Sony W530 overview
Sony W530 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera originally revealed on January of 2011. It has got a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4320 x 3240.
The W530 stands at #96 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #1056 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can try out our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your customized criteria.
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Sony W530 history
The Sony W530 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can discover all past and newer models as well as main specifications.
Sony W530 Gallery
You can look at the W530 from different angles in the gallery here.
Sony W530 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Sony W530 based on aspects which are normally seen as necessary in a digital camera.
Sony W530 Sensor specs
The Sony W530 features the BIONZ processor. The spec of the sensor in the Sony W530 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and provides a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath illustrates the W530's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The W530 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Sony W530 dimensions
Sony W530 weighs in at 0.25 pounds (113 grams or 3.99 ounces) and the physical size of the camera is 93mm x 53mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Sony W530 is very similar as compared with its competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Down below is a picture of the Sony W530 besides a soda to help you have a feel for its size.
The top view just below will provide the button layout on the W530.
Sony W530 Lens details
The W530 offers a fixed lens having a focal range of 26-104mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't great however it will definitely be invaluable in a few situations.
At it's widest 26mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.7 and that's really sluggish and not very good in low light events and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You could also have to up your ISO setting which results in noisy shots. For the long end, 104mm comes to f5.7 making it pretty sluggish and you will have to go with slower shutter speeds.
Sony W530 Connectivity
The W530 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer files and usually adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Some apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.
Sony W530 Video details
The highest video resolution in the Sony W530 is 640 x 480 and it can record in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful by today's standards. You really should try to get a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body doesn't include a mic and headphone jack which means that you get absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to take a look at a different model in case you want better audio in your videos.
Sony W530 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Sony W530 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.
Sony W530 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony W530 has got a 2.7" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The View Finder specifications regarding Sony W530 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be quite helpful.
Sony W530 Shutter details
Sony W530 has the ability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.
Sony W530 Flash and Hot shoe details
Sony W530 includes just built-in flash with no external flash ability.
Sony W530 Autofocusing details
Sony W530 includes only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and exact as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.
The AF system has got 9 focus points to pick from. Sony W530 has not got manual focus. Manual focus option is good during low light conditions or you require more precise control on focus.
Sony W530 Battery life
The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the highest (320) battery life within this group of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Ultracompact cameras which have the strongest battery life:
Sony W530 for various styles of photography
The following chart gives a overview of the Sony W530 for various styles of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Portrait photography with Sony W530
The Sony W530 gets a rating of 30 which is subpar, meaning that it is not suitable to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the ability to utilize off-camera lighting.
Sony W530 as a Street photography camera
Getting a average points total of 49, the Sony W530 is fairly suitable for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Sony W530
A subpar sports photography score of 27 suggests the Sony W530 is not suitable for photographing sports. A camera should have very good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Sony W530
Weight is super critical in selecting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Sony W530 gets a very good 66 for a travel camera which makes it a fine fit to purchase for your trips.
Sony W530 Landscape photography information
If you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony W530 at it's subpar rating of 34 as a landscape camera is not suitable in the current market.
Sony W530 Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sony W530 is not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar rating of 26.
Sony W530 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the W530, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall within the family of Ultracompact.
The graph followed below provides you a bird's eye view of the W530 vs it's top ranking rivals shown previously.
Following are several cameras you might look at as alternatives. To read a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.