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Sony W220 vs Sony W290

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
28
Overall
32

Sony W220 vs Sony W290 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
  • Revealed January 2009
Sony W290
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 57 x 23mm
  • Launched February 2009
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Sony W220 vs Sony W290 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Sony W220 vs Sony W290, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are sold by Sony. The resolution of the W220 (12MP) and the W290 (12MP) is relatively well matched and they feature the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The W220 was revealed very close to the W290 and they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a full comparison, below is a quick summary of how the W220 matches up against the W290 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony W220 over the Sony W290

 W220 W290 

Reasons to pick Sony W290 over the Sony W220

 W290 W220 
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Sony W220 and Sony W290

 W220 W290 
LaunchedJanuary 2009February 2009Similar age
Manual focus More exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Sony W220 vs Sony W290 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry around your camera often, you have to factor its weight and proportions. The Sony W220 enjoys outside measurements of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 147 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Sony W290 has measurements of 98mm x 57mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the W220 compared to the W290.

Sony W220 vs Sony W290 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the W220 and W290 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Sony W220 vs Sony W290 top view buttons comparison

Sony W220 vs Sony W290 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be difficult to visualize the difference between sensor sizes just by reading through specifications. The picture underneath should provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the W220 and W290.

Plainly, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact MP and you can expect similar quality of images although you should consider the age of the products into consideration.

Sony W220 vs Sony W290 sensor size comparison

Sony W220 vs Sony W290 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W220 vs Sony W290 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W220 Portrait photography details
Sony W290 Portrait photography details
27
has manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
27
you can focus manually
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony W220 Street photography features
Sony W290 Street photography features
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony W220
Sports photography with Sony W290
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony W220 Travel photography features
Sony W290 Travel photography features
51
has built in flash
no Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (12MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (30mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
57
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low resolution (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W220 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony W290 as a Landscape photography camera
32
has manual focus
has image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (30mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
41
you can focus manually
relatively wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not possible
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W220 Vlogging details
Sony W290 Vlogging details
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (30mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
no external mic port
28
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic jack
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Sony W220 vs Sony W290 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W220 and Sony W290
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 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 surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 30-120mm (4.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-7.1 f/3.3-5.2
Macro focusing distance 5cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1s 2s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.10 m (Auto ISO) 3.90 m
Flash modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Red-eye, Flash Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (8 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Mic input
Headphone input
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 147 gr (0.32 pounds) 167 gr (0.37 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 98 x 57 x 23mm (3.9" 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
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $160 $230