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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 review

A slim, smart pocket camera with 10x optical zoom

As part of our image quality testing for the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 80 the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W690 review

Full ISO 80 image

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W690 review

ISO 80, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W690 review

ISO 100, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W690 review

ISO 200, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W690 review

ISO 400, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W690 review

ISO 800, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W690 review

ISO 1600, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony Cyber Shot DSC W690 review

ISO 3200, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot W
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourRed
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom40x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)124 g
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeSuper HAD CCD
Total Camera Resolution16.4 Megapixel
HDMINo
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-BN
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), microSD Card, microSDHC Card
Height56.1 mm
Width94.3 mm
Depth21.7 mm
Product SeriesW
Focal Length4.45 mm to 44.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-W690
Product NameDSC-W690 Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCW690R.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing InformationSo slim and simple with high-power zoom

The super-slim Cyber-shot W690 digital camera gets you even closer to the action with its powerful 10x optical zoom lens. Optical SteadShot and Sweep Panorama expand shooting possibilities, while iAUTO takes care of adjusting settings for great results without fuss.

Battery Life220 Shot/1.83 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • DSC-W690 Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN)
  • Battery Charger
  • Multi USB
  • Wrist Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • AC Power Cord
Display Resolution230400 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker