Sony W610

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W610 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 113g - 93 x 52 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison

Sony W610 summary

Sony W610 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first announced on January of 2012. The camera houses a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The W610 is positioned #163 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #1055 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our database. Please try our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your customized criteria.

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Sony W610 history

The Sony W610 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX500 front thumbnailSony WX500
W610 vs WX500
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W800 front thumbnailSony W800
W610 vs W800
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX350 front thumbnailSony WX350
W610 vs WX350
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX300 front thumbnailSony WX300
W610 vs WX300
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W730 front thumbnailSony W730
W610 vs W730
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W710 front thumbnailSony W710
W610 vs W710
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX80 front thumbnailSony WX80
W610 vs WX80
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150 front thumbnailSony WX150
W610 vs WX150
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W690 front thumbnailSony W690
W610 vs W690
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX50 front thumbnailSony WX50
W610 vs WX50
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX70 front thumbnailSony WX70
W610 vs WX70
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W610 front thumbnailSony W61026-105mm
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W620 front thumbnailSony W620
W610 vs W620
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W650 front thumbnailSony W650
W610 vs W650
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX30 front thumbnailSony WX30
W610 vs WX30
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX10 front thumbnailSony WX10
W610 vs WX10
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX5 front thumbnailSony WX5
W610 vs WX5
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W370 front thumbnailSony W370
W610 vs W370
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W290 front thumbnailSony W290
W610 vs W290
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W230 front thumbnailSony W230
W610 vs W230
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W220 front thumbnailSony W220
W610 vs W220

Sony W610 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Sony W610 based on aspects which are typically regarded as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
good minimum ISO (80)
in built lens has zoom (26-105mm 4.0 x zoom)
lighter than others (113 grams)
reasonably wide (26mm)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
external flash not possible
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW format
lack of image stabilization
lack of manual focus
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
manual mode not possible
no aperture priority mode
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no mic jack
no Time Lapse mode
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.9)
small screen (2.7")
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sony W610 Sensor features

The Sony W610 is run by the BIONZ processor chip. The sensor spec on the Sony W610 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 boasts 14MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath displays the W610's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The W610 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony W610 dimensions

Sony W610 has a weight of 0.25 lbs (113 gr or 3.99 ounces) and features external proportions of 93mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.7"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Sony W610 is less heavy compared to its competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Sony W610 beside a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W610 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button design on the W610.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W610 topview buttons dials

Sony W610 Lens features

The W610 includes an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 26-105mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't great nevertheless it will surely be valuable in certain cases.

At it's widest 26mm, it will have an aperture of f2.8 and that is very sluggish and not the best in low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also need to up your ISO leading to noisy shots. Towards the long end, 105mm comes at f5.9 making it very sluggish and you may have to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Sony W610 Connectivity

The W610 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer files and at times adjust settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Certain apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Sony W610 Video features

The highest possible video quality on the Sony W610 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is low by today's standards. You should strive for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body does not offer a mic or headphone jack so you have got zero control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to purchase an alternative model should you require good audio in your videos.

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Sony W610 Weather Sealing

Sony W610 does not have environment proofing so damp conditions can easily affect the camera.

Sony W610 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony W610 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Sony W610 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Sony W610 Shutter features

Sony W610 can shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Sony W610 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony W610 boasts just inbuilt flash with missing external flash support.

Sony W610 Autofocus features

Sony W610 boasts only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and exact compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Sony W610 has not got manual focus. Manual focus can be good for low light occasions or you need to have more precise control on depth of field.

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Sony W610 Battery life

The battery life (NP-BN) for the Sony W610 is fashioned to last for 250 photos with respect to the CIPA specifications which is about the same as its rivals. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Sony W610 for different forms of photography

The following illustration displays a summary of the Sony W610 for different forms of photography. To find out more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Sony W610 Portrait photography advice

The Sony W610 receives a rating of 30 which is really bad, and means the camera is not really appropriate for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support & ability to use external flash.

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MP count good (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Sony W610 Street photography features

With a moderate points tally of 56, the Sony W610 is fairly suitable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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lighter than average (113g)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Sony W610 as a Sports photography camera

A really bad sports photography points total of 27 means the Sony W610 is not really appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have fantastic autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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MP count good (14MP)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Sony W610

Portability is extremely crucial in picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony W610 gets a above average 69 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine choice to buy for your journeys.

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lighter than competition (113 grams)
decent megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse function
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)

Sony W610 as a Landscape photography camera

When you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony W610 at it's really bad grade of 34 as a landscape camera is not really appropriate amongst its competitors.

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decently wide (26mm)
good megapixels (14MP)
no manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode

Sony W610 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sony W610 is not really appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 29.

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quite wide (26mm)
lighter than average (113g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external microphone support

Sony W610 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the W610, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below shows you a summary of the W610 compared to it's top rated competitors shown above.

Following are additional cameras you may check out as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W610
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-105mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen technology
Clear Photo TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
1 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
113 grams (0.25 lb)
Physical dimensions
93 x 52 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.7")
Battery life
250 photographs
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Pricing at release