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Sony W290 vs Sony W650

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
28
Overall
32
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Sony W290 vs Sony W650 Key Specs

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
  • Revealed February 2009
Sony W650
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 124g - 94 x 56 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2012
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Sony W290 vs Sony W650 Overview

Below, we are looking at the Sony W290 versus Sony W650, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both offered by Sony. There exists a considerable gap among the resolutions of the W290 (12MP) and W650 (16MP) but they come with the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The W290 was manufactured 3 years prior to the W650 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the W290 matches up against the W650 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony W290 over the Sony W650

 W290 W650 
Manual focus Very precise focusing

Reasons to pick Sony W650 over the Sony W290

 W650 W290 
IntroducedJanuary 2012February 2009More recent by 35 months

Common features in the Sony W290 and Sony W650

 W290 W650 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Sony W290 vs Sony W650 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to lug around your camera frequently, you are going to need to consider its weight and proportions. The Sony W290 has got external measurements of 98mm x 57mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) whilst the Sony W650 has measurements of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 124 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you use at that time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the W290 vs the W650.

Sony W290 vs Sony W650 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the W290 and W650 is 94 and 96 respectively.

Sony W290 vs Sony W650 top view buttons comparison

Sony W290 vs Sony W650 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to visualize the gap in sensor measurements merely by seeing technical specs. The visual below will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the W290 and W650.

As you have seen, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You can anticipate the Sony W650 to provide more detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The older W290 will be behind in sensor technology.

Sony W290 vs Sony W650 sensor size comparison

Sony W290 vs Sony W650 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W290 vs Sony W650 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W290 Portrait photography details
Sony W650 Portrait photography details
27
focusing manually
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
34
MP count decent (16MP)
provides face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony W290 Street photography information
Sony W650 Street photography information
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (124g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony W290 Sports photography features
Sony W650 Sports photography features
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony W290 Travel photography info
Sony W650 Travel photography info
57
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (12MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
69
lighter than competitors in class (124g)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
no Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W290 Landscape photography highlights
Sony W650 Landscape photography highlights
41
focusing manually
pretty wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not available
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode
43
reasonably wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W290 Vlogging advice
Sony W650 Vlogging advice
28
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic support
33
reasonably wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
lighter than competitors in class (124g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone port
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Sony W290 vs Sony W650 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W290 and Sony W650
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-02-17 2012-01-10
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - 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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-125mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.2 f/2.6-6.3
Macro focusing range 10cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - Clear Photo TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 2 secs 2 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.90 m 3.70 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 167 gr (0.37 pounds) 124 gr (0.27 pounds)
Dimensions 98 x 57 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
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 - 220 pictures
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $230 $140