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      18.07.2013 18:35
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      Excellent camera, would definitely recommend.

      I have bought a lot of cameras throughout my life but none is as good as this one. I must have dropped this camera due to my clumpsyness and still the camera refuses to show any signs of digital wear. The picture I would say is very good and captures a lot of detail. Comparing the picture quality to previous cheap cameras I have bought is unmistakable. The picture is not blurry and captures pictures effectively and promptly without delay unlike many cameras I have bought in the past. I bought the camera for a lot more than it is now and would still pay the same price so I would definitely recommend this product to any one who is looking for a good camera. When it comes to digital camera's you might as well pay a little extra for the quality because no one wants a blurry bad quality picture that distorts memories and fails to capture the moment. A down side is that the camera was quite chunky therefore would take up a lot of room in a small bag. Also, the features took a while to get used to, when my friends take the camera to delete photos that they do not like they can never find where the delete option is!

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      15.09.2010 12:30
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      A great camera to carry around, which also takes good quality photos

      I've owned this camera for 2 years now and I really think it's fantastic. Obviously there are better, more expensive cameras available but this one is easy to use, compact and very sturdy. It is an ideal camera for everyday use.

      The display is very easy to use, and there are some nifty little pre-sets that allow you to take photos in different lights. I do like the 'smile' setting although some may consider it a bit gimmicky. In this mode, the camera automatically takes a photos when someone smiles resulting in some very natural shots. Other features include an easy to find timer setting, film mode and an easily altered flash setting. The only downside is that the 'mode' wheel can be turned quite easily so does often get changed in your pocket etc but this really is a minor problem.

      The quality of the photos I have taken are really great for a small camera like this. There is also a really fast response when the camera is turned on which is great as all too often digital camera's take a while to warm up and you miss great photo opportunities!

      I have also found the upload and transfer of photos easy, but people who have not used a Sony before should bear in mind that the memory sticks and batteries are not standard sizes and shapes. The batteries are expensive to replace and means that you cannot easily carry a spare one around with you - but that said the battery life is good anyway so you wouldn't normally have to.

      All in all, this is a great choice for someone who is looking for a camera that is easy to carry around, easy to use and produces good quality photos.

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      14.07.2010 22:45
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      A solid point-and-shoot camera, apart from a failed lens (which was replaced) I've had no problems

      Before I bought this I had one of those evenings where one spends hours going through loads of products comparing the pictures and reviews. At the time this was the best camera I could get for my money when it comes to quality of pictures.

      Image quality
      On auto outdoor pictures are pretty impressive for a mid-end point and shoot - it'll usually default to ISO-80 or 100 in good light and to around ISO400 indoors with a flash - which still looks fine, but zoom in and details get a little muffled/grainy compared to if you set it manually.

      Like with most point-and-shoots you'll need super-steady hands if you want to take blur-less pictures in poor light without a flash.

      Use
      It's the usual press one button to turn on and press the other to take a picture. The unit itself turns on pretty quick (1s), taking a picture can take a few seconds if autofocus is having trouble.

      There's a slider-wheel for different modes which can get annoyingly knocked over into a different mode in your pocket - frustrating if you prefer manual for the low ISOs and more advanced settings - you end up taking a load of pictures on the wrong settings if you're not careful.

      Battery life varies somewhat I find... I've never cared to take note on how long it lasts but you should at least get a whole day of heavy shooting out of it.

      Features
      The camera doesn't have too many bells and whistles. It has a "smile shutter" mode which is neat I guess.. it takes pictures automatically when people 'smile'... I never personally use it though.

      There's the usual colour and brightness adjustments, shadowed area restoration, face detection and whatnot.

      Videos are 4:3 with mono audio and a 480p (640x480) resolution. Videos aren't bad in good light, a damn sight better than the videos my friend's Samsung mid-end camera spits out. Still, other point-and-shoots now have 720p video, which I can't personally comment on.

      Design
      One thing I like is the metal front of the camera. Unfortunately the back is plastic but on a whole the camera feels really solid.

      This being said it has a motorized zoom lens, I've already had to return it once under the warranty because this got broken. Make sure you don't turn it on face down, in your pocket or something stupid like that!

      Other than that I can't really think of anything else worth commenting on. The camera does take a proprietary connector, memory card and battery - I guess it's down to the individual whether proprietary connectors/cables are a big deal or not.

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        21.09.2009 18:48
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        Fantastic easy to use camera with great images...Ideal for beginners

        I absolutely love this camera. I've owned it for almost a year now and I'm still not tired with it. Everything about the camera is brilliant, the images are sharp, great quality and look proffessional.

        It has a really good video capture too, the sound is a little scrappy, but the quality of the video is just as good as any other home video camera, I didn't even know the camera had this feature when I bought it, and I had never been interested in filming videos before but now I actually take more videos than images.

        The battery is ok, It lasts long enough but it is not especially long...I would say it has an average battery length.

        The smile shooting mode is a fun feature which can makes the camera take the picture as someone smiles.

        The design in silver pictured isn't particualarly special in my opinion, but I own the red version of the camera which looks fantastic... I recommend people to buy it in red...much prettier in red :)

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        13.05.2009 17:24

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        Great camera overall. Great fun.

        Have this camera since last Christmas as it was a gift from my husband. We had before another Sony Cybershot but it was time for a new one as the digital cameras market moves so fast.
        So I had enough opportunity to test it with so many parties and also with a 1 year old nephew which proved that the "Smile Shutter" option in this camera is brilliant and a really fun feature. What it does is it detects a smile on the person and then it takes the pictures automatically until you disable it. So I got some great, natural looking pictures.
        The 10.1 mega pixels resolution is a plus but not really necessary for day-to-day pictures. I am currently using the 5 mega pixel resolution which is absolutely fine. Unless you intend to print larger that A4, use the 5 Mega pixel.
        The "super steady shot" is also another great feature which allows much sharper pictures.
        Only bad thing, I can say about this camera is a dislike for the color red. It saturates it a lot.

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        21.01.2009 20:45

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        Good average camera

        I've had a long experience of using Sony Cyber-Shot cameras over the years and found them excellent, this camera falls into the same category. With the picture quality extremely good overall compared to similar cameras in a similar price range. The large screen is clear and has a nice design to it which gives the camera its own personal look. I haven't asssessed the printed quality of photos although I expect that it to be a high quality. The viewfinder is option feature and for me I find it very useful better than my previous cameras. It is sometimes tricky to navigate through the many featues on the device to find what you want, but this is a minor criticism to the device as I have fallen in love with it. I'm planning to take this with my when I hitchhiking in March. I've herd good things about this camera and planning to keep if for a few years. Its instantly easy to use and excellent camera overall, it even has very good videos, so if you looking for a camera with low costs then this should be a contender.

        Thank you for reading.

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        04.01.2009 17:35

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        Great little camera for the money, very reliable.

        The Sony W170 digital camera has to be one of the best value for money cameras. The quality which would be expected from Sony is still there, and also it shoots great photos. There are various features on the camera, for example the smile shutter, which is great for pin pointing faces when taking photos, and the megapixels on the camera is high too, 10.1 to be exact. I've had the camera a few weeks now, and I'm very impressed, the camera tends to be better in more lit areas, however the flash helps with the picture quality in dark areas, which can sometimes be a little poor. The camera has a lithium ion battery, which lasts for long periods of time, the charger is great, and charge time around 3 hours, so I tend to charge at night, and shoot in the daytime. The camera allows you to choose the amount of megapixels to shoot with, this can help if you have limited memory space, and however I recommend you have adequate memory to take full advantage of the camera.

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        22.12.2008 13:04
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        Wonderful camera, Looks great and also takes amazing photos.

        I bought this camera before going on a trip to Paris, and have found very few faults with it. The main qualities I want of a camera are a big screen, a fast reload after pictures are taken and brilliant quality photos which won't blur. And that's exactly what I got and more. Even in museums with dim lights the photos came out perfectly.

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        *10.1 effective megapixels resolution for clear enlargements up to A3 size

        *5x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 30mm wide angle for panoramic landscapes and large group
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        *Smile Shutter waits until the subject smiles before firing the shutter with adjustable smile threshold setting

        *Enhanced Face Detection with high-speed subject tracking for clearer portraits

        *Intelligent Scene Recognition automatically selects correct shooting mode depending on subject

        *Large 2.7-inch (230K dot) Clear Photo LCD

        *BIONZ processor for enhanced image quality and fast response

        *Double Anti-blur with Super SteadyShot image stabilisation and High Sensitivity ISO 3200 for clearer handheld shooting in low light

        *D-Range Optimiser adjusts exposure and contrast in high contrast and backlit scenes

        There is a film mode with sound on the camera, and the quality is very good, both of the sound and the picture. I haven't used it a huge amount, but when I have I wasn't disappointed.

        I would say the worst feature of the camera is the night mode, as it is difficult to take the photos without blurring, due to the multiple flash, however, I think this is the same for a lot of cameras, and you need a tripod if you want perfect photos in the night mode, so I wouldn't let this put you off the camera.

        The smile shutter is one of those things which is a nice idea, a bit of a novelty, but slightly pointless really; for one thing, you it only takes the photo if the subject has a huge, toothy grin, and, to be honest, it's just as easy taking the photo yourself. It's a nice idea, and fun to play around with but not a particularly useful trait.

        It has a rechargeable battery which lasts a fair time, however, if you use it a lot it won't last you an entire holiday. The charger is very small and light though so it's not a problem so long as there's access to a plug.

        This camera is not as slim as some, as the smaller the camera, the worse the quality tends to be, and this camera is a really good middle ground between stylish and sleek, and brilliant quality. It is easily small and light enough to fit into a bag without any bother, but has enough substance to take really good photos.

        Overall I am really pleased with this camera, and for around £130 it's pretty good value for what you get. It's very easy to use and I've had nothing but brilliant photos!

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        The Sony DSC-W170 matches point-and-shoot ease-of-use with advanced features to pack a powerful punch. The sophisticated, compact body features an enviable 10.1 megapixel resolution, Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens, and Sony's Double Anti-Blur solution for crisp, clear images. For easy viewing and sharing, the large 2.7" LCD displays your shots in vibrant color. In addition, Face Detection technology, Smile Shutter, and Intelligent Scene Recognition elicit stunning detail from special moments.