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Sony Cybershot W150
Sony Cybershot W150

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Sony Cybershot W150

We've given the W150 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The W150 has since been replaced. Check out the W310 instead. Here's what we had to say about the W150 when it was released in February 2008:

Taking pictures of kids is a snap with the Cybershot W150, which features Child and Adult priority Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology which automatically takes the picture when the camera detects a smile.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 5x Optical Zoom/2x Digital Zoom
  • Child and Adult priority Face Detection and Smile Shutter, Semi Manual focus, auto focus
  • Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization
  • MPEG VX Movie Mode
  • Spot, Multi-segment, Center-weighted exposure modes
  • 100-3200 ISO Levels
  • JPG File Formats
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo with 15MB Internal memory
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Part Number: DSC-W150
  • UPC: 4905524502985
  • Release Date: Feb 11, 2008

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Sony Cybershot W150 Reviews

Sony Cybershot W150 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sony Cybershot W150 (Johannes — 06/16/2009)

This is the best camera ever! I know some of you want more than just 8,1 megapixels, but 8,1 megapixels is enough for exellent pictures. You can listen to music in it, trim a photo and lots of more. I recomend this camera for those of you that want great pictures and good zoom, 5,0 opical zoom!
(btw, are from sweden if you find some spelling missstakes.)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera if you can find it for a good price (Joshua Lucchesi — 06/06/2009)

We looked around a lot at all the different features and read many different reviews. This camera is great for point and shoot, has great color, and has lots of neat features. The greatest disadvantage is that the codec makes the image compression not the best. The battery life last long and the smile detection actually works well. We only paid 129 for the camera, and for that price it was a great deal!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent value & top pix (ausGeoff — 03/01/2009)

Having now used the W150 for a month, I can only say how satisfied I am with my purchase. Although (generally) fully AUTO, the W150 is intuitive enough to adjust, with unerring accuracy, to the scenario that's presented to it. I'm surprised at the strength of its flash—it can easily illuminate a subject to around 4.5m distance without any sign of vignetting.

Its menus are simple and all functions are only a couple of clicks away. It focuses readily—even in poorly lit scenes, and its zoom-coupled optical viewfinder is clear and its edges well-defined. Although physically tiny, its proprietary battery is good for around 400 shots—even using the LCD continuously, and the flash, on a few shots.

Ergonomically, the camera has no protrusions, and slips easily into a jeans pocket. The control interface is however somewhat cramped—the buttons on the rear are very small, and I usually find myself using a fingernail to hit them, rather than my whole fingertip. The LCD is sharp, with a smooth refresh rate, and it gains up nicely in dark conditions.

Nice touches include a metal tripod mount centred on the lens axis, an AF assist lamp, and a brushed metal casing.

The W150 would be well recommended either for a complete novice, as well as for more experienced amateurs looking to produce top quality A4 prints with as little input as possible. White balance, auto bracketing and and ISO are user selectable for that little bit more control for the latter user.

  • 2.0 out of 5
poor print image (dan — 02/27/2009)

The viewscreen image is excellent, but once it gets to the computer it's terrible. I'll bring it back to the store, tomorrow. This camera has some nice features, and I'm a bit let down by the lack of quality delivered by Sony. Was this camera produced by General Motors?

  • 1.0 out of 5
What happened to Sony? (Christine — 01/30/2009)

I became a Sony cybershot fan with my first DSC-S90. That was some camera! My son took his S90 on two tours of Iraq, at one point he even used the tripod mount to attach it to his M-16 rifle...boys. His S90 survived all of that, my S90 died on a Florida beach trip when the screen got too much moisture under it.
So I was excited to go and buy another Sony Cybershot, believing that the quality would be the same but the camera would be more compact. I was sold on the Carl Zeiss lens because my son and I had both taken rich pro looking shots with our old Sony cameras.
I chose the S150 after reading the reviews and playing with it in the store. I took test shots on all different settings and light conditions to get familiar with it. When I printed the shots out they were very grainy. I couldn't believe it. I did it again, this time using my husband's older camera to take the exact same shot on the same setting to compare it with. His shots were clear, mine were grainy and washed out. Even a straight flash shot was grainy.
I returned my Sony and bought a Lumix TZ4. I still miss my first Sony but I am happy with the Lumix.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not Good At All (Troy — 12/30/2008)

I purchased this camera because it had fairly good reviews and I liked all the bells and whistles it had. What a mistake. The pictures look pretty good on the LCD screen but when you view them anywhere else, ie. computer, printouts, etc. the quality is horrible. I took this camera back the next day and purchased a Canon A1000 IS and LOVE it!!! Save yourself the hassle and go with Canon!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good shots (Michael S.M. — 12/02/2008)

I bought The cameral for digital passport but it's serving other purposes. I love it

  • 5.0 out of 5
if you still hesitsted ! do not (teto — 11/18/2008)

very..very good camera with lots of features

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very good camera with Lots n Lots of features (Anurag — 11/05/2008)

Sony w150 contain lots of good feature with
2.7 LCD
5X zoom
8.1 MP
Intelligent Scene Recognition
Double Anti Blur
Smile Detection
Face Detection

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great all around camera (Don — 07/27/2008)

We bought this Sony W150 for our son's graduation and to replace a Cannon that was 3 years old. The camera worked will indoors and outdoors. It even captured a short video of him receiving his diploma. The 5X zoom in amazing and the big screen is very readable. All in all, great camera for a wide range of pictures. Only complaint is that it didn't come with a card, you have to buy one.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice camerea, lots of features (jc — 07/24/2008)

We bought this camera about two weeks ago to replace our 4 your old Kodak (which was headache from the day it was bought). We love all the features with the camera, like the face finder, smile shot option, the wide lense and 2.7in screen to name a few. The add a smile edit is a lot fun to use as well. Image quality is great, not sure what the other reviewer had problems with. As for low light, we're going to try some shots in bad lighting and see what happens.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hopeless in low light. (Gemini294 — 07/11/2008)

I bought the new Sony W150 (8mil pix) camera thinking it would be a big improvement on my excellent 4 year old W1 (5 mil pixels). The first one I got apart from producing terrible grainy picures taken indoors, had several faults including difficulty focusing and eventually was replaced after one month.
I take 95% of my pictures indoors and the replacement W150 apart from confirming that it had a very poor flash, still produced lousy grainy pictures, not even suitable for making a 4 x 6 print. I sent the Sony Service Center several examples of photos taken first with the W150 and immediately after with the W1 to show that there was something wrong with the W150.
This is what they said “… and would like to inform you that due to differences in product specifications, so the image is not same when compared with DSC-W1, although you are
setting and shooting at the same condition.”
I have seen other reviews of the W90 and T100 and they seem to have the same problem ie lousy grainy out of focus pics when shooting indoors with flash.
So if you take photos indoors do not buy a Sony. They should forget all these gimmicks like Face and Smile Detection and go back to producing a good camera like they used to.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Image quality is poor (Linda — 07/08/2008)

I bought this camera to replace an aging Kodak one. I had read great reviews of the Sony one but don't find it to be all that great. I use only the automatic settings and my vacation pictures (both inside and outside) came out very unclear. The LCD shows the pictures to be beautiful and sharp, but when I go to view them on my computer that is not so. I am going to try to find out how I can return this camera as I am terribly disappointed with it.