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Sony Cybershot W90
Sony Cybershot W90

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Sony Cybershot W90

We've given the W90 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Sony W90 isn't as outlandishly featured as the 12.1 megapixel W200, but it's probably a better buy for consumers who want to take good photos with a small, compact camera. The W90's 8-megapixel sensor is more than enough to give you stunning, highly-detailed photos and prints, and Sony's Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization works to make sure each shot is blur-free and crystal clear. If you're still a little unsure whether you need so many megapixels, the 7MP W80 is nearly identical in every way to the W90.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 6x digital zoom
  • JPEG file format
  • Super Steady Shot image stabilization
  • Auto focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 80-3200
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Memory Stick storage (31MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: DSCW90B
  • UPC: 027242714571
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2007

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Sony Cybershot W90 Reviews

Sony Cybershot W90 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
capture the best times of my life (Rahuman Rahim — 05/14/2009)

To say how much i love it. I always have it with me because i never want to miss any thing in my life. My Cam help me to keep it memorable for ever.....!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT CAMERA, & BETTER PRICE (Steve — 10/21/2008)

I picked this unit up as the store have several brand new units left over from last year. This Camera takes grrat pics and I was able to get it for $74.00 bucks. The price was so good that I got two. One is still sealed in the box and will be given as a gift.
Oh, I love the black over the silver..... Great deal.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera! (Parul — 06/28/2008)

This is the best digital camera I have ever had and the picture quality is astounding with very vivid and vibrant colours, which make the pictures more 'alive'. I love the face detection and anti-blur features and all who see the camera and pictures are impressed. I think a lot of the people are not using the features properly and not referring to their manuals otherwise they will have nothing to complain about.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great price, excellent camera (E Thomas Arnold — 04/21/2008)

This is one fine camera. I have or still do own 10 different digital camera's. I love my Pentax K100d for serious shoots, but this W90 is just excellent for carrying in your pocket to an event. Every shot is perfect..low light, action, depth of field and so on.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Going Back to the Store (Brandy — 12/28/2007)

I owned a Sony Cybershot DSC T10 and it was incredible. I had people asking me what camera I had based on the emails they received from me containing my pics. It had the best clarity, maybe even too much! You could see every pore and zit on a person's face! Once I sent out a great pic of my son at the age of 1 years old and I was so pleased with his smile that I failed to notice a line of drool coming down his chin. When I emailed it to friends, I looked at the sent email and opened it up to see how it was sent and there was the drool! Unfortunately, I dropped it on a concrete floor and the local camera store said it wasn't worth fixing for the money it would take. That camera was 10 times better than the new Sony Cybershot DSC W90 I just got for Christmas. I took pictures on Christmas day in the Automatic mode and they were so blurry and grainy and I losted precious memories on a horrible camera! It was not the person operating it either because my husband and I both used it! If it doesn't point and shoot and look clear, it's going back to the store!

  • 3.0 out of 5
I am still trying to figure it out (De Witt tolbert — 12/07/2007)

I did experience some grainy pictures I will take the suggestions of Joseph Fedevich and try to get some help from the owner's manual I didn't see anyhting specific about the ISO settings, but I will look again. Previously to this I had a 6.1 MP Olympus which I loved and took some awesome pictures. I presumed with a higher pixel rating I would take better pictures. I don't won't to give up yet, but it is tricky not knowing what your pictures are going to look like. I would appreciate any advice

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent price great pictures (Joseph Fedevich — 12/04/2007)

I don't know about all those people complaining about blurry pictures. Read your owners manual. The ISO is the trick on clearity. I have owned Canon from the start and 1st Sony and it is wonderful. Most people never read the manual but if you do, the world is yours and you can take the best pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera - definitely would recommend (L Brown — 12/02/2007)

I have been researching point & click type cameras for the last couple of months planning to upgrade from a Sony DSC-W1. I am quite pleased with my selection. To be so small, it has a lot of nice features similar to the larger cameras, but without all the bulk and high price tag. As a mother of a preschooler - I have a camera with me all the time. It does what I need it to do and expected it to do. I definitely would recommend it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very Pleased (Dave — 11/11/2007)

We purchased the W90 because our old camera took horrible pictures. We own a business and take lots of photos of our product to put on our website. This camera is great and serves it's purpose-take great quality photos. I would suggest this camera to anyone.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lots of blurry pictures (Claudio R. M. Mauricio — 11/10/2007)

Well, I have to agree with the other reviews, most of pictures are blurry. It's very difficult to get good shots even in good light.
I've had oter models from sony but I'm very dissapointed with this one. Since I can't return it I'll sell it on the cheap. Very sad with the product.

  • 1.0 out of 5
A waste product from sony (Phanindran — 10/29/2007)

Sony is cheating the customers by saying that W90 is Double Anti Blur with Super steady shot. This will be the last and request other customers to buy the sony product. I paid 20k and wasted some many days going around the sony servicing center. The pictures have no clarity as the sony shows in the add films or shown in the website. I bought this camera by seeing the Brand name as well, but now if I need some other electronic product, then sony will not be in my list. Thanks for the stupidest camera in the world.

  • 1.0 out of 5
great form factor terrible photos (Steffan — 10/10/2007)

I bought this over the Canon SD800IS. I loved the solid metal construction and the terrific screen of the w90. It was stylish yet rugged and fit in my pocket without a problem. The battery life was fantastic. Unfortunately, most of my photos were blurry. Even in broad daylight, I'd often get shots that were out of focus. Image stabilization was useless and lowlight pics were terrible. Another issue I have with this Sony is that almost every picture needed the colors adjusted in photoshop. Most pictures had a blue-ish tinge. Very disappointing. I returned it and plan to get the Canon.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Cybershot W90 (Don Roberts — 08/30/2007)

Like the features the W90 has. A better value than comparable cameras. Easy to use for the novice.

  • 5.0 out of 5
v.good (harpreet — 08/29/2007)

this camera is amazing. i want this type of camera because his 8.1 magapic. i think this is sufficent 4 normal picture.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Better than reviews suggest (Shawn — 08/29/2007)

I own a 5D and this little camera. Of course the 5D annihilates it, but I enjoy using this thing. It is somewhat counter intuitive but used properly it works pretty well. My biggest gripe is that the high ISO setting not only introduces noise but it changes the white balance.

People with blurry pictures don't know how to use their camera. Also, some reviewers don't understand shutter lag. Shutter lag does NOT include FOCUS TIME. All point and shoots have to take a second to focus, its how they operate.

Overall its a solid little camera, 5 stars to offset the jerks who can't even learn to use their camera before complaining.

  • 1.0 out of 5
PQ Distorted and Blurry (Vince — 08/21/2007)

This was my third Sony point-and-shoot camera and it will be my last. Picture quality of this W90 was very poor. Most shots inside were blurry and grainy. Outside shots were marginally fair. After only 3 days of trying to get better images, I finally decided to return it. I exchanged it for a Canon SD750 and there is NO COMPARISON. The picture quality of the Canon is near SLR quality. I am really disappointed in Sony as I usually am very satisfied with their products. Not this one. DON'T BUY IT!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Learn to use the camera and you will be pleased. (Alice — 08/16/2007)

I do not understand how so many people can say their photos are blurry. Are you using a flash at all? I hardly ever have blurry photos. I would say above 95% of my photos are great quality! I work in tech support, and work with about 30 different types of cameras, you can't get much better than this for the price!

  • 5.0 out of 5
great pictures (israr jan — 07/22/2007)

i owned this camera.its really very great.its 8 are great even in low light.picture quality is 100% this price u will never get a camera like this.

  • 1.0 out of 5
BS (rD — 06/30/2007)

I was using a cannon. It was only 3 Mp so i bought this .... how can sony ever make something like this. 9 out of 10 pics are blurry. It is supposed to be anti-blur crap.... man...don't buy this
i was traveling all around the world with this crap.. i have like 4 gig worth photos and only 1 10th of them are useful now :-( SONY RUINED MY WORLD TOUR. when i look @ the pics in the camera screen they look ok, but when i get them onto my comp they suck

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible camera i have ever owened (AGL — 06/30/2007)

pictures are soo blurry..90% of snaps are blurry and waste of time and low light the pictures are terrible.shutter speed is awful

need to throw back this fooled by the advertisements..

  • 2.0 out of 5
The pics are blurry (anthony — 06/21/2007)

Hated spending the money on a camera that no matter how hard I tried would not capture clear pictures. Asked the store manager to take it back and after they used it a few times agreed that the images were too blurry. Bought another model dsc h7 and pictures are no longer blurry.

  • 2.0 out of 5
pictures blurry (anthony — 06/20/2007)

I've had many digital cameras but his one fails to capture the precious moments with my active child or not so active family. Pictures are consistently blurry even when stabilizing myself. I should not have to try so hard to get a focused piture. It's not worth the money. A true disappointment.

  • 2.0 out of 5
sony hype got me this time (m. baranowski — 06/11/2007)

shutter lag is unacceptable,it blurs seven out of ten even tells you in the cd manual,not even in print, to brace yourself while taking pictures! my kodak ls 443 4 megapixel takes better shots and is quicker on the trigger. thank heavens I bought the sony from costco and you have 90 days to return it.monday it's going back and I' going to get a cannon.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Anti blur ? (James Davis — 05/12/2007)

T traded in a perfectly good P93 sony camera for
this? What a mistake. There is no way the pictures from this camera compae with my previous Sony.
This is my third Sony and if I can't figure out how to take a good clear picture, out it goes. The
instruction manual is very sparse but the CD with
how to do all of the new features is very good.
If I could I would gladly turn this back in, I would do so. Anti blur features, boo hiss , no good. Tripod pictures are barely acceptable. Sony's help desk is a joke.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Sony Cyber Blur (Cherie — 05/10/2007)

THis camera was sold to us as having "anti-blur features". Perhaps someone who reads this review could let me in on how to prevent blur, because since owning this camera, 8 out of 10 pictures is blurred!!! Did I get a lemon?

This camera is WORSE than my 5 yr old digital sony. I can't rely on it all to get a shot.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Long shutter lag (Joseph Famiy — 04/20/2007)

I bought this camera so I could get good shots of my 1 1/2 year old. I am very dissappointed with the shutter lag time. I can never capture the precious moments with my son. I'm afraid I got sucked into the all the fancy Sony advertising. I'm going to exchange it for a camera with a faster response time.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera, even better price. (Moore familly — 04/18/2007)

All I can say is WOW! This camera is one of the best I have seen and used at any price. The pictures come out very crisp with excellent color and contrast. The optical 'steady shot' works great and ISO3200 lets you take bright pictures in low light conditions without a flash. Another great feature is the ability to actually see the LCD screen in bright sunlight. If you are looking for a new point and shoot camera then buy this model - you will not be disappointed.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor quality in low light (petite — 04/10/2007)

This camera has a lot of great features, but what's the point of having them if you can't get great pictures? I have tried everything to make this camera work well, but it only works OK outside and in a daylight. Night pictures with flash have a lot of noise, the colors are not realistic. The IS doesn't seem to work well, most zoomed pics are blurry. I am returning it back to the store. Looking for a replacement.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony Cybershot W90 (Tanveeya Family — 03/21/2007)

An excellent digital camera.We are happy to have it.It is handy,nice and produces good quality pictures.You can also try to have one,its worthy.