A to Z Anatomy of Sony W730I was attracted to this camera seeing the bullet features of this camera which were-
8x Optical Zoom and 32x Digital Zoom
2.7 inch ClearPhoto TFT LCD
16.1 Megapixel Camera
Super HAD CCD Image Sensor
35 mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28 - 224 mm
f/3.3 - f/8.0 Aperture
This gave me a clear cut idea of a better optical zoom 8x, not available in any other sony model. Though you can get higher optical zoom in canon sx150 with 10x zoom but there you will cry for the 14mp. Here you will get a nice touch of sony pic processing & thus the quality is extremely good.
Now comes the question why Sony W730 & not W710, with almost the same features in a price less than Rs.2000 ??
The answer is, the quality of the picture, which is not mentioned or will never be mentioned in any of the websites. Moreover the design & of his model is extremely cool than the W710. You will feel it when you will be able to keep both the models side by side, or take both of them in your hands. The Sony W710 had a look that says that- " I am a cheaper model than W730 "
Now the features that won W730 over W710, is the Clarity of the pic which I have already mentioned before. Secondly is that you will get video & image format of better options than that model, thirdly & most important is the LENS.
THE Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 8 LENS, which is said to be the one of the BEST quality lens used in cameras. SLR cameras even have this type of lens. This is a huge leap, & the most better reason to give out Rs. 2000 extra.
Lens Construction : 8 elements in 7 groups
It has 720p MP4 HD Movie Mode, in 720p MP4 movie mode the camera shoots 1280 x 720 high definition movies at 30 fps. Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, faces, and adjusts settings resulting in clear images, faces with natural skin tone and less blur. Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. Reach beyond the traditional wide angle lens, and capture more breathtaking shots with Sweep Panorama mode i.e. upto 360 degree.So guys, heads up for W730 if you are still having doubts. Dont worry Even I faced it, but the fact is also true that with higher comes the better quality.
One more facility that you will get is that, it is extremely sleek & light weight!
Dimension:- 93.1 (W) x 52.3 (H) x 22.5 (D) mm
It is very handy, you can grab it in your palm, even those who have small hand. It will easily come inside jeans pocket with cover. Make sure you put a screen guard over the screen of the camera to avoid scratches, just in case. You can take pictures in 16mp, 12mp, 10mp, 5mp, 2mp & VGA quality. You can also use flash or not.
Still Image Mode : JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution : Approx. 16.1 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 : 12M(4,608 x 2,592) / 2M(1,920 x 1,080)
Still Image Size 4:3 : 16M(4,608 x 3,456) / 10M(3,648 x 2,736) / 5M(2,592 x 1,944) / 4M(2,304 x 1,728) /VGA
Panorama Still Image Size : 360 (11,5201,080) / Wide(7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) /
Standard(4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920)
Video Format : MP4(AVC/H.264)
Video Mode : MP4:9M Fine(1,280720/30fps) / 6M STD(1,280720/30fps) / 3M VGA(640480/30fps)
Audio Format : MP3
Microphone/Speaker : Mono/mono
Imaging Sensor : 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD Sensor
Processor : BIONZ
Gross Pixel is 16.4MP
Effective Pixel is 16.1 MP
Red-Eye Reduction : Auto / On / Off
Erase/Protect : Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder, Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder
Power Save Mode : Standard / Max / Off
Sweep Panorama : Sweep Panorama / Sweep Panorama (360)
Face Detection : 8 Faces
Smile Shutter technology : Yes
Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
In-Camera Editing : Trimming / Unsharp Masking / Beauty Effect / Date view
Intelligent Auto : Yes
Shooting Tips : Yes
Tracking Focus : Off / Auto
Blink Detection : Yes
Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : (Auto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority)
Picture Effects : Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial color / Soft High-key
The battery that will be offered to you is of good quality that will suffice approx 100mins or 200 images of still pictures, video shooting of 40mins (it is less as its quality is HD-superb actually), & if you only view pictures it will be there for you for 3hours, & you can view 3800 images. All the battery time are taken until they reach a low battery signal. And it is advisable to switch of your camera the moment you reach low bat sig.
Charging of the batteries will take 110 mins or 2hours.
So people who have a budget of Rs. 8000/- this camera is a good grab! Even Nikon & Canon is okay, but you know this is Sony so you will feel nice/safe to just depend on its product.