- 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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- Size Comparison
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 #40 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #732 out of 1459 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.
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Sony W800 Gallery
You can view the W800 from various angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Here is a image of the Sony W800 besides a soda so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view just below will provide the button layout on the W800.
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.
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.
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.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.
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.
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.
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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 39 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.
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.
Sony W800 Sports photography information
A awful sports photography score of 44 suggests the Sony W800 is not really good for photographing sports. A camera should have great tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
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.
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.
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.
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.