Sony W330

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
  • 128g - 96 x 57 x 17mm
  • Launched January 2010
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  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
21
Overall
31

Sony W330 summary

Sony W330 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera originally announced on January of 2010. The camera uses a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The W330 is rated #102 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & overall #1066 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Sony W330 history

The Sony W330 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX220 front thumbnailSony WX220
W330 vs WX220
25-250mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W830 front thumbnailSony W830
W330 vs W830
25-200mm
F3.3-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W810 front thumbnailSony W810
W330 vs W810
27-162mm
F3.5-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W550 front thumbnailSony W550
W330 vs W550
26-104mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W560 front thumbnailSony W560
W330 vs W560
26-104mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W570 front thumbnailSony W570
W330 vs W570
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX9 front thumbnailSony WX9
W330 vs WX9
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W530 front thumbnailSony W530
W330 vs W530
26-104mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W510 front thumbnailSony W510
W330 vs W510
26-104mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W330 front thumbnailSony W33026-105mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W350 front thumbnailSony W350
W330 vs W350
26-105mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W310 front thumbnailSony W310
W330 vs W310
28-112mm
F3.0-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W320 front thumbnailSony W320
W330 vs W320
26-105mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W380 front thumbnailSony W380
W330 vs W380
24-120mm
F2.4-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010

Sony W330 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of good and bad points of the Sony W330 based on things that are normally considered important in a digital camera.

built in zoom lens (26-105mm 4.0 x zoom)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
decent sized screen (3")
flash built-in
good minimum ISO (80)
pretty wide (26mm)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of external mic jack
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of image stabilization
lack of manual exposure
lack of manual focus
lack of Time Lapse function
no external flash support
no phase detect AF
no RAW format
no shutter priority mode
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
sluggish at long end (f5.7)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
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Sony W330 Sensor specs

The spec of the sensor in the Sony W330 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4320 x 3240 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and supports a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The image below illustrates the W330's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The W330 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony W330 dimensions

Sony W330 has a weight of 0.28 pounds (128 gr or 4.52 ounces) & the overall size of the camera is 96mm x 57mm x 17mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 gr so the Sony W330 is very much the same in comparison with various competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Sony W330 alongside a soda to help you to get a sense of its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button design on the W330.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 topview buttons dials

Sony W330 Lens details

The W330 has an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 26-105mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't really ideal however it will probably be useful in a few conditions.

At it's widest 26mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.7 and that's pretty sluggish and not good for low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to raise your ISO producing noisy shots. On the long end, 105mm comes to f5.7 which is really slow and you would have to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Sony W330 Connectivity

The W330 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send images and sometimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Some apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Sony W330 Video details

The max video quality in the Sony W330 is 640 x 480 and you can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is terrible for today's standards. You should aim for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body does not have a microphone and headphone socket so you have got zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to shop for another camera should you require decent sound for your videos.

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Sony W330 Weather Sealing

Sony W330 does not have environment sealing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.

Sony W330 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony W330 houses a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Sony W330 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders can be pretty helpful.

Sony W330 Shutter details

Sony W330 can shoot continuously at 2.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Sony W330 Flash and Hot shoe details

Sony W330 comes with just built in flash without external flash support.

Sony W330 Autofocusing details

Sony W330 comes with only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and accurate than Contrast Based focusing.

It boasts 9 focus points to select from. Sony W330 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is good for low light occasions or you want to have more precise depth of field control.

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Sony W330 Battery life

The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the maximum (320) battery life for this range of cameras.

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Sony W330 for various forms of photography

The following chart indicates a summary of the Sony W330 for various forms of photography. To see more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Sony W330 as a Portrait photography camera

The Sony W330 has a points tally of 29 which is dreadful, meaning that it is simply not appropriate for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files along with the ability to work with external flash.

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decent sensor resolution (14MP)
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Sony W330 Street photography features

Having a moderate points total of 48, the Sony W330 is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Sony W330 as a Sports photography camera

A dreadful sports photography rating of 27 indicates the Sony W330 is simply not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs great autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good megapixels (14MP)
max frames per second low (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Sony W330 Travel photography features

Portability is extremely crucial in getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony W330 gets a very good 66 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable fit to take on your travels.

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good resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.7)

Sony W330 Landscape photography info

When you are planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony W330 with it's dreadful grade of 38 as a landscape camera is simply not appropriate amongst its competitors.

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fairly wide (26mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
good resolution (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
lack of manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Sony W330

A vlogging camera ought to posses a articulating display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sony W330 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a dreadful score of 26.

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decently wide (26mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
no external microphone support

Sony W330 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the W330, below is a range of the top scored cameras which fall within the class of Ultracompact.

The diagram followed below offers you an overview of the W330 versus it's top ranking rivals shown earlier.

Following are several cameras you might regard as alternate options. To read a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Sony
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330
Category
Ultracompact
Launched
2010-01-07
Body design
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-105mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/2.7-5.7
Macro focusing distance
4cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3"
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
2 secs
Max shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed
2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
External flash
AEB
White balance 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 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
640x480
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
128 grams (0.28 lb)
Dimensions
96 x 57 x 17mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Other
Battery ID
NP-BN1
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo / Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Storage slots
Single
Launch pricing
$170