Sony W620

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 116g - 98 x 56 x 20mm
  • Released January 2012
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
25
Overall
33

Sony W620 overview

Sony W620 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact camera initially released on January of 2012. The camera includes a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The W620 ranks at #135 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #978 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. You can try our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony W620 family

The Sony W620 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can look at all older and the latest models as well as main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX500 front thumbnailSony WX500
W620 vs WX500
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W800 front thumbnailSony W800
W620 vs W800
26-130mm
F3.2-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX350 front thumbnailSony WX350
W620 vs WX350
25-500mm
F3.5-6.5
18MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX300 front thumbnailSony WX300
W620 vs WX300
25-500mm
F3.5-6.5
18MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W730 front thumbnailSony W730
W620 vs W730
25-224mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W710 front thumbnailSony W710
W620 vs W710
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX80 front thumbnailSony WX80
W620 vs WX80
28-224mm
F3.3-8.0
16MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150 front thumbnailSony WX150
W620 vs WX150
25-250mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W690 front thumbnailSony W690
W620 vs W690
25-250mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX50 front thumbnailSony WX50
W620 vs WX50
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX70 front thumbnailSony WX70
W620 vs WX70
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W610 front thumbnailSony W610
W620 vs W610
26-105mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W620 front thumbnailSony W62028-140mm
F3.2-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W650 front thumbnailSony W650
W620 vs W650
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX30 front thumbnailSony WX30
W620 vs WX30
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX10 front thumbnailSony WX10
W620 vs WX10
24-168mm
F2.4-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX5 front thumbnailSony WX5
W620 vs WX5
24-120mm
F2.4-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W370 front thumbnailSony W370
W620 vs W370
34-238mm
F3.6-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W290 front thumbnailSony W290
W620 vs W290
28-140mm
F3.3-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W230 front thumbnailSony W230
W620 vs W230
30-120mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W220 front thumbnailSony W220
W620 vs W220
30-120mm
F2.8-7.1
12MP1/2.3"2009

Sony W620 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony W620 based on aspects that are normally seen as crucial in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (28mm)
has built in flash
lighter than others in class (116g)
resolution is good (14MP)
supports face detection autofocus
supports tracking autofocus
very good min ISO (100)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW format
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual exposure
lack of manual focus
lack of shutter priority mode
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.5)
no external flash support
no external mic port
no HDMI port
no headphone port
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse function
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
screen does not articulate
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sony W620 Sensor features

The Sony W620 is powered by the BIONZ chip. The specification of the sensor on the Sony W620 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and features a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the W620's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The W620 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony W620 dimensions

Sony W620 is 0.26 lbs (116 grams / 4.09 oz) and features outer proportions of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Sony W620 is lighter as compared with its competitors.

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Below is a pic of the Sony W620 alongside a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button design on the W620.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620 topview buttons dials

Sony W620 Lens features

The W620 includes an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all great but it would certainly be helpful in a few conditions.

At it's widest 28mm, it offers an aperture of f3.2 and that is pretty sluggish and not great in low light circumstances and you will likely struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also have to raise your ISO setting producing noisy pictures. At the long end, 140mm comes with f6.5 which is really slow and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Sony W620 Connectivity

The W620 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send photos and at times adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Some apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Sony W620 Video features

The highest video quality on the Sony W620 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should try to get a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body doesn't include a mic and headphone jack which means that you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to have a look at another camera should you want good sound in your video clips.

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Sony W620 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Sony W620 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Sony W620 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony W620 includes a 2.7 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620 screen and viewfinder World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

The ViewFinder specs regarding Sony W620 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty useful for bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Sony W620 Shutter features

Sony W620 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Sony W620 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony W620 includes just inbuilt flash without external flash ability.

Sony W620 Autofocusing features

Sony W620 includes only Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & precise as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect making it valuable for portrait photography.

It also has Tracking Auto Focus for objects that move. Sony W620 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good for low light occasions or you require more exact depth of field control.

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Sony W620 Battery life

The battery power (NP-BN) on the Sony W620 is built to last for 220 pictures based on the CIPA benchmarks making it on par with its competition. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest (470) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the strongest battery life:

Sony W620 for various forms of photography

The following illustration provides a overview of the Sony W620 for various forms of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Sony W620 Portrait photography advice

The Sony W620 gets a points total of 34 which is awful, and means the camera is not really acceptable for portraits. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the ability to work with off-camera flash.

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sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Sony W620 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a moderate score of 56, the Sony W620 is fairly suitable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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lighter than others (116g)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Sony W620 Sports photography details

A awful sports photography rating of 33 indicates the Sony W620 is not really acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs excellent tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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resolution is good (14MP)
provides tracking focus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Sony W620 Travel photography advice

Portability is super critical when choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Sony W620 gets a nice 69 as a travelling camera which is a respectable pick to purchase for your vacations.

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lighter than average (116g)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)

Landscape photography with Sony W620

For anyone looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony W620 at it's awful rating of 34 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable within the current marketplace.

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pretty wide (28mm)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording

Sony W620 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera really should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sony W620 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a awful score of 30.

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fairly wide (28mm)
includes face detect focus
lighter than competition (116 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone support

Sony W620 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the W620, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram just below will give you a summary of the W620 compared to it's highest ranking competitors mentioned previously.

Following are several cameras you may see as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Sony
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Released
2012-01-10
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Chip
BIONZ
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW data
Highest native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.2-6.5
Macro focusing distance
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.7 inch
Display resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology
Clear Photo TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
2 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
3.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
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
116 gr (0.26 pounds)
Dimensions
98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Other
Battery life
220 shots
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NP-BN
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Single
Retail cost
$102