Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 review

A slim, smart pocket camera with 10x optical zoom

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 review
The Sony Cyber-Shot W690 is slim, stylish and has a 10x optical zoom

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The Sony W690 is a fun little camera that, for the price, offers a fair amount of features, most appealingly the 10x optical zoom.

Cramming such a zoom range into a very slim and stylish body is a real bonus, and there's also some other fun features, such as sweep panorama and Picture Effects, which are likely to appeal to the intended audience for the camera.

Images are crisp, with lots of detail and good colours, which is also pleasing to see.

We liked

The slim and stylish Sony Cyber-Shot W690 is a good choice for those looking for a small camera to fit into a pocket or handbag for everyday situations, nights out and holidays.

We disliked

The screen really lets this camera down, sometimes being unusable in bright light and making played back images appear poorly focused.

Final verdict

The Sony W690 certainly isn't going to set the world alight, but it's a smart choice for those after an inexpensive compact camera.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.