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This camera does take great pictures in the daytime, but it takes a little long to actually take the picture making it more difficult to get the shot you want and your hand has to be completely still or the picture will be blurry.
It takes awful pictures at night. The pictures are so dark you really can't see whatever it was you were taking a picture of and if you do happen to get a picture that has enough light to see, it is usually EXTREMELY blurry.
I would not purchase this camera if I were given the chance to start my camera search over again.
I wish that I had spent a little more and purchased a Canon camera. I had a canon digital camera before the Sony and it was GREAT! Canon's are the best camera's to buy. So obviously I do not recommend this program at all.
An entry level Sony digital camera. All the quality and strategy you would expect from a Sony, but with some unexpected flaws.
People care about resolution nowadays, expressed in MegaPixels, so producers offer more megapixels on any camera they market, even the most basic. This is the case of DSC-S500, 6.2 megapixels for nothing. In fact, they give you a reasonable amount of pixels but they take away everything else: the lens (which is not a Zeiss Tessar), the viewfinder (abolished), the speaker, the plugs cover (left naked to threats from sand and dust) and even the hi-speed USB connection! But if you really care for the LCD screen, here's one of the biggest on the market!
You would never believe that a digital USB device marketed in 2006 would have a USB 1.1 connection, but this is what DSC-S500 offers! 6.2 Mp at full resolution would mean that the average picture will require some 2Mbytes at full JPEG, so this choice of a slow USB does not make ANY sense.
Entry-level cameras from market leaders are becoming cheaper, but consider this: that not only are they cutting costs, they are cutting also features!
Consider the Sony entry level for 2005, the DSC-S40. It features 4.1 Mp, mostly sufficient for a lot of uses, and a small LCD. but massive superior other features as compared to the S500.
The point is that for Sony cameras, entry level in 2006 is lower than entry level in 2005 (apart from megapixels, if it is all you care about) and so is the price.
A remarkable combination of value, simplicity and performance make the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S500 a perfect choice for first-time digital photographers. The DSC-S500 combines 6.0 megapixel resolution with a quality 3X optical zoom lens design, terrific wide-angle shooting capability, 25 MB Internal Memory for capturing shots in-camera, and a bright 2.4" LCD screen that allows you to check your shots and share results immediately.
More megapixels give you more detail and definition when you make big prints or crop in tight on your subject. The Sony advanced Super HAD (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD design allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.
3X Optical Zoom helps the DSC-S500 bring distant subjects closer and lets you frame shots for better composition; the Sony precision 2X Digital Zoom provides an additional 2X magnification to zoom in close without jagged edges.
With 25 MB Internal Memory, the DSC-S500 allows you to shoot without using a memory card - then easily transfer your images to optional Memory Stick Duo media, upload photos to your computer or make prints on your digital printer.
The DSC-S500 gives you a big, bright LCD screen for reading camera menus, composing shots, checking results and sharing your photos on location.