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I got this camera for my birthday just in time for my gap year travels around the world. I was excited to get a Sony digital camera finally! However as a total unprofessional, I've actually found it quite difficult getting the most out of it.
I tried every single setting, even "auto" for the novice like me, and still my pictures can come out blurry. I feel like it's a total game of chance with this camera! However when the pictures do turn out nicely, they turn out VERY nice indeed.
With night time pictures, I've found the flash far too bright, I've solved this by using baking paper on the flash to lessen the light but surely there should be no need for this with a Sony camera. So on nights out, this camera didn't really do the trick for me.
However on sunny days, I have had some truly stunning pictures and have found this camera is particularly good for landscapes.
Like I said, I am pretty unfamiliar with cameras, I just hope to point at a random spot and click, then hope for the best! If you're like me then maybe this camera is not for you, especially if you want good night time pictures. But if you want to take pictures of nice sunsets and beaches, then this works pretty well.
Having been one of those people who goes through digital cameras like water, I have to say that this has been my favourite so far!
It's got all your basic functions of any other digital camera for all us happy-snappers out there, such as:
- selecting a photograph condition to get the best picture quality (i.e. 'beach', 'flower', 'snow', 'landscape' and so on)
- optical zoom
- video recording
- red eye reduction
- smile recognition
and so on. Yet, for those people who like to take more time oer their photographs, using it in a more manual sense, there is a special ISO setting, where you can decide how much light is let into the lens as you take the photograph, along with how long the shutter is open for. If you know how to use this correctly, I'm sure it's a fantastic added bonus. For me however, who is still none the wiser, I'm just happy that having kept my shutter speed open slightly longer, I got some cool photos of my cousins on bonfire night waving their sparklers around!
Overall, for the price of the camera I was very impressed.
The only downside I would mention is that, with the camera being made by Sony, it only accepts a certain type of memory card, which is smaller than your standard SD memory card. So if you want to purchase this camera and they offer you a deal, like a camera case and memory card with it for a small extra price, make sure it's the correct one.
But as I said, overall I'm very pleased
We purchased the Sony Cyber-shot DSC W180 in time for our summer holidays this year, and have found it to be good quality, affordable camera, which doesn't take up too much space in the hand luggage!
We are very happy with the camera - not only is it very simple to use and compact (it fits in the smallest of my girlfriend's handbags), it also takes good quality pictures. The screen is very large and menus are clearly set out, so it's even suitable for users who struggle slightly with their eyesight when using this kind of equipment.
Despite its small size, this camera is solidly made, and definitely robust. Unfortunately I have dropped it and knocked it a couple of times, but this has only resulted in very minor superficial damage. I would always recommend buying a case to go with it, as you don't want to take any chances, especially with the large screen, which does seem fragile, but it is reassuring that it stands up well to everyday accidents.
The Cyber-shot DSC-W180 is definitely an amateur's camera, suitable for holidaymaker's, and casual users. It takes good quality snaps, and is fun and simple to use, but will not meet the professional standards of a seasoned photographer looking to create something really special. That said, for the price, I feel it would be hard to find a better model for my needs.
The advantages of this camera far outweigh any disadvantages and its hard to know where to start.
First of all, it has Smile Shutter technology which means that it will automatically detect faces and maximises both focus and exposure for these shots. It means that when taking photos of people then it will automatically take the shot when the camera detects the chosen degree of smile detection sensitivity. As well as smile detection it also has face detection, so it automatically adjusts both focus and exposure. I personally like this feature as I find it gives your face a healthier looking glow than a grey tinge that other cameras have in the past produced of facial shots.
Its 10.1 megapixels and has an image sensor so the actual quality and detail of the photos come up a lot better and clearer than lesser spec camera. However if your running out of space on your memory card or would prefer a lower resolution for whatever reason you can downsize this to 5MP or 3MP. The red eye reduction feature is an added bonus with these shots The various scene selection modes; night, portraight, landscape, snow and beach for example all come in handy, although I feel that a sports mode would also have been helpful.
Although I know it has High Sensitivity Mode, which changes shutter speed according to the photographing circumstances its not a function I've used so cant comment.
Another nice touch, which is common with sony cameras is the movie mode, not just that but you can easily alternate between movie mode and photographic mode.
Again as with most other Sony cameras it has the side dial to select macro/close up shots, timer, and flash options.
The screen is a large 2.7" LCD Screen which is really lovely as it allows you to view the photos you are taking/taken. It also helps when choosing options on the menu as you can see what your doing without squinting on a tiny screen.
The menu itself is actually quite easy to use, but only once you have navagated it once or twice and so are familiar with the different options. It does help your navagation though as it has little explanation notes at the side of each option.
The battery that comes with it is a rechargeable lithium battery, which does seem to have a quite good lifespan. The only downside to this is of course the fact that if your out and it hasnt been charged and you run out, unless you have a charged spare, its dead.
The optical zoom is a standard 3 x which is average for compact digital cameras, and whilst it does the job, it can be a little frustrating at times.
Its a lovely little camera, which i beleive comes in red, black, and silver. I have the red one and its a nice matt finish so the paint hasnt come off as some do, it looks smart and doesnt look cheap and nasty as some coloured cameras can. Its lightweight small and easy to carry.
Well worth the money. I believe it retails at over £105 but I managed to pick one up cheap from DomesticsDirect, so it was a right good buy!!
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180 is an automated compact camera, perfect for users who want something simple and easy to use. With a 10.1 mega pixel CCD sensor lens - made better by it's Carl Ziess stamp - brings out clear, professional quailty pictures.
The 3x optical zoom isn't the best on the market, however provides users with a little extra for vacation and family photos.
The downfall with this camera is you cannot change the shutter speed or apeture values yourself. However, this makes it perfect for a "no fuss" type of camera. You can change the ISO speed and white balance however, using the Program Auto mode.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180 is a comfortable hold, and you can take pictures easily, without changing any of the settings as the controls of the camera are cleverly set out and displayed.
The camera also comes with on-screen descriptions for its shooting modes, for example; macro will tell you it is useful for focusing on close objects.
i recently bought this camera from currys. I bought an extended warranty too. Its very good value for money, as its under £130. I mainly bought it because it uses a carl z lens which are known to be the bestest in the world. Its small, compact and light-weight. It has a solid build quality, but that's standard for all sony products anyway. It has a 10 megapixel camera which takes really detailed, crisp and accurate shots. It uses the standard cybershot software which is fast and easy to use. It comes with many features like face/smile detection, etc. The buttons are light and easy to find. The camera comes with all the correct software which is easy to install and use. The problem i had with the camera is that when your taking images when your moving, they can come out a little bit blurry. Another problem i found is that its a bit slow to start up. This could be made quicker. I would recommend this camera to a friend.
The Sony cyber shot camera range has always been good. It looks good for one and feels nice to use. It doesn't feel like a £150+ camera, but that's understandable, it's just £80 on Amazon.
The DSCW180 (a bit of a mouthful) is another camera with a resolution up in the clouds, at 10.1 megapixels. The good news is that the specification doesn't lie; the camera produces very nice photos at good resolutions. The camera has an image stabiliser (anti-shake), red eye reduction and face detection, although these functions should be standard nowadays for all cameras. It's dead light at 118g and nice and compact at 9.3cm x 1.9cm x 5.5cm (3.6" x 0.8" x 2.2"), but not too small, as opposed to a tiny camera that you consistently drop. The internal memory is 12mb, so you will need a memory card, the camera only accepts memory stick duo/pro duo/pro-HG duo. You can record movies in AVI or MJPEG - AVI is more common for cameras and computers alike, good quality here although it would never replace a dedicated video camera. You can also crop and resize images on the camera without a computer. The 3x optical zoom is a very common zoom and is suitable for most people.
Ease of use & Settings:
The camera is easy to use with the nice sized 2.7" display; it keeps all of the settings hidden, until you want to change something. There's no accidently slipping it into black & white for all eternity! There are only 4 buttons and there are some settings that you can change, but usually the auto setting does a fine job. It's comfortable and easy to hold and the hand strap will prevent you from dropping it. Photo quality is good with photos looking bright, vibrant and well detailed although the sunny shots can be a bit of a problem with the brightness fluctuating for each shot (it can be too bright or too dark occasionally). This isn't an issue as these photos are easily corrected using the included software with MS office, Vista, Windows 7, or something similar.
Notes for all cameras:
A high resolution doesn't guarantee good quality photos.
Most cameras have a small internal hard drive that won't hold many photos. Realistically, with any camera you will need to buy a memory card to hold any more than about 20 pictures.
My only issues with the camera are the lack of SD card support and the slowish shutter speed in darker conditions. These are only minor niggles, and I certainly wouldn't let it put me off buying one of these because there are plenty of SD/Sony memory card adapters and it's not that often that you take photos in bad light - that's just bad practice for taking photos with any camera.
The camera is idiot proof. It's light and compact with a good automatic mode that does all of the work for you. All you have to worry about is aiming the camera and hitting that button! The photos look nice with rich colours and are very good for the £80 price. The weight, size and simplicity would make this camera an excellent Christmas present, and for the price, you can't really go wrong. Available in silver, red and black, the red and black cameras look best.