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Sony has a great name in consumer electronics, so you would expect a quality camera from them and what this camerabis, you get that. This is a good quality "point and shoot" budget camera. So if you are a real camera enthusiast or an amateur photographer to wants creative control over theirpictures, look away now. If you want a straightforward, pocket sized camera for good quality holiday snaps or those special nights out, stay tuned, this might be just what you are looking for.
Even by today's standards this camera is small and lightweight. With the zoom closed it is less than 19mm in width and is very lightweight. The metallic silver finish to the body stops it from feeling like a childs toy, so you feel like you are holding a quality piece of kit, without being weighed down by it.
3x optical zoom is pretty standard nowadays and sufficient for most point and shoot snaps. 14 megapixels. Now I don't get too excited about megapixels. Some of the best digital shoots I ever took were on a 2 megapixel Panasonic Lumix. The quality of the lense is more important than the number of megapixels and the proof of that is, as they say, in the eating.
The results I got from the camera were generally good. You can simply leave the camera to work out the best settings and snap away. All but the very, very lowest light levels rendered sharp and clear with good colour saturation.
This is a budget camera, let us not forget, so you get a budget flash. It does the job well enough for holiday snapshots but some shots were a bit grainy and the camera struggled at times to find focus in a dimly lit nightclub.
The 3 inch screen is very clear and great for both composing your snaps and reviewing them with friends afterwards. If you are constantly reviewing your photos you'll find battery performance somewhat lightweight though. So worth having a spare battery with you when you expect to be making heavy use of the camera.
Overall, this is a great camera for the price. If what you want is simplicity, ease of carrying around and good quality snaps, then this would be hard to beat. If you want creative control the you need to look somewhere else.
It is what it is though, so I'm going to rate it as a buget point and shoot and for that it gets 5 stars.
I bought this camera about 6 months ago for £70 (give or take a few £'s). My main reason for buying it was I wanted a decent, lightweight camera that didn't cost a fortune and I could take with me on nights out and that sort of thing.
As far as budget digital cameras go, the Sanyo VPC-E1403 is not far from perfection! It's well built and has many automatic features which make it easy for the average person to take good quality photos with. The Sanyo compact digital camera has a 14-megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom lens. I'd have to say that the zoom isn't spectacular, but for the price and the reason I got it its good enough! It also comes with a movie mode that allows you to record in HD at 720p, which is a great added bonus, and even though I've never used it as a video camera, it's nice to have the option.
The camera is strong and sturdy with a shiny metal casing, and very slim. It measures less than 19mm wide (without the zoom lens extended) which makes it a nice size if you want to sneak it in to a gig for example (not that I'd ever do something like that! "Cough, cough", or don't want your friends to know that you're planning to take potentially embarrassing pictures of them. There aren't many controls on the camera which makes the E1403 simple to use. You can review your photos on the 3-inch TFT LCD and it's got a few modes that make taking pictures even easier. There's also Digital Image Stabilisation, blink detection and smile detection all of which ensure that the pictures you take are the highest possible quality.
The battery life of the E1403 isn't bad. It will take approx 180 pictures on a full battery. Ideally, there would be more life in the battery than that but again, for the price it's pretty good. There's no internal memory so all pictures taken have to be stored on SD cards.
All in all this camera should be perfect of taking all your drunken night out, pet, holiday pics!
To be succinct: this is a good, low-price camera.
I paid £75 for it, but I've no doubt if you look around you'll be able to get it a bit cheaper than that. I'm not a professional photographer by any means, but only wanted a camera that was lightweight, easy to carry, and took pictures that looked good when they were printed out - and this camera gave me that.
The picture quality is 14 megapixels I believe, which isn't earth-shattering but is really more than enough for basic photographic purposes - eg, taking holiday pictures or embarrassing pictures of drunken friends on nights out. One down-side is the zoom capability, which at only x3 is pretty disappointing, as you can get better zoom on camera-phones nowadays. But saying that, the picture quality doesn't seem to diminish when you actually use the zoom, so unless you need the phone for nature-spotting or voyeuristic purposes, I suppose it doesn't really matter.
It's easy to use, too, which can't be said for some digital cameras, where you have to go through what seems through a long list of options before you actually get to take a photo. The smile-recognition technology - well, I don't seem to get the point of that, as I don't need a camera to be able to recognise when somebody's smiling. Unless, of course, the person has a very weird smile, in which case the smile-recognition technology would have a hard time recognising it anyway. But I suppose it's a nice feature to have, if you're smile-recognition abilities are low.
So unless you're wanting a camera for more than basic purposes, I would recommend this one. I like it, anyway.
A couple of years ago, I made a New Years resolution; taking more pictures, taking better pictures! I didn`t have much of a digital camera, but I began taking pictures of friends, family and the nature, and I soon became addicted to taking pictures, and therefore decided to invest in a great camera!
I will come back with the price of this camera, as I cannot seem to remember this at the moment, but I believe I paid about 60 pounds for this camera, will come back with more correct information. I wanted a camera that was light and didn`t feel heavy to carry when on holiday and other situations where I might take pictures, and this Sanyo model was both budget friendly and seemed as a rather good camera for me to spark my interest in pictures and photography. It comes in a nice silver design, looking with that modern and lovely, and it still looks new all though I have used it for quite some time now. This is a 14 megapixel camera, meaning that the quality on your pictures are very clear and high, this is a factor I am very satisfied with. The 3x optical zoom is pretty standard, on todays market you have no problem finding cameras with more optical zoom, but this is still a good choice.
A fun fact, this camera also comes with smile recognition, as well as blinking, making it easier for you to take portraits and perfect pictures of your friends and family. I find this camera easy to use, even if you`re of the clumsy kind, and I have still to experience any difficulty in using it. This is a fun, fresh and modern looking camera, I give it four out of five stars!