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Sony Cybershot W290
Sony Cybershot W290

Hey! You should know that Sony has released a newer version of this product: the Sony Cybershot W370.

Sony Cybershot W290

We've given the W290 a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

As of April 2010, this product looks like its being phased out in favor of the newer W370 model, which we definitely consider an upgrade. Here's what we had to say about the W290 when it was released in March 2009:

The Sony W290 is yet another stylish offering from one of the leading names in digital photography. It's a simple camera with an 'intelligent auto' mode that makes snapping perfect shots nearly effortless, no matter what the scene or scenario. A 5x optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and high quality 12.1-megapixel resolution ensures that you can get close to the action without sacrificing picture quality. Additionally, 720p high-definition movie capture mode allows you to capture those moments to important to keep on just one photo. A 3.0-inch (230k) Clear Photo LCD screen makes taking and reviewing photos easier than ever. Finally, Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology lets you get the perfect picture, every time. The W290 comes with 11 MB of built-in memory and utilizes Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media for easy storage and sharing.


  • 12.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
  • 5x optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 720p high-definition movie capture
  • BIONZ image processor
  • 3.0-inch (230K pixels) Clear Photo LCD
  • Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology
  • 11MB built-in memory
  • capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media (not included)
  • Part Number: DSCW290S
  • UPC: 4905524587050
  • Release Date: Mar 20, 2009

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Sony Cybershot W290 Reviews

Sony Cybershot W290 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst camera I have ever own. (Nino — 04/08/2010)
I am regretting this purchase ever since I bought it. It has a nice shape and a good zoom, but to what use when the pictures are worse than my 5 year old Casio QRV-61? I have never seen a camera that produces so bad pictures in low light situations as the W290 does. All pictures are blurry and grainy, regardless of what settings used, I have tried everything from easy to manual with different ISO settings. What bothers me even more are all orbs in pictures with flash. Almost every single picture taken with flash, regardless if its inside or outside produces these white circles called orbs. My old Casio NEVER produced them, my 8 year old Canon A200 produced them SOMETIMES, but rarely. This W290 produces them on almost every picture taken, it is actually so bad that I cannot use this camera for indoor use, only outside pictures in good daylight turn out somewhat ok. The ridicilous long time, 4 hours the battery needs to be charged are another negative, but if only the pictures would be good I could live with that. And last the filming function without zoom?? I rest my case. I woant to warn everyone about buying this camera. I am giving it to my 7 year old daughter since she said she want her own camera.
  • 2.0 out of 5
poor quality pictures (stacey — 02/06/2010)
I have always owned canon cameras but my sony was a gift. After trying the camera out I have over 300 pictures stored but only about 1/3 of them turn out okay. Everytime someone tries to use my camera and take a picture for me I am constantly asking them to take another one because it never turns out great. My pictures are blurred and soft focus very grainy for a 12 megapixel. I have tried adjusting the settings and nothing works for a "point and shoot" camera.
  • 5.0 out of 5
EXCELLENT (JAZALA — 11/14/2009)

I never owned a camera. This is first time I purchased in my life. I was wondering how it will work. Now when I showed some photograph to my friend. They say from where did u do your photograph course.
I myself amazed to see the quality of photo. I am complete satisfied with this SONY TECHNOLOGY. For beginner this is the best. As far as I now SONY needs an applaud for this.
Thanks SONY for making me a PHOTOGRAPHER.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good one with one unusual flaw. (Sayantan Datta — 09/30/2009)

Very good camera both for outdoor and indoor shooting. Built is exceptionally solid compared to the Canon or Nikon. Vibrant LCD and good battery life. But only flaw I could find is that, the long-distance photographs are tilting slightly towards right side even after every possible precaution. I am very much confused about this fault.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good except the lack of zoom option while recording video (Mahmut Kubilay — 08/17/2009)

I had a dsc T20 model before w290. Its video quality was not as good as w290; but I could zoom while recording video. Now I miss that feature...

  • 1.0 out of 5
useless (Andreas Berndt — 07/10/2009)

I bought the camera for its HD video capacity. Would be fine if the auto focus worked properly, but the video constantly changes between total blur and pin sharp. I found it impossible to plug the camera to my TV to monitor the recording there, as soon as I start to record, the camera disrupts the signal to the TV, while its own display continues to show the record. It is also impossible to connect the camera to a TV or PC or whatever when its on a tripod, the USB socket is on the underside of the camera, and concealed by the tripod's plate.

  • 5.0 out of 5
AWESOME (Ruby — 06/11/2009)

I just but this camera and at first i was unsure if i should buy this one or the Nikon s230 so I tried this one out first. I turned it one and took a picture. I was so shocked at how beautiful and clear the pictures come out. Even when you zoom it to its max, its soo clear, unlike other cameras. It amazed me. The only drawback is that i wished it had a little bit more zoom but sides that, this camera is awsome. It liked it so much that i kept it. I really like how it has the intelligent mode so u wont have to worry about what setting to out it in. it chooses the best one. I would recomend this camera to everyone.

  • 5.0 out of 5
love it (christine — 04/04/2009)

I purchase this camera at sears and I am absolutely in love with it. It is easy to use and it takes great pictures. My kids and I are having a ball taking pictures

  • 5.0 out of 5
best pocket sized digital camera i have owned (Dathan Postel — 03/24/2009)

my wife wanted something small for vacation, so we took it with us on 3 week tour of europe along with canon d40 and have yet to find a bad picture in the 4300 we took. it definately doesn't have all the options that the dslr has but when in a hurry or on the move, it was easier to use.
options for file size, aspect ratio, even shoots HD 720p video either 16: or 4:3. so far the best small point and shoot we have owned