- 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 25-200mm (F3.3-6.3) lens
- 122g - 93 x 52 x 23mm
- Released January 2014
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Sony W830 overview
Sony W830 is Sony's Ultracompact camera originally announced on January of 2014. It has a 20 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 5152 x 3864.
The W830 places at #27 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #775 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.
Below is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony W830 family
The Sony W830 comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can look at all previous and more recent models along with important specifications.
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Sony W830 Gallery
You can look at the W830 from several angles in the gallery here.
Sony W830 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Sony W830 based on aspects that are usually seen as essential in a camera.
Sony W830 Sensor features
The Sony W830 houses the Bionz chip. The sensor size on the Sony W830 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 5152 x 3864 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CCD sensor boasts 20 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below illustrates the W830's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The W830 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Sony W830 dimensions
Sony W830 weighs about 0.27 lbs (122 grams / 4.30 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 93mm x 52mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.9"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Sony W830 is very similar when compared with various rivals.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Below is a visual of the Sony W830 alongside a soda so you can have a sense of its size.
The top view here will show the button arrangement on the W830.
Sony W830 Lens features
The W830 has got a built-in lens having a focal range of 25-200mm making it a 8.0 x zoom which won't be significant nevertheless it would certainly be very helpful in some scenarios.
At it's widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f3.3 and that's quite sluggish and not ideal in low light circumstances and you will probably struggle to capture good bokeh. You will likely also have to raise your ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs. At the long end, 200mm comes with f6.3 which is quite slow and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.
Sony W830 Connectivity
The W830 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer photos and at times adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Some apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Sony W830 Video features
The highest video resolution on the Sony W830 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in H.264 format. 720p is low by today's standards. You should really go for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port which means you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to consider a different camera if you want decent sound in your video clips.
Sony W830 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing on the Sony W830 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.
Sony W830 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony W830 has a 2.7 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder specifications regarding Sony W830 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be rather useful.
Sony W830 Shutter features
Sony W830 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.
Sony W830 Flash and Hot shoe features
Sony W830 has got just inbuilt flash without external flash ability.
Sony W830 Autofocusing features
Sony W830 has got only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & accurate as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detect making it handy for taking photos of people.
It also features Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Sony W830 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing can be good for low light occasions or you need more accurate focus control.
Sony W830 Battery life
The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest (320) battery life for this type of cameras.
Following is a list of Ultracompact cameras having the best battery life:
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Sony W830 for varying types of photography
The following chart indicates a overview of the Sony W830 for varying types of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Sony W830
The Sony W830 receives a rating of 39 which is awful, meaning that it is not really good to use for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the option to utilize external flash.
Sony W830 Street photography information
With a average points total of 59, the Sony W830 is reasonably suited to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Sony W830 as a Sports photography camera
A awful sports photography points tally of 44 suggests the Sony W830 is not really good for shooting sports. A camera must have excellent tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony W830 Travel photography info
Portability is extremely critical in buying a travel camera. All round, the Sony W830 gets a above average 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable option to take with you on your trips.
Landscape photography with Sony W830
For anyone planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony W830 with it's awful grade of 41 as a landscape camera is not really good compared to its competitors.
Sony W830 Vlogging details
A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving display, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Sony W830 is not really good as a vlog camera as it gets a awful rating of 32.
Sony W830 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the W830, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the class of Ultracompact.
The diagram down below gives you a summary of the W830 compared to it's highest rated competitors suggested earlier.
These are some more cameras you might look at as alternatives. To review a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.