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A nice looking neat easy to use camera that also does the job.
One of the nicest things I like about this camera is that its small and lught, fits nicely into my back pocket so I can carry it around. Not only that but it looks nice. I personally have used the pink one for work, and teh finish doesnt look cheap and nasty as some coloured cameras do.
Its also really easy to use, theres a small turn wheel menu to select features such as; Auto Photo, Movie Mode, Auto Programme, Soft Snap, High Sensitivity, and Easy Shooting. As I use the Auto programe alot its really easy to switch between photo and video. The only other menu buttons are for the standard, flash, close up, and timer options and a menu button, not that many which makes things easier as your not over burdened with lots of little buttons. The nice big 2.7" LCD screen also helps you view the menu options clearly as well as view the photos in nice detail.
The camera boasts a nice 10.1 megapixels, which in all honesty is what you'd expect for the price, but it does allow for a high quality photo and allows you to blow the picture up without losing quality. It has face detection which means that as oppose dto the usual odd tinge faces can often appear to have, then it gives the faces a warmer appearance and which may or may not be a good thing a clearer portrait.
One thing I really like about this camera is the fact that it has a 4x optical zoom as opposed to a measly 3 x that most digital compact cameras seem to have.
It has a rechargeable lithium battery which does seem to last quite a long time which is good when your out and about. The only down side to a rechargeable lithium is, if your as disorganised as me then you cant replace them on the spot like you can with AA batteries.
Its boxed with battery, batery charger, power cord, wrist strap, AV cables, USB cable and CD Rom.
Over all a lovely little camera well worth the money!
To be honest I am basically a Sony sound system fanatic simply because I am a person to whom music means a lot, but it is also true I have an inherent weakness for the Sony brand name itself.
Although I am not a professional photographer but photography does interest me a lot and on top of that there are friends who are professionals in this field. I came across Sony Cybershot DSC-S950 through one of my friends, what attracted me was its silvery looks (not that it is available in silver only, pink and black variations are also available) and since it was there with him I borrowed it in order to try it out for a while. The slick looks impressed me a lot. Over all the quality seemed to me to be quite okay.
I got excellent results shooting out doors with rapid shutter speed in IS ISO100 mode, in fact the 4x zoom did not hinder the picture quality and the reproduction of details, I would say, was exceptionally good but I ran into serious problems while using the camera for out door photography using it at an ISO setting above 100, forget about ISO 3200, the photo quality deteriorates very appreciable, in fact the results are really very poor.
Real problem starts when you are clicking indoors, the pictures are very noise (excessive grains) in low light and the video zoom becomes annoying along with very poor focus and it takes ages to recover for the second picture.
Another disturbing feature of this camera is the batteries, you have to remove and charge them, although, agreed, a plug in is available for a price but why not it is a single unit?. I thought Sony uses Carl-Zeiss lenses exclusively but not this one. Isn't it strange for Sony ? Are they keeping an eye on the price?
(First publishes at ciao.co.uk under the same user name)
Having used this camera extensively whilst travelling, overall I am very satisfied with it. In terms of size, it is good - it feels solid and durable whilst still being easy to carry around and not too ostentatious.
The quality of pictures taken on this camera is high; however, I have struggled to find the correct setting in low light and pictures taken at dawn or in the evening have often come out poor quality or grainy. Similarly, I have found that the automatic flash settings are perhaps not always ideal - however, it is very simple to manually choose which flash setting to use so this has not been a problem.
I think the camera's main strength is its reliability. I have had no problems whatsoever with it and would therefore recommend it to people who are not serious photographers but would like a reliable, good qu 1000 ality camera to use for a variety of different occasions - it's perfect to take on a night out, as well.