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Sony DSC-W690 Digital Camera

16.1MP 10x CCD 1/2.3" Mar 2012
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26 Reasons For

Good Owner Reviews

Owners have rated this compact camera digital camera on average 89%.

Good Size

Several customers considered that it was compact. Four years ago Allenpops scored this digital camera 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-W690 “Great compact camera, takes up little room in handbag”. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Beacause I wanted something compact, without too many knobs, or the annoying function thingy that so many new cameras have on the top of them” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Five years ago expert website Ephotozine.com said “The W690 packs a good amount of optical zoom into its compact body and is easily small enough to carry around in your pocket”.

Three Sony DSC-W690 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was thin. Ephotozine.com said on expert website Ephotozine “The Cybershot DSC-W690, announced in February 2012, is a slim and easy to use camera from Sony” and rated it 4 stars. Techradar.com mentioned “The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 was announced in February as part of a trio of stylish and slim compact cameras” in their review of the Sony DSC-W690. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “Cramming such a zoom range into a very slim and stylish body is a real bonus” in their review.

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Easy to Use

Eight customers who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use. Allenpops gave the Sony DSC-W690 a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their Sony DSC-W690 review on Amazon “Also handy for panoramic shots as well”. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Was approximately 2/3 of the price I paid last time.I chose another Cybershot because my old one had been so easy to use and reliable”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “The built-in camera guide is handy for getting to know all the functions”.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Sony DSC-W690 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Colette said “It takes cracking pictures and video” in her review. Mr C K Pipes mentioned “Night pictures could be better.”. Mrs. N. K. Read rated it 5 stars and mentioned “Condition small enough to put in pocket or handbag, Perfect photo every time”.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Amazon Customer mentioned “This camera has 16.4mp and 10x zoom” in their Sony DSC-W690 review and scored this digital camera very highly. Cnet.com wrote on expert website CNET.com five years ago “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 is a decent little 10x zoom camera.”. Ephotozine.com wrote “It has a 10x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor” .

Some customers who reviewed the Sony DSC-W690 agreed that it had a good lens. Cnet.com said on expert review site CNET.com “It has the same lens, ultracompact body” in their Sony DSC-W690 review. Cnet.co.uk said on expert website CNET.co.uk “It's got a good, sharp lens” but even so they only rated it 3 stars.

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Good Video Capture

A few Sony DSC-W690 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Colette wrote “The sound on the video is really good too” in her review of the Sony DSC-W690. Cnet.co.uk wrote on expert review site CNET.co.uk “In this review Features for beginners Specs Stills tests Video test Conclusion Where compact pocket cameras like this are concerned” however despite that they gave this digital camera a rating of 60 out of 100. Cnet.co.uk also said “I liked its video performance.”.

Good Product Quality

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W690 was good quality. Khurram A. mentioned on Amazon “Picture quality is awesome” in their Sony DSC-W690 review. Mr C K Pipes said on Amazon “Picture quality is great during the day” in his review. Peteglen scored the product very highly and said in their Sony DSC-W690 review on Amazon “I am pleased with the quality of the photos I have taken so far, also with the movie mode”.

Good Brand

We checked 13,408 expert and user reviews for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically within its compact camera digital cameras range.

Nice Design

A number of people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was good looking.

Good Technical Features

A few people said in their reviews that it had good features. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “There's also some other fun features, such” in their review of this digital camera however they only rated this digital camera 60 out of 100.

Robust

One Sony DSC-W690 reviewer said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W690 was reliable.

Good Support

One person who purchased the product concluded that it had good technical guidance.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type. 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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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-W690 range from 1x to 810x. With a digital zoom of 72 times zoom factor, the DSC-W690 has one of the biggest digital zooms amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This digital camera supports a Memory Stick (MS)|microSDHC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on cameras of a similar age and spec to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The DSC-W690 supports video capability. Most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-W690 do not support video capability.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-W690 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

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

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the DSC-W690 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W690. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DSC-W690 has a higher still image resolution than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 1920 x 1080 and 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592. The worst still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The DSC-W690 has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. This camera also have a ±2EV (1/2 and 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DSC-W690 the flash exposure correction ranges from ±2EV (1/3 EV step) (worst) to ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) (best).

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the DSC-W690 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Sony camera). 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). Across all digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-W690 the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The DSC-W690 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. This digital camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-W690. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Centre weighted Auto Focus", "Multi Point Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

At only 80, the DSC-W690 has a quite small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W690 is 93.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Six experts from sites including CNET.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and CNET.co.uk have rated this compact camera digital camera on average 63%. It seems that camera experts really don't rate this camera very highly.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-W690 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-W690.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years do not support Full HD video. The Sony DSC-W690 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-W690 do not support wi-Fi. The DSC-W690 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

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Not 3D

Most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-W690 are not 3D. The Sony DSC-W690 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-W690, the DSC-W690 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The DSC-W690 is not waterproof. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The average slowest camera shutter speed of cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-W690 is 15s. The DSC-W690 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed (only 2 seconds) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-W690.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The DSC-W690 has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W690. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The battery capacitys of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-W690 range from 170mAh to 2,600mAh, and the average battery capacity is 850mAh. With a battery capacity of only 630 milliamperes * hour, the DSC-W690 has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-W690.

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Only Supports One Camera File System

The number of camera file systems supported by the DSC-W690 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this Sony digital camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only Features Two Light Meterings

The number of light metering modes featured on the Sony DSC-W690 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera features an Spot light metering, which is the most frequently featured light metering featured on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-W690. The light metering "Centre-weighted" is also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the DSC-W690 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Sony camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-W690.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Lock
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
DC-In Jack
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Face Detection
Night Mode
Camera Shutter Speed
Lens System
Optical Viewfinder
Trimming
Electrical Viewfinder

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