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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 review

A slim, smart pocket camera with 10x optical zoom

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Sony Cyber-Shot W690 with the Samsung PL210, Nikon Coolpix S6200 and Canon A4000.

Signal to noise ratio

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W690 review

These results show that images from the Sony Cyber-Shot W690 at lower ISO sensitivities show the same sort of signal to noise ratio as those from the Samsung PL210, Nikon Coolpix S6200 and Canon A4000. At mid-range sensitivities (between ISO 100 and ISO 400), the Sony camera performs better than all but the Nikon, before dipping at higher ISOs to the Samsung's level.

Dynamic range

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W690 review

The Sony Cyber-Shot W690's images perform better in terms of dynamic range than the Samsung PL210 and Nikon Coolpix S6200, but sit below results from the Canon A4000, throughout most sensitivity settings. However, at ISO 1600 the Samsung just peaks above the Sony, before returning to a similar score at the next setting up, ISO 3200.

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