Sony W710

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 114g - 97 x 55 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Sony W710 summary

Sony W710 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact camera first launched on January of 2013. It features a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The W710 stands at #59 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over all #824 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your customized factors.

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The following is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Sony W710 family

The Sony W710 has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can see all past and current models as well as main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX500 front thumbnailSony WX500
W710 vs WX500
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W800 front thumbnailSony W800
W710 vs W800
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX350 front thumbnailSony WX350
W710 vs WX350
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX300 front thumbnailSony WX300
W710 vs WX300
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W730 front thumbnailSony W730
W710 vs W730
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W710 front thumbnailSony W71028-140mm
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX80 front thumbnailSony WX80
W710 vs WX80
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150 front thumbnailSony WX150
W710 vs WX150
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W690 front thumbnailSony W690
W710 vs W690
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX50 front thumbnailSony WX50
W710 vs WX50
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX70 front thumbnailSony WX70
W710 vs WX70
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W610 front thumbnailSony W610
W710 vs W610
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W620 front thumbnailSony W620
W710 vs W620
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W650 front thumbnailSony W650
W710 vs W650
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX30 front thumbnailSony WX30
W710 vs WX30
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX10 front thumbnailSony WX10
W710 vs WX10
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX5 front thumbnailSony WX5
W710 vs WX5
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W370 front thumbnailSony W370
W710 vs W370
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W290 front thumbnailSony W290
W710 vs W290
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W230 front thumbnailSony W230
W710 vs W230
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W220 front thumbnailSony W220
W710 vs W220

Sony W710 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony W710 based on factors which are usually considered useful in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
comes with tracking autofocus
fairly wide (28mm)
flash built-in
good minimum ISO (100)
in built zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
includes touch to focus
lighter than competition in class (114g)
resolution is good (16MP)
touch screen
can't use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW format
fixed screen
lack of external microphone jack
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Timelapse mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.5)
no aperture priority
no manual control
no manual focus
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
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Sony W710 Sensor features

The sensor dimension on the Sony W710 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 16MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported so you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the W710's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The W710 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony W710 dimensions

Sony W710 weighs about 0.25 lbs (114 gr / 4.02 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 97mm x 55mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Sony W710 is less heavy than various competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Sony W710 besides a soda to help you get a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button arrangement on the W710.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710 topview buttons dials

Sony W710 Lens features

The W710 houses a fixed lens with a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all exceptional but it is likely to be handy in some situations.

At it's widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.2 which will be fairly sluggish and not very good for low light conditions and you may find it hard to get good bokeh. You might also need to up your ISO producing noisy photographs. On the long end, 140mm comes with f6.5 making it pretty sluggish and you might have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Sony W710 Connectivity

The W710 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send photos and oftentimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

A few apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Sony W710 Video features

The max video resolution on the Sony W710 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You should really strive for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not have a microphone and / or headphone socket so you get zero control over the audio. It is probably best to look into an alternative model in case you need good audio for your video clips.

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Sony W710 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Sony W710 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Sony W710 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony W710 features a 2.7 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you can set focus points plus adjust settings with your fingers.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder details for Sony W710 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be quite useful.

Sony W710 Shutter features

Sony W710 has the ability to shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Sony W710 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony W710 comes with just inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.

Sony W710 Autofocusing features

Sony W710 comes with only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & exact than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be useful for taking photos of people.

Sony W710 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers to shift focus. It also has Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Sony W710 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus option can be good for low light scenarios or you want more exact control on focus.

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Sony W710 Battery life

The battery pack (NP-BN) in the Sony W710 is fashioned to last for 240 shots with respect to the CIPA standards making it on par with it's competitors. The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the maximum (470) battery life for this class of cameras.

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

Sony W710 for varying types of photography

The following chart gives a summary of the Sony W710 for varying types of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony W710 Portrait photography factors

The Sony W710 receives a rating of 35 which is really bad, meaning that it is just not very good to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the flexibility to work with external lighting.

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MP count decent (16 megapixels)
features face detect focus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Sony W710 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a nice points tally of 67, the Sony W710 is a good fit to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch to focus
lighter than competitors in class (114 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Sony W710 Sports photography info

A really bad sports photography points total of 41 indicates the Sony W710 is just not very good for photographing sports. A camera needs to have great focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Sony W710

Size is super crucial when picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony W710 gets a nice 71 as a travel camera which is a respectable fit to purchase for your journeys.

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lighter than average in class (114 grams)
boasts touch focus
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)

Sony W710 as a Landscape photography camera

If you are looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony W710 with it's really bad score of 39 as a landscape camera is just not very good within the current market.

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relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Sony W710 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera should have a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Sony W710 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it receives a really bad rating of 34.

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pretty wide (28mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
lighter than competitors (114 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone port

Sony W710 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the W710, here is a range of the top scored cameras which fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph listed below offers you a summary of the W710 versus it's top scored rivals suggested previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might view as alternate options. To browse through a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

Photography Glossary


General Information
Brand Name
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Display resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display tech
TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Min shutter speed
2 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
2.80 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
114 grams (0.25 lbs)
Physical dimensions
97 x 55 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Battery life
240 photos
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Cost at release