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Many Features, Awesome Price, One Name - The Sony!
30 June, 2014
Sony doesn't need any introduction in electronics area. Technology is growing rapidly and so does the technology products. The latest product from Sony is its Cyber-shot DSC W830. Whenever I researched within digital camera among other companies like Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, my research will be ended with none other than Sony only; I find Sony is giving more features, better performance and more accessories as well. If you compare step by step, part by part, Sony wins every area for sure!
The DSC W830 is no doubt a small, compact digital camera that offers a very sharp images, more MegaPixels and especially the optical zoom is higher than its predecessor models within this price range. Price is lowering down and Sony is also offering more features, as always!
The main feature of DSC W830 is having 20.1 Megapixel, which shoots the images brilliantly and at the same time it adjusts the contrast ratio superbly. When I got the camera, I immediately tested using different atmospheres, various objects and different lightning conditions as well. Using 20.1, the raw image resolution would be 5152 x 3864 which creates the image size of a bit more. You've settings within camera through which you will be able to choose the MP as 10 MP, 5 MP and accordingly the resolution would be lesser. With 20.1 MP, you can able to get the picture size of more than A3 size which becomes around of 13 x 19", which seriously is a "Wow" one! But no doubt, with every single photo you capture, and whatever the MP you choose, the images are sharper, having more details also.
This little camera's heart is powered by BIONZ processor and what the processor does, its amazing. It intelligently understands what you're trying to do, what is the lightning conditions, smiley faces, and recognizes the faces nicely. Majority of Sony's camera does have BIONZ processor.
Now, the best beauty is its lens, which is none other than Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar. Along with 8x optical zoom, the lens helps the image closer and in details without losing quality. If you compare the same feature - lens technology with other brands like Nikon and Canon, Sony have better results and yes, within the price range what Sony offers for this model, Sony again wins. Sony's higher model lens has used gold, well a bit of the lens part, which makes price higher and as a result, you have best pictures clicked by you! For the price what Sony offers, the Carl Zeiss along with 1/2.3" super HAD CCD image sensor, HAD is responsible to produces the picture even in low lights, yes, even there's no light, still cam able to produce a very best shot. Advance flash is more powerful and which is why it captures the images even in no lights at all in outdoor or in indoor areas.
If you're a big fan of taking pictures at outdoor and using the zoom feature more, than optical zoom is the area that you will need to look for. More optical zoom number, better the picture quality in your hand without losing quality. Earlier models of Sony haven't offered best quality even when they've optical zoom higher. If you have zoomed and clicked the picture, the result was never expected per cam professionals and this time Sony have really worked up very hard in optical zoom area - which is really improved very well. The "Quality" of picture even after zooming never spoils the result, which ultimately pic having more details, sharper resolutions.
The other feature I liked for this model is its Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization. While taking pictures, there is possibilities that our hands are shaky and because of that, picture gets blurry. Sony's image stabilization works like a charm even if you are clicking the pictures while you're driving, walking. The lens gets the exact image for what you've clicked.
The other feature of this model and most of Sony's model is smile shutter technology. I have noticed when someone smiles while you take a shot, it instantly & really recognize the smiley faces. The face detection technology wins over other brands as Sony recognize it very speedily, adjusts the color balance nicely along with right coverage. At the same time, cam does have child priority as well as adult priority and all these features you don't need to worry, simply select the Intelligent Auto Mode, and rest camera does everything and which I really liked this element. For anyone, who is beginner in photography, can able to shoot brilliant photos, right moment, at right time.
Other than these, you've the Sweep Panorama mode, and everyone knows about that feature very well. Sweep Panorama can able to select 360 degree area covering all of the objects which you wanted to shoot. Simply select Sweep Panorama mode, press the button and sweep the camera slowly, there you go!
The camera can also able to shoot videos in HD 720p. That means the resolution you will get is 1280 x 720 and its more than enough to watch video over your LCD or computer/laptop. I've shot the video and figured out if you're a professional, you know how to shoot. Little tips from my side is while shooting the video, don't move the cam a lot, instead move very slowly and which will not affect the result while you watch the movie. I've noticed that sometimes, cam can't be able to smoothly shoot the video, there's a minor delay happens, but again you won't miss the activity behind video. The minor lag Sony need to improve upon. Also, depending upon your Memory Card size, the remaining video calculates. Also, one nice feature is while shooting the video, you can even click the picture simultaneously so you never miss the perfect moment.
Within the camera settings, you will find lots of options. To choose the scene selection modes such as Night mode, Beach, Soft snap, Landscape etc you can select with just easy to use navigation for the various moment. From my experience, if you simply choose the Auto mode in every area including the ISO Auto mode, While balance mode, Flash mode or advance flash, face detection, Smile shutter and so many other. At the very same time, if you're a professional in photography, yes, you can even choose the right amount of ISO mode depending upon your atmosphere or weather, scene selection, and many other features too. In both way, you will have better picture results.
Camera has LCD Display of around 2.5" to see the instant results. Now-a-days every camera has the LCD display. This model has kinda lower resolution LCD display, but notice one thing in here - the LCD display is not sharp enough, but if you will see the same picture in laptop/TV or even if you print out the photo, you won't be losing quality. So, do not judge if you see that LCD is not sharp enough. For this price range, you've the best camera.
Comparing with other models of same brand, W810 and W800, having optical zoom of 6x and 5x respectively. Other than these there's very minor differences in features. Pricing part only couple of rupees there's the difference but feature wise I choose to buy this model W830 as when I bought I was lucky enough to get the really amazing price from Amazon. I've researched the other brand as well which was very close enough in pricing part; Canon models was kind of obsolete models, the Canon model is cheaper than this Sony's one, but what I didn't like is the model would be discontinued, they've stopped production plus they don't provide any kind of accessory also. And the Sony have all the accessory which would definitely be helpful for anyone.
Within the box, you'll get 4 GB SD Memory Card of Sony brand which have warranty as well. This cam also supports other memory card format as well such as Memory Stick Pro Duo, SD/SDHC etc format as well. Along with memory card, you'll have USB Cable through which you can transfer the photos from cam to laptop/computer, HDMI cable, through which you can directly plugged in the cam with your LCD TV or HDMI compatible laptop as well. Along with all these, you'll get Camera Pouch (outside box) which again becomes a great offer from Amazon. In warranty area, you've 2 year warranty and you can even register your camera over Sony's online website. Sony definitely supports a good after sales support, but camera won't be needing that until and unless there's any manufacturing faults.
Look wise, this model looks very professional one. I've the Sony's X-50 model and I can see the X50 and W830 have a difference. At lens area side, Sony have made nice design which purely looks professional alike camera. The build quality feels a nice one and you will feel a rough one, so not to worry about that part. Buttons are soft enough, and with a small press, it executes the right function, very instantly. Camera has matt finishing which protects from scratches even. Amazon have packed up very well including bubbled wrap around the camera box and delivery timing is top notch as well.
Ultimately, at this price range, the DSC W830 does everything what a compact camera have to do. If you're going to compare with DSLR camera, that's a totally different region. The title - Compact Camera fulfills everything, fits in your pocket and doesn't even hurt your "Pocket" also per pricing part. And comparing with other brands, like I said, Sony wins in every area! Go for it, and Capture the World!!!
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