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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120

7.2-megapixel digital camera with 4X optical zoom (Pink)

7 Reviews

Item # 158DSW120P

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Our take on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120

Slimmer than a wallet, the Sony DSC-W120 is a breeze to carry everywhere. Capture your child's performance on-stage with this camera's extra zoom capability and quick shutter response. You can compose your shots on the large LCD screen or through the viewfinder. And the 'W120 automatically focuses on nine different points within your frame — great for group shots or creative, off-center compositions.

Slimmer than a wallet, the Sony DSC-W120 is a breeze to carry everywhere. Capture your child's performance on-stage with this camera's extra zoom capability and quick shutter response. You can compose your shots on the large LCD screen or through the viewfinder. And the 'W120 automatically focuses on nine different points within your frame — great for group shots or creative, off-center compositions.

Expressive portraits of the people you love are this camera's specialty. You can count on the 'W120's face detection feature to record true-to-life images of friends at a party or kids on the beach. The camera concentrates on facial details, and then adjusts color and exposure for more natural shots without red-eye or glare. The 'W120 even uses smile detection technology to help you catch a fleeting giggle before it's gone.

The camera's built-in 15MB memory holds approximately 5 shots at top resolution — add optional Memory Stick Duo™ cards for more storage.

Product Highlights:

  • 7.2-megapixel effective recording
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens
  • 4X optical zoom (2X digital/8X total zoom)
  • 2-1/2" LCD
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 32-128mm
  • top JPEG resolution: 3072 x 2304
  • Super SteadyShot® optical image stabilization
  • high sensitivity mode (ISO 3200) for low-light shooting without flash
  • Smile Shutter technology detects smiles when focus is fixed and automatically shoots when subject smiles
  • Face Detection technology controls focus, exposure, color, and flash for more natural skin tones and reduced red-eye
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer for accurate contrast between light and dark areas
  • 9-point autofocus for group shots and off-center subjects
  • optical viewfinder
  • in-camera slide show with music
  • MPEG Movie VX with audio (640 x 480 at 30 frames per second)
  • 9 scene modes, including Beach, Landscape, and Twilight
  • variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings
  • high-speed USB interface
  • PictBridge-compatible
  • 15MB built-in flash memory
  • compatible with Memory Stick® Duo and Memory Stick® PRO Duo™
  • audio/video output for connection to a TV
  • high-definition still picture output to compatible HDTVs (requires optional Sony VMC-MHC1 adapter)
  • 3-1/2"W x 2-5/16"H x 1"D
  • weight (without battery or media): 4.4 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (NP-BG1)
  • battery charger
  • audio/video/USB multi-connector cables
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM

Bought this camera for my daughter's birthday. She is of middle school age and she found it very easy to operate. I have another Cybershot camera so needless to say Sony and Crutchfield rocks!!

Vincent, Oceanside, CA

What's in the Box:

  • Digital still camera with pink body
  • NP-BG1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/3.4Wh) in a clear plastic case
  • BC-CSGC Battery charger in plastic clear case
  • 58" USB-A/V cable with in-line ferrite core (has a mono RCA audio connector/RCA composite video connector and USB Type A connector on one end and proprietary connector on the other end)
  • Wrist strap
  • Cyber-shot Application Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Online registration sheet
  • Cyber-shot Accessories brochure
  • Shutterfly offer sheet
  • GPS Unit brochure

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

My daughter loved it!!!

Eloisa from San Antonio, Tx on 1/26/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this camera for my daughter for Christmas. I did a lot of research online and Crutchfield had it at the lowest price. Not only did I get a great price, it was shipped to me earlier than expected. My daughter (19 years old) is in love with it. She showed me the pictures she has taken and they are clear and the video looks and sounds great. It is a sleek little camera that fits nicely in her side pocket in her purse. I finally got her the perfect gift:)



Great Camera

Vincent from Oceanside, CA on 11/5/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought this camera for my daughter's birthday. She is of middle school age and she found it very easy to operate. I have another Cybershot camera so needless to say Sony and Crutchfield rocks!!



Should've bought the more expensive one...

hsteese from Daytona Beach, Fl on 10/30/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had a Sony DSCT1 for years and LOVED it. It finally died on me though and I was in search for a new camera. I wanted to go with the brand and model I trusted but it was just too steep for my budget right now. I was so impressed with the price of this one. The size wasn't quite as thin as my last one but again, for the price, that was fine. I'm very impressed with the picture quality. They come out beautifully. The battery life is longer then my DSCT1 too which is GREAT. The problem is the videos taken with this camera are terrible. They all look like they were taken with a cell phone. Very grainy and just awful. My DSCT1 had amazing video quality that looked like it was taken with a high priced camcorder. Having a toddler and a baby I need something that I can quickly flip from camera to video with one device. The quality is so poor however that I feel like the video is wasted if captured by this camera. You get what you pay for I guess. I should've just put the extra money toward the better camera. Bottom Line: Beautiful pictures Horrible Video quality.




victor from SAIPAN N.M.I. on 9/25/2008

I am very proud to have my Sony Cyber-shot it is easy to use and the picture is so nice and live.Thanks to SONY.



Sony Digital camera

Reynold from Koror, PW on 9/21/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sony DSC-W120 is a great gadget I ever bought, easy to operate, clear pictures, and very handy you can even bring it all the time and take a picture whenever needed. I recomend this to my friends and they got their own camera same with mine.



sony cyber-shot DSC-w120

domy from northern mariana island on 9/14/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

sony cyber shot DSC-120,is very fantastic,and gaves me a lot of satisfactions,it is easy to operate,and i can recommend to other customers for a 5 stars,never gives me problem,it is clear all the time,though,the review needs 1500 character,i would to give a grade of the product a grade please if ever you didn't buy this one,please try it,it is really good,and i am rating this with a more that 5 stars,this is domy,northern mariana island



Digital Camera

Jill from Waterford, WI on 9/10/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This camera takes beautiful pictures, and is easy to use. It's small size makes it easy to carry around in the pocket of a jacket, or in a purse. It's also easy to transfer the pictures you take from the camera itself onto your home computer. I would buy another one!




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 2.5"
Adjustable-angle LCD ---
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen ---
Waterproof ---
GPS-enabled ---
Lens 35mm Equivalent 32-128mm
Optical Zoom 4x
Digital Zoom 2x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure No
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output ---
Internal Memory 15 MB
Memory Media Memory Stick
Sensor Size 7.2mm (1/2.5)
Megapixels 7.2e+006
Image Stabilization Super SteadyShot
Highest Resolution 3072 x 2304
4K Video No
Video Resolution ---
Width (inches) 3-1/2
Height (inches) 2-5/16
Depth (inches) 1
Weight With Battery (ounces) 5.5
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

General Features
Recording Images
Viewing And Printing Images
Supplied Software

General Features

Viewfinder and LCD Screen: The DSC-W120 has an optical viewfinder for accurate framing at eye level, great for added stability and for following fast moving objects. The camera also has a 2.5" color LCD screen with 115,200 pixels (resolution 480 x 240). The LCD screen allows you to view an image before taking a picture and replay images that have been stored in memory. For best viewing, you can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor, and increase the amount of backlight in the monitor when using the camera outdoors. To increase battery life, you can turn the LCD screen off.

15 MB Internal Memory: This camera has 15 MB of internal memory. Even when there is no Memory Stick inserted in the camera, you can record images using the internal memory. This memory is not removable.

Memory Stick Compatibility: This camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick Duo, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. All compatible Memory Stick Duos can be used to record still pictures and moving images with audio. Although this unit is compatible with MagicGate Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo media, it cannot be used to record or play back music protected by copyright signals. You can copy still images recorded to the camera's 15MB internal memory to an inserted Memory Stick Duo card.

Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG format. Moving images with audio (monaural) are recorded in MPEG1.When recording digital still images, the DSC-W120 allows you to choose from seven image sizes. When recording moving images, you can choose from three different image sizes and frame rates. The options include:

Image Size Still Image Internal Memory Still Image Memory Stick Duo Capacity
Approx. 15 MB 128 MB 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB
(3072 x 2304)
5 41 74 153 313 631 1249 2508
(3072 x 2048)
5 41 5874 153 313 631 1249 2508
(2592 x 1944)
6 51 92 191 390 787 1557 3127
(2048 x 1536)
10 82 148 306 626 1262 2498 5017
(640 x 480)
96 790 1428 2941 6013 12121 23983 48166
(3072 x 1728)
5 48 88 181 371 748 1480 2973
(1920 x 1080)
16 133 238 490 1002 2020 3997 8027

Note: The 3:2 option records images in a horizontal to vertical proportion of 3:2 to match the size of the print paper used. The 16:9 option recorded images fills the entire screen. Both edges of the image may be cut off when printing

Image Size Video Internal Memory Video Memory Stick Duo Capacity (total)
Approx. 15MB 128 MB 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB
640 x 480 Fine (approximately 30 fps) --- --- 0:02:50 0:06:00 0:12:30 0:25:10 0:49:50 1:40:00
640 x 480 Standard (approximately 17 fps) 0:00:40 0:05:50 0:10:30 0:22:00 0:45:00 1:30:50 2:59:40 6:01:00
320 x 240 (approximately 8fps) 0:02:50 0:23:20 0:42:30 1:28:00 3:00:00 6:03:10 11:59:00 24:04:10

Note: Movies with the image size set to 640 x 480 Fine cannot be recorded using the internal memory.

Imaging Device: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 7.2mm (1/2.5" type) Super HAD color CCD imaging device with approximately 7.4-million gross pixels and 7.2-million effective pixels. More pixels give you more detail and definition when you make big prints or crop in tight on your subject.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The Vario-Tessar lens is specially produced for very compact cameras. This specialized design allows quick auto-focus, appealing zoom range while still maintaining a compact design. The lens has a 4x optical zoom and a focal length of 5.35mm to 21.4mm, equivalent to 32mm to 128mm in 35mm photography. It has a maximum aperture range of F2.8(W) to F5.8(T).

Smart Digital Zoom: The camera has a Precision Digital Zoom of 2x. Combined with the 5x optical zoom, the maximum total zoom is 8x. The camera's Smart zoom technology intelligently uses the full CCD to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size, thus avoiding the image degradation found in most digital zooms. The maximum zoom scale depends upon the image size:

Image Size Maximum Smart Zoom
5M 4.7x
3M 6.0x
VGA 19x
2M (16:9) 6.4x

Note: Smart zoom is not compatible with 7M, 3:2-6M, or 16:9-5M image sizes.

Double Anti-Blur Solution: With Super SteadyShot Optical Stabilization and high sensitivity (ISO 3200), the DSC-W120 compensates for shaky hands, minimizes blur, brightens images, and allows flash-free shooting to preserve the mood. Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization compensates for shaky hands and minimizes blur with a built-in gyro sensor that detects camera movement and sends correcting signals to a stabilization lens, so there's no need to crop in on your shot to reduce blur.

Function Guide: An on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings. The function guide can be turned on or off as desired.

Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.

Date and Time: Each time you take a picture, the camera records the date and time. The date and time are not superimposed on the picture, instead saved in a data file along with the image.

Auto Power-Off: If you do not operate the camera for approximately 3 minutes, it will turn off automatically to conserve battery power.

Battery Information: The DSC-W120 comes with the NP-BG1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery and BC-CSGC battery charger. This battery takes approximately 5.5 hours to fully charge. It can reach a "practical charge" in approximately 4.5 hours.  Under normal operating conditions the battery has the following capacity:

Function LCD Screen Number of Images Battery Life (min)
Record Still Images On Approximately 350 Approximately 175
Off Approximately 430 Approximately 215
Playback Still Images On Approximately 8000 Approximately 400

Recording Images

Recording Modes: You can select whether the camera captures one image or multiple images at a time. The Recording Modes include:

  • Normal: shoots only one frame when the shutter button is pressed
  • Burst: shoots up to 100 images in succession when you press and hold down the shutter button; recording interval is as fast as 0.46 seconds (varies depending upon the image size setting)
  • Self-Timer: you can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second or 2-second delay so you can be in the picture

Auto Focus Mode: You can choose from the following AF modes:

  • Multi-Point AF: focuses on 9 points throughout the frame, useful when your subject is not centered
  • Center AF: focuses on the center of the frame, useful for shooting stationary subjects
  • Spot AF: focuses on the area of the frame you specify, allows for small subject or narrow focus area

Focus Presets: In addition to auto focus, you can pre-set the focal distance at one of the fixed focus settings; 0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m, or infinity.

AE/AF Lock: If you have difficulty focusing on an off-center subject, you can set and lock the focus and exposure on the subject by pressing the shutter button halfway with the subject in the AF rangefinder, then recompose the shot and press the shutter button fully to take the picture.

AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. The AF Illuminator is most useful within approximately 8.125' of the subject.

Macro Focus: For close-ups of small objects such as flowers and insects, this camera has macro focus capability. With the zoom set all the way to wide, the camera can focus on objects as close as 2" from the lens. With the zoom set all the way to telephoto, the camera can focus on objects as close as 13-1/2" from the lens.

Shooting Modes: The camera features the following shooting modes:

  • Auto Adjustment: camera automatically adjusts the focus, exposure and white balance
  • Program Auto: exposure adjusted automatically, manual adjustment of white balance, color mode, and flash level available
  • Scene Selection Modes: choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
    • High Sensitivity: shoot without flash in low light, reducing blur
    • Smile Shutter: shutter released automatically when the camera detects a smile
    • Soft Snap: capture subject with a softened background
    • Twilight Portrait: shooting people with a dark background
    • Twilight: used for shooting a distant subject at night
    • Landscape: focuses only on a distant subject, such as a landscape
    • Beach: for shooting at seaside or the lakeside
    • Snow: use with a white background
    • Fireworks: record fireworks against a night sky
  • Easy Shooting: allows you to shoot still images using the minimum necessary functions with easy-to-see indicators
  • Movie Mode: allows you to record movies with audio

Exposure Compensation: Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to -2.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.

DRO: Powered by the exclusive Sony Bionz high-speed processing engine, Dynamic Range Optimization (DRO) preserves image data in bright highlights and reveals more detail in shadows or backlit areas, for great results even in difficult lighting conditions. By using DRO, the DSC-W120 analyzes the shooting scenes and automatically corrects the brightness and contrast to improve the image quality.

Face Detection: When activated, the Face Detection function detects the faces of up to eight subjects and adjusts the focus, strobe, exposure, white balance, and pre-strobe for red-eye reduction. Face Detection helps make skin tones look more natural and eliminates harsh facial glare. The DSC-W120 features four different modes of Face Detection.

  • Auto: selects the face the camera is to automatically focus on
  • Child Priority: detects and shoots with priority on child's face
  • Adult Priority: detects and shoots with priority on adult's face

Smile Shutter Mode: The DSC-W120 helps you capture more smiles by shooting automatically when your subject laughs, smiles, even grins. You select the person to watch and the expression to catch, the Face Detection system and intelligent Smile Shutter algorithm do the rest. You can choose from the following Smile Detection Shutter Mode settings.

  • Subject Detection:
    • Auto: detect and shoots smiling faces automatically
    • Child Priority: detects and shoots with priority on child's face
    • Adult Priority: detects and shoot with priority on adult's face
  • Smile Sensitivity Detection:
    • Low: detects a big smile
    • Medium: detects a normal smile
    • High: detects even a slight smile

Flash Modes: The flash can be set to Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, or Off. In Auto mode, the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are dark. When the flash is set to Forced Flash, it strobes with every shot. In Slow Synchro, the flash is used regardless of the amount of ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions, allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit area. In addition, this camera has a "red-eye reduction" setting, which causes the flash to pre-strobe before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. The red-eye feature also has an automatic setting, engaging when the camera detects a face in the frame.

Flash Range: The recommended distance using the flash is 7.875" to 12.75' with the zoom set to wide and 1.625' to 6.25' with the zoom set to telephoto. The Flash Level can also be increased or decreased.

High Sensitivity Mode: For better shots in low light, or when you can't use flash, you can set the camera to the high sensitivity mode of ISO 3200. The ISO speed can be also be set to Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. When shooting under dark conditions or shooting a fast-moving subject, you should use a high number setting. When recording high-quality images, use a low number setting.

Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.

White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can select the flash white balance mode. In addition to Auto and Flash, the white balance can be set to Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white fluorescent), Fluorescent 2 (natural white fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (day white fluorescent), Daylight, and Cloudy.

Color Mode: When desired, you can select one of the following color modes.

  • Normal: normal color tones
  • Vivid: bright and deep color
  • Sepia: sepia-toned like an old photograph
  • B & W: in black and white

Viewing And Printing Images

Viewing Images: Still and moving images can be played back on the camera's color LCD screen, or the images may be transferred to a computer, where they can be displayed or manipulated with the use of compatible software. In addition, the images can be played back on a television (NTSC or PAL), if the television has an RCA composite video input. You can select a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for the camera's video output to match the aspect ratio of your television.

High Definition Playback: You can view an image recorded on the camera by connecting the camera to an HD (High Definition) TV with the optional HD Component Output Adapter Cable (sold separately).

Note: Images shot in VGA image size cannot be played back in HD format.

Auto Orientation: When the camera is rotate to shoot a portrait (vertical) image, the camera records it position change and displays the image in the portrait position.

Auto Review: This feature displays the recorded image on the screen for approximately two seconds immediately after shooting a still image.

Index Mode: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index mode. This feature lets you to display up to six images, allowing you to easily find the image you want.

Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. You can select from 5 slide show effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, Active). Each effect has a preset music soundtrack, or you can choose from the 8 selections. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds or automatic to suit the selected effect. You can select Folder play (all images in the selected folder) or All play (all images on the Memory Stick Duo). When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.

Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to eight times the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left to right and up or down through the image.

Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.

Wide Zoom Display: During playback, you view still images recorded at a 4:3 and 3:2 aspect ratio as 16:9 wide on the camera's LCD screen. In this case the top and bottom of the image will be slightly cropped.

Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting an image, it can be protected.

Music Transfer: You can change the music files that are preset at the factory with your own music, using the Music Transfer program in the supplied CD-ROM.

Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.

Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The DSC-W120 conforms to "Exif Print," a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Supplied Software

Software: The DSC-W120 comes with a CD-ROM containing the following:

  • Picture Motion Browser (Ver.3.0.01): compatible with Windows operating systems only
    • View images saved on your computer
    • View photos organized by date
    • Edit images
    • Display the shooting locations of still images on maps online (Internet connection required)
    • Create a new data disc (CD burner drive or DVD burner drive required)
    • Print or save still images with the date
  • Music Transfer: compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems
    • Change the music files on the camera and replace them with your own selections; upload MP3s from your computer or music from CDs
  • Cyber-shot Handbook: a detailed instruction booklet (PDF)
  • Product Registration: register your camera online
  • Step-Up Guide: explains how to use the camera with optional accessories

System Requirements: You can copy images from the DSC-W120 to a Windows PC or a Macintosh computer. The supplied Picture Motion Browser software can only be used on a Windows PC; it cannot be used on a Macintosh. The supplied Music Transfer software can be used on both a Windows PC and a Macintosh. The minimum requirements are:

  • PC:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional (SP4), XP (SP2), or Vista (64-bit and Starter editions not supported)
    • CPU: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (Pentium III 800 MHz of faster recommended)
    • Memory: 256 MB or more (512 MB or more is recommended)
    • Hard Disk: 400 MB or more (required for installation)
    • Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more colors
    • Interface: USB jack
  • Macintosh:
    • OS: OS 9.1, 9.2, Mac OS X v10.1 to v10.5 (OS X v10.3 or v10.5 for Music Transfer)
    • CPU: iMac, eMac, PowerBook, Power Mac G3/G4/G5, Mac mini
    • Memory: 64 MB or more (128 MB or more is recommended)
    • Hard Disk: 250 MB or more (required for installation)
    • Interface: USB jack

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