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Sony TX66 vs Sony W230

Portability
97
Imaging
42
Features
51
Overall
45
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
25
Overall
31

Sony TX66 vs Sony W230 Key Specs

Sony TX66
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 109g - 93 x 54 x 13mm
  • Released February 2012
Sony W230
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 30-120mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 156g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Released February 2009
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Sony TX66 vs Sony W230 Overview

Below, we will be reviewing the Sony TX66 and Sony W230, former being a Ultracompact while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are manufactured by Sony. There is a considerable difference among the resolutions of the TX66 (18MP) and W230 (12MP) but they possess the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TX66 was manufactured 3 years later than the W230 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Sony TX66 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony W230 being a Compact camera.

Before going through a comprehensive comparison, below is a short highlight of how the TX66 scores vs the W230 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony TX66 over the Sony W230

 TX66 W230 
ReleasedFebruary 2012February 2009More recent by 37 months
Screen dimension3.3"3"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1230k230kSharper screen (+1000k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W230 over the Sony TX66

 W230 TX66 

Common features in the Sony TX66 and Sony W230

 TX66 W230 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Sony TX66 vs Sony W230 Physical Comparison

When you are going to lug around your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Sony TX66 has got outside measurements of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") with a weight of 109 grams (0.24 lbs) and the Sony W230 has measurements of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you select during that time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the TX66 versus the W230.

Sony TX66 vs Sony W230 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the TX66 and W230 is 97 and 95 respectively.

Sony TX66 vs Sony W230 top view buttons comparison

Sony TX66 vs Sony W230 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its difficult to visualise the gap in sensor measurements simply by viewing specs. The graphic here might provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the TX66 and W230.

As you can plainly see, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You can expect the Sony TX66 to render greater detail due to its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The fresher TX66 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Sony TX66 vs Sony W230 sensor size comparison

Sony TX66 vs Sony W230 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony TX66 vs Sony W230 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony TX66 Portrait photography info
Sony W230 Portrait photography info
42
manual focus
decent MP (18MP)
offers face detection autofocus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
27
you can focus manually
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony TX66 Street photography factors
Sony W230 Street photography factors
64
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with touch focus
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony TX66 Sports photography highlights
Sony W230 Sports photography highlights
49
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18MP)
offers tracking autofocus
great battery pack (250 shots)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony TX66 as a Travel photography camera
Sony W230 as a Travel photography camera
72
great battery pack (250 shots)
comes with touch focus
decent MP (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (26mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
51
flash built-in
no Time Lapse function
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony TX66 Landscape photography details
Sony W230 Landscape photography details
51
manual focus
really wide (26mm)
nice screen size (3.3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18 megapixels)
great battery pack (250 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
37
you can focus manually
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual mode not possible
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony TX66
Vlogging with Sony W230
36
really wide (26mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
no mic socket
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Sony TX66 vs Sony W230 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony TX66 and Sony W230
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230
Class Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2012-02-28 2009-02-17
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor BIONZ -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 18MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4896 x 3672 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-130mm (5.0x) 30-120mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-4.8 f/2.8-5.8
Macro focusing range 1cm 4cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology XtraFine TruBlack OLED display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 1s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.10 m 3.90 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 109 gr (0.24 pounds) 156 gr (0.34 pounds)
Dimensions 93 x 54 x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 250 photographs -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-BN -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $350 $180