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The new Sony Cybershot DSC-W220 is Sony’s newest edition to their Cyber-shot lineup and while they haven’t exactly reinvented the wheel with their new camera, they have made a very nice product that is a great addition to any camera enthusiast’s or family’s camera collection. If you’re in the market for a fantastic do everything camera to take the type of photos you see on billboards and ads, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a small compact camera that will be ready to see your nephew blow out the birthday candles or watch your daughter at her first ballet recital, this will be perfect.
The camera itself is a slimmed down version of Sony’s other product in the same lineup, the Sony Cybershot DSC-W290. There isn’t much different about the exterior of the camera from that device except a slightly smaller LCD screen and a different lens. The camera features a 2x zoom compared to the 290’s 5x zoom. But, if you’re just taking a few pictures here and there, you probably won’t have any problems with the lack of exterior functionality. Video functionality was also curved in the newer model to save money. The camera is only capable of recording video in VGA quality. But again, the price point of the camera should still prevail over the few features that went missing.
You get a full 12 megapixels with the Cybershot which is great for taking high resolution photographs. Reports claim that the color can be slightly off in the photos that are increased to max resolution but with all cameras, the color can never be perfect. As long as you’re not stretching the photos to plaster them on billboards and advertisements, the small color flaw should be of no concern.
Ultimately the new Sony CyberShot DSC-W220 is a fantastic camera for a fantastic price. It comes in at just under $200 and for a few missing features, it isn’t much different than its counterpart. Don’t expect to take Mona Lisa’s with the camera but also don’t think you’re going to be getting anything bad. Sony has always had great products that live up to their name and this one is no exception.
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Thanks to Ahmed Anwar from Digital Photography Basics for this review of the Sony Cybershot DSC-W220.