Sometimes an excellent operating system can be made even better
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150
A competent compact
- Sharp pictures, 5x optical zoom with stabilisation, smile shutter is kind of nifty
- Slow interface, sluggish shot-to-shot time, purple fringing and haloing issues
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-W150 is a fairly decent compact cameras with a few niggling issues. Aside from some purple fringing it captures good shots. The interface and shot taking can be extremely slow at times, which is frustrating.
Price$ 379.00 (AUD)
Sporting an 8.1-megapixel (Mp) sensor and a 5x optical zoom, Sony's latest mid-range W series unit, the Cyber-Shot DSC-W150, is a competent compact digital camera. It takes fairly good quality snaps, and has standard compact camera features along with a few nifty extras. Our only real complaint is with the interface, which is sluggish and unwieldy.
Companies these days usually have at least one, if not several, top-tier camera models with resolutions of 10Mp or greater. However, 8.1Mp is still enough to take some fairly impressive snaps.
Our shots taken with the W150 were generally crisp and clear with good levels of detail and plenty of clarity. There was some minor oversharpening (which Imatest confirmed) but it wasn't particularly problematic. There were however some noticeable chromatic aberration issues. Our outdoors shots were laced with purple fringing and there was strong haloing indoors on high-contrast edges. There was almost no corner softening, but the fringing was bad enough to be visible even at small print sizes. Image noise performance was standard, with ISO 100, 200 and 400 producing relatively clean, smooth shots. At ISO 400 there was some minor chroma noise visible, but we didn't consider it problematic. It wasn't until ISO 800 that noise started to degrade sharpness and overall quality; we'd recommend sticking to lower sensitivities where possible.
Colours were quite strongly saturated, even on the standard colour setting — this was most noticeable in reds and blues. We were satisfied with the overall balance. There is no custom white balance option and the presets can be a little inaccurate at times, but mostly they performed well.
In our speed tests, the W150 was a mixed bag. While it exhibited a very quick shutter lag of just 0.05sec, start-up time was a slightly slower 2.5sec and shot-to-shot time was extremely sluggish at 3.5sec. Fortunately, the burst mode was quite impressive at three frames per second.
We also had some issues with the speed of the interface. Sony continues to use the same menu system as on its last generation of units and the camera is still not fast enough to handle it. Sometimes a simple task such as changing the exposure can take several seconds. This quickly becomes frustrating. Added to this is the fact that there are no quick ways to adjust settings: everything is done through the main menu.
The features are fairly typical of a Sony compact. Face detect focus mode is present and is backed up by Smile Shutter, which automatically takes a snap when it detects someone smiling. The 5x optical zoom is backed up by optical image stabilisation, meaning you can make the most out of the slightly larger lens. There is also an intelligent scene mode. This does a decent job of picking the appropriate scene option for your current shooting situation, but we'd still prefer to tweak things manually if possible.
Aesthetically, the W150 is a little on the plain side. It has a boxy silver design that is anything but eye catching. However, it is solidly built and has an entirely metal chassis. The camera's 2.7in LCD screen is backed up by a viewfinder, which is a nice touch.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Nova 3e: P20 in a pinch
- 2 Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- 3 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 4 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 5 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Fujifilm launches Cashback promotion of up to $1,000
- Fujifilm unveils latest Rangefinder style GFX 50R
- Panasonic develops its first full frame mirrorless cameras
- Canon announces new PowerShot SX70HS
- Fujifilm unveils flagship X-T3 mirrorless digital camera
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Hands on with Huawei's Mate 20 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Oppo Find X: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies