Sony W800

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800 front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.4) lens
  • 125g - 97 x 55 x 21mm
  • Introduced February 2014
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony W800 summary

Sony W800 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally released on February of 2014. It houses a 20 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 5152 x 3864.

The W800 is placed #48 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #768 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please check our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your personal requirements.

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Sony W800 history

The Sony W800 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can look at all past and current models as well as important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX500 front thumbnailSony WX500
W800 vs WX500
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W800 front thumbnailSony W80026-130mm
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX350 front thumbnailSony WX350
W800 vs WX350
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX300 front thumbnailSony WX300
W800 vs WX300
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W730 front thumbnailSony W730
W800 vs W730
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W710 front thumbnailSony W710
W800 vs W710
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX80 front thumbnailSony WX80
W800 vs WX80
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150 front thumbnailSony WX150
W800 vs WX150
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W690 front thumbnailSony W690
W800 vs W690
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX50 front thumbnailSony WX50
W800 vs WX50
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX70 front thumbnailSony WX70
W800 vs WX70
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W610 front thumbnailSony W610
W800 vs W610
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W620 front thumbnailSony W620
W800 vs W620
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W650 front thumbnailSony W650
W800 vs W650
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX30 front thumbnailSony WX30
W800 vs WX30
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX10 front thumbnailSony WX10
W800 vs WX10
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX5 front thumbnailSony WX5
W800 vs WX5
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W370 front thumbnailSony W370
W800 vs W370
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W290 front thumbnailSony W290
W800 vs W290
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W230 front thumbnailSony W230
W800 vs W230
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W220 front thumbnailSony W220
W800 vs W220

Sony W800 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Sony W800 based on features which are oftentimes regarded as essential in a digital camera.

built-in flash
decent MP (20 megapixels)
good minimum ISO (100)
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
lighter than competition in class (125 grams)
provides face detect autofocus
provides tracking focus
really wide (26mm)
does not have HDMI support
does not have headphone jack
does not have microphone jack
does not have Timelapse recording
fixed screen
focusing manually not possible
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW format
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
manual mode not possible
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no shutter priority
screen isn't selfie friendly
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
sluggish at full zoom (f6.4)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sony W800 Sensor specs

The sensor dimension on the Sony W800 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 5152 x 3864 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 20 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the W800's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The W800 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800 sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony W800 dimensions

Sony W800 weighs 0.28 pounds (125 gr or 4.41 ounces) and the size of the camera is 97mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Sony W800 is less heavy compared to its rivals.

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Here is a image of the Sony W800 besides a soda so you can have a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button layout on the W800.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800 topview buttons dials

Sony W800 Lens details

The W800 has got a built-in lens giving a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be amazing but it is going to be valuable in some circumstances.

At it's widest 26mm, it offers an aperture of f3.2 and that's fairly sluggish and not good in low light situations and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You might also need to up your ISO leading to noisy photos. With the long end, 130mm comes to f6.4 making it quite sluggish and you may have to go with slower shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Sony W800 Connectivity

The W800 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send files and oftentimes alter camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

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

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Sony W800 Video details

The highest possible video resolution on the Sony W800 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in AVI MPEG4 file format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You really should strive for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not offer a mic or headphone socket which means you have zero control over your audio. It is probably best to buy an alternative model in case you require good audio in your videos.

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Sony W800 Weather Sealing

Sony W800 does not have environment proofing so wet conditions may affect the camera.

Sony W800 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony W800 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800 screen and viewfinder Japan-exclusive Leica Leitz Phone 3 features big sensor and new modes

The View Finder specs regarding Sony W800 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really helpful during sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Sony W800 Shutter details

Sony W800 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Sony W800 Flash and Hot shoe details

Sony W800 includes just inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.

Sony W800 Autofocus details

Sony W800 includes only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and exact compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which can be useful for people photography.

It also comes with Tracking AF for subjects that move. Sony W800 does not have manual focus. Manual focus option can be good during low light situations or you need more accurate focusing control.

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Sony W800 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the best (470) battery life within this group of cameras.

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

Sony W800 for specific styles of photography

The following chart presents a summary of the Sony W800 for specific styles of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Sony W800 Portrait photography info

The Sony W800 receives a points total of 38 which is awful, meaning that it is not really good to use for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the potential to utilize off-camera flash.

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decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Sony W800 Street photography advice

Coming in at a nice rating of 65, the Sony W800 is a very decent fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (125g)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Sony W800 Sports photography information

A awful sports photography score of 43 suggests the Sony W800 is not really good for photographing sports. A camera should have great tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
has tracking focus
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF

Sony W800 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is extremely critical when buying a camera for travel. All round, the Sony W800 gets a very good 70 as a travelling camera which is a fine fit to buy for your travels.

Photography Glossary
lighter than others (125 grams)
good megapixels (20MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)

Sony W800 Landscape photography info

For anyone planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony W800 and it's awful rating of 41 as a landscape camera is not really good amongst its competitors.

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quite wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Sony W800

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a moving display screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Sony W800 is not really good for vlogging as it gets a awful rating of 33.

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really wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
lighter than average in class (125 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing mic socket

Sony W800 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the W800, below is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph listed below shows you a summary of the W800 compared to it's top ranked competitors listed above.

These are various other cameras you might look into as alternatives. To look at a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5152 x 3864
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen 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
Minimum shutter speed
2 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/1500 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Flash modes
Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
125 grams (0.28 lb)
Physical dimensions
97 x 55 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Pricing at release