Excerpt: (1 items) In the realm of $200 cameras, Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-W230 distinguishes itself from the pack with a beautiful 3-inch LCD screen, a wide-angle lens, great in-camera features, and easy-as-pie access to scene modes. The 12-megapixel DSC-W230 is well-constructed and looks sharp, too. It’s available in four colors: blue, black, red, and silver. Its 4X optical-zoom Carl Zeiss lens offers a 30mm film equivalent on the wide-angle end, with 120mm on the telephoto end.
Pros: Fun UI and slideshow features, Excellent 3-inch LCD
Summary: All in all, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 offers a great bundle of features for the price, as well as a great LCD and a wide-angle lens. It's one of the best point-and-shoots at this price level we've seen so far in 2009, even if it offers a bit less than perfect image quality.
Summary: Compact cameras, unlike DSLRs, are unforgiving. If all the conditions are not perfect – light, focus, exposure, contrast – then the pictures will be barely acceptable. But when the conditions are right the little Sony does a good job. We let a small child try it. It fitted her hands well and she proved to be an imaginative photographer. We can say that the Sony W230 is so simple a child can use it – if that’s what you’re looking for.
Pros: The HDTV display is particularly fine, although if this setting is chosen in-camera it does limit printing options. Images are generally sharp, well exposed and with reasonable colour accuracy, if somewhat oversaturated. We found that if the pictures were a little underexposed image noise is noticeable, even at ISO200. We wouldn’t recommend using this camera at anything above that ISO speed. Movie mode is surprisingly good.
Cons: We have had a soft spot for the Sony W cameras in the past because they had optical viewfinders. Only Sony and Canon compacts had this feature and now Sony has gone the way of the herd. This is a retrograde step. No matter what they say there are situations where the LCD is impossible to use as a viewfinder.
Excerpt: In the realm of sub-£150 cameras, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 distinguishes itself from the pack with a beautiful 3in LCD screen, a wide-angle lens, great in-camera features, and easy-as-pie access to scene modes.
12.1-megapixel compact camera with 3in LCD and 4x optical zoom
Good Gear Guide.au
15 January 2010
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 is an impressive compact camera that is especially suited to beginners. It takes good photos, comes with an enlarged LCD and has one of the best user interfaces we've seen. All in all, a solid effort.
Summary: At a reasonably low price for budget shoppers, the W230 has quite a few nice features. Unfortunately, the camera has a lens that is not too sturdy, below par image quality and a battery life that will disappoint.
Pros: Easy mode is fuss free, Flash has a good range, Exposure bracketing
Cons: Buttons are too small, Battery life, Images displayed a fair amount of noise and colour artefacts, Flimsy lens, Smile shutter was too slow to respond and fussy
Excerpt: Sony vient renouveler sa gamme W avec les nouveaux modèles, Sony W290, W270 et W230 qui sont autant de variantes autour de caractéristiques. Ce que l’on peut en retenir, c’est que les Sony CyberShot W sont des appareils qui feront de l’œil aux photographes désireux d’un compact sobre à l’allure rassurante.