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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 review

A slim, smart pocket camera with 10x optical zoom

The Sony W690 is a fun little camera that, for the price, offers a fair amount of features, most appealingly the 10x optical zoom.

Cramming such a zoom range into a very slim and stylish body is a real bonus, and there's also some other fun features, such as sweep panorama and Picture Effects, which are likely to appeal to the intended audience for the camera.

Images are crisp, with lots of detail and good colours, which is also pleasing to see.

We liked

The slim and stylish Sony Cyber-Shot W690 is a good choice for those looking for a small camera to fit into a pocket or handbag for everyday situations, nights out and holidays.

We disliked

The screen really lets this camera down, sometimes being unusable in bright light and making played back images appear poorly focused.

Final verdict

The Sony W690 certainly isn't going to set the world alight, but it's a smart choice for those after an inexpensive compact camera.

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
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