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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 review

A slim, smart pocket camera with 10x optical zoom

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The Sony Cyber-Shot W690 is capable of capturing lots of detail with its 16 million pixels sensor.

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A 10x optical zoom is housed in the Sony Cyber-Shot W690's slim body. At the top you can see an image shot at the widest angle (25mm equivalent), while the second image shows the full zoom capability (250mm equivalent).

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Colours from the Sony Cyber-Shot W690 are bright and vibrant, without being over the top.

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An image created with the Sweep Panorama mode. If you view it at 100% you can see the low resolution of the image.

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Focusing is quick and accurate. Although focus points can't be selected manually, the camera does a good job of choosing the most accurate place to focus.

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Images shot at the mid-range sensitivities, such as this image shot at ISO 400, show a good level of noise control, without too much evidence of smoothing.

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Multi metering does a good job of providing the correct exposure, even in mixed lighting conditions.

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Another image that shows the amount of detail captured by the Sony Cyber-Shot W690. Automatic white balance has also performed well here.

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Macro focusing is available from as close as 5cm, making it a good option for shooting close-up images.

Filters

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Partial colour shoots an image in monochrome, with one colour (you can choose from red, green, blue or yellow, highlighted. Here we've selected red.

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Toy Camera mode aims to replicate the appearance of a cheap, plastic camera by distorting colours and adding a vignette around the edge of the frame. This is Toy Colour Normal.

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Several variations are available on Toy Camera - this is Cool.

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Another variation, this is Toy Camera Warm.

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Toy Camera Green.

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Toy Camera Magenta.

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Pop Colour is another Picture Effect, which emphasises colour tones to produce a bold image.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenNo
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMINo
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot W
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), microSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourRed
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom40x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)124 g
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeSuper HAD CCD
Total Camera Resolution16.4 Megapixel
Battery Model SupportedNP-BN
Height56.1 mm
Width94.3 mm
Depth21.7 mm
Product SeriesW
Focal Length4.45 mm to 44.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-W690
Product NameDSC-W690 Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCW690R.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing InformationSo slim and simple with high-power zoom

The super-slim Cyber-shot W690 digital camera gets you even closer to the action with its powerful 10x optical zoom lens. Optical SteadShot and Sweep Panorama expand shooting possibilities, while iAUTO takes care of adjusting settings for great results without fuss.

Battery Life220 Shot/1.83 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • DSC-W690 Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN)
  • Battery Charger
  • Multi USB
  • Wrist Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • AC Power Cord
Display Resolution230400 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker