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Sony DSC-W800 Digital Camera

20.1MP 5x CCD Feb 2014
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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Sony DSC W800 Review
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29 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Good

The average user rating of this camera is 84 out of 100 based on 903 user reviews.

Best Seller

According to Amazon sales data, the DSC-W800 is one the best selling camera currently available for purchase.

Good Quality Pictures

One hundred and fifteen Sony DSC-W800 reviewers who purchased it wrote that it was able to produce good images. Ajanthan Arulpragasam mentioned on Amazon two years ago “It should take far better pictures rather than a phone's camera”. Ajanthan Arulpragasam also said “AT LEAST "GOOD" pictures”. Ajanthan Arulpragasam also said “You can forget about a long distance photos as the camera simply cannot (even with a zoom) perform a clear picture”.

Five Sony DSC-W800 reviewers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Last year David H J Ashdown mentioned in his review of the Sony DSC-W800 on Amazon “Click for excellent results and the high resolution 20Mb means that you can blow up small portions without losing definition”. Lewis wrote “A bit expensive) camera which is 8 megapixels, I've had it for almost eight years” however despite that he scored this digital camera 1 stars. Nicki said on Amazon in January last year “I plugged it into my laptop thinking that the screen wasn't a high enough resolution to properly view the pictures only to discover that they were in fact terrible quality”.

Some customers said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W800 had a good image sensor. Cheshire Cat said “Having a massive 20.1 megapixel sensor”. Two years ago expert review site Gadgetspeaks.com said in their Sony DSC-W800 review “The MP Super HAD CCD sensor help”.

One person who reviewed it wrote that it was good in low light. Tim said on Amazon “The optical image stabilisation of the Canon results in much better low-light performance than this Sony camera”.

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Easy to Use

Some customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use. Two years ago A.c.a gave it a score of 4 stars and said “Simple and easy to use, software a bit complicated” in their review of the Sony DSC-W800. Amazon Customer said on Amazon in January last year “If you want a easy to use point & shoot camera that gives sharp pictures at a low price you really can't go wrong”. Amazon Customer also said “I was looking for something easy to use which it is, I love the picture quality”.

Some people concluded that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Cornelb said on Amazon “Is so small it's nice to hold to take great photos, which is obviously good quality pics! Much cheaper than other places I looked at!”.

A number of people who purchased the Sony DSC-W800 concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Last year Tiff said “Fab little camera - good quality pictures without having to spend 6 years fiddling with endless settings”. Valerie Edmondson scored it very highly and she wrote in her Sony DSC-W800 review “Go, Clear pictures with clear instructions on the menu, also tells you how many pictures you have left which is an added bonus, overall a great little camera”.

One Sony DSC-W800 owner said in their reviews that it had a good interface. Amazon Customer mentioned “The friendly interface (although I'd enjoy more manual control)” in their review. One person wrote in their reviews that it was easy to assemble. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Sony DSC-W800 on Amazon “It is simple to assemble and fast at charging”.

One Sony DSC-W800 owner who purchased the Sony DSC-W800 thought it was easy to handle.

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Good Battery Life

Several people mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. Amazon Customer mentioned “Regarding battery life, easily takes 500+ without coming close to running out”. C'tech said “An odd let down is the weakness of the clip for battery/card cover - it easily comes open”. Cathiem mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Great little camera takes nice pictures battery seems to last a while”.

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was quick to charge. Panther mentioned two years ago “It takes a bit longer to charge” .

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Good Technical Features

A few customers who bought the Sony DSC-W800 wrote that it had good features. A. Jacobs mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-W800 “It's in a similar category to my old Kodak and has some extra features, like the automatic panorama which comes in 3 lengths”. Adam Momoniat mentioned in his review “It also has special features for taking pictures at parties, that stabilises the frame quicker” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “High mp, all the easy to use features you need at a brilliant low price” in their review of the Sony DSC-W800.

Robust

A number of Sony DSC-W800 reviewers who bought this digital camera agreed that it was well made. Cheshire Cat gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “A built in LiOn rechargeable battery lasts for about 150-200 shots in normal use”. Fred said in his review of the Sony DSC-W800 on Amazon “Well made with excellent battery life”. Two years ago John Hare said “Easy to use well made camera” and rated this digital camera as excellent.

A few Sony DSC-W800 owners who purchased the product agreed that it was strong and durable. In January last year Hrb said in their Sony DSC-W800 review “It's stylish, lightweight, sturdy and easy to use”. Also in January last year Mr Nicholas Walker mentioned in his Sony DSC-W800 review “Its small light and sturdy, thought maybe not in the hands of the ham fisted! It takes good clear images, at 20.1 megapixels I guess it should”. Thomas Garnham gave it a rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review “All I can say fantastic photos easy to use and robust - I have”.

A few customers considered that this digital camera was easy to damage or scratch. Dan said on Amazon “And mine now is broken”. Two years ago M. Braithwaite said on Amazon “The plastic flap over the memory card compartment has broken off and I can't even find it”. Mark Mitchell said in his review of this digital camera “By the following July it was broken” however despite that he gave the Sony DSC-W800 a score of 20 out of 100.

One Sony DSC-W800 reviewer concluded that the product was reliable. Two years ago Kmca wrote on Amazon “Reliable and easy to use”.

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Nice Design

Eight Sony DSC-W800 owners considered that it was good looking. Char_10 wrote two years ago “Battery life is pretty good too”. In the same month Cheshire Cat wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It still looks stylish enough to earn the thumbs up from a hard to please teen!All in all, this is a relatively inexpensive point” and scored the Sony DSC-W800 4 stars. Fantasyraider 3dheart said “He got more? He got beautiful clear pictures too, that I'm able to enlarge (quite extensively) for him in Adobe PS without hardly any pixel blur”.

Some Sony DSC-W800 reviewers said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W800 was neat. Maisie gave it a rating of 5 stars and she mentioned last year “Neat and compact”. Maisie also said “It would fit neatly in a case in any bag, or in your pocket”. Val M wrote on Amazon two years ago “Love it, small, neat, easy to use”.

Some customers concluded that the Sony DSC-W800 was a good design. A. Jacobs said “I also think the design could be improved”. Last year Amazon Customer said on Amazon “To be honest, I think that it's because the whole camera has an old design and firmware (talking about internal design, not the shell” but they only gave the Sony DSC-W800 a rating of 3 stars. Amazon Customer also wrote “The camera has a very compact design and can take a very good photo, given the right conditions”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was rough. Two years ago Digitwidget mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It probably won't take much rough handling.”. One person who bought this digital camera thought it was smooth. Spiderman2009 scored it 5 stars and wrote “The zoom feature is very smooth”.

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Reasonably Priced

Some Sony DSC-W800 reviewers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good value for money. A. Jacobs wrote on Amazon “Isn't bad for the money” however they only rated the product 3 stars. Adam Momoniat gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned on Amazon “Great quality for the price” in his Sony DSC-W800 review. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Sony DSC-W800 “Good value” and scored it 5 stars.

Seventeen people who reviewed it wrote that it was a bargain for the price. Alastair Lofthouse wrote in their review “Looking for a cheap pocket camera for everyday use”. Asaelliott gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Nice, cheap, compact point”. Aurelien Neri gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Perfect conditions, good little cheap photo camera”.

Some people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was cheap. Cheshire Cat said on Amazon two years ago “Needing a simple to use inexpensive” and rated the Sony DSC-W800 4 stars.

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Good Size

Some Sony DSC-W800 owners wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Adam Momoniat mentioned in his review “A really good compact camera for the price” . Adam Momoniat also said “Charges quickly, turns on quickly, focuses quickly - all the things you need from a compact”. Adam Momoniat also mentioned “For those wanting a really good compact to do what a compact should, be smart with your money”.

A few Sony DSC-W800 owners who purchased the product agreed that it was lightweight. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “The fact it's a small lightweight camera” in their Sony DSC-W800 review. Avrilp gave the product an excellent review score and mentioned “Great compact, lightweight camera so it's easy to take around” in their review of this digital camera. Cheshire Cat scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote “Something that a teen would be happy to use!It is indeed compact, lightweight ( 125g), easy to slip in a pocket”.

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. A. W. Asparassa gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Good quality pictures, easy to carry, used on recent trip to London, picture quality very good for size of camera”. Two years ago Agness mentioned on Amazon “I guess would be ok for a teenager who wouldn't really take good care of it, as it's easy to carry around on excursions, etc” but despite that they scored this digital camera 3 stars. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Sony DSC-W800 on Amazon in the same month “Easy to carry in Pocket”.

Several people thought the Sony DSC-W800 was a good weight. A C M gave the Sony DSC-W800 an excellent rating and said on Amazon “It's a really nice camera, fits well in pockets and is feather weight” in their Sony DSC-W800 review. Me said on Amazon “Lastly it feels cheap, no weight” although they only gave it a score of 40 out of 100.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W800 was thin. Amazon Customer wrote “Slim and stylish, like myself” in their review of the Sony DSC-W800. One person who reviewed the product considered that it was heavy and bulky. Bev scored the product 5 stars and she wrote in her review “It slide's into a pocket and its not heavy, pictures are very nice”.

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Good Product Quality

Fifty-seven Sony DSC-W800 reviewers thought this digital camera was good quality. A C M rated this digital camera as very good and mentioned on Amazon “Quality is brilliant for the price” in their review of the Sony DSC-W800. A. Roberts wrote “For the price it was well worth it and the quality loads better than my other camera which cost twice as much” in their review of the Sony DSC-W800. A. Roberts also mentioned “I can honestly say I was impressed with the quality and clarity of the pictures, for the price it was well worth it”.

One person who purchased it thought it was inferior quality. Panther mentioned on Amazon “Video is is 720p not bad quality wise either” in their Sony DSC-W800 review and rated it 4 stars.

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Good Video Capture

Some Sony DSC-W800 reviewers agreed that it was good for video recording. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “My smartphone (an LG G3) takes pictures 10 times better at night and even the videos are better” in their review of this digital camera. Darren Walden mentioned in his review of the Sony DSC-W800 “Video is detailed and also of a good quality” and gave it a very good review. Deeyandra wrote on Amazon in January last year “It's a good camera! It's takes far better photos than videos, especially when you have the patience to let it focus”.

Good Support

A few people who reviewed it reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Avrilp wrote “Instructions clear for my elderly Mum” in their review of the Sony DSC-W800. Lendrick mentioned in their review of this digital camera “With manual zoom and decent quality” . Sheilamoose said on Amazon in January last year “Check Sony website for full instructions!”.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

Compact cameras manufactured by Sony have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Sony also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Flash

Five Sony DSC-W800 owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good flash. Asaelliott rated the Sony DSC-W800 4 stars and said on Amazon “Great nature shots, struggles at night when taking photos of something bright without a flash” in their review of this digital camera. Jomalvern mentioned “The zoom keeps the photos nice and clear and the flash works very well”. Last year Olivia Emily she said “Sometimes the flash is a little bright” in her review.

Acceptable Noise Level

A number of people who bought the product considered that it was noisy. Fmo mentioned “The photos taken using the zoom are blurry and full of noise” yet they scored it 20 out of 100. Pizzapeter1998 mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Not zoomed displaying a video that is very grainy and has a lot of noise showing” in their review of this digital camera but even so they scored it 3 stars.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many digital 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 compared this camera to all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the Sony DSC-W510R[plb_1610607_price] or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price] are also worth considering.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Across all the compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x. At 40 times zoom factor, the DSC-W800 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly High Megapixel

The lowest megapixel of digital cameras of this age and type is 0.3MP, the highest is 46MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP. The megapixel of the DSC-W800 of 20.1 megapixels is one of the highest amongst compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-W800.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This camera supports a MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth considering include the Sony DSC-W510R[plb_1610607_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC and cheaper) or the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-W800 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price] which has better reviews.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Sony DSC-W810[plb_2109582_price], or the Olympus VR-350[plb_1835931_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W800, the Sony DSC-W800 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to consider including the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price] which has better reviews.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Sony DSC-W810[plb_2109582_price], or the Olympus VR-350[plb_1835931_price].

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5152 X 3864 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DSC-W800 has a 5152 x 3864 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s)s of 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944 and 5152 x 2896 and 1920 x 1080.

A 5152 x 3864 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-W800.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360.

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Has Five White Balances

The Sony DSC-W800 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash" and "Incandescent" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

The DSC-W800 has one of the more total megapixelss (20 megapixels) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-W800 the total megapixelss range from 10MP to 48MP.

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5152 X 3864 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The DSC-W800 has a 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

This digital camera's image resolution (5152 x 3864 pixels) is actually the best image resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-W800.

A 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution is the worst image resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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TFT Display

The Sony DSC-W800 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras of this type and age. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The best display of all comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Light

Comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-W800 have weights of between 20g and 840g, and the average weight is 170g. The Sony DSC-W800 is fairly light (only 109 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-W800.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-W510R[plb_1610607_price] (103g and cheaper); or the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price] (170g and higher rated).

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12 Reasons Against

£15.01 Price Increase

In the last 41 days the price of the DSC-W800 has increased by £15.01.

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Sony DSC-W800 does not support video capability, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support video capability including the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price]; or the Sony DSC-W510R[plb_1610607_price].

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Sony DSC-W800 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-W800 also do not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years, the DSC-W800 does not support wi-Fi.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the DSC-W800 is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras of this age and spec do not have a GPS (satellite). The DSC-W800 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The DSC-W800 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Only Has One Photo Effects

The DSC-W800 has a greater number of photo effects than most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly found photo effects is Art, but this photo effects is not found on this camera. The photo effectss Calm are also found on this digital camera.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 2 seconds, the DSC-W800 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-W800. The shortest slowest camera shutter speed of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.12s, the longest is 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 15s.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the DSC-W800 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Sony camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of this spec and age. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The DSC-W800 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The best video resolution of all cameras of this spec and age is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Sony DSC-W800 is more than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-W800.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-W800

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the DSC-W800 over three years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the DSC-W800 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-W800.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the DSC-W800 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-W800.

Other 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider include cheaper cameras such as the Sony DSC-W510R[plb_1610607_price].

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Specification

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ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Wrist Strap Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

28 August 2015

When it comes to digital cameras, Sony has some great ones in the market. If you are looking for something that would provide impressive detailed images, you should look no further than the Sony... Read more…

Reasonable performance in good light
Some manual control
Compact and lightweight
Low price
Poor low light image quality
Extremely soft panoramas
Very limited LCD viewing angles
Restricted zoom range

User Reviews

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Reviewed 7 June 2014 by Yoyodido
Yoyodido would recommend the Sony W800 (Verified Purchase)

It is nice light wait portable easy to carry camera w all u can need for family u...

Reviewed 21 August 2014 by Lily

The camera was worst one I used had Canon and Nikon. It was poor in low light and give you blur pictures. The 20.1mp megapixels was not showing high-resolution images. It was disappoint...

Reviewed 28 April 2015 by AlanInHouston
AlanInHouston would recommend the Sony W800

Folks with an Apple iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy 5 have a good camera in their pockets. For those of us whose phone has a crummy camera, the W800 provides a pocket sized camera at a very low price...

Reviewed 15 September 2014 by Knuckles66
Knuckles66 would recommend the Sony W800 (Verified Purchase)

Got this for my 11 year old daughter for her birthday and she loves it. The best part, i didn't have to figure out how to use it first, she got it all on her own. Recommend for anyone that is... Read more…

Reviewed 9 July 2014 by Goutam
Goutam would recommend the Sony W800 (Verified Purchase)

This is a very good for the day to day use , very simple and easy to use...

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