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Sony DSC-W530L Digital Camera

Compact Camera 14.1MP 4x CCD Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Very light Easy to carry to all sorts of events
Poor expert reviews
VGA video with no zoom and poor sound
92 Reviews

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Reviews

Good Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this Sony camera rated it as 80 out of 100. 47 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 23,045 expert and owner reviews (including 401 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras compared to other brands. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Poor Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Sony camera is 61% based on eight expert reviews from sites including Cameras.co.uk, Digital Versus, onfoto.ru and Good Gear Guide.com.au. This means that camera experts really don't rate this camera very highly.


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Features Smile Detection

The DSC-W530L features smile detection, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Smile Detection

The DSC-W530L features smile detection, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Camera

Does Not Feature Contrast Adjustment

The Sony DSC-W530L does not feature contrast adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do feature contrast adjustment.

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Quite Low Playback Zoom (max)

The average playback zoom (max) of similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 9.1x. At only 1 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-W530L has a quite low playback zoom (max) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

When compared to other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera, the DSC-W530L's display diagonal of only 2.7 inches is one of the smallest. Across all the similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix JV300, the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96, or the Sony SLT-A37M.

If this digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot N2 ($236.00) (2.8"), the Rollei 240 HD (3"), or the Nikon Coolpix S5300 ($119.99) (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Price

Expensive

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the product was expensive. Argos.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Rather pricey”.

Trafficjockey said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Also you dont have to use the sony memory card anymore which are expensive”.


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Does Not Have Email Functionality

One person who purchased the Sony DSC-W530L thought it did not have email functionality. Argos.co.uk wrote “Sent a regular email to customer service.” in their review of this digital camera.


Picture Quality

4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The DSC-W530L has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Design

Good Looking

Two customers said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W530L was good looking. Argos.co.uk wrote “Great aesthetic look” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they scored the product 20 out of 100. Argos.co.uk also mentioned “It is visually appealing and came with a case sticker” in their review.

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was well designed. Argos.co.uk mentioned “Nicely designed and constructed” . One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was neat. Five years ago Cassie said “The camera is neat, light, easy to operate for taking photos” in her review of this digital camera.

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good case.

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Reasonably Well Made

Seven people agreed that the Sony DSC-W530L was well made. Two years ago Argos.co.uk wrote in their Sony DSC-W530L review “I installed this into a new build at the shop”. Bugsy mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-W530L “It seems well made, easy to use”. Robin Davies said on Amazon.co.uk “We need a camera that is solid and is going to last” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars.

One owner reckoned that the product was strong and durable. Anita gave it a rating of 6 stars and she said on Amazon.co.uk “Ie a quality little point & shoot camera of sturdy proportions”.

One owner thought it was reliable. Five years ago Tony Wrench wrote in his review of the Sony DSC-W530L on Amazon.co.uk “This has proved to be completely reliable as a way of getting at least one good shot” and scored this digital camera 8 stars.

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Easy to Use

Twelve customers considered that the Sony DSC-W530L was easy to use. Argos.co.uk said two years ago “Installed in PCI E slot, had to use UEFI bios switch to on to recognize in bios of my Asus 97 Pro” but despite that they only rated it 20 out of 100. Young At Heart mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “It was easy to use and delivered great pictures”. Cokeyflo wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “This is my first digital camera as I really am a techniphobic and allergic to anything digital! The camera is so easy to use and takes really good photo's”.

Two owners concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Argos.co.uk wrote “Showed up in my GA 58A-U 3R motherboard BIOS as a hard drive without having to change any settings” in their review of this digital camera. Argos.co.uk also wrote “Bootable if your motherboard supports it and you can figure out the appropriate bios settings” in their review.

One person said in their reviews that the product had a good interface. Digital Versus said in their review of this digital camera “Pleasant interface”. One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Reasonably Well Made

Eleven customers who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Digital Versus mentioned “Reasonably well made” in their review of this digital camera. Argos.co.uk mentioned “Very nice quality and built well” in their review of this digital camera. Dd wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “The camera is light to hold yet solid- the picture quality is really great with the face detection” and scored it 6 stars.


Weight & Dimensions

Very Light Easy to Carry to All Sorts of Events

Six people who purchased this digital camera considered that it was compact. Expert website Digitalversus.com gave it a score of 6 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “At a time when the same money will buy you a stabilised compact with a 720p video mode”. Five years ago Mf Castillo said on Amazon.co.uk “Lovely compact camera and for £64.99 (black casing) it's absoloutely fantastic for value! The same specification camera” in their review of this digital camera. Mf Castillo also mentioned “If you're looking to compare quality compact cameras at a low price, this is certainly the one to beat” in their review.

Three customers who reviewed it thought it was easy to carry around. Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera “Very light Easy to carry to all sorts of events” but despite that they only rated it 1 stars. Javed Khattak mentioned “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”.

Two people who bought it concluded that it was a good size. Toya said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “The camera is a nice size to use and its design is greaat”. One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was thin. Black Bamboo wrote on Amazon.co.uk “This camera is tiny and slim” in their review of this digital camera.

One person said in their reviews that the product was lightweight. J. L. Dean wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “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”.

One owner who bought it reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Robin Davies wrote on Amazon.co.uk “The buttons too small for my admittedly chunky finders” and rated it 7 stars.

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Light

When compared to other cameras of this spec and age, the Sony DSC-W530L's weight of only 97 grams is one of the lightest. Medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera have weights of between 20g and 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

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

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Sony DSC-W530L supports video capability, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Fujifilm FinePix JZ200 is also worth considering.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Sony DSC-W530L has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 8 times zoom factor, the DSC-W530L has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 1x and the biggest is 120x.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-W570 (10x), the Rollei Compactline 750 (12x), or the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (14x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the DSC-W530L has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. Cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera have optical zooms of between 0.34x and 65x.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x optical zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the HP s300, the Sony DSC-T110, and the Rollei Sportsline 99 is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Fujifilm JX650 (5x), the Samsung 150F (5x), or the Rollei Compactline 750 (5x) which is also higher rated.

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Support

Good Customer Support

One customer said in their reviews that it had good customer support. Argos.co.uk mentioned “Terrible ASUS customer support” although they only gave it a rating of 20 out of 100. One person who purchased it reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Wheelieliz said on Amazon.co.uk “The instruction were easy to understand which is a bonus”.


Power

Good Battery Life

One owner who bought the product considered that it had a good battery life. Dd mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “It comes with the USB lead, wall charger and the battery aswell as with useful manuals” in their review of this digital camera.


Good Flash

Two people who reviewed the Sony DSC-W530L said that it had a good flash. Mf Castillo rated it 6 stars and said on Amazon.co.uk “The flash helped produce good quality photo in the night” in their review of this digital camera.

26 Mm (possibly a Little More) Wideangle Lens

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. Digital Versus mentioned six years ago “26 mm (possibly a little more) wideangle lens”. David Glasgow mentioned in the same month “Then of course there is the (26mm wide angle lens), to make sure everyone is fitted in the frame” in his review of this digital camera. In the same month Trafficjockey said “The lens is excellent and the range is good” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 8 stars.

Two people reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Expert review site Tomsguide.com said six years ago “The built-in stabilization is reassuring”. David Glasgow said “Which will closely match the Panasonic Mega O.I.S IMAGE STABILIZATION” and scored it 6 stars.

One customer who purchased the product thought it had a good zoom. Ms. C. A. Benn rated it 9 stars and said “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”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Eighteen customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. David Glasgow said in his Sony DSC-W530L review on Amazon.co.uk six years ago “The camera produces some brilliant cheerful Pictures, I ask how can a camera at this price point? Put together some stunning images”. Dr. Donna Green scored it 7 stars and she said “I had a Kodak 8.0 megapix for years and it took much better pics (especially for landscape) Everyone gave good reviews”. Anita said on Amazon.co.uk “It takes nice pictures & the panorama feature is cool” in her review of the Sony DSC-W530L and scored it 5 stars.

VGA Video With No Zoom and Poor Sound

Four owners agreed that the Sony DSC-W530L was not good for video recording. Digital Versus wrote “VGA video with no zoom and poor sound” in their review of the Sony DSC-W530L. Argos.co.uk wrote two years ago “It won't run in a video setup that's SLI or Cross-Fire without you losing a lot of bandwidth” . Argos.co.uk also mentioned “I came into buying this after watching the Newegg video and looking up the other videos posted on the Raidr” in their review.

Lowdef Screen With Laughable Viewing Angles

One person who reviewed it thought it did not have a good screen. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera “Lowdef screen with laughable viewing angles”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Four owners considered that it had good features. Cameras.co.uk said “In fact it has a fairly minimal set of features”. E a Cooke said on Amazon.co.uk six years ago “He was really impressed with all the features! A great camera for an excellent price, might get one for my daughter” in their Sony DSC-W530L review.


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Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the DSC-W530L in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers Sony_W530_Green_CB_GM_P68, sony dscw530b, sony dscw530l, dscw530p.cee8, sony dscw530p, dscw530g.cee8, dscw530p.ceh, dscw530bcee8, dscw530lcee8, dscw530g.ceh, dscw530black, dscw530bceh, dscw530lceh
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