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Sony W220 vs Sony W690

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 front
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Sony W220 vs Sony W690 Key Specs

Sony W220
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 30-120mm (F2.8-7.1) lens
  • 147g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2009
Sony W690
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 142g - 94 x 56 x 22mm
  • Announced February 2012
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Sony W220 vs Sony W690 Overview

On this page, we will be reviewing the Sony W220 vs Sony W690, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are designed by Sony. There is a substantial difference between the resolutions of the W220 (12MP) and W690 (16MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The W220 was unveiled 4 years prior to the W690 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a full comparison, here is a simple summation of how the W220 scores against the W690 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony W220 over the Sony W690

 W220 W690 
Focus manually Very precise focus

Reasons to pick Sony W690 over the Sony W220

 W690 W220 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012January 2009More modern by 38 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Sony W220 and Sony W690

 W220 W690 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Sony W220 vs Sony W690 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry around your camera frequently, you should think about its weight and dimensions. The Sony W220 offers 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) and the Sony W690 has dimensions of 94mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

Check out the Sony W220 vs Sony W690 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have at that time. The following is a front view size comparison of the W220 against the W690.

Sony W220 vs Sony W690 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the W220 and W690 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Sony W220 vs Sony W690 top view buttons comparison

Sony W220 vs Sony W690 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its hard to imagine the gap between sensor sizes merely by reading specs. The pic below should give you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the W220 and W690.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different MP. You can count on the Sony W690 to deliver more detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop pictures more aggressively. The more aged W220 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony W220 vs Sony W690 sensor size comparison

Sony W220 vs Sony W690 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W220 vs Sony W690 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony W220
Portrait photography with Sony W690
27
manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
34
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
offers face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony W220 as a Street photography camera
Sony W690 as a Street photography camera
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony W220 Sports photography highlights
Sony W690 Sports photography highlights
25
image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony W220 Travel photography info
Sony W690 Travel photography info
51
flash built-in
no Time Lapse function
low MP (12MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
68
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony W220
Landscape photography with Sony W690
32
manual focus
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Time Lapse function
43
pretty wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W220 Vlogging features
Sony W690 Vlogging features
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
no mic support
31
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone socket
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Sony W220 vs Sony W690 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W220 and Sony W690
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-01-08 2012-02-28
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 30-120mm (4.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-7.1 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - ClearPhoto TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 1 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.10 m (Auto ISO) 3.30 m
Flash settings Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Red-eye, Flash Off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (8 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Microphone 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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 147 grams (0.32 pounds) 142 grams (0.31 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 94 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Battery life - 220 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $160 $297