Most manufacturers of compact cameras are realising the importance of incorporating wide angle zoom in cameras. Wide angle zoom translates into bigger area in the frame and thus, more can be incorporated into the picture. This feature comes handy most while clicking group pictures of family members or when clicking landscape pictures. The Sony Cybershot DSC W380 is one such camera equipped with a wide angle zoom. It is a 14mp and 5x wide angle optical zoom camera.

Design and Functioning

The Sony Cybershot W380 is quite a minimalist and slender camera, measuring less than 2cms at its narrowest point and weighing less than 150g. Available in luxurious choice of black, silver, gold and red colour options, the range-leading Cyber-shot W380 showcases an incredible array of imaging innovation. Sony has included intelligent auto scene recognition in its line-up of shooting modes, accessed via this rear mode dial. The user points the W380 at a scene or subject and the camera analyses it and automatically chooses one of 11 pre-optimised settings to best suit. For complete beginners, there's also the Easy shooting mode, which employs the same intelligent auto scene recognition system, reduces the number of features available to a few key ones and simplifies the display with bigger text and icons. The W380 is the increasingly ubiquitous ability to shoot High Definition video clips at a maximum 1280x720 pixels video at 30fps, here in PC friendly MPEG-4 format with full use of the optical zoom. It contains about 45MB of internal memory and is compatible with Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo High Speed, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo.