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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Silver)

B&H # SODSCW690S Mfr # DSCW690
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 16.1Mp 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD Sensor
  • 25-250mm (35mm Equivalent) Sony G Lens
  • 3.0" LCD Clear Photo LCD
  • 10x Optical Zoom
  • 3200 ISO Sensitivity
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
  • Built-In Flash
  • 720p HD Video Capture
  • Sweep Panorama Mode
  • MS Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera is a super-compact point-and-shoot with more under the hood than meets the eye. This sleek little number is host to a 16.1Mp image sensor, a 3.0" LCD screen, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, 10x optical zoom, and more! And in addition to capturing stills, the W690 also records 720p HD video. A bevy of auto functions also come in handy by taking the guesswork out of image making. Functions like iSCN, Natural Flash, Picture Effect, and more do all the hard work while you enjoy the memory in-progress.

Compact Camera with 10x Zoom
The Sony 10x optical zoom G lens brings distant subjects super close for great outdoors, sports, and travel photos. The compact size makes it easy to take with you in a pocket, purse, or backpack
720p MP4 HD Movie Mode
In 720p MP$ movie mode the camera shoots 1280 x 720 high definition movies at 30 fps, a standard format when working with a PC. Users will create high quality movies with full use of optical zoom in files small enough to transfer to compatible PC or Mac computer. Once transferred to your computer and connected to the Internet, you can effortlessly upload your media to popular photo and video-sharing web sites such as Photobucket and YouTube
Sweep Panorama Mode - Up to 360 Degrees
Reach beyond the traditional wide angle lens, and capture more breathtaking shots with Sweep Panorama mode. Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide and up to 360° full circle, the camera can take a variety of panoramic shots. Now capturing wide landscapes is an easy as press and sweep
16.1Mp Super HAD CCD Image Sensor
A powerful 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD image sensor helps you capture gorgeous images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail. With 16.1 megapixels, you can create stunning, photo-quality prints up to A3+ (13 x 19") size, or crop your images and still come away with high resolution shots
3.0" Clear Photo LCD Display
Large 3.0" (230K dots) Clear Photo LCD display features sharp, natural color that makes it easy to compose shots, read menus, and view photos, even in bright sunlight
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality
Picture Effect
Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select camera models have up to nine different effects
Intelligent Auto Mode
Unlike traditional auto mode, intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, faces, and adjusts settings resulting in clear images, faces with natural skin tone and less blur. Take advantage of all the technology without leaving Auto mode. Kids on the playground, landscape shots, a beautiful flower, or an indoor birthday party result in clear images without leaving auto mode
Face Detection Technology
Face detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends
Smile Shutter Technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and back-lighting
Anti-Blink Function
It's frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot
Soft Skin Mode
Portrait subject will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition mode (iSCN) automatically detects 33 different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low-light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep
Natural Flash
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash controls the white balance of both the background and main subjects
Dynamic Range Optimizer
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) Standard and Plus uses a sophisticated algorithm to help recover shadows and highlights. The result is more natural images with clearer details that more closely match what your naked eye sees. DRO is particularly effective when shooting backlit portraits on any scene with a dramatic contrast between background and foreground lighting. DRO Plus allows for even greater optimization by analyzing each region of an image and performing additional image processing
Self-Portrait Timer
Self-Portrait Timer helps to take the guesswork out of self-portraits by utilizing Face Detection technology to recognize when your face enters the frame. Once the camera detects your face, it triggers a 2-second timer, and then snaps a picture
Panorama Still Image Size
7,152 x 1,080 (235°) / 4,912 x 1,080 (161°) / 4,912 x 1,920 (161°) / 3,424 x1,920 (112°)
Video Mode
1280 x 720 (Fine) (1,280 x 720/30fps) / 1280 x 720 (Standard) (1,280 x 720/30fps) / VGA (640 x 480/30fps)
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
Still 16:9: 27.5-275mm / Still 4:3: 25-250mm / Movie 16:9: 27.5-275mm (SteadyShot Standard), 27.5-385mm (SteadyShot Active) / Movie 4:3: 33.5-335mm (SteadyShot Standard), 33.5-469mm(SteadyShot Active)
AF Modes
Multi Point AF /Center Weighted AF / Spot AF / Tracking Focus / Face TrackingFocus
Power Requirements
100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 2 W
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.4 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: MP3
Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Color Spaces sRGB
Optics
Lens 9 elements in 7 groups
3 Aspherical
EFL: 4.45-44.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 25-250 mm)
Aperture: f/3.3 (W) - 5.9 (T) 1
Please Note:

35mm equivalency of 25-250mm is at 4:3 aspect ratio

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Zoom Optical: 10x
Digital: 40x
Focus Range Wide: 0.16' (5 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 4.92' (150 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-3200
Shutter 2 - 1/1600 seconds
1 - 1/1600 seconds 2
Please Note:

Auto and program Auto respectively

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Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent 3
Please Note:

Also: One Push

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Burst Rate Up to 1 fps at 16.1 MP for up to 100 frames
Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds 4
Please Note:

Also: portrait1 and portrait2

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Interval Recording No
Remote Control None
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Off
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 0.66 - 12.14' (0.2 - 3.7 m)
Telephoto: 3.28 - 4.92' (1 - 1.5 m) 5
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At ISO Auto

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External Flash Connection None
Memory
Built-in Memory 27MB
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Still Images per GB JPEG: 132 @ Highest Resolution - 5500 @ Lowest Resolution
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 2GB or 29 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (230,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
USB 2.0 6
Please Note:

Also: Composite; Multi is A/V / USB

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Connectors 1x AV Output, USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage
-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Waterproofing None
Power
Battery NP-BN Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 600mAh
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.7 x 2.2 x 0.8" / 94.3 x 56.1 x 21.7 mm
Weight 5.0 oz / 142 g with battery and memory card
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Silver)
  • NP-BN Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Multi USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    SonyCyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Black)
     
    3.9

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (8)
    • Compact (7)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (6)
    • Zoom range/performance (6)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (3)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (6)
    • Travel (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sony DSC-W690- slim and powerful

    Sony has always been my favourite brand when it comes to camera/memory cards. I picked up this slim and beautiful and powerful sony dsc-690 point and shoot camera. I was looking for...Read complete review

    Sony has always been my favourite brand when it comes to camera/memory cards. I picked up this slim and beautiful and powerful sony dsc-690 point and shoot camera. I was looking for something which has the perfect combination of slimness, high Megapixels, good zoom, 360 Sweep Panorama . This was the winner. The Sony Cybershot DSC-W690 has a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor and 10x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 25-250mm.Other features include Face Detection, Smile Shutter, Self Portrait Timer and in-camera retouching. I ordered one camera from B&H and in the next few hours i had to order another one for my friend who immediately wanted to pick this one for herself.Key Features16.1 megapixel CCD sensor10x optical zoom G lens (35mm equiv: 25-250mm)Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation3 inch 230k dots LCD screenIntelligent Auto Mode720p HD movie recordingISO 80-32005cm minimum focusing distance360 Sweep PanoramaArtistic Picture Effect modesAvailable in black, blue, red and silver.And the best thing of ordering at B&H was that i was able to get the best deal in the US which included shipping and taxes.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Do not buy it

    I had a Sony DSC-N1 model, and all the pictures were great, that's the reason I have decided for my new camera a SONY.
    However DSC-W690 was VERY disappointed.
    During my...Read complete review

    I had a Sony DSC-N1 model, and all the pictures were great, that's the reason I have decided for my new camera a SONY.
    However DSC-W690 was VERY disappointed.
    During my last trip I used W690 for the first and LAST time. Almost all my photos got distorted on the corners of them, especially face images. At first I thought it was a setting problem, I tried everything, and on the "Help" option of the camera I found the problem. There is a message by Sony written as "Distorted faces may occur near the corner of an image, BUT this is not a malfunction. Shoot images where the subjects faces are not placed near the corner of the screen".
    Well, Sony has manufactured a camera where I can not decide what to put on the frame. If I take pictures with a group of people I need to disconsidered who are on the corners. Sometimes I like compose my photos whith a person on the side of a monument or a plant. So I CAN NOT do it with this Camera. DONT BUY IT.

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    4.0

    Just right for our Criminal Justice clas

    By James the teacher

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Classroom Setting

      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Silver):

      These cameras were just right for our High School Criminal Justice class. Part of our curriculum entails documenting a crime scene. The ease of use allows us to spend less time teaching the use of the camera, but allows us to still get a quality picture.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Cyber Shot DSC-W690

      By Naman

      from Johnston,RI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Blue):

      look and quality

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 6
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Camera for its tiny size

      By joaniep

      from florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Red):

        Now I don't have to tote my large camera everywhere. I do miss the viewfinder, but I won't miss so many photo ops because I'll have a camera with me. Zoom is wonderful - a little shaky at max distance, but basically clear photos with good color. My big camera is a Sony, too, so not too much of a learning curve; comfortable to use, easy to carry. Love it.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Similar:
        • Sony Cybershot HD DSC-HX200V

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        5.0

        Sony DSC-W690- slim and powerful

        By rateesh

        from farmington hills

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Red):

          Sony has always been my favourite brand when it comes to camera/memory cards. I picked up this slim and beautiful and powerful sony dsc-690 point and shoot camera. I was looking for something which has the perfect combination of slimness, high Megapixels, good zoom, 360 Sweep Panorama . This was the winner. The Sony Cybershot DSC-W690 has a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor and 10x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 25-250mm.Other features include Face Detection, Smile Shutter, Self Portrait Timer and in-camera retouching. I ordered one camera from B&H and in the next few hours i had to order another one for my friend who immediately wanted to pick this one for herself.Key Features16.1 megapixel CCD sensor10x optical zoom G lens (35mm equiv: 25-250mm)Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation3 inch 230k dots LCD screenIntelligent Auto Mode720p HD movie recordingISO 80-32005cm minimum focusing distance360 Sweep PanoramaArtistic Picture Effect modesAvailable in black, blue, red and silver.And the best thing of ordering at B&H was that i was able to get the best deal in the US which included shipping and taxes.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Good for what it is

          By Rodrigues

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor Image Stabilization
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Silver):

          The quality is pretty good for its price range from first impressions. However, If you're considering the W690 for photographing fast-moving kids, pets, and sports, I wouldn't recommend it; it's just too slow.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 6
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Simple point and shoot

          By DM

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Red):

          We needed a simple point and shoot to replace an older Sony CyberShot. The main draw for this model was the 10x zoom which is nice to have, however the zoom is a bit difficult to control. After using this camera the biggest drawback is the battery life. With all our other cameras we could shoot for several days without recharging, however the battery drains in less than a single day of continuous shooting. A second battery is highly recommended.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I would recommend this product

          By Neo Chen

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Black):

          It's small and easy to use

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Do not buy it

          By Caio Itape

          from Brazil

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Photos different from rea
          • Poor Image Quality

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Black):

          I had a Sony DSC-N1 model, and all the pictures were great, that's the reason I have decided for my new camera a SONY.
          However DSC-W690 was VERY disappointed.
          During my last trip I used W690 for the first and LAST time. Almost all my photos got distorted on the corners of them, especially face images. At first I thought it was a setting problem, I tried everything, and on the "Help" option of the camera I found the problem. There is a message by Sony written as "Distorted faces may occur near the corner of an image, BUT this is not a malfunction. Shoot images where the subjects faces are not placed near the corner of the screen".
          Well, Sony has manufactured a camera where I can not decide what to put on the frame. If I take pictures with a group of people I need to disconsidered who are on the corners. Sometimes I like compose my photos whith a person on the side of a monument or a plant. So I CAN NOT do it with this Camera. DONT BUY IT.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sony Cyber-shot

          By photogirl

          from Florida

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Blue):

              Everyday use- very compact and easy to use. Takes wonderful pictures!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              If you want power in a small camera,

              By scooter

              from Gallup nm

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Poor Flash

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Digital Camera (Black):

              Small yet useful.Takes good closeups
              as well as distance. This is small to use and took some getting to know it.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              Required item: Be sure to have enough storage capacity.

              Transcend -  8GB SDHC Memory Card Class 10
              • You Pay: $7.49
               

              Batteries & Power

              Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

              Sony -  NP-BN1 Rechargeable Battery Pack
              • You Pay: $31.38
               
              Pearstone -  Battery Adapter Plate for NP-BN1
              • You Pay: $1.99
               

              Bags & Straps

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              Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or a strap.

              Pearstone -  Onyx 210 Camera Pouch (4.2 x 2.8 x 0.6", Black)
              • You Pay: $9.95
               

              Screen Protectors

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              Protect your LCD screen from scratches and finger prints.

              GGI -  Digital Screen Care Kit
              • Reg. Price: $7.49
              • Instant Savings: -$2.50
              • You Pay: $4.99
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              Download your pictures faster and save battery life.

              IOGEAR -  SD/microSD/MMC Card Reader/Writer (Green)
              • You Pay: $5.95
               
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