Sony W730 summary
Sony W730 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first released on January of 2013. The camera features a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The W730 is placed #67 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #821 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our collection. Please test our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized factors.
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Sony W730 history
The Sony W730 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed range below.
Sony W730 Gallery
You can check the W730 from different angles in the gallery below.
Sony W730 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Sony W730 based on factors that are oftentimes regarded as crucial in a digital camera.
Sony W730 Sensor details
The sensor spec in the Sony W730 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor has 16 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below illustrates the W730's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The W730 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony W730 dimensions
Sony W730 weighs in at 0.27 lb (122 grams / 4.30 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 93mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Sony W730 is less heavy when compared to its rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Below is a pic of the Sony W730 with a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.
The top view below will show the button design on the W730.
Sony W730 Lens specs
The W730 has got a built in lens featuring a focal range of 25-224mm giving it a 9.0 x zoom which is definitely not amazing however it is going to be useful in a few cases.
At the widest 25mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.3 and that is kind of slow and not the best for low light events and you will likely struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to boost the ISO which results in noisy photos. With the tele end, 224mm comes with f6.3 which is pretty slow and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Sony W730 Connectivity
The W730 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy images and oftentimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.
A few applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Sony W730 Video specs
The highest possible video quality in the Sony W730 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You should aim for at least FUll HD quality for good video. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means you have got little control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for an alternative camera should you require good sound for your videos.
Sony W730 Weather Sealing
Sony W730 does not include environment sealing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.
Sony W730 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony W730 features a 2.7 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you can adjust focus point plus change settings with your fingers.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder details for Sony W730 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders can be quite helpful.
Sony W730 Shutter specs
Sony W730 has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600s.
Sony W730 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Sony W730 features only inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.
Sony W730 Autofocus specs
Sony W730 features just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & precise when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detection which is handy for people photography.
Sony W730 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to change focus. It also comes with Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Sony W730 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is useful during low light conditions or you want to have more accurate focus control.
Sony W730 Battery life
The battery life (NP-BN) in the Sony W730 is made to last for 240 photographs as per the CIPA benchmarks which is on par with it's competitors. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the best (470) battery life within this type of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the highest battery life:
Sony W730 for specific styles of photography
The following diagram indicates a summary of the Sony W730 for specific styles of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section below.
Sony W730 Portrait photography details
The Sony W730 has a score of 36 which is awful, and means the camera is just not appropriate for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & ability to work with off-camera flash.
Sony W730 Street photography info
Coming in at a very good points total of 67, the Sony W730 is a very decent fit for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Sony W730 Sports photography factors
A awful sports photography score of 41 suggests the Sony W730 is just not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have very good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony W730 Travel photography features
Weight is extremely important in selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Sony W730 gets a nice 71 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent choice to take on your vacations.
Sony W730 Landscape photography features
If you're looking to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony W730 with it's awful grade of 39 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate compared to its rivals.
Sony W730 Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera really should have a articulating screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Sony W730 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a awful score of 34.
Sony W730 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the W730, here is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The graph just below shows you an overview of the W730 vs it's top ranking rivals shown earlier.
There are a bunch of cameras you may take a look at as alternatives. To browse through a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.