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 #134 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #980 out of 1428 for cameras in our database. You can try our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personal factors.
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.
Sony W620 Gallery
You can look at the W620 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Below is a pic of the Sony W620 alongside a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will provide the button design on the W620.
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.
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.
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.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.