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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 12 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Dark Blue) (OLD MODEL)
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- 12.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
- 5x optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens; Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
- 720p high-definition movie capture; BIONZ image processor
- 3.0-inch (230K pixels) Clear Photo LCD; Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology
- 11MB built-in memory; capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.8 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,400|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||TTL (Multi, Centre, Spot)|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.24 x 0.91 x 3.86 inches|
|Item Weight||0.37 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.4 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||10 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.3 - F5.2|
|Maximum Focal Length||140 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1600 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Memory Storage Capacity||11 MB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||2 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||46 mm|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion Battery & Charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||2.7 in||2.7 in||3 in||2.7 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||0.91 x 3.86 x 2.24 in||2.13 x 1.97 x 0.87 in||0.91 x 3.66 x 2.05 in||1.01 x 3.78 x 2.16 in||3.67 x 1.05 x 2.37 in||5 x 6.25 x 2.75 in|
|Item Weight||5.92 ounces||4.48 ounces||4.32 ounces||4.8 ounces||4.16 ounces||1.15 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.4 megapixels||16 megapixels||18.2 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||VCHD: 28M PS(1,920x1,080/60p) / 24M FX(1,920x1,080/60i) / 17M FH(1,920x1,080/60i),MP4: 12M(1,440x1,080/30fps) / 3M VGA(640x480/30fps)||1280 x 720 pixels||1080p|
|Viewfinder||None||None||None||None||fixed LCD||electronic viewfinder|
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I'm one of those few. It still works well going on 5 years (recently used it during travel and didn't have to worry about draining my phone battery), and it has many of the lighting/editing options found on your average smartphone. The SD card can be easily inserted into a reader, and media is transferred with ease, and without using the corded attachments included with the camera.
The Sony Cyber-Shot may be a relic, but it's a working relic, so i don't see myself being rid of it anytime soon.
On the other hand, in terms of quality, other less common brands are very comparable and similar to Sony digital cameras now, but cheaper- so consider looking into brands such as Canon and Casio if you don't a strong brand preference. They are just as good, and better value for the price.
Otherwise, Sony is always great and won't disappoint you!
When I broke my last camera (also a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290) while I was on vacation, I replaced it with another Sony DSC-W290. I had the first one over a year before I stupidly stuffed it in the pocket of my cargo shorts and jumped on the wild and crazy Simpsons ride at Universal Studios, in Florida. As Bart says, "Eat my shorts..." and that's what the camera did. Had the DSC-W290 been equipped with a view finder to supplement its sizable color display, I would still be using my old W290. But, alas, there is no such view finder on the W290, and when the display shattered I was operating in the blind. Other than that the W290 has everything I want in a snapshot-style camera.
There are a few things you should do if you plan to purchase the W290: (1) Buy at least one Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo Magic Gate Mark 2 that holds at least 2GB (I have a 2GB and a 4GB as a backup); (2) Purchase a Sony carrying case that is compact enough to fit on your belt, but has a storage pocket large enough to hold a spare memory stick and a spare battery; it's much safer than your pants pocket; (3) Buy a Sony NP-FG1 Lithium battery; the camera comes with a Sony NP-BG1, but the NP-FG1 displays the minutes of battery life remaining before a recharge is necessary; (4) Don't carry the camera in your pants pocket unless you want to hear your wife express her opinion of your I.Q. and/or you plan to purchase a new camera shortly thereafter; (5) If you do plan to carry the camera in your pants pocket, you might want to buy accidental damage insurance for it, along with a set of wife-resistant earplugs. My replacement W290 is fully covered through a three-year Square Trade Warranty. Sony guarantees the W290 for the first year, but not against accidental damage or stupidity. You can find Square Trade Warranty on Amazon, at http://www.amazon.com/SquareTrade-Camcorder-Warranty-Accident-Protection/dp/B002I03UQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1293929931&sr=8-1. It's well worth the $39.99! Or, buy directly from Square Trade Warranty and you might find a better bargain.
The W290 has been around for awhile, but the price keeps going up while most of its counterparts are going down faster than the Simpsons ride at Universal Studios. That's likely because Sony has packed this little gem with a bunch of quality features and it works like a charm.
Finally, if you want a camera that allows you to take a snapshot with the touch of one button, or if you want to play with the settings, this is the camera you're looking for. Our now seven-year-old has been taking beautiful pictures with the W290 since she was six, while I like changing the camera settings. Either way, the pictures come out great.