Conclusion: The W290 is a fantastic buy: producing crisp, well-balanced and vibrant frames, all at an affordable cost. It struggles in low light and isn't the top contender for macro or sports but excels in landscape and portrait shooting, and for an every day point and shoot you'd struggle to find a camera that would deliver better results.
Summary: I do not get to see many Sony units as their agency in the past has not the most cooperative hence this unit being supplied by Jessops. This is a small neat unit but it also has a lot of recent features and certainly worth a look.
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is a compelling package. Unless you're extraordinarily picky about your photo quality, it's a great pocket camera at a reasonable price with a solid combination of features, usability and design.
Pros: Terrific design, interface and controls, Wide-angle, 5x zoom lens, Excellent price-to-feature ratio
Cons: No optical zoom while recording video, Soft photos
Excerpt: We’ve got used to point-and-shoot cameras being slimline but the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is a little chunkier at 22mm at its thinnest point and 28mm across its belly. At 174g, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is also heavier than, say, Sony’s waiflike T77, and the same weight as the Fuji F200 we’ve recently reviewed.