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Sony W650 vs Sony W690

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 front
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Sony W650 vs Sony W690 Key Specs

Sony W650
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 124g - 94 x 56 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2012
Sony W690
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 142g - 94 x 56 x 22mm
  • Introduced February 2012
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Sony W650 vs Sony W690 Overview

Here is a in depth overview of the Sony W650 versus Sony W690, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both sold by Sony. The image resolution of the W650 (16MP) and the W690 (16MP) is very similar and they feature the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The W650 was manufactured within a month of the W690 and they are both of a similar age. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a detailed comparison, below is a quick view of how the W650 matches up against the W690 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony W650 over the Sony W690

 W650 W690 

Reasons to pick Sony W690 over the Sony W650

 W690 W650 

Common features in the Sony W650 and Sony W690

 W650 W690 
IntroducedJanuary 2012February 2012Similar age
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Sony W650 vs Sony W690 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera often, you will have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Sony W650 provides external dimensions of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 124 grams (0.27 lbs) and the Sony W690 has dimensions of 94mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

Examine the Sony W650 versus 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 change depending on the lens you use during that time. Following is the front view proportions comparison of the W650 compared to the W690.

Sony W650 vs Sony W690 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the W650 and W690 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Sony W650 vs Sony W690 top view buttons comparison

Sony W650 vs Sony W690 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to see the difference between sensor sizing purely by reviewing technical specs. The visual here might give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the W650 and W690.

As you have seen, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same megapixels and you can expect similar quality of photos however you might want to consider the age of the products into consideration.

Sony W650 vs Sony W690 sensor size comparison

Sony W650 vs Sony W690 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W650 vs Sony W690 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W650 Portrait photography features
Sony W690 Portrait photography features
34
MP count good (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
34
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
offers face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony W650
Street photography with Sony W690
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (124 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony W650 as a Sports photography camera
Sony W690 as a Sports photography camera
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony W650 as a Travel photography camera
Sony W690 as a Travel photography camera
69
lighter than competition (124 grams)
MP count good (16MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
no Timelapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.6)
68
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (250mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W650 Landscape photography information
Sony W690 Landscape photography information
43
fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Timelapse recording
43
pretty wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony W650
Vlogging with Sony W690
33
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
lighter than competition (124 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone support
31
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
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Sony W650 vs Sony W690 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W650 and Sony W690
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-01-10 2012-02-28
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip BIONZ 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 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-125mm (5.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.6-6.3 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech Clear Photo TFT LCD ClearPhoto TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 2s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.70 m 3.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance 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 MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected 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 124 gr (0.27 lbs) 142 gr (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 94 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" 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
Battery life 220 photographs 220 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $140 $297