Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 Review

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This will be my first camera review, so bear with me. I’ve been using the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W330 for more than a month now and I like to make sure that I have used and tested the camera, for this review.

You can read my full review after the break.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

For starters, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 is a perfect camera for first-time buyer/owner of camera, it’s easy to use and you can never go wrong no matter what subject you are shooting.

By design, the DSC-W330 is created using a combination of plastic, stainless steel and aluminun, it feels solid but feels very light, unlike other camera. Though you may need to press and ON/OFF button longer in order to turn on the camera. The physical controls for the DSC-W330 are mostly on the right side of the back panel, only the ON/OFF and Shutter button can be seen on top of the camera.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

The DSC-W330 is using a 14.1 megapixel 1/2.3” Super HAD™ CCD image sensor and a Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens (26mm equivalent wide angle lens) that can capture up to A3+ (13×19”) size photo-quality prints. The 3.0” Clear Photo LCD™ display is also a plus for DSC-W330, since it can display the captured image in 230K pixels and in its natural color. The video captured by DSC-W330 are in AVI (Motion JPEG) and approx. 30fps format and mono-audio.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

I often use the Steadyshot to avoid having blurry image because of camera shake, but you can also use the other shooting mode for DSC-W330 like the Intelligent Auto Adjust, Program Auto, Scene Selection and Steadyshot, but if you really are not sure which mode to use, then just use the Easy Mode.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

On video mode, I always use the VGA settings for high quality video but you can always switch to QVGA video mode, QVGA is best for sending as file attachments and on mobile device. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 has a lot of features that I’m sure you will love, but the feature that I like the most is the Face and Smile Detection feature, when enabled is a useful feature specially if you’re the type that always want shoot themselves with others.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

Just point the camera to yourself or anyone who is smiling, it will automatically captures that picture perfect smile. Combine that with the Motion Detection feature and you get a clear and crisp photos.

Below are slideshow of photos taken using Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 and a number of photos I took using Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 and you can visit the gallery for additional pictures.

These photos are taken on different lighting condition like indoor, outdoor, bright sunlight, against the light, night time and more.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

Here’s a video that I took during our trip to Al Khobar, this is the canteen of the Riyadh Train Station.

Here’s the specs and notable features of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330:
14.1 Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD Image Sensor
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens with 4x Optical Zoom w/ 26mm equivalent wide
3.0” Clear Photo LCD™ display (230k pixels)
Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode
SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Motion, Smile and Face Detection Technology
Supports Memory Stick Duo™/Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ media and SD/SDHC media up to 32 GB
9 points AF Modes
Lithium ion 630 mAh

The tag price for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330, according to sonystyle.com is $119.99, I got my for SR 799.00 and it comes with a free Sony S-Frame Digital Photo Frame, when bought separately cost around $100.

While most reviews said that the images taken using Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 are blurry and not clear, that did not happen to me when I’m using the camera and like what I said earlier the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 is a great point-and-shoot camera for first time owner but if you already have a camera, chances they already have the features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 is lacking some features like panoramic photos and the ability to take HD videos, still a VGA video (4:3 aspect ratio) is still not that bad and the 3″ display, 14.1 megapixel 1/2.3” Super HAD™ CCD image sensor and Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens are the three most notable features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330.

Last modified: March 12, 2011

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