Product Type: Sony digital cameras
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Strikes the balance between offering simplicity and extra features
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W110
Member Name: PlaysNicely
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W110
Date: 27/01/12, updated on 28/01/12 (29 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, slim and easy to carry, lots of features
Disadvantages: Memory card may not be compatible with all laptops so don't lose the lead!
I've only recently started to use this camera (my husband's) as my old canon has just gone kaput. Now I loved that camera (Canon Power Shot A400) for its simplicity - I'm not a techno-phobe, I just get easily confused and once I had got the hang of it, it was the perfect camera for me to be able to use effectively. So, imagine my distress to have to move on to this Cybershot, which from the looks alone appeared to be far more technically challenging - two dials on the back for making your choices / selections of features, plus menu and home buttons and additional wide angle and telescopic lens button, plus two other tiny buttons for reviewing.
However, I was instantly impressed by the fact that the view screen on this Cybershot is almost twice the size of my old Canon's screen, making the visuals much easier on the eye! Additionally, when I turned the camera on, a grid appeared on the view screen which I quickly learned was there to help me line up my shots, which I have usefully done!
I don't feel suitably 'qualified' to review the technical aspects of this camera, I'll leave that to someone who knows what they're talking about, but I've been using it long enough now to comment on usability and reliability:
* Considering the amount of buttons and features, the camera is fairly intuitive - all of the features I've used so far: lens variation, timer, flash, video, crop etc I have discovered for myself (Himself can't find the booklet) - the fact that I have been able to 'work this out' says a lot for the intuitive design of this camera. It's especially helpful that when you turn the top dial, an on-screen visual pops up to correspond with the dial and to give extra information about what the setting does. This makes it easy to choose the right setting and to avoid being on the wrong setting.
* I sometimes have a problem with being 'steady' when I take photos and with both my old Canon and the school camera I use (can't remember the make) I regularly have to retake photos because they are blurry where I have been unsteady. Now, it might be that I'm more aware that this CyberShot is a new camera to me and therefore I am being more careful but I am finding myself able to take less blurry photos more often with this camera. Now that isn't a major issue if you just want a camera for snapping, but if you're trying to take quality shots to share with others or even to show your clutter in the best Ebay resale light possible, then this is a significant improvement that actually saves you time and maximises your chances of getting that one-off shot. My photos show much greater steadiness with this camera. This is also helped by some of the automatic settings of the camera - the simplicity aspect of this review's title!
* Using the camera to take short videos is also very easy and is a good feature of this camera. On the school's camera, I find it hard to tell if the video is 'shooting' or not, leading to lots of re-takes, but I have easily got to grips with this on this Cybershot.
* Uploading photos and videos is easily achieved with the wire that comes with the camera. I was impressed that this offers a range of 'ports' at the end, so that you can upload to a range of other devices, not just your PC or laptop. In this way, we have been able to rig the camera directly up to my mother-in-law's digital photo frame and take her through our photos without her having to struggle with looking at them through the viewing screen and without having to upload them onto PC and then onto a USB stick or memory card before showing her. It's a lot less hassle thanks to the multi-use lead!
So, I have started to make the transition between my old and loved PowerShot and this new and much more sophisticated Cybershot and actually, for a household camera, it does a surprising amount for what I think is quite a reasonable price (depending on where you get it from, of course). It can be found at quite bargainous prices (under £30) which is very reasonable for the quality of the photographs and videos, plus the range of options that it offers and I'd have no hesitation in recommending it for household and family use or for a first step into more sophisticated photography / digital media.
* I am also publishing this review on Ciao under my user-name PlaysNicelyWithOthers :-)
Summary: A good all round camera, particularly for home use or to get you used to digital photography!
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