STA­BLE SHOT

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RAJAN AND PIC­TURES BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

The new Sony Cy­ber­shot W690 is an in­tel­li­gent lit­tle de­vice. It has all func­tions you would ex­pect to see in a 16.1MP dig­i­tal cam­era and some you wouldn’t. Let us fo­cus on the lat­ter.

Op­ti­cal SteadyShot: It is not ev­ery day that you end up with a cam­era which has a gyro sen­sor in­side. Here, the

lens is in a way float­ing in­side and try­ing to com­pen­sate for small shakes. But don’t ex­pect the cam­era to negate shake you would en­counter dur­ing a boat ride or a trip on the roller-coaster.

iAuto: The In­tel­li­gent Auto func­tion takes three images when you click the trig­ger and com­bines them—like HDR imag­ing—to pro­duce a bet­ter picture. Again this works when you are try­ing to click pic­tures in low light. But be pre- pared to wait; the time it takes to com­bine and record the im­age is a slight put off, so don’t bother with this mode if you click­ing an ac­tion shot. In the sweep panorama mode of this cam­era, you just have to press the trig­ger and pan the cam­era from left to right to record a neat, seam­less panorama.

Ver­dict: We could not un­der­stand why the im­age on the LCD screen ap­pears blurred be­fore it locks the im­age in the cam­era mode. But for this, we could not find many faults with the cam­era. There are lots of modes to play around with and the in­ter­face is not con­fus­ing. As with the new cam­eras, you will need a large CF card to hold the pic­tures, es­pe­cially those shot on iAuto mode.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Res­on­ably priced, but fea­ture-heavy.

SONY CY­BER­SHOT W690

` 10,990

Specs:

16.1 MP Sony Su­per HAD CCD; Sony G Lens f=44.5 mm; ISO 3200; 1280x720p; MP4, SD & SDHC cards.

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