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Sony DSC-W580 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.1MP 5x CCD Jan 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Sony has good digital camera reviews
Fairly large display diagonal
Quite big digital zoom

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Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 23,306 user and expert reviews (including 401 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel cameras. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Six Years Ago

It was January 2011 when this medium megapixel digital camera was released.


Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 10 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-W580 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera. Across all the digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Rollei Compactline 750 (12x and higher rated), the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (£429) (14x and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-W630 (20x and higher rated).

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The DSC-W580 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 5 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 5x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (£239.99) (5.8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera have display diagonals of between 2" and 4.8". The Sony DSC-W580 has a fairly large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the Samsung SAMSUNG DV300F which both of have better reviews.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Df (£2,039) (3.2" and higher rated), the D4 (£4,225) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 230.4 pixels, the DSC-W580 has a very low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera. Similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 230 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The DSC-W580 supports video capability. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of their better review scores, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the Nikon Coolpix S8200.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-W580 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo, and the GE A1455 which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Sony DSC-W580 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Camera

Does Not Feature Contrast Adjustment

The Sony DSC-W580 does not feature contrast adjustment, unlike most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The DSC-W580 features smile detection. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago also feature smile detection.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The DSC-W580 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony DSC-W580 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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Picture Quality

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Sony DSC-W580 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. In addition, this Sony camera have still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 3264 x 2448, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 2592, 3648 x 2432, 3648 x 2736, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2672, 4000 x 3000 and 4320 x 2432 and 4320 x 3240. Across all digital cameras of this age and type the best still image resolution is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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16.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.1 megapixels camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 16.1MP digital cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the 240 HS, or the ELPH 320 HS both from Canon or the Sony SLT-A57Y.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Kodak Pixpro FZ41 (16.15MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The average weight of cameras of this age and spec is 250g. With a weight of only 111 grams, the DSC-W580 is fairly light compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dscw580s.cee8, dscw580bcee8
Barcodes 04905524752175, 04905524752281

Sony DSC-W580 Review Sources

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