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a smart camera with all new features. any novice who wants to start photography this is the ideal product to start with. the 8.1mp gives the high quality pictures. the digital zoom and the 2x optical zoom gives the user to chose the right angle and the Face Detection Technology is pretty useful for group shots as Sony takes it a little further such as coupling Face Detection with smile detection.
the 2.5'' LCD monitor made the camera very useful and easy to use as any one including a kid will be able to take a snap.
the options of chossing between memory Stick DUO / DUO PRO memory slot makes it more useful as almost eveywhere people can print their pictures. people also can print their pictures indoors very easily with the USB cable.
the rechargeable lithium-ion battery helps the users to recharge it anywhere with in a very short time.
the light waight makes the camera really handy.
again a smart camera with a very reasonable price....!
(that review is mine on ciao .)
We';d been looking to upgrade our camera for a while, it was a wedding present in 2006 and quite low on the old megapixels. Having a camera savvy dad didnt help, he was always up to date camera wise. Our holiday this year made our mind up, our camera just wasnt cutting it anymore.
After looking around we decided that we definately wanted a cybershot, then it was just a matter of which one. On reviews this one came up best for us, having the 8.1 megapixels and functions we wanted from a camera and in a decent price range. These were selling for between £50-£100 on places like ebay and amazon when we were looking and we managed to get one from ebay for £55 del. It came with all the usual, the software disc, wrist strap, cables, charger etc and the camera was a lovely smart silver aluminium design. We also purchased the memory pro duo stick for it and a hard case to protect our new investment.
Since buying it it has been used no end just taking photos on an almost daily basis of my 2 beautiful kids and it never fails to get a good shot! I especially like the smile detector setting, this is where it automatically shoots and takes a picture as soon as smile is detected-very clever and fun!!! There re plenty of differnt shooting modes, but for the simple shooting photographer like myself i use either easy mode or smile detection.
The charger is a unit charger as the battery is the now old style lithium one, and the battery holds a good charge and can take a very good ammount of pictures before it needs charging, probably more than you'd want to take! I charge mine overnight if i need it the next day.
The camera itself comes in a variety of colours ( i wanted pink but hubby flat out refused) and there are a wide variety of styles of cases in all the colours you can imgine available on place like ebay etc. The memory sticks aren't cheap but I would only recommend buying them from reptuable shops/online shops as there are a lot of fakes around of these.
When uploading photos via the usb cable I have found it to be so quick, literally a matter of a minute for a lot of photos, so much quicker than my old one!
All in all I would give this cmer 10/10 for it's style and practicality and the photos it takes, mine now goes wherever i go, just incase i need to snap that important shot!
Okay so whilst trying not to sound too much like I am writing a school essay its suffice to say there is plenty I'd like to tell you about this camera.
Tell me about it then
First of all I should state my normal bias towards Kodak camera's the reason I have always chosen Kodak is because although I pride myself on being a reasonably technology friendly lady I don't see the point in overcomplicating things and when it comes to taking pictures I just want something that gets on with it already. It should be very easy to use so that when I pass it to my technophobe friends to take a picture of me they dont spend forever trying to work out what button to press!!! I previously owned a DX4530 but after being dropped by one of the mini me's it gave up and went to the techno museum in the sky. I bid in an auction for a Praktika camera to take it's place and within minutes realised the error of my ways but thats a whole other review lol. So for some time now I have been on the look out for a suitable replacement that didnt break the bank
So what do you class as breaking the bank??
Well I have 3 kids to feed and clothe so something under the £100 mark was spot on for what I was looking for so that I can take pictures of them in all those clothes that my dear husband has to slave to pay for. The camera cost £89.99 in a clearance sale in Argos current at March 09
Whats in the box??
Rechargeble battery pack
A basic grey wriststrap
How does it look I hear you ask
Personally I think this camera looks damn fine maybe not as impressive in boring black (although I dare say that the men wouldnt agree) I got a pink one I realise I'm doing feminism no favours here but I wanted something a little more distinguishable. The case is aluminium no cheap nasty plastic. The LCD is pretty industry standard at 2.5 inches.
How is it powered?
So this is a change for me apparently in the past few years higher spec camera's run on lithium ion batteries this one being no exception. I'm not sure how I feel about this I can see that it would have its advantages eg the camera can be of a thinner design and recharged at no cost to the owner but I like the idea that if my battery ran out I could pop new ones in from a shop if out on a special occasion etc the jurys out. Battery takes roughly 4 1/2 hours to charge and you should get 370 shots before it runs out.
Would a technophobe cope?
Well as I said I like my camera's to be simple so I was taking a chance by straying from my previously favoured brand Kodak as this went very wrong in the past. I am very pleased to announce that I took this camera out of the box charged the battery and took my first picture within seconds on further use the menu is intuitive which is a complete relief as I think if your camera is easy to use you are more likely to use it.
Features at a glance
Face detection (up to 8)
Super steady shot anti blur
4 x optical zoom
8 x digital zoom
Dare I ask does it take a decent picture??
Simply put yes. This is Sony afterall and I can vouch for the video as well its first class for a camera in this price bracket.
How easy is it to transfer pictures?
Whilst my laptop does have a slot to insert memory cards or Memory Stick duo I realised that not everyone would so I installed the software to see how user friendly it was. It took roughly 10 minutes all in thats including a restart. The software is compatible with Windows XP & Vista although not 64 bit operating systems which I thought was worth noting as one of my household pcs does run on this so there is a reasonable chance other peoples might. The software itself pretty easy to use imported the pics I had taken today without even reading any guidelines on how to do it.
Okay generally I wouldnt mention accessories but I came across one for this camera which I thought deserved a mention for its usefuleness. Instead of the standard battery you can buy a premium one for which the camera can display the exact amount of power left in time for you NP-FG1 its retails for £49 on the Sony website but I dare say you could find it cheaper and if you never want to be caught out then I think its a great idea. On top of this you can get all manner of cases etc online official and otherwise.
So whats wrong with it
In a word or in this case 2, NOT MUCH. The internal memory sucks like a brand new Dyson at just 15 meg but hey you cant have it all.
When you switch the power on the lens pops out fast so have your hands well back
Try the built in editing software its actually a nice little additon
That as loony tunes would say is all folks hope your purchasing decision is made easier
I purchased this camera expecting great things from Canon. I was not disappointed in most aspects of the camera. It provides easy use with different picture options and has a fantastic feature whereby the camera can distinguish faces to ensure that that they are in focus for your picture. It takes a great quality picture that is crystal clear and can be blown up or reduced without losing too much clarity. The camera looks stylish and sexy and is light weight and easily fits in a pocket or your handbag. The battery life is reasonable and I can charge it up on a Monday and carry it around for a week taking 1 or 2 snaps a day prior to needing to recharge it. The upload software for the computer is easy to use and great but it is limited and you really need a image software program separate to do any decent alterations to your snaps.
The only downside of this camera is that while it has digital zoom the range of the zoom is limited and often you find that it just doesn't quite zoom in far enough or out far enough for what you want to get and the detail you want.
Overall not bad buy for the price and Canon have again provided another quality product
Compact, feature rich camera with aluminium case in silver finish. 8.1 megapixels and 4x optical zoom lens. 2.5-inch screen, Face Detection, Smile Shutter and Super SteadyShot image stabilisation