LCD and Viewfinder
Sony W690 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
W690 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Nikon Coolpix P7000 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Sony W690 can shoot continuously at max speed of 1 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/1600 sec.
Unfortunately W690 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Sony W690 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Sony W690 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Sony W690, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps and save in and MPEG-4 formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution .
W690 has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker.
Sony W690 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus XZ-2 iHS or Nikon Coolpix P7000 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Sony W690 has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Battery Sony W690 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 220 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 254 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Compact Cameras
Fujifilm X30 with its 470shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Sony W690 vs Fujifilm X30 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Sony W690 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Sony W690 is $297.43