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Sony W220 vs Sony W230

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
25
Overall
31

Sony W220 vs Sony W230 Key Specs

Sony W220
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 30-120mm (F2.8-7.1) lens
  • 147g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
Sony W230
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 30-120mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 156g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Introduced February 2009
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Sony W220 vs Sony W230 Overview

In this write-up, we are looking at the Sony W220 versus Sony W230, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are designed by Sony. The sensor resolution of the W220 (12MP) and the W230 (12MP) is very similar and they possess the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The W220 was launched about the same time to the W230 and they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a quick summary of how the W220 matches up versus the W230 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony W220 over the Sony W230

 W220 W230 

Reasons to pick Sony W230 over the Sony W220

 W230 W220 
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Common features in the Sony W220 and Sony W230

 W220 W230 
IntroducedJanuary 2009February 2009Similar age
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Sony W220 vs Sony W230 Physical Comparison

If you are going to travel with your camera regularly, you'll have to think about its weight and volume. The Sony W220 has external dimensions of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 147 grams (0.32 lbs) whilst the Sony W230 has sizing 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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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that moment. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the W220 versus the W230.

Sony W220 vs Sony W230 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the W220 and W230 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Sony W220 vs Sony W230 top view buttons comparison

Sony W220 vs Sony W230 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to see the gap between sensor dimensions purely by going over a spec sheet. The image here may offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the W220 and W230.

Clearly, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same MP and you can expect similar quality of files though you might want to consider the age of the products into consideration.

Sony W220 vs Sony W230 sensor size comparison

Sony W220 vs Sony W230 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W220 vs Sony W230 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W220 Portrait photography features
Sony W230 Portrait photography features
27
focusing manually
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
27
focusing manually
manual mode not available
no external flash support
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony W220 Street photography advice
Sony W230 Street photography advice
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony W220 as a Sports photography camera
Sony W230 as a Sports photography camera
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony W220
Travel photography with Sony W230
51
has built in flash
no Timelapse mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
51
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
low MP (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W220 Landscape photography advice
Sony W230 Landscape photography advice
32
focusing manually
built in image stabilization (Optical)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Timelapse mode
37
focusing manually
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
manual mode not available
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W220 as a Vlogging camera
Sony W230 as a Vlogging camera
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
no external microphone jack
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have external mic port
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Sony W220 vs Sony W230 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W220 and Sony W230
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-01-08 2009-02-17
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD 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 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 30-120mm (4.0x) 30-120mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-7.1 f/2.8-5.8
Macro focus range 5cm 4cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1 secs 1 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.10 m (Auto ISO) 3.90 m
Flash options Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Red-eye, Flash Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (8 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 147g (0.32 lbs) 156g (0.34 lbs)
Dimensions 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $160 $180