The Good Fast shutter; slightly longer-than-normal lens; handy on-camera editing and slide show functions
The Bad Softening around edges; noisy at ISO 800 and higher
The Bottom Line The W130's quick performance and decent image quality make it a solid follow-up to the W90, and a good choice for a pocket point-and-shoot camera.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W130
Sony inches its Cyber-shot W-series of compact snapshot cameras forward with the Cyber-Shot DSC-W130. This 8-megapixel shooter sports a shiny, colorful new shell and a slightly longer lens, but otherwise feels like a carbon copy of its predecessor, the Cyber-shot DSC-W90.
Rounded corners and an attractive brushed metal front plate give the W130 a more stylish look than the W90. Available in silver, black, and pink, it offers some choices for gadget color coordination (though not as much as its 7-megapixel little brother, the DSC-W120, which comes in black, silver, pink, and blue). Besides the new look, the W130 gets a tweaked control layout from the W90. While it still uses irritatingly small, circular buttons for menu control, the buttons are laid out comfortably around the camera's direction pad and feel much more accessible to large-thumbed users.
Despite the makeover, the W130 offers few differences from its predecessor. The camera's 32mm- to 128mm-equivalent, f/2.8-5.8 lens is the only significant upgrade, offering a slightly longer zoom and wider angle than the W90's 35mm- to 105mm-equivalent lens. The W130 keeps the W90's 8-megapixel resolution, 2.5-inch LCD, and optical viewfinder. It also includes the W90's face detection function with Smile Shutter, a handy mode that lets the camera automatically take pictures of subjects when they smile. It gets a slight downgrade in the internal memory department, carrying only 15MB of space instead of the W90's 31MB. Of course, you should never rely on internal memory, so either camera would require you to pick up a Memory Stick Duo for shooting more than a handful of photos.