Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Review
26 April 2013
Summary: With all of the features being added to new beginner-level digital cameras, it sometimes can be easy to lose track of the most important feature -- image quality. After all, your digital camera can have all of the coolest features, but if it can't create a sharp, high-quality image, the extra features are basically worthless.
My Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 review shows that Sony did not forget that important feature: The DSC-W290 creates outstanding images.
Pros: Image quality is very good, Very easy to use with few buttons, Large LCD is easy to see in bright sunlight, Continuous-shot performance is very good, Multiple body colors are available
Cons: Shutter lag can be a minor problem, especially in low light, Some focus problems on close-up subjects, Design is pretty basic, MSRP could be a little lower - shop around
Excerpt: (1 items) If you’re looking for fun in-camera extras and editing tools in a point-and-shoot digital camera, Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is a great option. A wide-angle lens, a sharp 3-inch LCD screen, and a 720p HD movie mode also add to its overall appeal, but we have seen better image quality from similarly priced cameras in 2009. The 12-megapixel DSC-W290 has a 5X optical-zoom Carl Zeiss lens, starting at 28mm on the wide-angle end to 140mm on the telephoto end.
Pros: Fun in-camera editing tools, Wide-angle lens and huge LCD
Cons: Image stabilization could be better, Proprietary A/V connector
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is a variant of the W270 sold in the UK exclusively from Jessops. It differs from the W270 in that it has a 3in 230k LCD monitor instead of the W270’s 2.7in screen....
Summary: The Sony Cybershot DSC-W290 may not have the sharpest image quality in its price range, but casual photographers looking for a big display, ease of use, and good battery life will likely be pleased with it. Those looking for fun in-camera features and editing tools will be delighted.
Excerpt: The new launch of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Blue has Carl Zeiss lens wielding compact packs a punchy 12.1 mega pixels and a boat-load of software features all for around $250. This machine is available in black and blue colors The W290 is a small, sleek device that would fit into a small bag or pocket. At just under an inch thick, it's not the slimmest model out there, but it's small enough to be very portable. It's also pretty light, at just 6.1 ounces.
Excerpt: The new launch of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Blue has Carl Zeiss lens wielding compact packs a punchy 12.1 mega pixels and a boat-load of software features all for around $250. This machine is available in black and blue colors The W290 is a small, sleek device that would fit into a small bag or pocket. At just under an inch thick, it’s not the slimmest model out there, but it’s small enough to be very portable. It’s also pretty light, at just 6.1 ounces.
Summary: Sony has had a fair bash at marrying video capture and point-and-shoot photography and, on paper, you get a lot for your Â£180 or so. However, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290's video functions are limited, the camera is reasonable but not exceptional and we werenâ€™t convinced that the 12Mp of detail makes for photos that are any more memorable. Faster shooting and a zoom that could be used when in video mode too would have been a more satisfactory balance.
Summary: The W290 is a rock-solid point-and-shoot camera with a great lens and good capabilities. It incorporates several useful new features including smile detection, and face memory detection. The best feature, however, may well be the easy camera control offered by the Intelligent Auto mode. This makes it one of the first true point-and-shoot cameras that fully adjusts itself to take the best picture.