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Sony DSC-W610 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 14.1MP 4x Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Reasonably priced
Expert reviews are poor
Not robust
38 Reviews

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Reviews

Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 87 owner reviews this camera has an average owner rating of 81 out of 100.

Good Brand

We checked 23,045 expert and user reviews (including 401 verified purchases) for Sony 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 medium megapixel digital cameras range. 93% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Expert Reviews Are Poor

The average expert rating of this medium megapixel camera is 61 out of 100 based on seven expert reviews from sites including Cameras.co.uk, fotomaniak.pl, Chip.de and optyczne.pl. The expert review sites aren't convinced by this Sony digital camera.


Design

Easy to Use

Seven owners agreed that it was easy to use. Hollogramsue said in their review of this digital camera “A brilliant companion for any of those special moments! The camera is simple and easy to use”. James Turner said “A good easy to use camera” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Three owners mentioned that the product was easy to use the menus. Dad wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “All in all, this camera is great for people who just want a cheap camera to keep in their pocket and not fuss about too many settings” but despite that they rated it 3 stars out of 5.

One owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to setup. Technoquest said on Amazon “First impressions are that this camera is very easy to set up - the menus are easy to navigate”.

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Good Product Quality

Eight owners who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Five years ago Hollogramsue gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their Sony DSC-W610 review “The functions of switching from record and still photographs is quick and easy to master and the quality is great to! The battery life is good”. Helen said on Amazon “Brilliant Camera with quality picture, was impressed with the edit tools on the camera itself”. Dad mentioned “The image quality is better than most if not all cell phone cameras, just as you'd expect from a standalone point” but they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

Nice Design

Five customers who reviewed it thought it was good looking. Alice Mercer wrote “Practical size, easy to use, well-designed and uploads beautiful large images to the computer very easily” in her review of the Sony DSC-W610. Goldenralph rated the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon “It is a nice style, good colour”.

Two customers who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good case. J. Abraham wrote on Amazon “This is my 4th different digital camera now - I bought this because my favourite was my original cybershot which had a metal casing in bright green”.

One owner thought the product was neat. Technoquest wrote on Amazon “It's worth spending 30 minutes going through the instructions as there are some neat features which make the camera more useful”.

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Not Robust

Two customers who purchased this digital camera thought it was not well made. Douglas said on Amazon “A bit fragile did not survive a little fall, still working fine”.


Good Video Capture

Four customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good for video recording. Four years ago Douglas said “Video good as well, although sound not fantastic I have only two down points” in his review of this digital camera. Dad wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-W610 on Amazon “If you demand excellent image quality, high-res video, or toughness in your camera, then you may want to pass on this one” but even so they rated it 60 out of 100. Dad also said “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620, is the movie mode” in their review.

Good Quality Lens

One customer said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W610 had a good autofocus. Technoquest wrote “The white balance is pleasing and the focus and sharpness gives no cause for concern” .

Good Quality Pictures

Sixteen people said in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Technoquest said on Amazon “I'd advise you to forget about the 14MP and set the camera to save images at 5MP which saves 1944 x 2592 images, which are plenty big enough for up to A4”. Sony wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Nice picture, I haven't used more frequently”. Happychappy mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Easy to edit on the camera, moving pictures very clear”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Three owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good battery life. J. Abraham said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Obviously if you play about with the menu or playback for extended periods then the battery discharges faster” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.


Features

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed the product thought it had good features.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Dad said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The sensor is moderately sensitive, shooting okay if noisy shots in low-light scenerios”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony DSC-W610 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Three owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was lightweight. J. Abraham said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon four years ago “Good shutter speed, lightweight, good menu options, simple navigation” and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Nat said on Amazon “This was a present for my mother and shes not techinical at all so it is very user friendly for her and lightweight good looking camera, would recommend” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that it was compact. Technoquest mentioned on Amazon four years ago “My priority was a small, light and inexpensive compact camera to use instead of the phone” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Technoquest also wrote “Impressive, good value compact camera” in their review. C. J. Woodman gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Compact and versatile”.

One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was heavy and bulky.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was thin. Dad mentioned in their review of this digital camera five years ago “In fact the whole camera is rather thin plastic” however despite that they only gave this digital camera a score of 3 stars out of 5.

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Light

With a weight of only 97 grams, the DSC-W610 is one of the lightest medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The weights of cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera range from 20g to 1.3kg.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 97g digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix JX550.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The DSC-W610 has a fairly big digital zoom (9 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera. The average digital zoom of digital cameras of this spec and age is 6.6x, and the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom 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 is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera is 3.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22. The Sony DSC-W610 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-W610 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Canon G1 X ($449.00), the HP s300, or the Sony DSC-J10L which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Coolpix L29 ($64.77) (5x), or the L27 ($169.95) (5x) both from Nikon or the Panasonic DMC-FT2 (4.6x) which is also higher rated.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this age and type is 350mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm. At only 105 millimeters, the DSC-W610 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Sony DSC-W610 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also support video capability.

There are a number of other cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to consider including the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the DSC-WX80 both from Sony or the Fujifilm FinePix JZ200 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony DSC-W610 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

Other cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the SeaLife DC1400 ($299.00), or the Fujifilm AX600.

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Features Face Detection

The DSC-W610 features face detection. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera also feature face detection.

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Light

Across all the cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera the weights range from 0.097kg to 180kg. With a weight of only 0.097 kilograms, the DSC-W610 is very light compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DSC-W610 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony DSC-W610 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon L120, or the GE J1455.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-W610 has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of this spec and age. Most medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736 and 4320 x 2432. Digital cameras of this spec and age still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 to 4928 x 3264.

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Only 4320 X 3240 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony DSC-W610 has a 4320 x 3240 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras of this type and age. Most cameras of a comparable type and age to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera the image resolution ranges from 4288 x 3216 pixels to 4928 x 3264 pixels.

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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 digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Camera

Features Multi Burst Mode

The Sony DSC-W610 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Low Playback Zoom (max)

The Sony DSC-W610 has a fairly low playback zoom (max) (only 8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The lowest playback zoom (max) of cameras of this age and spec is 1x, the highest is 16x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 9.1x.

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The DSC-W610 features connection to PC. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature connection to PC.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The DSC-W610 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Hand Strap

The DSC-W610 has a hand strap, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony DSC-W610 has a batteries included. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have a batteries included.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The DSC-W610 does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera do support Wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Wi-Fi including the Samsung 200, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, or the Fujifilm X-A1 which also has a higher rating.

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Video

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera, the DSC-W610 does not support Full HD video.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support Full HD video including the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the SLT-A57Y both from Sony or the Casio EX-ZR400 which also has a higher rating.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the DSC-W610 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst video resolution across all similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The Sony DSC-W610 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera. The display diagonals of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera range from 2" to 4.8".

We compared this camera to all the other 2.7" screen cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-W620 is also worth considering.

If this Sony digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot N2 ($236.99) (2.8"), the Nikon Coolpix S8200 ($499.00) (3"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 ($533.99) (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 430,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Sony DSC-W610 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dscw610b, sony dscw610s, sony dscw610p, sony dscw610l, sony sd416gb, dscw610gcee9, dscw610lcee8, sonydscw610g, dscw610gcee8, dscw610scee8, dscw610bcee8, dscw610pcee8, dscw610sceh, dscw610bceh, dscw610pceh, dscw610gceh, dscw610lceh
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