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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Dark Red)

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  • 12.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
  • 4x optical zoom, 30mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens; Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 3.0-inch LCD display; Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology
  • MPEG Movie VX Fine Mode
  • 15MB built-in memory; capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media (not included)
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Color: Red
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Technical Details

Color: Red
  • Smile ShutterTM technology automatically captures a smile
  • Optical SteadyShotTM image stabilization reduces blur
  • HDTV Compatibility3 for sharing photos in hi-def
  • Wide-Zoom Display resizes images to 16:9
  • Dimensions (Approx.) : W x H x D: 3 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 7/8" (95.2mm x 56.5mm x 21.8mm)

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Product Details

Color: Red
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 3.8 x 2.2 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001QWG1ZY
  • Item model number: DSC-W230/R
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,522 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at February 17, 2009

Product Description

Color: Red

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 is W-Series opening price point camera, and combines point-and-shoot ease-of-use with a host of advanced features in a sophisticated, compact body. A 12.1 megapixel image sensor and Carl Zeiss 4x optical zoom lens offer crisp, clear images at high resolution. Intelligent Scene Recognition automatically detects scene conditions and adjust for best camera settings. Face Detection capture faces with natural skin tones, while Smile Shutter technology capture a smile the moment it happens. In addition, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps prevent blur without affecting image quality, and HDTV compatibility offers a great way to view and share photos in high definition.The DSC-W230 offers a step up in features and capabilities from the Cyber-shot S-Series models, with a professional-quality lens, optical image stabilization, and a powerful BIONZ image processor that allows for advanced Face Detection, Smile Shutter technology, Dynamic Range Optimizer, and Intelligence Scene Recognition.

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Customer Reviews

Best camera i have bought thus far. Picture is real clear. Although the dark red is more of a dark pink:-/ Read more ›
I like to shoot iso at parties so it does not annoy people with constant flashing. Picture quality is good enough. High light shooting is surperb. Read more ›
I got this camera as a gift and I think that this camera is cheap(price), but the quality is pretty good. This camera has a pretty decent picture quality, and video quality. Read more ›
She loves it! Picture quality is excellent, and she is still dicovering new features. I know I saved at least $40 on the price over regular retail. Read more ›
Ease of use is incredible, I just opened the box, handed it to…Picture quality is just great, it shoots very good movies, its image stabilization and auto-focus are superb. Read more ›
This is a great camera for the price the battery life is longer than the Olympus cameras I have had the picture quality is great! My next camera willdefinetly be a Sony… Read more ›
It is light and easy to operate.. It is always one of the best picture taking cameras in the crowd. Read more ›
The camera is very good. small, comfortable and very good pictures. It is excellent for everyday use. I recommend it widely Read more ›
Bought this for my mom, she needed something simple to use that took decent pictures. This little Cyber shot did just that and more. Read more ›
I ave found all he features on the camera easy to use. It is a little smaller than I expected, but I'm getting used to it. Read more ›
The pictures are nice. The camera is easy to use. It's definitely not designed for the professional photographer. Read more ›
I would highly recommend this camera for anyone looking for an easy to use camera that takes really good pictures, if you read the directions you will find that this camera… Read more ›
You ccan take multiple pictures at once. Burst mode works well minimal blur. Read more ›
The camera is new only for a couple weeks, but so far we really like it. Features were easy to use and picture quality was very good. My last camera was very bad at taking… Read more ›
I also have a Nikon D-500 and a Panasonic Lumix Mega Zoom. Each has it's own unique features / abilities so I also have a good point of reference. You do need to spend some… Read more ›
The picture quality is fantastic (though it's hard to tell exactly what difference the extra megapixels makes), it is simple to use yet has a huge range of features for… Read more ›
Nice features. Very stable. Read more ›
I am no professional photographer (they may probably really like this camera): I am…Even in the EASY mode (made for grandparents, etc.) the photo does not come out good. Read more ›
I also did this with my daughter's baseball team and got a great shot of the kids. Well worth the price, fun features great grab and go keep in your pocket or purse camera. Read more ›
I think that one was something like fake, not genuine, so I advise you to buy from amazon any fear to get fake. It's really good, and price is more than accaptable. Read more ›
She loved the…I decided to order silver the second time instead of the red because there was a huge price difference and I didn't feel like paying a fortune to replace it. Read more ›
The material of the whole…But, I must say, I got it for a good price (my old Cyber-Shot was like $260 4 years ago) it's a 12MP instead of 7.5MP It takes nice pictures. O… Read more ›
I highly recommend this camera for anyone, advanced…It's a fantastic value that will preserve your memories and take great pictures for your business for years to come. Read more ›
The picture quality on this camera is excellent, especially for the price that u pay for it. It is definitely well worth the price. It's very easy to use and also taking… Read more ›
I purchased this camera for my "spare/back-up" camera for my work. It's easy to use and the 3" display screen is awesome! Zooms really close too! Read more ›
Other than that, the LCD screen is nice and the camera takes decent pictures. Read more ›
I love this camera. The 3" screen is the best. I had a Sony camera before and loved it, too. Read more ›
Bigger display. Only drawback is lack of an optical viewfinder, but the LCD display is so good that this lack is not a problem. Would wholeheartedly recommend this camera… Read more ›
n u should consider buying a screen protector cause everyone wants to touch the screen when ur showing them the pictures so at the end of the day the screen is full of… Read more ›
Even when…The screen is great and the quality looks wonderful at first, but upon the first zoom in, it is apparent that the images just aren't as crisp as they should be. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey Ralston on June 23, 2009
Color Name: Red
Ok, I read 1,000's of reviews, looked at every video review and tested tons of cameras out. In my mind and what most Best Buy people will tell you is that Canon's are it for digital cameras. I bought the Canon Powershot 1200IS, and it took horrible pictures - not crisp at all. I have a 1 year old who runs around like crazy and this camera does such a good job! It looks nice, the size is great, the price is great and I could not ask for more! I thought it would be impossible to get a good camera that wasn't a slr for a decent price. This is the best out there - don't waste hours and hours looking on the internet, I'm saving you your time: get this one!!! Or atleast buy it from somewhere where you have the option to return it, I gaurantee you wont!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Alexander on July 13, 2009
Color Name: Blue
I was looking for a digital camera to take with me on my trip to Australia. Being a trip of a lifetime, I wanted to make sure I returned with amazing pictures and video that helped me remember and share my experience. I shopped online and in stores comparing prices and brands. This camera provides easy use with great results at an affordable price. There are many functions to choose from allowing for optimal performance. It is compact and easy to become accustomed with. The larger lcd screen was helpful when capturing and reviewing pictures. The video function picks up sound well, but you cannot zoom while filming. The settings can be manually configured to be adjusted to your preferences, but there is also a function for easy shooting. Battery life was sustainable and allowed for full days of picture taking. Viewing pictures as a slide show on the camera is great, because it plays music along with it, and you can add your own music to add a personal touch. I was able to capture images quickly with the fast response time of the shutter. Overall, I was completely satisfied with this product and would recommend it to someone shopping for a decent digital camera, but isn't quite ready for a SLR. The pictures turned out great!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Nguyen on June 5, 2009
Color Name: Black
I have tried Sony W290, Canon SD 790 and SD 1200, this is the best camera of all. Beautiful and vivid pictures, time to start up is very fast. in burst mode, you can take several pictures, and I mean it's take very fast, I love this. compare with W290, W230 is better and it's cheaper. I have both, but I have returned the W290 to Dell.

For performance, I give it 4 stars, but the price is better than W290 so I give it 5 Stars!

Excellent device for the price.
I highly recommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sarah O'Brien on June 26, 2009
Color Name: Red
I absolutely love this camera! I looked around to find a good review for weeks before buying it but I couldn't find more than 2 or 3 reviews. As soon as I opened the box I fell in love with this camera. It's definitely more red than hot pink (which it sort of looks like online). The pictures come out great and there are tons of special features, such as red eye reduction, smile detection, and tons of others that I haven't had the chance to try out yet.
Even if the picture doesn't look great when you first take it, when you check it in review it's usually blur-free and the lighting is fantastic.
I was scared to purchase this camera because my old Sony's lens stopped working after a year, so I bought the 2-year warranty on this just in case, but so far I haven't had any problems.
It's definitely worth the money and I hope this review helps!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ah Chew on June 1, 2009
Color Name: Black
For the price and the 12Mpx, it's a pretty good camera. I bought it for my Grand Canyon trip, an obvious picture-taking mecca. The camera can be fairly easy to use, if you choose the most automatic options. If you want to experiment and go more manual, there're a myriad of options for that, too. However, as a former camera geek, I would have liked an option to go completely manual and be able to choose my own iso settings for further experimentation (hence, the three stars). You are able to adjust aperture settings (or at least it can mimic that). But even with the options I did have, I was able to play around with it and take some very acceptable pictures. Not pro-level, but enough to impress family and friends. And at 12Mpx,, there's a lot of latitude for cropping, blowing-up, etc.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Coleman on June 3, 2009
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
This is my wifes camera, but this thing does not seem to do well indoors at all. It never gets over 1/30th of a second shutter speed even with flash, so pictures of my 10 month old are always slightly blurred because he does not sit still. If the ISO is increased to 400 it is incredibly grainy, even iso 200 is a bit grainy. The camera also rarely seems to be focused. I cannot tell it so much, but my wife points out in the majority of her pictures taken indoors that very rarely is the subject in focus. We have tried the various focus settings and it still happens. It is partly an issue of our son moving a lot (and the camera never getting over 1/30th of a second even when it is well lit with flash indoors) and also the camera just not QUITE getting the focus right.

The face detection doesn't work well unless the persons face is DIRECTLY aimed at the camera. My son's face is NEVER detected because he will have his hand by his head and apparently that keeps it from working. That, or he will be turned away (even if just slightly) so it is not detected.
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