66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Fine camera for the average picture-taker like me...,
This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Silver) (2012 Model) (Electronics)
I just came back from a six week trip to Eastern Europe. I had with me a Sony SteadyShot DSC-T100. Four weeks ago, in Krakow, Poland, the SteadyShot suddenly died after three years of fairly rugged use. I went to an electronics store in Krakow and, not having ready access to the Internet, decided to take a chance on the W690, which looked similar to the now-deceased SteadyShot in design and functionality (if you've ever bought an electronic gadget in Europe you know that you simply have to swallow hard and do it since the 23% VAT adds, well, 23% to the price, which even when you have it refunded at the airport, is eaten up by the processing fee).
But I digress. I fell in love with this camera. I am a basic point-and-shoot picture taker. I am sitting with both cameras in front of me as I write this review. The 690 is half the weight of the T100, which wasn't all that heavy to begin with, and half as slim as the T100, which wasn't exactly a "pocket pig." The zoom was extraordinary and the functionality, including basic video, panorama-picture and just plain easy handling was great for a traveler who wants to take a nice shot now and then. The shot-framing was straightforward. The low-light quality of the pics was quite fine. I tried the panorama-shot feature for the first time standing on Castle Hill in Vilnius, Lithuania and was very pleasantly surprised at the ease of the feature and the spectacular shot of the Baroque old town that I now have. The camera indulged my occasional attempts to get "artsy" with different focus, lighting and framing.
I uploaded 500 or so shots to the PC last night and the quality of the pictures is exactly what I had hoped for. If you are a point-and-shooter like me who just wants to take good pictures this camera will be an excellent choice.
Now I only have to pick out the 25 shots that my friends and family will be willing to look at.