Did you hear the shot??

If no here it is…

Yes its the first gift that I am gifting myself… of some hard earned money. So no more running after my uncle for digital camera, I own one now. And a nice sleek one.

I wanted to by a decent digicam within a decent budget and surprisingly a Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 fulfilled all my needs (except of course I wanted a better zoom). I usually do a good survey over the Internet to make sure that the product I am about to buy is the best one that I could afford in the market. And the same trend followed with this one. Although I wanted to consult the king of photography before buying this one, I really could not wait for his reply, and I just went for this one. I hope he approves of my decision.

I had considered Canon and Sony (I know Nikon is also a biggie… but really I dont find the name of the company “catchy” enough) and there were a few deserving candidates. But really, the videos on these two pages really made my decision a lot simpler.

Tech Specs…


Product Type Digital camera - Point and shoot
Color Silver
Weight 4.4 oz
Width 3.6 in
Depth 2.3 in
Height 0.9 in
Body Material Metal

Main Features

Resolution 7.2 megapixels
Sensor resolution 7.2 megapixels
Optical Sensor Type Super HAD CCD
Effective Sensor Resolution 7,200,000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5 in
Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200
Digital Zoom 2 x
Shooting Modes Frame movie mode
Shooting Programs Snow, Beach, Landscape, Soft snap, Twilight mode, High sensitivity, Twilight portrait
Special effects Sepia, Vivid, Black & White
Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec
Min Shutter Speed 1 sec
Exposure Metering Multi-segment
Exposure Modes Program, Automatic
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
White Balance Presets, Automatic
White Balance Presets Flash, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent
Digital video format MPEG VX
Still Image Format JPEG
Continuous Shooting Speed 2.8 frames per second
Color support Color
Image Stabilizer Optical (Super Steady Shot)
TV Tuner None
Video Capture MPEG - 640 x 480, MPEG - 640 x 480, MPEG - 320 x 240

Memory / Storage

Flash Memory 31 MB Flash - Integrated
Integrated Memory 31 MB
Floppy Drive None
Flash memory 31 MB - Integrated
Supported Flash Memory Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo

Lens System

Type Zoom lens - 5.8 mm - 17.4 mm - F/2.8-5.2
Focal Length 5.8 mm - 17.4 mm
Lens Construction 5 group(s) / 6element(s)
Lens Manufacturer Carl Zeiss

Additional Features

Self Timer Yes
Self Timer Delay 2 sec, 10 sec
Additional Features Direct print, Face detection, Auto power save, Built-in speaker, PictBridge support, USB 2.0 compatibility, Digital noise reduction, In-camera red-eye removal

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range 8 in - 11 ft
Type Built-in flash
Flash Modes Auto mode, Fill-in mode, Slow synchro, Flash OFF mode
Red Eye Reduction Yes
Effective flash range 8 in - 11 ft
Features AF illuminator


Viewfinder Type Optical - Real-image zoom
Color support Color


Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5 in - Color
Mounting Built-in
Resolution 115,000 pixels

Digital Player (Recorder)

Type None


Type Microphone - Built-in


Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio output, 1 x USB
Expansion Slot(s) 1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo

Lens Systems

Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
Type Zoom lens
Focal length 5.8 mm - 17.4 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 35 - 105 mm
Focus adjustment Automatic
Auto Focus Points (Zones) 9
Min Focus Range 19.7 in
Macro Focus Range 4cm
Lens Aperture F/2.8-5.2
Optical Zoom 3 x
Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
Lens construction 5 : 6
Features Aspherical lens, Built-in lens shield


Cables Included 1, 1 x A/V cable, x USB cable
Included Accessories Wrist strap


Power Device Battery charger - External

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating system MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, Apple Mac OS 9.1, Apple Mac OS 9.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.0 - 10.4
Peripherals USB port, CD-ROM drive


Supported Battery 1 xSony NP-BG1 Li-ion rechargeable battery - 960 mAh ( Included)

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support 3 year warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 3 year
Type 3 year warranty, - Limited warranty - Parts and labor
Full contract period 3 year


Type Drivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Motion Browser

Back View:


Apart from these.. I got a 1Gb Memory Stick Pro and also a leather carrying case.

I haven’t used it much but the only 2 bad things that I find about this product is that firstly the charging adaptor is separate and the battery cannot be charged through the camera (through USB). Secondly the USB cable us coupled with AV cable.. so it becomes slightly bulky.

From now on u’ll start seeing some photos in my posts.

Edit: Warranty is 3 years, not 1 year.