Sony W810

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-162mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 111g - 97 x 56 x 21mm
  • Released January 2014
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Sony W810 overview

Sony W810 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera initially revealed on January of 2014. The camera includes a 20MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 5152 x 3864.

The W810 stands at #31 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all round #817 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to try our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony W810 history

The Sony W810 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can look at all past and newer models alongside main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX220 front thumbnailSony WX220
W810 vs WX220
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W830 front thumbnailSony W830
W810 vs W830
Photography Glossary
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W810 front thumbnailSony W81027-162mm
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W550 front thumbnailSony W550
W810 vs W550
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W560 front thumbnailSony W560
W810 vs W560
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W570 front thumbnailSony W570
W810 vs W570
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX9 front thumbnailSony WX9
W810 vs WX9
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W530 front thumbnailSony W530
W810 vs W530
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W510 front thumbnailSony W510
W810 vs W510
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W330 front thumbnailSony W330
W810 vs W330
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W350 front thumbnailSony W350
W810 vs W350
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W310 front thumbnailSony W310
W810 vs W310
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W320 front thumbnailSony W320
W810 vs W320
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W380 front thumbnailSony W380
W810 vs W380

Sony W810 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pros and cons of the Sony W810 based on aspects which are generally viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

decent megapixels (20MP)
flash built-in
great min ISO (80)
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (27-162mm 6.0 x zoom)
pretty wide (27mm)
supports face detect autofocus
supports tracking focus
cannot use external flash
does not have HDMI out
does not have headphone support
does not have mic support
does not have Time Lapse mode
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual mode
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW format
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
no manual focus
no shutter priority
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
screen is small (2.7")
slow at tele end (f6.5)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Sony W810 Sensor info

The sensor spec in the Sony W810 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 5152 x 3864 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 20MP and features a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the W810's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The W810 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony W810 dimensions

Sony W810 has a weight of 0.24 pounds (111 grams / 3.92 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 97mm x 56mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Sony W810 is on par when compared to its competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Sony W810 besides a soda to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button layout on the W810.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 topview buttons dials

Sony W810 Lens info

The W810 includes an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 27-162mm giving it a 6.0 x zoom which isn't really significant but it may be handy in some scenarios.

At the widest 27mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.5 and that's really slow and not ideal in low light circumstances and you might struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also have to increase the ISO setting causing noisy photos. At the tele end, 162mm comes with f6.5 making it quite sluggish and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Sony W810 Connectivity

The W810 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily transfer images and sometimes adjust settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Some applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Sony W810 Video info

The maximum video quality in the Sony W810 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in H.264 file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should go for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone socket so you have got no control over your audio. It is probably best to get an alternative model in case you need better audio in your videos.

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Sony W810 Weather Sealing

Sony W810 doesn't include weather proofing so wet conditions can easily affect the camera.

Sony W810 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony W810 includes a 2.7 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Sony W810 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders will be rather helpful.

Sony W810 Shutter info

Sony W810 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500 seconds.

Photography Glossary

Sony W810 Flash and Hot shoe info

Sony W810 boasts only integrated flash lacking external flash ability.

Sony W810 Autofocus info

Sony W810 boasts just Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & exact compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which makes it useful for people photography.

It also includes Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Sony W810 does not have manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful during low light occasions or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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Sony W810 Battery life

The battery (NP-BN) on the Sony W810 is designed to last for 200 images as per the CIPA specifications which is on par with its competitors. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the highest possible (320) battery life within this group of cameras.

Here is a number of Ultracompact cameras with the highest battery life:

Sony W810 for specific types of photography

The following chart presents a analysis of the Sony W810 for specific types of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.

Sony W810 Portrait photography advice

The Sony W810 has a score of 38 which is terrible, and means the camera is not really acceptable for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support and flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
provides face detect focus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Street photography with Sony W810

With a modest points tally of 59, the Sony W810 is somewhat appropriate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Sony W810 Sports photography advice

A terrible sports photography rating of 43 means the Sony W810 is not really acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
provides tracking focus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Sony W810 Travel photography features

Portability is very crucial when choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Sony W810 gets a nice 67 as a travel camera which is a very decent pick to purchase for your journeys.

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sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (27mm)
no Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Sony W810 Landscape photography advice

When you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Sony W810 with it's terrible grade of 41 for a landscape camera is not really acceptable within the current marketplace.

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pretty wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
missing Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Sony W810

A camera for vlogging should really offer a articulating display, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Sony W810 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a terrible score of 32.

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relatively wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic socket

Sony W810 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the W810, below is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Ultracompact.

The line chart underneath offers you a bird's eye view of the W810 compared to it's highest rated competitors shown previously.

These are some more cameras you may have a look at as alternatives. To review a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
5152 x 3864
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
27-162mm (6.0x)
Maximum aperture
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen technology
Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
2 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting rate
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.20 m (with ISO auto)
Flash modes
Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
111 gr (0.24 pounds)
Physical dimensions
97 x 56 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Battery life
200 photos
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC
Card slots
Launch cost