Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot
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Specifications of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot
PixelsOptical Sensor Resolution (in MegaPixel)16.1 MP
SensorSensor TypeCCD SensorSensor Size1/2.3 Inches
LensLens TypeCarl Zeiss Vario-TessarAuto FocusCenter Weighted AFFocal Length4.5 - 36 mm (35 mm Equivalent to 28 - 224 mm)Color FilterPrimary (RGB) Color Filter
ZoomOptical Zoom8xDigital ZoomStill Image: 32x / 10 M, 10x / 5 M, 14x / VGA, 57x / 2M
DisplayDisplay TypeClear Photo TFT LCDScreen Size2.7 InchesImage Display Resolution230400 dotsVideo Display Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD)Supported Aspect Ratio16:9, 4:3
DimensionDimensions106 x 61 x 29.8 mmWeight122 gms
Power SourceSupplied BatteryDC Output 5v, 70 mAh BatteryAC AdaptorAC Adaptor (Input : 100 - 240v AC), 50-60Hz
Media & SoftwareUpgradeable MemoryYesInbuilt Memory27 MBMemory Card TypeSD, SDHC, Stick Duo (Still Image, Movies), Stick PRO Duo (Still Image, Movies), Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO HG Duo, Stick Micro, Stick Micro (Mark2), Micro SD, Micro SDHC
Images & VideoImage FormatJPEG (DCF, DPOF)Audio FormatsMP3Video FormatH.264
FlashFlash ModesAdvanced, Auto, Slow Sync FlashFlash RangeWide : 0.3 - 2.8m, Telephoto : 1.5 - 2mBuilt in FlashYes
Shutter SpeedMaximum Shutter Speed1/1600 secMinimum Shutter Speed2 sec
Connectivity & System Req.USBUSB Hi-SpeedHDMINoGPSNo
Other FeaturesISO RatingAuto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200Self Timer2 sec, 10 secFace DetectionYesShooting ModesEasy Shooting, Intelligent Auto, Movie, Panorama, Picture Effect, Program Auto, Scene ElectionDelete FunctionYesMeteringCenter-Weighted, Multi, SpotExposure Compensation2.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EVMacro Mode (Exposure Mode)5 cm (W) - 150 cm (T)Red Eye ReductionYesContinuous ShotsUp to 100 Shots at 1 fpsWhite BalancingAuto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, One Push, One Push SetSupported Languages19 LanguagesAperture Rangef/3.3 - f/8.0 (W)MicrophoneMonaural MicrophoneAudio Video Interface (NTSC/PAL)A/V Output (NTSC or PAL)Additional FeaturesFocus Mode (Multi-Point AF, 16.4 MP Gross Pixels, 34 - 381 mm (SteadyShot Active), 8 Face Detection, Auto Focus Illuminator (Auto / Off), Auto Macro, BIONZ Imaging Processor, Beach, Center Weighted AF, Dynamic Range Optimiser (Standard / Off / Plus), Exposure Compensation: +/-2.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV, Fireworks), Flash Range: ISO 3200: 5.3 m (W) / 3.3 m (T), Flexible Spot AF (Face Tracking Focus), Flexible Spot AF (Tracking Focus), Gourmet, Landscape, Movie 16:9 35 mm Equivalent Focal Length 28 - 224 mm (SteadyShot Standard), Movie 4:3 35 mm Equivalent Focal Length 34 - 272 mm (SteadyShot Standard), Night Portrait, Night Scene, Partial Colour, Pet, Picture Effect (Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Scene Selection (High Sensitivity, Snow, Sof, Soft Skin, Soft Snap, Still Image 16:9 35 mm Equivalent Focal Length 28 - 224 mm, Still Image 4:3 35 mm Equivalent Focal Length 25 - 200 mm
Additional FeaturesColorBlackExternal MemoryYes
Over all Review of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot can be seen as a way out for photographers on average budgets since they are delivered with fairly plausible zoom and high resolution that Sony always promises. The W730 offers 16-megapixel super HAD CCD sensor, the zoom lens, and up to 8x zoom being Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded. The continuous still shoots at 1fps is of course embarrassing, but ISO sensitivity range beginning from 100 up to 3200, can make you look at the bright side. Coming to focal length range, the 35mm-equivalent begins with 25mm at wide angle and ends at moderate telephoto, at 200mm. The max aperture is slightly dull as it falls to f/6.3(telephoto position) starting from f/3.3(wide angle). More in the bag is Sony's very own SteadyShot optical image stabilization to aid shake-free photography at slow shutter speeds. To achieve the same power in movie shooting, there is Active mode for it. At the back, you get slightly smaller Clear Photo LCD screen. These days almost every other digicam is featuring 2.7 inches wide screen, so digesting a 2.7 inches monitor in W730 may be a deal for some. The resolution of the screen is 230k. At the front, you have the flash and when you are using Auto ISO, beware that flash on will works for 2.8 meters distance at wide-angle.
Sony seems to astound every of its digicam users with the Intelligent Auto mode. The iAuto mode analyzes the type of scene at hand and aptly sets up the camera settings to extract the best from the scene. The 360 degrees sweep panorama is the next offering that catches multiple images as you pan across the scene with the shutter release pressed gently. The function then stitches the images gracefully enough to bring up a beautified panorama. There is the beauty effect function that enables you to retouch images to smoothen, to tone subject's skin, remove extra shine, whiten teeth, or widen eyes. For movies, you can shoot them at 720p resolution at 30fps, the frame size for that would be 1280 x 720pixel. The W730 fetches power from a proprietary NP-BN lithium ion rechargeable battery. Your work can be stored on SDHC/SDXC/SD/Proprietary Memory Stick Duo card. The connectivity options for this camera are USB 2.0 high-speed data and composite standard-def video output. The camera gets shipped in colors of Silver, Pink or Blue.
Design and Build Quality
At the roof of the back panel and to the right of LCD, there is a zoom rocker. There is a three-way switch for switching between video and stills mode. The buttons namely, menu, flash, and playback are conventionally styled. The trash icon also does the job of guide button. It deletes images in playback mode and helps in video record mode. Atop the slim body, there is a power button and a shutter button. The four-way control's left position shows a smiley face for launching smile shutter. The other three go clockwise as display mode, flash menu, and self-timer respectively. There is only one port that works for the AV/USB high-speed 2.0 located at the bottom of Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot.
Focus and Face Detection
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot performs focus as the green light at the bottom of the rear turns to its right color and the AF box at the center of the screen takes up the same color confirming that focus has been locked. If the light conditions aren't so well, an anti-shake alerts pops. There are three focus options under the focus menu. You can turn on/off the AF tracking. Focus menu options are Multi Point AF, Center Weighted AF, and Spot AF. When face detection is turned on, you can select the face to be tracked. The face detection menu includes Auto, Adult Priority, and Child Priority.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot offers optical Steady Shot image stabilization. The zoom lens, branded by Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar has 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 25-200mm. You can zoom up to 8x. You can zoom digitally up to 4x.
Screen and Menus
Screen for Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot is 2.7 inches wide Clear Photo LCD monitor. Some of the frequently accessed menus are focus menu that encompasses Multi-point AF, Center Weighted AF and Spot AF. When the iAuto mode is up and the info is on pressing the DISP, the upwards take you to a menu where you can turn the info display off. The menu for face detection has, Off, Auto, Adult, and Child Priority. Under the metering modes menu, you have Spot, Center and multi-pattern metering. Under the scene menu you get, Soft Skin , Landscape , Fireworks , Night Scene , Night Portrait , Gourmet , Pet , High, Sensitivity , Snow , Beach , and Soft Snap . Under the picture effect menu, you get Toy Camera, Pop Color, Soft High-Key, and Partial Color. Under the shoot menu, you can access AF Illuminator, Red Eye Reduction, Blink Alert, Display Resolution, Digital Zoom, Write Date, and Grid Line under the main menu, four pages for basic cam settings. Here you can access everything from display, to PC connectivity preferences and sound settings.
Specs on the site for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot reflect that lowering the resolution can prolong the life. On full charge, you can capture 110 photos. The battery compartment is besides the memory card. There is a hinged door at the underside to hold the battery inside. The camera comes with an AC adapter that helps you to charge the battery while it is in the camera. The battery life of this proprietary NP-BN lithium ion rechargeable is not that great but you can always buy a new one and use it while the other remains on charge inside a separate compact charger.
There is no dedicated movie button to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot but there is a three-way switch for turning from still mode to video mode. With battery on full charge, you can achieve 20 short videos as tested. The Optical SteadyShot/Active mode works for stabilizing video as well. With inbuilt PlayMemories, it gets easier to transfer your videos and stills to PC for post processing and uploading online. There are three options to record a movie with VGA, STD, and Fine, and you can capture videos as 640 x 480, 1280 x 720 x 1280 x720pixels, all at frame rate of 30fps, respectively. The video format remains MPEG-4.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot offers Super HAD CCD sensor of size 1/2.3 inches. The effective megapixels offered are 16.1MP.
· Small and slim body
· There is an in-built camera guide
· Zooming while in video mode is very smooth
· Slow burst shoot mode at 1fps
· AF may not always work
· Flash cannot be used in burst mode
· Low noise performance is not great
· Battery life is low
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21 February 2013: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 with its release today promises to offer Optical Steady Shot feature while shooting HD videos plus a 16.1MP Super HAD CCD image sensor. The Carl Zeiss lens lets you zoom optically up to 8x. An intelligent Auto Mode, beauty effect, picture effects for still and panoramic shots are just some of its salient features.
* The beauty effect feature marks for effects; Skin Smoothing, Skin Toning, Shine Removal, Teeth Whitening and Eye Widening.
* The iAuto mode gets in sync with innovative technologies like intelligent Auto Focus, Intelligent Scene Recognition and motion detection to let you
achieve remarkable pics even under low-light conditions.
* The Picture Effect mode can be applied to pics, videos and even in sweep panorama, to achieve higher degree of creativity.
* With advanced flash feature, you can win bright and clear photos. Far off subjects can be easily shot.
* The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens produces non-compromised and precise contrast details to the images.
* The optical Steady Shot feature lets you avoid camera-shakes to a large extent, resulting in blur-free High-Definition videos.
* LCD monitor is 2.7 inches wide Clear Photo type with resolution 230,400 dot. Even in bright daylight, you can see natural colors of the scene into your screen.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot makes photography a fun-filled activity. This is all because of its good characteristics and features. This camera comes with a 16.1MP, Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens which has an 8x optical zoom. Its size W x H x D: 3 3/4" x 2 1/8" x 29/32" (93.1mm x 52.3mm x 22.5mm) which is as much compact as it is good and comes. Categorized as a compact zoom digital camera, it is available in three colors, Silver, Blue and Pink. If one looks at the designing part of the DSC-W730, the shimmering appearance that it possesses can be easily seen. It is so sleek that is incredibly easy to use camera which slips right in one’s pocket. That makes it very much ready to capture the moment with ease.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 renders you gorgeous pictures with its 16.1 megapixels. Sony has also provided recording feature at 720p HD movie mode which lets you shoot crisp and high quality videos. Faraway subjects are close with the zoom functioning of 8x. The overall outlook is then stabilized by Optical SteadyShot image stabilization which comes with a 2-way Active Mode. This feature lets you walk or run while you are capturing the media and it corrects for both vertical and horizontal motion of the media. And with this they are offering you add-ons like Camera, Pop Color, Beauty Effects, etc., to adjust skin tones, remove blemishes and other problems in your pictures.
The other features that come with this camera are Sweep Panorama mode which has a degree up to 360°. This technology is different from traditional wide angle lens, it aids in capture more breathtaking shots by simply pressing the shutter button and sweeping the camera in the desired direction. Other one is Face Detection technology which detects up to eight individual faces. After the detection is automatically adjusts focus, white balance and exposure which in turn makes it to get crisp and properly lit pictures. It also has Smile Shutter technology which helps in capturing a smile the moment it happens. One can do this by simply pressing the Smile Shutter button and the rest is captured by this technology. Intelligent Auto Mode is also there which is special as it thinks of you and intelligently tries to recognize scenes, faces, lighting conditions and adjusts other settings. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730 Point & Shoot is capable camera and seems to capture great images as wells as its 2.7” (230K dots) Clear Photo LCD display is also attracting for the users.
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