Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 review

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With Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-T70 having displaced Canon from the A List in issue 171 – and sat there ever since – we had high hopes for the latest Sony range. But we were disappointed by the W220.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 review

First, in comparison to the tiny size, slick looks and gadget factor of the T70, the 12.1-megapixel W220 is no catwalk model. It’s relatively dumpy in this company at about 22mm thick, and there’s little to make anyone look twice at the design.

The Carl Zeiss-branded lens doesn’t quite reach true wide-angle territory at 30mm equivalent: it isn’t enough to give a grand sense of scale to architectural shots and big outdoor vistas. Meanwhile, the 4x zoom gives you reasonable magnification but doesn’t match the likes of the Panasonic TZ6 or Samsung NV9.

The main picture-quality issue is over-aggressive JPEG compression, leading to pictures with almost all fine detail lost to a mosaic of blocky artefacts. Most other models have two- or three-level control over compression settings, but the W220’s is fixed. On the positive side, it does cope well with colour balance and our high-ISO shots were nicely free of distracting colour noise. This comes at the expense of heavy noise-reduction processing smearing out details, though.

The W220 isn’t a bad camera, but it simply doesn’t offer the quality we’d expect, nor very high specifications or a super-slinky design that might compensate.


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Basic specifications

Camera megapixel rating 12.1MP
Camera screen size 2.7in
Camera optical zoom range 4.0x
Camera maximum resolution 4,000 x 3,000

Weight and dimensions

Weight 144g
Dimensions 95 x 22 x 57mm (WDH)


Battery type included Lithium-ion
Battery life (CIPA standard) 370 shots
Charger included? yes

Other specifications

Built-in flash? yes
Aperture range f2.8 - f5.8
Camera minimum focus distance 5.00m
Shortest focal length (35mm equivalent) 30
Longest focal length (35mm equivalent) 120
Minimum (fastest) shutter speed 1/1,600
Bulb exposure mode? no
Exposure compensation range +/- 2EV
ISO range 100 - 3200
Selectable white balance settings? yes
Manual/user preset white balane? no
Progam auto mode? yes
Shutter priority mode? no
Aperture priority mode? no
Fully auto mode? yes
Burst frame rate 1.7fps
Exposure bracketing? yes
White-balance bracketing? no
Memory-card type Memory Stick Duo
Viewfinder coverage N/A
LCD resolution 230k
Secondary LCD display? no
Video/TV output? yes
Body construction Alloy
Tripod mounting thread? yes
Data connector type Proprietary USB

Manual, software and accessories

Full printed manual? no
Software supplied Sony Picture Motion Browser, Music Transfer
Accessories supplied Strap, USB/video combo cable

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