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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 176 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 6.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Speed5.0   exceptional
Size4.7   above average
Price4.3   average
Video4.3   average
Battery4.2   above average
Screen4.2   above average
Quality4.0   average
Image3.7   below average
Memory3.6   average
Photo3.3   below average
Setting2.9   mediocre
Zoom2.7   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"The other problem is that every time I take the battery out to recharge it you have to reset the time and date."
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"Battery is dead."
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"Battery life is good."
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"Battery lasts pretty good."
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"Easy to use, good features, fair battery life, excellent pictures."
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"It is a very good quality, with a very good battery."
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"This is a great camera for the price the battery life is longer than the Olympus cameras I have had the picture quality is great!"
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Image

Image:
"Not the best bet if you're hung up on capturing distant images or images with great detail."
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"If you have hit the Macro button for close ups, you won't get a great photo of objects at a distance."
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"For the past 7 months it was a very good camera, it took pictures relatively well, although I had to work with it a little- I've gotten really good at holding dead still to get a clear photo."
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"If I want to take a photo on the automatic setting, the photo does not come out great."
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"Since my purchase in December 2009, I have only taken one photo album worth of photos, and that in itself is disappointing."
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"the photo does not come out good."
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"Would recommend this cameral for families to get great pics of their children due to the smile feature."
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"EXTREMELY pleased with this purchase based on QUALITY of pics produced, as well as GREAT Amazon price! "
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"It's very easy to use, produces high resolution images, and is light and easy to carry."
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"The images are incredibly clear!"
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"I love to take pics."
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Light

Light:
"There is a lot of noise (e. g. big, blurred pixels) in the low light photos and I would say that 1 out of every 3 photos are ruined b c of either blurriness or low light."
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"It is light and easy to operate.."
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"I was light weight and easy to carry around."
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"It's very easy to use, produces high resolution images, and is light and easy to carry."
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"Good pictures in the night, the flash light is very good."
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"I was looking for something light weight, easy to use and had a large memory capacity."
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Memory

Memory:
"Love the camera but kind of upset it didn't bring an actual memory card only the memory card adapter"
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"I picked this camera as a gift to my mother in law because it had good reviews on Amazon, but I missed two important points that really make me regret my decision: (1) It uses memory cards with a Sony proprietary format (Memory stick PRO Duo), not the ubiquitous SD SDHC memory cards."
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"It take good photos , but the batery life is not good, its very have and big after having casio, the memory card its to small to fit in my lap top, so i had to buy a sony USB plug so i dont have to connect the camero to the lap top all the time."
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"There are not many things that are bad, only the missing viewfinder and that it only uses pro duo memory cards."
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"whis it came with memory card, but overall nice camera"
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"Top it off with my Creative Memories Memory Manager Software ( a HUGE bang for your buck in photo storing and editing) I can clone from one picture to the next and get an almost perfect photo."
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"Buy the 8 gig Memory Stick ProDuo as well and you will have room for thousands of shots and hours of video."
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"I also bought a 2GB memory stick and now I can take more than 1000 pictures in nice resolutions."
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Photo

Photo:
"It take good photos , but the batery life is not good, its very have and big after having casio, the memory card its to small to fit in my lap top, so i had to buy a sony USB plug so i dont have to connect the camero to the lap top all the time."
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"I'd keep it if I didn't have to delete soo many blurry pictures and NOT being able to get the quick photos at that momment."
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"Since my purchase in December 2009, I have only taken one photo album worth of photos, and that in itself is disappointing."
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"The camera also NEEDS to be adjusted for the lighting in every setting otherwise the photos do not come out good."
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"However, the blurry photos are real downside to this camera."
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"There is a lot of noise (e. g. big, blurred pixels) in the low light photos and I would say that 1 out of every 3 photos are ruined b c of either blurriness or low light."
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"The camera works very well, the photos are very good."
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"Have received many complements on photos taken from friends and family."
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"Photos were so sharp and clear."
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"I most recently took this camera to Scotland and used it while sailing on a grey day with wind and rain and it took some great photos with no blurring."
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"I recently bought underwater housing for it, and it takes excellent underwater photos and videos as well using the Underwater mode."
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Price

Price:
"I THOUGHT I WAS GETTING A FAIR PRICE, I MADE THE MISTAKE AND BOUGHT WITHOUT DOING MORE RESEARCH PAID MORE THAN I NEEDED TO"
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"You'll find it hard to beat this camera for the price--it's as simple as that."
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"Overall I think the camera takes great pictures, its an everyday camera and you cannot expect professional quality from it, price wise not bad,I will recommend this to anyone who is not deep into newer technology because its easy to use and its a simple camera."
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"I thought it would be impossible to get a good camera that wasn't a slr for a decent price."
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"Great price!"
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"I was very pleased with quality of the camera and price because I bought my original one (same style) in 2010 but my toddler accidently got water in mine and I didnt have the money to invest in a brand new camera so I found my old one on here."
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"Overall, great camera for the money."
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"But yes the price is amazing for the camera."
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"EXTREMELY pleased with this purchase based on QUALITY of pics produced, as well as GREAT Amazon price! "
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Quality

Quality:
"But the picture quality when you zoom in, isn't that great."
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"You can compensate for the processor speed by selecting a lower MP setting for your pictures... this will allow you to take and write photo files to memory faster without discernable loss of resolution and quality.... you can find the breakpoint by taking the same still photo at different MP settings and determining at what setting you notice a degradation in picture quality and write-speedTry it.... it really worked well for me"
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"My biggest problem comes from the quality of the basic settings."
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"Yes, the quality is not as good but what do you always have with you, your phone or your camera?"
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"The picture quality is fantastic (though it's hard to tell exactly what difference the extra megapixels makes), it is simple to use yet has a huge range of features for those who are more photographically-minded."
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"Even though this is newer and almost twice the mp's the quality is not as good as the older ones."
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"You can compensate for the processor speed by selecting a lower MP setting for your pictures... this will allow you to take and write photo files to memory faster without discernable loss of resolution and quality.... you can find the breakpoint by taking the same still photo at different MP settings and determining at what setting you notice a degradation in picture quality and write-speedTry it.... it really worked well for me"
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"I have owned several models and I've always been happy with picture quality."
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"I was very pleased with quality of the camera and price because I bought my original one (same style) in 2010 but my toddler accidently got water in mine and I didnt have the money to invest in a brand new camera so I found my old one on here."
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"I wish that I had spent less on a camera that could have been just as good, or spent more on a higher quality one."
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"The picture quality is fantastic (though it's hard to tell exactly what difference the extra megapixels makes), it is simple to use yet has a huge range of features for those who are more photographically-minded."
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Screen

Screen:
"Comes in handy when there is a lot of glare and it's hard to see the built in view screen."
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"The screen it's plastic not glass so it gets very dirty."
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"I recently got this model to replace a camera whose screen got cracked and I love it!"
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"It's easy to use and the 3 display screen is awesome!"
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"Other than that, the LCD screen is nice and the camera takes decent pictures."
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"The 3 screen is the best."
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"Nice with a big 3 inch LCD screen on the back and a nice Carl Zeiss lens."
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Setting

Setting:
"You can compensate for the processor speed by selecting a lower MP setting for your pictures... this will allow you to take and write photo files to memory faster without discernable loss of resolution and quality.... you can find the breakpoint by taking the same still photo at different MP settings and determining at what setting you notice a degradation in picture quality and write-speedTry it.... it really worked well for me"
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"My biggest problem comes from the quality of the basic settings."
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"If I want to take a photo on the automatic setting, the photo does not come out great."
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"The camera also NEEDS to be adjusted for the lighting in every setting otherwise the photos do not come out good."
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"Sony cameras in general take great pictures and have a setting for almost anything you would need."
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"Especially on easy setting."
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"Because of the different settings it is possible to just put it on easy making it entirely simple for the most basic use but still gives excellent quality pictures."
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"Also, this camera does a poor job of taking photos in moderate to low light and night photos are poor as well despite using the low light settings."
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"It is also difficult to capture clear pictures of movement even when you adjust the settings."
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Size

Size:
"It take good photos , but the batery life is not good, its very have and big after having casio, the memory card its to small to fit in my lap top, so i had to buy a sony USB plug so i dont have to connect the camero to the lap top all the time."
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"small, comfortable and very good pictures."
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"If you want something with excellent quality, try a SRL, which I switch back to my SRL occationally, but this is just a great size."
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"After buying a $500++ bigger Olympus camera and was severly dissapointed with the digital quality (even though I had previously had good luck with Olympus) I decided I would rather have a small camera I can slip in my pocket to get all of those can not miss shots."
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"Size makes it easy to take with you."
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"Easy to operate, stylish, good picture quality, size is very convenient."
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Speed

Speed:
"I deliberately avoided the 20 MP (or greater) cameras since the processing speed of budget point-and-shoot cameras would be slow to write photo files of this size to memory."
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"fast and very good product, recomended for new purchases, the web is very fast and not is expensive, many thanks"
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"After owning several compact digital cameras in the past 3 years, I have always found they have been less than expected or promised in terms of Picture Quality, focus, speed and easy of use."
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"I can move the camera super fast at times and get a great clear picture and other times when I am still and there is little movement from object I get a blurry picture!"
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Video

Video:
"My kids love playing with the smile feature, and they make videos which, while not as good as a dedicated camcorder, are better than missing the action altogether."
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"CAMERA IS FINE....TAKE GOOD PICTURES..BUT THE VIDEO IS NOT CLEAR AT ALL....WHEN YOU USE THE ZOOM...IT IS TERRIBLE"
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"I recorded video with sound and it is very good."
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"I recently bought underwater housing for it, and it takes excellent underwater photos and videos as well using the Underwater mode."
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"Buy the 8 gig Memory Stick ProDuo as well and you will have room for thousands of shots and hours of video."
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"This camera has a pretty decent picture quality, and video quality."
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"I would like the battery to last longer, if you record video, consumes the power faster...anyway, nice pictures, easy to use, good features."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"But the picture quality when you zoom in, isn't that great."
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"The zoom is in the worst place ever and my pictures turn out grainy 90% of the time!"
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"Didn't think anything about lens zooms out when turned on but I do find my hand in wrong spot at times putting tension on lens."
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"CAMERA IS FINE....TAKE GOOD PICTURES..BUT THE VIDEO IS NOT CLEAR AT ALL....WHEN YOU USE THE ZOOM...IT IS TERRIBLE"
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"My one complaint is why did they go to a 4x optical zoom with this camera."
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"This camera is great, the only complaint is it's zoom is limited."
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"Zoom was especially clear and sharp."
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"this low cost unit is almost as good as my sony dh50 except for the optical zoom."
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"It is compact, high quality, great zoom and easy to use."
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"It does not have the closest zoom of all time but it is pretty good."
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"The video function picks up sound well, but you cannot zoom while filming."
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