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Sony DSC-W510
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Sony DSCW510B Digital Camera

12.1MP 4x CCD 1/2.3" Sep 2013
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Light, compact and comfortable to carry, the Cyber-shot W510 digital camera is your perfect companion for holidays, family get-togethers and more. Superb image quality is teamed with simple,... More
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One Industry Award

The writer at Camera Labs recommend this digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on four expert reviews from sites including Camera Labs, CNET.com.au, parentesis.com and bondfaro.com.br the average expert rating of this compact camera camera is 70%.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 86 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

Several people reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Erfmuck mentioned in their review on Amazon “Decent picture (although not quite as good as a Fuji)”. Grace Lee gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars and she said in her review of this digital camera “This camera is very good when taking photos in low light conditions”. Grace Lee also wrote “I found this camera useful especially at night time or when im going on a night out, so the photos are nice”.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Cameralabs.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned on expert website Camera Labs “The W530 has a 14.1 Megapixel sensor, then comes the” in their Sony DSC-W510 review.

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Reasonably Priced

A few Sony DSC-W510 owners considered that it was good value for money. Finaki mentioned on Amazon “Good value for money” in their review of the Sony DSC-W510 and gave the Sony DSC-W510 a rating of 4 stars. Jonathan Clark mentioned in his review of the Sony DSC-W510 “Great camera at a terrific price” and rated the Sony DSC-W510 5 stars. Jonathan Clark also said “What it does this camera is fantastic value”.

Four people who purchased it reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Jonathan Clark wrote in his review on Amazon “With it I bought an 8GB Sandisk memory card for £7.99 which I thought was a really good deal” and gave this digital camera a very good rating. Four years ago Miss Radka Bartosova said “If you care about design, then this design looks a bit cheap” in her review. Cnet.com.au mentioned on expert website CNET.com.au “Every brand has a cheap little camera to start off each year's crop” in their Sony DSC-W510 review but in spite of that they only gave it a score of 68 out of 100.

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Good Size

Several people who reviewed it considered that it was compact. Cas66 mentioned “Very compact and creates very clear pictures” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 5 stars. Five years ago J. B mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “This is a very compact camera and I can't fault it”. John F. wrote in his Sony DSC-W510 review “Frankly when paying this sort of price for a compact camera I would suggest looking at compact models offered by manufacturers who have specialised in photography for years - Canon” nonetheless he only scored the Sony DSC-W510 3 stars.

One customer who purchased it mentioned that it was thin. Five years ago John F. he wrote “Small, slim and sleek design taking up little room”. One person mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W510 was lightweight. Lulu said in her Sony DSC-W510 review on Amazon “It is compact and lightweight and does everything you need from this type of camera”.

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Easy to Use

A few people who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. Four years ago Cas66 scored it 5 stars and wrote “Found it easy to use” in their Sony DSC-W510 review. Jayne Jones said “Hope to learn how to use it skillfully” in her review. Jhansi mentioned “A very easy to use camera does what it says” and rated the product 5 stars.

One Sony DSC-W510 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was easy to setup. Ms. F. Thepot said on Amazon “Little film too, easy to care for and easy to set up on computer too” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Battery Life

A few customers agreed that this digital camera had a good battery life. Five years ago J. B said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It has a rechargeable battery”. Also five years ago Jess mentioned on Amazon “However, when the camera has charge it is a brilliant camera” in his review of the Sony DSC-W510 however he scored the Sony DSC-W510 3 stars. John F. wrote in his review of the Sony DSC-W510 “The one design flaw mentioned in some of the other reviews is the battery compartment cover” but in spite of that he scored the product 3 stars.

One Sony DSC-W510 reviewer reckoned that the Sony DSC-W510 was quick to charge. Lulu gave it a rating of 5 stars and she said “When you think it has had enough time to charge”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Sony DSC-W510 reviewers agreed that it was good quality. Jess mentioned in his Sony DSC-W510 review “Good quality photos and i enjoy taking landscape photos on a beach or in a busy environment” but despite that he rated it 60 out of 100. John F. mentioned on Amazon “Overall built quality is pretty sturdy”. Marksavile wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It takes great quality pictures and the panoramic picture mode is a nice addition, though it's not something I really use”.

Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

We checked 14,994 expert and owner reviews for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its compact camera digital cameras.

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Robust

One person who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was strong and durable. One Sony DSC-W510 owner concluded that it was reliable. Jonathan Clark mentioned in his review of this digital camera “So if you want a great compact camera from a reliable brand then look no further”.

Nice Design

One Sony DSC-W510 owner said in their reviews that this digital camera was a good design. One Sony DSC-W510 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was good looking.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony DSC-W510 reviewer who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it had a good screen. Five years ago Finaki mentioned on Amazon “Still has full screen at the back etc”.

Good Technical Features

One Sony DSC-W510 reviewer said in their reviews that the product had good features. Finaki said on Amazon “Happy with range of features and more importantly that it's RED - colour of his football team! It feels lighter than previous camera's of the same type i've owned.” in their review.

Good Quality Lens

One customer said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Jonathan Clark mentioned in his review of the Sony DSC-W510 “It's 12.1 megapixels has a 4x optical zoom/26mm wide angle, 6.7cm LCD, Sweep Panorama” and scored the product 5 stars.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras of this type and age. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price].

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot N100[plb_2118439_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 8 times zoom factor, the DSC-W510 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-W510. The smallest digital zoom of comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-W510 is 1x and the biggest is 810x.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The DSC-W510 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video recording and we think the FinePix X10[pl_1150_price], and the FinePix JX500[pl_1672380_price] both from Fujifilm or the Samsung WB800F[plb_1585459_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has One Playback Mode

The number of camera playback modes found on the Sony DSC-W510 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently found playback mode is Movie, but this playback mode is not found on this camera. The playback modes slide show are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the DSC-W510 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The most frequently found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this digital camera. The image editing modes rotating and trimming are also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Features Two Light Metering Modes

The Sony DSC-W510 has a greater number of light metering modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Sony camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most commonly featured light metering mode featured on cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-W510. The light metering mode "Spot" is also featured on this camera.

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Light

The average weight of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-W510 is 170g. The DSC-W510 is one of the lighter compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago (only 103 grams) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Short

At only 54 millimeters, the Sony DSC-W510 is quite short compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The heights of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 10mm to 750mm.

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Very Thin

At only 19.9 millimeters, the Sony DSC-W510 is quite thin compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W510. The average depth of cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-W510 is 38mm.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sony DSC-W510 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-W510 which have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash which you might want to look at including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony DSC-W510 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras of this age and type do have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other cameras which also have an image stabiliser that you might also want to look at including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-W510 is 9.6x. The DSC-W510 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

Alternative 4x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix P310[plb_2119209_price] (4.2x), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5[plb_1900903_price] (4.6x), or the GE A1455[plb_1772760_price] (5x) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The Sony DSC-W510 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12.1 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age. The megapixel counts of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 12.1MP cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the PowerShot SX220 HS[pl_1206_price], and the IXUS 105 IS[pl_377573_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90[plb_1291987_price] is also worth considering.

If this Sony camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Coolpix P330[pl_1724102_price] (12.2MP), or the Coolpix P7700[pl_1714924_price] (12.2MP) both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most digital cameras of this spec and age do not support Full HD video. The DSC-W510 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Exilim EX-ZR700[pl_1722253_price], or the Exilim EX-ZR400[pl_1892885_price] both from Casio or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The DSC-W510 does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to consider include the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago, the DSC-W510 is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The DSC-W510 does not have a GPS. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The DSC-W510 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-W510 are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The DSC-W510 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The flash modes "Flash off", "pre-flash" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Quite Low Maximum Playback Zoom

With a maximum playback zoom of only 1 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-W510 has a fairly low maximum playback zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-W510. The average maximum playback zoom of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W510 is 8.8x.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Sony DSC-W510 is more than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-W510. The image format "JPEG" is also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-W510

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the DSC-W510.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the DSC-W510 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-W510.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price].

If this camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to consider the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] (2.8" and higher rated), the Nikon Coolpix P310[plb_2119209_price] (3" and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (3" and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Focusing
Smile Detection
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Focus
Smile Detection
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Control
Flash
Flash Mode
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
Camera
White Balance Mode
Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Video Recording
USB 2.0 Port
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Camera CCD Sensor
Digital SLR

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dscw510, dscw510r, dscw510p, dscw510b, DSCW510/R, dscw510/p, dscw510rceh, dscw510pceh, sony dscw510, dscw510rcee8, dscw510pcee8, dscw510r.ceh, dscw510p.ceh, sony dscw510r, dscw510p.cee8, sony optical2, sony dscw510p, sony dscw510s, sony dscw510b, dscw510r.cee8, sony optical2x
Barcodes 00027242808546, 00027242813236, 00027242813243, 00027242813250, 00033172020453, 03610170013365, 03610170013822, 03610170553847, 04905524755725, 04905524755732, 04905524755749, 04905524755787, 04905524755794, 04905524755848, 04905524755961, 04905524755985, 04905524755992, 04905524756067, 04905524756081, 07501450761310, 07501450761327, 07501450761334

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