Sony Cyber-shot W830 Detailed Review

Sony Cyber-shot W830

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The Cyber-shot W830 was presented by Sony in February 2014. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
BrandSony
CategorySuperzoom
Date02/2014
Sensor Properties

In additional Cyber-shot W830 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").

Also Cyber-shot W830's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 20 megapixel. That's roughly average and will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 or A2 size.

The Sony does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

FormatCompact
Sensor area6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24" x 0.18")
TypeCMOS
Resolution (physical)21.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective)20.00 megapixel
Pixel size1.87 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 1 frames/second
Lens
Interchangeable
Focal length (min)25mm
Focal length (max)200mm
Aperture (max)3.3
Aperture (min)6.3
Viewfinder Properties

The Cyber-shot W830 does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera's display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.

Shutter

The Cyber-shot W830's shutter speed varies from 1/1600s to 2s.

The highest shutter speed of the Sony is just 1/1600s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/1600s
Min. shutter speed2s
Sensitivity Properties

The Cyber-shot W830's sensitivity goes from 80 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity80 ISO
Max. sensitivity3200 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Cyber-shot W830 supports all general exposure modes.

The Sony allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
Auto Focus Properties

The Cyber-shot W830's auto focus processor uses 1 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

The Sony doesn't support manual focussing. That can be an issue if the auto focus has problems with your subject or lighting.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points1
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The Cyber-shot W830 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 3m (9 ft.). That's on the low end and will only work for very close subjects.

A hotshoe is missing from the Sony.

Built-in
Range2.80m
(9 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
Cyber-shot W830 display

The Cyber-shot W830 features a monitor with a diagonal of 67.00mm (2.6 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.23 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

Unfortunately, the Cyber-shot W830's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The Cyber-shot W830 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

TypeLCD
Size67.00mm (diagonal)
(2.6 in.)
Resolution0.23 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
Video Specs

Cyber-shot W830 video supported the resolution with 1280 x 720 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Sony Cyber-shot W830 Video parameters:

Max. resolution1280 x 720 pixel
...with frame rates30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Sony. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.

The Sony supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
Memory

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots1
Memory cardsSD
SDHC
SDXC
Battery

The Sony Cyber-shot W830 works with a NP-BN LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 210 shots. That's on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the Cyber-shot W830.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Cyber-shot W830's battery battery parameters:

TypeNP-BN LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life210 photos
Size

The Sony Cyber-shot W830's dimensions are 93.1 x 52.5 x 22.5mm³. (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is only 120 grams (3.9 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Cyber-shot W830:

Sony Cyber-shot W830 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Sony Cyber-shot W830 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Cyber-shot W830 is not much bigger:

Sony Cyber-shot W830 size comparison

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