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It was only last July that I reviewed the Casio EX-Z , which was the first compact digital camera to sport a megapixel sensor. Many of these super-powerful compacts had problems with excessive image noise at higher ISO settings, and suffered from limited dynamic range, as a direct result of the reduced physical size and correspondingly lower sensitivity of the individual photocells making up the sensor.

It has also been suggested that the resolution of a 10MP sensor is actually beyond the resolving power of many compact camera lenses, totally negating any potential advantage to be gained from the more powerful sensor. In fact some people have noted that in many cases overall image quality was actually lower than equivalent seven or eight megapixel cameras, and indeed this sector of the market has proven to be more popular than the more expensive 10MP premium models.

This time even Fujifilm is getting in on the act. To be fair, if anyone can produce a successful megapixel compact, it may be Sony. It also benefits from a Carl Zeiss lens, so hopefully the superior optical quality can make use of the additional resolution. To be even fairer, the W is also a pretty nice camera in its own right.

Apart from the The Panasonic Lumix FX is about the same price. It has a strong all-metal body aluminium I believe and all the controls have a crisp and businesslike feel to them. The front left of the body has a slightly raised lip, providing a token fingergrip. As a high-end model the W has a fairly complete list of features. Other exposure options include program auto, scene programs for landscape, twilight, twilight portrait and soft snap, as well as a high ISO mode for very low light situations, which can push the ISO setting as high as There is a scene mode, but with only three settings; beach, snow and fireworks.

Going into the beautifully designed and rather musical menu system reveals yet more options. The only really noteworthy items are the Dynamic Range Optimiser, a system borrowed from the Sony Alpha DSLR which helps to extend detail in shadow and highlight areas, and the exposure compensation function, which is buried in the menu rather than having its own button.

Overall performance is very impressive. In single shot mode there is no appreciable delay at all, and the camera will shoot pretty much as quickly as you can press the shutter button. The AF system is superb, focusing in a fraction of a second even in very low light, and without the aid of an AF assist lamp. The image stabilisation system also works extremely well, providing a reliable two stops of extra hand-held stability. Battery life is good, although not exceptional. The W is powered by a surprisingly heavy mAh Li-ion battery for which Sony claims shots on a full charge.

In other areas, including exposure and colour rendition the camera performs extremely well, and the lens produces exceptional clarity from edge to edge. If dynamic range is reduced by the smaller photocells, then the effect is minimal.

Yes, it did clip highlights on some shots, but shadow detail was generally good. Build quality is superb, and the optional manual exposure and focusing options are a bonus for experienced users. However the As such there are better cameras that cost less money. Here, the full size image at the minimum ISO setting has been reduced for bandwidth purposes to let you see the full image, and a series of crops taken from original full resolution images at a range of ISO settings have been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.

Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and in some case a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture. Equivalent to mm.


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Though compact in size, the Sony W offers an excellent range of features, with full automatic exposure control and preset scene modes for novices, as well as the bonus of a full manual exposure control mode for more experienced users. Thus, the Sony W is well-suited to a large range of consumers with varying skill-sets. The Sony W has 31 megabytes of internal memory, as well as a large 2. Also included on the W are nine preset shooting modes, which add flexibility in common, yet tricky conditions. Keep in mind though, that while the higher ISO settings will allow you to capture brighter images under dim lighting, they also result in much higher noise and lower color saturation. You can operate it in single shot or continuous mode.


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