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Sony DSC-W830 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 20.1MP 8x CCD Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
One industry award
Good size
Good in low light
619 Reviews + 1 Award
Camera Labs Recommended

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Features

Good Technical Features

Sixty customers said in their reviews that the product had good features. Dai_ mentioned in their review of this digital camera “There are features I haven't even discovered yet” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5. Curlywurly said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Argos.co.uk two years ago “Fantastic product with great features, really easy to use”. Bills wrote “Truly compact with excellent features, including easy shoot mode”.


Price

Reasonably Priced

One hundred and two owners who bought it concluded that it was good value for money. Two years ago Chrissy mentioned “Small compact camera, quality photo's excellent video's, loads of feature's absolutely amazing, great value, would recommend” in her review of this digital camera and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Chloe she wrote on expert website Argos.co.uk “Fantastic camera for a great price!” in her review of this digital camera. Cranhill said on expert review site Argos.co.uk “Good qualty photos at a good price” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100.

Eleven customers who bought it thought it was expensive. Briman mentioned in their Sony DSC-W830 review on expert review site Argos.co.uk “And it was not an expensive buy so I am a happy bunny all round”. Annabelle wrote on expert review site Argos.co.uk two years ago “Bought as a gift the recipient loves it because it is compact and has all the qualities of a much more expensive camera”. An anonymous author she mentioned “The photos look sharp and clear on my computer screen and without the lens distortion you get with (even an expensive) smartphone camera”.

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Reviews

One Industry Award

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

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, Camera Labs, Les Numeriques.com and Chip.de this camera has an overall expert rating of 68 out of 100.

Good User Reviews

On average, DSC-W830 owners rated this camera 86 out of 100. 354 reviewers (85% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 89% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 23,306 user and expert reviews (including 7,110 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its high megapixel cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Easy to Use

One hundred and ninety-four customers who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use. Dallas rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5 and he said in his review of this digital camera “This product has good features and is easy to use”. Chris1103 scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Easy to use with a long battery life”. Two years ago Dave said “This camera is first class and relatively easy to use” in his review of this digital camera.

Eleven owners who reviewed this digital camera said that it was easy to use the menus. Brian scored it 4 stars out of 5 and he said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Menus are easy to follow”. An anonymous author gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and she mentioned on expert review site Argos.co.uk “The Menu is easy to use” in her review of this digital camera. S. Porter wrote “The device itself has standard settings like auto flash, with some neat extras thrown in” .

Four owners who reviewed the product said that it was easy to setup. Jerry rated it 4 stars out of 5 and he said in his review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The camera rames good high quality pictures and was very easy to set up”. Two years ago Jilly mentioned “Bought this for holiday easy to set up and use brilliant pictures” in their review of the Sony DSC-W830. Judith wrote also two years ago “This product is really easy to set up and use” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Two customers who purchased the product considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. A. Skudder wrote “I am a bit old-school in that I like to hold the camera to my eye because it just feels right” in their review of this digital camera. Mykeyreviews said “It's also very comfortable camera to hold and is very light in weight” .

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Nice Design

Twenty-five customers who bought it agreed that it was good looking. Flor23_ said “That Camera is great to who is looking for beautiful pictures, good zoom” in their review of this digital camera. Car Photog gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Seems to be a pretty decent camera for the price, easy to use” in their review of this digital camera. Travis said on expert website Walmart.com “The high pixel count results in beautiful photos” and scored the Sony DSC-W830 a maximum of 5 stars.

Fourteen customers said in their reviews that it was neat. Dai_ gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Argos.co.uk “Neat camera, handy to use, 10x the features of the old one”. Biff mentioned “Thicks all the box's for a tidy little camera” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Bertie12 wrote on expert review site Argos.co.uk “Light weight and neat this is great for carrying around in a pocket”.

Six owners who reviewed it concluded that it was well designed. Flor23_ said two years ago “I loved the design!” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Paris mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Argos.co.uk in the same month “The design is cool and i like the fact there are multipul colours to choose from ( i have the pink version”. Tel 99 said “Such a shame, as the product itself appears to be of very good quality and design”.

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Picture Quality is Pretty Good

One hundred and twenty-five owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W830 was good quality. Digital Versus wrote “Picture quality is pretty good” in their review of this digital camera. Danny22 said on expert review site Argos.co.uk “The picture and video quality are impressive” in their review of this digital camera. Chris1103 mentioned “I would highly recommend this camera for ease of use and quality of photos”.

Robust

Thirteen owners concluded that the product was well made. Bills rated it 5 stars out of 5 and said “Usual Sony build quality, excellent design”. Two years ago Ben mentioned “It has a built in 27 mg memory card, if I had known I would bought smaller separate memory card”. David scored it 80 out of 100 and he wrote on expert review site Argos.co.uk “Well made and with a number of useful features”.

Five owners who purchased it said that it was strong and durable. Russ said on expert website Argos.co.uk “Durable, attractive and works brilliantly” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Paul rated it 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “Bought case also, sturdy to protect camera”. Clbledsaw mentioned “I love this camera and it feels very sturdy” in their review of this digital camera and rated this digital camera 5 stars out of 5.

Two people who purchased the Sony DSC-W830 agreed that it was easy to damage or scratch. Weezie55555 said in their review of this digital camera “I wanted something I was less concerned about damaging so I could get quick pictures of my kids” yet they rated it 1 stars out of 5. Foss wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon in April last year “Excellent update of my last sony camera which unfortunately broke” and scored it 5 stars out of 5.

Two people said in their reviews that the product was reliable. Last year Rjay mentioned on expert review site Argos.co.uk “For the price a good buy for general photography, easy to use, compact, reliable make, sensible zoom range”. Three years ago Sweetmusiclady said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Walmart.com “I sell a lot on ebay so I need a camera that is dependable and that provides crystal-clear images”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eighty-seven customers who purchased the Sony DSC-W830 said that it was compact. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus “A small, light and easy-to-use compact camera” but despite that they scored the product 60 out of 100. They also said “That isn't what Sony set out to do; this camera is just a simple and easy-to-use compact” in their review, and also wrote “The Sony DSC W830 is an entry-level compact camera with 20 Mpx sensor, 8x zoom”.

Fourteen customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Buyer gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Argos.co.uk “Lovely size easy to carry and to use”. Ariz1964 mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Light, easy to carry, great picture quality” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5. Schmam said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Argos.co.uk “Very small so easy to carry round and use”.

Twelve people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was lightweight. Daveynavy mentioned on expert website Argos.co.uk “Nice lightweight camera, brilliant photographs for its size” in their review of this digital camera. Four-O wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Lightweight, pocket-sized and all the features I need for casual shooting” in their review of this digital camera. Trifolios mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Walmart.com three years ago “Portable and lightweight”.

Four people who reviewed it reckoned that it was thin. Bbee wrote “Love the slim compact size” and scored this digital camera 80 out of 100. Sher mentioned on expert review site Argos.co.uk two years ago “Very slim looking and easy to use”. Jo Bones wrote “Plenty of features nice and slim great for holiday” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Two people who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good size. Two years ago Chrissy wrote in her review of this digital camera on expert review site Argos.co.uk “Good size to keep in a handbag” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Steve1978 rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5 and said “Bought for a couple of weekend parties good size and operation”.

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Light

The lightest high megapixel camera that has been on the market for more than two years is 90g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 400g. When compared to other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera, the weight of the DSC-W830 of only 104 grams is one of the lightest.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the DSC-WX220 (£99.99) (105g and higher rated), or the DSC-WX200 (105g and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Good in Low Light

Two hundred and eighty-four people thought this digital camera was able to produce good images. Expert website Digitalversus.com said in their review of this digital camera “You can get reasonable pictures straight out of the box” yet they only scored it 3 stars out of 5. Chris1103 wrote “A lovely light weight camera which produces amazing photos with its 20.1MP quality”. Chunky Turbo said on expert website Argos.co.uk “Very quick and efficient very good quality pictures”.

Eighteen owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Live2cruise scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “The new one has much better resolution with 20 megapixels, super powerful zoom”. Jennymaus scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The resolution is spectacular”. Three years ago 44 Footer mentioned “The resolution is very good for an inexpensive camera”.

Eight customers concluded that it was good in low light. Website Walmart.com wrote “Good in Low Light” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago 44 Footer gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I am pleased that it can take good pictures in low light without a flash”. Rblack7557 gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Take very excellent pictures in low light”.

Three owners thought it was able to produce clear pictures. Bbee rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Quality of zoom less good- lacking clarity.”. Rose said in her review of this digital camera on expert website Argos.co.uk “The video has clarity also” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Lovemycamera mentioned on expert website Walmart.com “The clarity and color are superb” in their review of this digital camera.

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Dedicated Movie Mode

Thirty-three owners thought the Sony DSC-W830 was good for video recording. Two years ago Digital Versus said in their review of this digital camera “Dedicated movie mode” however they only rated it 60 out of 100. Also two years ago Blossom wrote on expert website Argos.co.uk “Exvellent price, pictures and videos come out excellently” in her review of this digital camera. Carole mentioned in her review of this digital camera on expert review site Argos.co.uk in the same month “Easy to use, love the panaromic and video features” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Good Zoom

Fourty-one people said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Website Walmart.com said “Great Zoom” in their review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Two years ago expert review site Digitalversus.com wrote “It's pretty basic and has an 8x zoom” but they scored the product 3 stars out of 5. Two years ago Chrissy scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and she mentioned on expert review site Argos.co.uk “It takes great photographs and the zoom is brilliant”.

Nine people considered that it had a good lens. Dai_ gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of the Sony DSC-W830 two years ago “Great lens too, which is v important to me”. In the same month Stephan.weber.de mentioned “The W830 is an ideal all-rounder with excellent quality overall, easy to use and with a superb lens”. Stoater said on expert review site Argos.co.uk “The zeiss lens produces superb pictures in a variety of light conditions, very pleased with this camera!” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Three owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good autofocus. Weezie55555 said “It takes longer to focus and to process pictures than my phone, so it completely defeats the purpose of having an actual camera” in their review of this digital camera. Uncle Barbar mentioned three years ago “There are a number of focus tracking options and focus weighted on different areas (as per normal”. Dario Rossi gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and he said in his review of this digital camera “Sometimes the autofocus could be better (I'm talking about the easy mode)”.

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it had a good image stabiliser. S. P. Long wrote on expert review site Amazon “The camera allegedly (according to information on the web) has image stabilisation.”. A. Skudder mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I didn't get the blurring I was expecting so it looks like the image stabilisation does enough to compensate for a bit of arm wobbling” but they scored the product 60 out of 100.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Eight owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good screen. Expert website Cameralabs.com said three years ago “The W830 has a 2.7 inch screen and can shoot 720p HD video” in their review of this digital camera. Nes 10 wrote “Bought month ago easy to use picture quality looks good on screen” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Mark1973 mentioned “Simple to use with lots of features, great screen for seeing the end results” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-W830 had a good viewfinder. Car Photog mentioned “Though I prefer a viewfinder even when using my Alpha, framing shots was easy with this one” . Daisy scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and she said “On the viewfinder photos look good”.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was December 2014 when Sony released the DSC-W830.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The DSC-W830 supports video recording. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The DSC-W830 has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 56% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Across all comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera range from 2x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 34x. At 32 times zoom factor, the DSC-W830 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 8 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-W830 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

Alternative 8x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III which has better reviews.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was noisy. S. P. Long wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-W830 on expert website Amazon “In low light, they really aren't good at all - high ISOs result in extremely noisy images, to the extent of blurring any detail” nonetheless they gave the product a score of 40 out of 100. Fred Wright mentioned “Images are so noisy that solid blacks are covered in green” in his review of this digital camera but he only scored it 1 stars out of 5.

Features Voice Recording

The DSC-W830 features voice recording, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony DSC-W830 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The DSC-W830 does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera which support Wi-Fi.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a Wi-Fi and we think the NX1000, or the NX300 both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 are also worth considering.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The DSC-W830 does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Nine customers said that the Sony DSC-W830 had good technical guidance. Website Argos.co.uk said “Hwere Are The Instruction” in their review of this digital camera. Carolina42 mentioned on expert website Argos.co.uk “Instructions so simple that even a technology challenged person like me can understand them” in their review of this digital camera. Angelina gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and she said in her review of this digital camera “I sometimes struggle with new technology ! This camera is easy to use with clear instructions that even I could understand”.


Display

Very Small Display Diagonal

The Sony DSC-W830 has a quite small display diagonal (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera. High megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago have display diagonals of between 2.5" and 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 3".

Alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Sony DSC-WX200 which has better reviews.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon EOS 6D EF (£1,242.99) (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera range from 1 pixels to 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 810,000 pixels. At only 230,400 pixels, the Sony DSC-W830 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Twenty-three customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Website Walmart.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Good Battery Life” in their review of this digital camera. Dave wrote on expert review site Argos.co.uk two years ago “The battery life is impressive as well” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Don Roberto mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Bought this camera for my wife, who wanted both smaller size and better battery life than her old Canon SX-230” and scored the product 5 stars out of 5.


Camera

Features Multi Burst Mode

The DSC-W830 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Sony DSC-W830 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The DSC-W830 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The DSC-W830 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have a tripod mountable.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Sony DSC-W830 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also feature brightness adjustment.

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Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The DSC-W830 has a wrist strap included, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Carrying Case

The Sony DSC-W830 has a carrying case. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a carrying case.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony DSC-W830 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony DSC-W830 has a batteries included. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The DSC-W830 does not have an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age do have an HDMI.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Battery

Only 210 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The DSC-W830 is a camera that takes 210 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Picture Quality

5152 X 3864 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-W830 has a higher still image resolution than most high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has a 5152 x 3864 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Sony camera have still image resolution(s) of 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 5152 x 2896, 640 x 480, 11520×1080, 7152 x 1080, 4912 x 1920 and 4912 x 1080 and 3424 x 1920. The still image resolution of all high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera ranges from 640 x 360 to 6000 x 4000.

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20.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 20.1 megapixels digital camera.

If this camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the EOS 6D EF (£1,242.99) (20.2MP and higher rated), or the 750D (£547) (24.2MP and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers focus camera dscw830k2, sony dmsnw830srb3, sony dmsnw830srb1, sony dscw830brb, sony dscw830p, sony dscw830s
Barcodes 00027242876965, 00027242876972, 00616348011693, 00616348011716, 00616348061285, 00649906102144, 00649906104537, 03355830056411, 04139052265955

Sony DSC-W830 Review Sources

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