Sony DSC-W650 Digital Camera Bundle for Father’s Day


Father’s Day is a holiday meant to honor paternal relationships and give thanks and attention to Dad. The idea of giving him a gift, especially one that will continue to serve its purpose well past Father’s Day, can be an invaluable gesture that will help to foster an expressive and communicative bond. Besides which, dads tend to be naturally drawn to electronics, which makes a camera an automatic shoe-in to gaining his attention and appreciation. Sony has released a gift bundle for Dad that includes its Cyber-shot DSC-W650 digital camera, an 8GB SDHC memory card, and a soft carrying case with carabiner for portability.

Where the Sony DSC-W650 excels is in its simple functionality and tremendous results. Its 16.1MP sensor and 5x optical zoom provide a great deal of imaging quality that can be extended beyond normal view. High definition 720p videos can be captured as well as in-camera panoramic images with up to a 360° angle of view.

16.1MP Super HAD CCD Image Sensor

A 1/2.3” Super HAD CCD sensor provides 16.1MP of effective resolution, allowing you to create images with a great deal of clarity and color depth. Enlargements up to 13 x 19” are easily attainable, even when cropping your images some. In addition to tremendous still image performance, the image sensor provides you with the ability to capture 720p/30 HD videos while retaining the ability to use 5x optical zoom during recording. These files are saved in the MP4 format, which is ideal for light editing on your home computer and for uploading to YouTube or other social websites.

Dynamic Range Optimizer

This mode automatically extends the effective exposure value of your image by recovering blown highlights or blocked up shadows and compressing those values back into the range of the exposure. By doing this, it makes your images feel as if they contain a much wider representation of tones than normal. This mode is also dual-faceted and split into Standard and Plus versions. When working in DRO Plus, the effect of extending the dynamic range is further optimized through automatic analysis and image processing of individual regions of the image, resulting in a more thoroughly resolved photograph.

Intelligent Auto Mode and Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode

Utilizing a plethora of technologies, these two modes make taking photos or video a simple and straightforward task. Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode automatically recognizes the scene you are photographing and applies exposure settings accordingly. Using determinates such as lighting conditions and faces within the scene, the camera will apply settings to achieve clear, sharp, well-exposed images. Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) mode is one step removed from the all encompassing iAuto and will just apply one of seven different predetermined scene types to your image. This mode is further broken down into two subsequent modes: Auto and Advanced. Auto functions as normal, whereas Advanced iSCN will record two different exposures if the recognized scene involves particularly difficult lighting (such as low light or backlit situations).

Further Image Enhancement

The W650 incorporates a number of other features to help improve your images beyond what is ordinarily possible. The Anti-blink function significantly reduces the number of images you take with people blinking in them. When set to shoot in Soft Snap, the anti-blink function will record two sequential images to ensure an image is recorded sans-squint. When working in other modes, this function will also warn you if a blink has been detected, allowing you to reshoot if you wish. Natural flash analyzes the color balance of an image taken with the built-in popup flash and automatically corrects the colors against a reference image. Soft Skin mode is especially geared for closer-range portraiture and will automatically smooth out wrinkles and blemishes from your subjects without affecting the sharpness of the rest of the scene.  Face Detection technology can recognize up to eight individual faces and will adjust the focus, exposure and white balance to portray your subjects in the best light. Similar to Anti-blink, Smile Shutter technology helps to ensure that the people in your photos are smiling at the time of exposure. When this mode is selected, the camera will instantly record an image once a smile is recognized, relieving you of the responsibility to guess when the perfect moment is.

Compact, Functional Design

This camera’s small form factor, measuring less than an inch thick, means that it can be carried with you at all times for you to use at a moment’s notice. In contrast to the small overall size of the camera, a large 3.0” 230K-dot Clear Photo LCD is integrated into the design, allowing you to review your images and compose shots with high sharpness and clarity. Also worked into the design of the W650 is optical SteadyShot image stabilization which, when paired with the 5x zoom lens, will help to balance and reduce camera shake when taking photos or video at any focal length.

This gift bundle is ideal for fathers who are looking for an easy-to-use camera that will provide excellent results regardless of the situation. Whether he’s looking for a camera to carry with him at all times or just an efficient camera for documenting projects or events, the W650 is a go-to solution offering quality and efficiency.

Camera Type Compact zoom digital camera
Imaging Sensor 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD sensor
Image Processor BIONZ
Effective Pixels 16.1MP
Total Pixels 16.4MP
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Lens Type Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Optical Zoom 5x
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) Still 16:9: 28-140mm
Still 4:3: 25-125mm
Movie 16:9 (SteadyShot Standard): 29-145mm
Movie 16:9 (SteadyShot Active): 30-150mm
Movie 4:3 (SteadyShot Standard): 35-175mm
Movie 4:3 (SteadyShot Active): 37-185mm
Minimum Focus Distance Wide: 2” / 5 cm to infinity
Tele:  39.4” / 100 cm to infinity
Lens Construction 6 elements in 5 groups
Aspheric Elements 3
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode Image Stabilization
Autofocus Modes Multi Point AF, Center Weighted AF, Spot AF, Tracking Focus, Face Tracking Focus
AF Illuminator Auto, Off
Exposure Metering Modes Multi Pattern, Center Weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 steps
Scene Modes High Sensitivity, Soft snap, Soft Skin, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Gourmet, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Pet mode
Picture Effects Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Soft High-Key
Face Detection 8 Faces (Auto, Off, Child Priority, Adult Priority, Key Selected Face Memory)
Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard, Plus, Off
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-3200
White Balance Mode Auto (Intelligent), Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting), Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting), Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting), Incandescent, Flash, One Push, One Push Set
Self Timer Off, 2 sec., 10 sec., portrait1, portrait2
Shutter Speeds 2-1/6000 sec.
Burst Mode Up to 1 fps for 100 shots
Flash Modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Coverage ISO Auto Wide: 11.9”-12.1’ / 0.3-3.7m
ISO Auto Tele: 3.4”-4.9’ / 1-1.5m
ISO 3200 Wide: up to 23.9’ / 7.3m
ISO 3200 Tele: up to 10.2’ / 3.1m
Media Type Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Still Image File Format JPEG
Still Image Size (16:9) 12MP: 4608 x 2592
2MP: 1920 x 1080
Still Image Size (4:3) 16MP: 4608 x 3456
10MP: 3648 x 2736
5MP: 2592 x 1944
Panorama Still Image Size 360°: 11,520 x 1080
Wide: 7152 x 1080
Wide: 4912 x 1920
Standard: 4912 x 1080
Standard: 3424 x 1920
Video Format MP4 (AVC/H.264)
Video Image Size 1280 x 720p/30 fps
640 x 480p/30 fps
Audio Format AAC
Microphone/Speaker Mono/Mono
LCD Type 3.0" / 7.6cm 230K-dot Clear Photo LCD
In-Camera Editing Trimming, Red Eye Correction, Unsharp Masking
Interfaces Memory card slot (Memory Stick/SD), 4:3 SD output, Composite HD output
Battery Type NP-BN rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 3.6V
Dimensions 3.75 x 2.25 x 0.75" / 94 x 56 x
Weight 4.4 oz / 124 g