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Sony DSC-W530 Digital Camera

14.1MP 4x CCD 1/2.3" Sep 2013
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Light, compact and comfortable to carry, the Cyber-shot W530 digital camera is your perfect companion for holidays, family get-togethers and more. Superb image quality is teamed with simple,... More
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24 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Good

On average, DSC-W530 owners rated this camera 80 out of 100.

Good Size

A few Sony DSC-W530 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was compact. Mf Castillo wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-W530 on Amazon five years ago “Quality compact camera at a great price!” and scored the Sony DSC-W530 5 stars. Mf Castillo also mentioned “Lovely compact camera and for”. Mr. Mark S. Hammond scored it 5 stars and he said in his Sony DSC-W530 review “I had been (notice use of the word had) been looking for a compact functional and easy to use camera”.

A few Sony DSC-W530 reviewers concluded that the product was a good size. Anita she mentioned in her Sony DSC-W530 review on Amazon “Ie a quality little point & shoot camera of sturdy proportions”. Toya mentioned on Amazon “The camera is a nice size to use and its design is greaat” in her review of the Sony DSC-W530.

A number of Sony DSC-W530 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Six years ago Javed Khattak mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-W530 on Amazon “It is amazing, what ever I captured with it, mind blowing, very impressed by its performance, easy to carry, fits in your pocket, Price is very reasonable” and rated the Sony DSC-W530 as excellent. Also six years ago Goodgearguide.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera “Compact camera that's designed for users who want something simple to operate and easy to carry” nonetheless they only scored this digital camera 2 stars.

One customer who reviewed the Sony DSC-W530 reckoned that it was thin. Black Bamboo wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-W530 “This camera is tiny and slim”.

One Sony DSC-W530 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was lightweight. J. L. Dean mentioned “The Sony Cybershot comes nicely packaged, is lightweight and boasts many features which are quite impressive in a digital camera manufactured by a well-known brand at such a low price” in their review of the Sony DSC-W530.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some customers who bought it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Anita said in her review of the Sony DSC-W530 on Amazon “It takes nice pictures & the panorama feature is cool”. Claire Jane mentioned “Initially I was pleased as it took lovely trial photos of flowers and sunsets etc” but despite that she only gave it a rating of 40 out of 100. Six years ago Dr. Donna Green wrote “It took much better pics (especially for landscape)Everyone gave good reviews” in her review.

Easy to Use

A few customers concluded that the product was easy to use. Cokeyflo mentioned on Amazon six years ago “Allergic to anything digital!The camera is so easy to use and takes really good photo's” in their review of the Sony DSC-W530 and scored it very highly. Jmjl mentioned on Amazon “The camera is easy to use” in their review of this digital camera and rated this digital camera 5 stars. Ms. C. A. Benn said “Easy to use and compact” and rated it 5 stars.

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good experience. One Sony DSC-W530 owner who reviewed the Sony DSC-W530 concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Robust

Several people agreed that the Sony DSC-W530 was well made. Bugsy gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-W530 on Amazon “It seems well made, easy to use”. Dd said in their review of the Sony DSC-W530 “The camera is light to hold yet solid- the picture quality is really great with the face detection” and rated the product 80 out of 100. Robin Davies said on Amazon “The cameras of the past were solid, well built and lasted well” in his review.

One Sony DSC-W530 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable.

One Sony DSC-W530 owner who purchased the Sony DSC-W530 considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Dr. Donna Green mentioned “Out many times & now the flap is broken and i've had to duck tape it)3” in her Sony DSC-W530 review yet she gave this digital camera a score of 2 stars.

One Sony DSC-W530 owner who bought it thought it was reliable. Tony Wrench gave the Sony DSC-W530 an excellent rating and he wrote on Amazon five years ago “This has proved to be completely reliable as a way of getting at least one good shot”.

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Good Product Quality

Some Sony DSC-W530 reviewers said that the Sony DSC-W530 was good quality. Six years ago Bob Lock mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Super camera, as always up to the super Sony quality” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Bugsy gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Excellent, compact quality camera” in their review of this digital camera. Bugsy also mentioned “Very impressed with the quality of the pictures taken to test the camera”.

Good Technical Features

A few people mentioned that it had good features. P. Elliott gave the Sony DSC-W530 an excellent rating and wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-W530 six years ago “Great features”. Expert website Cameras.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “In fact it has a fairly minimal set of features” and gave it a score of 4 stars.

Good Quality Lens

One person said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Ms. C. A. Benn said “This is by far the best! It takes photos quickly and has a good zoom”. One customer who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good lens. Trafficjockey said on Amazon “The lens is excellent and the range is good” in their review of this digital camera.

One Sony DSC-W530 owner who reviewed the Sony DSC-W530 thought it had a good image stabiliser. Expert website Tomsguide.com said “The built-in stabilization is reassuring” in their review.

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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 14,237 expert and owner reviews for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its compact cameras range.

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Good Support

One Sony DSC-W530 owner considered that it had good technical guidance. Wheelieliz wrote “The instruction were easy to understand which is a bonus” in their review.

Good Video Capture

A number of Sony DSC-W530 owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good for video recording. Wheelieliz said in their review of the Sony DSC-W530 “It has video function too along with panoramic picture capture---You have to buy it”. Digitalversus.com mentioned on Digital Versus “At a time when the same money will buy you a stabilised compact with a 720p video mode” in their Sony DSC-W530 review but despite that they only gave this digital camera a score of 2 stars.

Good Battery Life

One customer mentioned that the Sony DSC-W530 had a good battery life. Dd said on Amazon “It comes with the USB lead, wall charger and the battery aswell as with useful manuals”.

Good Flash

One Sony DSC-W530 reviewer who bought it reckoned that it had a good flash. S. Davies said in their review of this digital camera “It actually taking the picture - especially if you are using flash”.

Nice Design

One person concluded that the product was neat. Cassie mentioned in her review on Amazon “The camera is neat, light, easy to operate for taking photos”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras of a similar age and type to 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 Samsung 90[plb_1216_price], the Olympus VG-180[plb_1873256_price], or the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you want a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), the Canon 145[plb_2166060_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Nikon S6800[plb_2118627_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 8 times zoom factor, the DSC-W530 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The average digital zoom of cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DSC-W530 is 11x.

Alternative 8x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the DSC-W510[pl_1610607_price], or the DSC-J10[pl_594973_price] both from Sony or the Lexibook DJ052[plb_1959055_price].

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the DSC-W570[pl_2128686_price] (10x), or the DSC-WX50[pl_2154757_price] (20x) both from Sony or the Rollei Compactline 750[plb_2403900_price] (12x) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The DSC-W530 supports video capability. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DSC-W530 do not support video capability.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the D300s[pl_994_price], or the COOLPIX L23 + 4GB[pl_1643298_price] both from Nikon or the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F[plb_1519008_price].

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the DSC-W530 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Sony camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-W530. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this camera.

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Has One Camera Playback

The DSC-W530 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most cameras of this age and type. The most frequently found camera playback is Movie, but this camera playback is not found on this Sony digital camera. The camera playbacks slide show are also found on this camera.

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Has Two Image Editings

The DSC-W530 has a greater number of image editing modes than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this Sony camera. The image editings 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 typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Light

The weights of compact cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g. The DSC-W530 is quite light (only 97 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 97g cameras currently available including the FinePix JX500[pl_1672380_price], or the FinePix JX550[pl_1609734_price] both from Fujifilm which has better reviews.

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13 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

The average expert rating of this digital camera is 61% based on eight expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, Cameras.co.uk, Chip.de and Good Gear Guide.com.au. If all the compact cameras that have been around for more than two years are ranked by average expert review score then this Sony digital camera is in the bottom 13%.

Poor Connectivity

One person concluded that it was not good in terms of USB connections. Cassie said on Amazon “Trying to transfer to PC via USB is really difficult” in her review of this digital camera and scored it 1 stars.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DSC-W530 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type do have a built-in flash.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the D300s[pl_994_price], or the 3200[pl_1729050_price] both from Nikon or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-W530 have an image stabilizer, however the DSC-W530 does not have an image stabilizer.

Other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the GE J1250[plb_1773000_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-W530 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The optical zooms of cameras of this type and age range from 3x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

There are a number of alternative 4x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Coolpix P310[pl_2119209_price] (4.2x), or the 2600[pl_2020212_price] (5x) both from Nikon or the Panasonic DMC-TS5[plb_1900903_price] (4.6x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago do not support Full HD video. The Sony DSC-W530 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price], or the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI[plb_1543754_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-W530, the Sony DSC-W530 does not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the ST200[pl_378406_price], the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-W530, the DSC-W530 is not 3D.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Vivitar T135[plb_1838910_price], or the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-W530, the DSC-W530 does not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-W530, the DSC-W530 is not waterproof.

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Quite Low Playback Zoom (max)

The average playback zoom (max) of cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-W530 is 9.3x, and the playback zoom (max)s range from 1x to 16x. The DSC-W530 has one of the lowest playback zoom (max)s (only 1 times zoom factor) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony DSC-W530 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Sony digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-W530. The flash modess "Flash off", "pre-flash" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Sony DSC-W530 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of this type and age. The image formats supported "JPEG" is also supported by this digital camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-W530

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

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 comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel

The DSC-W530 has a fairly typical megapixel (14.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W530.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 14.1MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm Z110[plb_383750_price], the Panasonic DMC-FS40EF-Y[plb_1786919_price], or the GE C1433[plb_1772802_price].

If you would prefer a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might also want to consider the Samsung 200F[plb_2071998_price] (14.2MP), the Fujifilm JX650[plb_2417691_price] (16MP), or the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the DSC-W530 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-W530.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the HP s300[plb_1533752_price], or the Sony DSC-WX80[plb_1621797_price].

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot N2[plb_2697704_price] (2.8"), the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_price] (3"), or the Olympus Stylus SH-60[plb_2273504_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Focusing
Smile Detection
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
Light Metering
Light Exposure Control
Flash
Flash Modes
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Touchscreen
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
Camera
White Balance
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Image Editing
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Video Capability
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Camera Shutter Speed
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

Manufacturer Part Numbers dscw530, dscw530g, dscw530p, dscw530b, dscw530/g, dscw530/p, dscw530gceh, dscw530pceh, dscw530bceh, dscw530pcee8, sonydscw530b, dscw530bcee8, dscw530g.ceh, dscw530p.ceh, dscw530black, sony dscw530, dscw530gcee8, sony dscw530l, sony dscw530b, sony dscw530s, dscw530g.cee8, sony dscw530p, dscw530p.cee8, Sony_W530_Green_CB_GM_P68
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