. Skudder said in their review on Amazon “It looks good, has a decent lens”. Two years ago S. P. Long mentioned “In spite of the better lens on here than on a smartphone, I have seen better images from decent phone cameras” in their review of this digital camera.

A few people who purchased the Sony DSC-W830 concluded that it had a good autofocus. Uncle Barbar rated the product 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “There are a number of focus tracking options and focus weighted on different areas (as per normal” in their Sony DSC-W830 review.

Several customers who purchased it agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. S. P. Long said in their review on Amazon “The camera allegedly (according to information on the web) has image stabilisation.”.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers who bought it considered that it was able to produce good images. Two years ago A. Skudder wrote on Amazon “I didn't get the blurring I was expecting so it looks like the image stabilisation does enough to compensate for a bit of arm wobbling”. Amazon Customer said in their review a few weeks ago “I like panoramic pictures that can be done the easiest way”. D. J. Favager mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-W830 “It did give some decent images in good light”.

A few Sony DSC-W830 reviewers who reviewed the Sony DSC-W830 said that it had a good picture resolution. A. Skudder wrote in their review of this digital camera “Part of this is because it is processing very large files - larger than 7MB if you are shooting at 20 megapixels”. A. Skudder also mentioned “Even 5 megapixels is more than enough if all you are going to do with the results is put them on Facebook or a digital picture frame”. Fred Wright wrote this year “It is clear that this camera is totally incapable of capturing images at 20mp - it genuinely looks like they are just enhanced to that resolution” in his review although he only gave it a score of 1 stars.

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Nice Design

A few people wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. In November Fred Wright said on Amazon “It seems pretty appropriate really since you could get better photos from a kid's toy camera” in his review of the Sony DSC-W830. Mykeyreviews wrote “It can take some pretty decent photos”. Uncle Barbar mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It is actually a pretty decent lens” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Several people who bought this digital camera wrote that it was neat. Mrs. Moira May scored the product 5 stars and she mentioned last year “Very neat compact Sony Camera” in her review of the Sony DSC-W830. Uncle Barbar mentioned on Amazon “Compact camera which looks neat and stylish (I got the purple model for a change!)” in their review.

One customer who purchased the product considered that it was a good design. Daisy said in her review “The on/off button could be a better design”.

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Good Size

A few customers wrote that it was compact. A. Skudder said “This may be a brilliant compact camera or a terrible one, depending on what you want from it”. Fred Wright mentioned in his review on Amazon “I don't know what the best alternative compact camera is at this price range”. James Hunter he mentioned “Nice compact camera easy to use”.

Some customers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to carry around. Amazon Customer rated the Sony DSC-W830 as excellent and mentioned on Amazon in November last year “As easy to carry around as a mobile phone” in their review of this digital camera. This year Peter Budd wrote “I am very pleased with my Sony Camera just what I wanted so light and easy to use”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W830 was lightweight. Helen Searle mentioned in her review of the Sony DSC-W830 “Great little camera, lightweight and easy to throw in a bag” and rated the Sony DSC-W830 4 stars.

One customer said that it was heavy. Fred Wright he wrote in November this year “It is also heavily lacking in settings”. One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. H. P. Tokins said in their review “I might ned more practise ad not such a heavy figure on the firing button”.

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Easy to Use

A number of Sony DSC-W830 owners mentioned that the Sony DSC-W830 was easy to use. This year Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “It's very small and handy” in their review. Daisy wrote on Amazon in November this year “Easy to use camera”. Dellboy64 said on Amazon “Find the camera really easy to use” in their review.

A few Sony DSC-W830 reviewers reckoned that the Sony DSC-W830 was easy to use the menus. Mykeyreviews said in their review of the Sony DSC-W830 “Movie mode there are only two settings to select from; "Auto" & "Picture Effect” . S. Porter rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “The device itself has standard settings like auto flash, with some neat extras thrown in”.

Two Sony DSC-W830 reviewers who purchased the Sony DSC-W830 agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold. A. Skudder mentioned on Amazon “I am a bit old-school in that I like to hold the camera to my eye because it just feels right” in their review of the Sony DSC-W830. Mykeyreviews gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon two years ago “It's also very comfortable camera to hold” in their review of this digital camera.

One Sony DSC-W830 owner considered that it was easy to setup. Nadia wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “Really easy to set up, small and compact”.

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Good Technical Features

Some Sony DSC-W830 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Amazon Customer mentioned “Very compact and has all the bells and whistles that you would expect from Sony”. In November last year Paul Virdee said “Highly recommended for people wanting a high quality compact (pocket) camera at a reasonable price with many features”. Paula Sommers wrote “It has loads of features so something for every picture” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Good Video Capture

A number of Sony DSC-W830 owners wrote in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Uncle Barbar wrote on Amazon “Photo and movie mode worked fine”. Woody Uk mentioned on Amazon “Also another good thing is that it takes Video & Panoramic shots” in their Sony DSC-W830 review.

Good Product Quality

Some people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon last year “High quality video and sound too” in their review. Flamelady wrote on Amazon this year “They certainly didn't improve the quality of customer experience” nonetheless they only rated the product 60 out of 100. Junior Hornet wrote on Amazon “Good quality and very compact” and scored it 80 out of 100.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony has good average reviews for its compact camera digital cameras as well as across its entire camera range compared to other brands.

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Good Battery Life

A few customers who reviewed the Sony DSC-W830 reckoned that it had a good battery life. A. Skudder mentioned on Amazon “The battery life seems good” in their review of the Sony DSC-W830 but they scored the Sony DSC-W830 3 stars. Dario Rossi said on Amazon “Sometimes the autofocus could be better (I'm talking about the easy mode) and the only real downside is that if you start shooting Hd video the battery drains quick”. S. P. Long said on Amazon two years ago “What you do get is a battery, mains charger, USB cable (with a proprietary, non-standard plug, so don't lose it!)” but in spite of that they only scored it 2 stars.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Four Sony DSC-W830 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen. S. P. Long wrote “The screen is reasonably clear and sharp”. S. Porter mentioned “Coming in at just 9.5 cm across (of which 6.7 cm is taken up by the LCD screen) this fits nicely into a pocket or a handbag” in their review of the Sony DSC-W830. Cameralabs.com said “The W830 has a 2.7 inch screen and can shoot 720p HD video” in their review.

One Sony DSC-W830 reviewer who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good viewfinder. Daisy said this year “On the viewfinder photos look good” in her review of the Sony DSC-W830.

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Robust

Several people thought this digital camera was well made. S. P. Long wrote “It all feels solid enough.” in their review of the Sony DSC-W830 but despite that they only rated the Sony DSC-W830 40 out of 100.

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Two years ago Robin gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and he wrote in his review on Amazon “The battery/card cover is rather flimsy and could easily be broken accidentally”.

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Good Support

Several customers who purchased it considered that it had good technical guidance. S. P. Long wrote on Amazon two years ago “Intuitive - which is fortunate, as the supplied instructions only run to a single folded sheet of paper” in their Sony DSC-W830 review. Expert website Nothingwired.com mentioned “Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating the guide to best camera in India under 10000, regularly” in their review.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that came out 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.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the DSC-W830 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-W830. Across all the cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-W830 the digital zooms range from 2x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

The Sony DSC-W830 has one of the higher megapixel counts (20.1 megapixels) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-W830 the megapixel counts range from 1.3MP to 21MP, and the average megapixel count is 16MP.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo HX|SD memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on cameras of a similar spec and age to it. 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 camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S3700 ($94.77) (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on digital cameras of this age and type.

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5152 X 3864 Still Image Resolution

The Sony DSC-W830 has a higher still image resolution than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a 5152 x 3864 still image resolution, whereas most cameras that were released one year ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This Sony digital camera also have still image resolutions of 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 5152 x 2896, 1920 x 1080, 11520×1080, 7152 x 1080, 4912 x 1920 and 4912 x 1080 and 3424 x 1920.

A 5152 x 3864 still image resolution is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-W830.

A 640 x 360 still image resolution is the worst still image resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The DSC-W830 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a similar age and type to 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 have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W830. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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5152 X 3864 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The DSC-W830 has a 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

A 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best image resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-W830.

The worst image resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 4000 x 3000 pixels.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240|640 x 480|1280 x 720 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on digital cameras of this age and spec. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080).

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Supports One Image Format

The DSC-W830 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than a year. This Sony digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of this age and spec.

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TFT Display

The DSC-W830 has a TFT display which is better than most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. Most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display amongst all digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-W830.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Very Thin

The average depth of compact camera digital cameras that came out more than a year ago is 33mm, and the depths range from 18mm to 86mm. With a depth of only 22.5 millimeters, the Sony DSC-W830 is one of the thinner compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-W830 amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Light

With a weight of only 104 grams, the DSC-W830's weight is one of the lightest amongst compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DSC-W830 the weights range from 100g to 460g.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Praktica Z212 (127g), or the Nikon Coolpix S3700 ($94.77) (118g).

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Narrow

At only 93.1 millimeters, the Sony DSC-W830 is quite narrow compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-W830 the widths range from 54mm to 140mm.

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Short

At only 52.5 millimeters, the Sony DSC-W830 is quite short compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-W830. The shortest camera of this age and type is 34mm tall, the tallest is 96mm, and the average height is 61mm.

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17 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

A few customers who reviewed it thought it was not noisy. This year Fred Wright gave it a score of 1 stars and he said on Amazon “Images are so noisy that solid blacks are covered in green” in his review of this digital camera. S. P. Long gave the Sony DSC-W830 a rating of 40 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “In low light, they really aren't good at all - high ISOs result in extremely noisy images, to the extent of blurring any detail” in their review of this digital camera.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony DSC-W830 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago which have an image stabiliser.

It is worth considering other cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Nikon Coolpix S3700 ($94.77).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DSC-W830 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-W830 also do not have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Nikon Coolpix S3700 ($94.77).

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the Sony DSC-W830 does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity which you might want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix S3700 ($94.77).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-W830, the DSC-W830 does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The DSC-W830 does not support video recording. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-W830 also do not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Sony DSC-W830 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W830 also do not have a GPS.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of this age and type are not 3D compatible. The DSC-W830 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

The DSC-W830 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-W830 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the DSC-W830 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-W830. The average screen size of similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-W830 is 2.8", and the screen sizes range from 1.3" to 3".

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W830 the optical zooms range from 2.8x to 40x. The DSC-W830 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 8 times zoom factor) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The Sony DSC-W830 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Sony camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-W830. The flash modes "Flash on" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

At only 2 seconds, the DSC-W830 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-W830. The average maximum camera shutter speed of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-W830 is 13s.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Sony DSC-W830 is more than most similar spec cameras that were released more than a year ago. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on digital cameras of this type and age. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only 210 Shots Per Battery Charge

The DSC-W830 is a digital camera that takes 210 shots shots per battery charge.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-W830 is 360mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 6.2mm to 960mm. At only 200 millimeters, the Sony DSC-W830 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-W830.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-W830 the maximum apertures range from 2.7 to 16, and the average maximum aperture is 6.6. With a maximum aperture of only 6.3, the Sony DSC-W830 has one of the bigger maximum apertures amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony DSC-W830

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this compact camera digital camera was released.

Specification

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Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
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Shutter
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Flash
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Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
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Audio
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Expert Reviews

(6)
6 January 2015

The Sony W830 is exactly what it says on the tin: a small, light and easy-to-use compact camera. You can get reasonable pictures straight out of the box. It's pretty basic and has an 8x zoom...

Pocketsize
Easy to use
Picture quality is pretty good
8x stabilised optical zoom
360 degree Sweep Panorama
Just HD video
Responsiveness
No WiFi
No touchscreen screen isn't tiltable
Fiddly shutter release
3 January 2015

Updated as on January 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.Compact cameras have reached all kinds of people over the past few years. As a result, the... Read more…

19 November 2014

Camera Labs

The Sony Cyber-shot W830 is a mid-range point-and-shoot compact with an 8x optical zoom and 20.1 Megapixel CCD sensor. Introduced into the Cyber-shot range at the beginning of 2014, the W830 has a... Read more…

16 December 2014

Ce Sony W830 fait son travail de petit compact léger, discret et facile à manipuler. Il délivre des images satisfaisantes dès la première prise en main. Un compact basique à zoom 8x en...

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 25 October 2014 by Sweetmusiclady
Sweetmusiclady would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-W830 (Verified Purchase)

I sell a lot on ebay so I need a camera that is dependable and that provides crystal-clear images. This one definitely fills the bill. I definitely would recommend...

Reviewed 12 August 2014 by Gobroncos08
Gobroncos08 would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-W830 (Verified Purchase)

For the price($100), this small camera does everything well. I have had the camera for about 2 months now and have no complaints so far...

Easy to Use
Great Resolution
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Battery Life
Great Zoom
Reviewed 9 August 2014 by Blueberry22
Blueberry22 would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-W830 (Verified Purchase)

The only negative would be the shutter speed. It is slow. You will not be disappointed...

Reviewed 26 January 2015 by JEB3

It is a decent camera for the price. The shutter seems exceptionally slow regardless of light conditions. The camera does not come with a manual. You have to find it online to download. And that... Read more…

Reviewed 29 August 2014 by Ariz1964
Ariz1964 would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-W830 (Verified Purchase)

Light, easy to carry, great picture quality, and the zoom reaches out. Options will allow customization...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony zoom4, sony zoom4x, sony dscw830, sony dscw830p, sony dscw830b, sony dscw830br, sony dscw830brb, sony dmsnw830srb1, sony dmsnw830srb3
Barcodes 00027242876972, 00616348011693, 00616348011716, 00616348061285, 00649906102144, 03355830056411, 04139052265955

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