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Sony W290 vs Sony W830

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
28
Overall
32
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 front
Portability
96
Imaging
45
Features
26
Overall
37

Sony W290 vs Sony W830 Key Specs

Sony W290
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 57 x 23mm
  • Announced February 2009
Sony W830
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.3-6.3) lens
  • 122g - 93 x 52 x 23mm
  • Announced January 2014
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Sony W290 vs Sony W830 Overview

On this page, we are evaluating the Sony W290 versus Sony W830, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Ultracompact and they are both manufactured by Sony. There exists a huge gap between the resolutions of the W290 (12MP) and W830 (20MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The W290 was brought out 5 years earlier than the W830 and that is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Sony W290 being a Compact camera and the Sony W830 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before getting straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the W290 scores against the W830 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony W290 over the Sony W830

 W290 W830 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Sony W830 over the Sony W290

 W830 W290 
AnnouncedJanuary 2014February 2009More recent by 59 months

Common features in the Sony W290 and Sony W830

 W290 W830 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch display Neither offers Touch display

Sony W290 vs Sony W830 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to lug around your camera, you will have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Sony W290 offers external measurements of 98mm x 57mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Sony W830 has dimensions of 93mm x 52mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 122 grams (0.27 lbs).

Contrast the Sony W290 versus Sony W830 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use at the time. Here is a front view size comparison of the W290 versus the W830.

Sony W290 vs Sony W830 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the W290 and W830 is 94 and 96 respectively.

Sony W290 vs Sony W830 top view buttons comparison

Sony W290 vs Sony W830 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's difficult to visualise the difference between sensor measurements purely by reviewing specifications. The photograph below may offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the W290 and W830.

Plainly, each of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Sony W830 to offer you greater detail having its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos more aggressively. The older W290 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony W290 vs Sony W830 sensor size comparison

Sony W290 vs Sony W830 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W290 vs Sony W830 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony W290
Portrait photography with Sony W830
27
has manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
38
good megapixels (20MP)
features face detect focus
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony W290 as a Street photography camera
Sony W830 as a Street photography camera
56
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
59
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony W290 as a Sports photography camera
Sony W830 as a Sports photography camera
25
image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
43
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
features tracking focus
slow fps (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony W290 Travel photography information
Sony W830 Travel photography information
57
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
67
good megapixels (20MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W290 Landscape photography info
Sony W830 Landscape photography info
41
has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual mode
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
41
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W290 as a Vlogging camera
Sony W830 as a Vlogging camera
28
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic support
32
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone socket
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Sony W290 vs Sony W830 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W290 and Sony W830
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
Class Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Announced 2009-02-17 2014-01-07
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor 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 12 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 5152 x 3864
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-200mm (8.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.2 f/3.3-6.3
Macro focus distance 10cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 2s 2s
Max shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.90 m 2.80 m (with ISO auto)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4 H.264
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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 167 grams (0.37 lbs) 122 grams (0.27 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 57 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 93 x 52 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.0" 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
Battery model - NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $230 $128