- Good Image quality.
- Decent ergonomics and easy to use.
- No Wi-Fi compatibility feature.
- HD resolution for video recording.
- Slow response in capturing images.
For someone who is looking for a budget model from the vast swathe of entry-level point and shoot cameras, the SONY Cybershot DSC W830 comes across as a good optiion. For users who don't want to shell out too much of money and yet get decent specifications and image quality, this will be the perfect fit. The W830 sports a high camera resolution of 20.1 MP, 1/2.3 " Super HAD CCD image sensor while running on the BIONZ X processor which helps to It has a optical zoom of 8x with a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 25-200mm which covers the entire spectrum from wide-angle to telephoto lens. Presence of Optical Image Stabilization feature helps in reducing camera shake and also reduces unwanted blur in images.
The SONY W830 comes across as a very light-weight point and shoot camera but once you get to the handling portion, you might be disappointed by its construction and not so appealing looks. It features a 2.7 in Clear Photo LCD monitor with a resolution of 230,000 dots and five-step brightness adjustment.
When it comes to continuous shooting speed, the W830 does a meagre job of performing at 0.8 fps but that's about to be expected from a non-high end digital camera. At low-light situations however, auto-focus is very slow and it just about manages to hold its ground while shooting images. However, you do get to see the loss in detail in the images and the problem of chromatic aberration popping up.
Unlike few other models, the W830 does miss out on the Wi-Fi compatibility feature that is present across the same price range category.
The W830 is powered by a NP-BN lithium ion rechargeable battery and also comes with a power rating of 2.3Wh along with a capacity of 630mAh.
Sensor Performance and Image Quality
The SONY W830 comes in-built with a 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD Image sensor whose performance is just about expected from a budget model. The sensor has a very good resolution and offers decent picture quality with a decent number of clarity and tonal features. Working in tandem with the BIONZ X Processor, it delivers a good performance when it comes to high-resolutiojn images or pictures. Concerning image quality, it manages to perform decently considering the upgrade that has been done to its sensor. Its sensor helps in bringing forth sharp and accurate images. At the base ISO number of 100, the images are very much vivid and detailed with clarity and color tones being retained. There images tend to retain the liveliness factor as the ISO increases till 400. At ISO 400, noise starts appearing in the images and you can notice how the smaller sized sensor finds it difficult to perform in less-light areas. As we go up the chain, noise becomes a huge factor and the visual distortion starts to set in.