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I got this camera for my birthday from my parents as i asked for one, and it took me a while but i really enjoy using it now!
I'm not a photographer or anything but many people have complimented me on my photo's saying that the look professional when there took by me, I'm not artistic or anything like that in face I'm quite the opposite, when people ask me how i take such wonderful pictures i say i just "point and click"! These amazing pictures are only possible because of this camera!
The settings are easy to understand, change and use! Some of the settings can be flattering (especially on a girls night out) I always sit back and think, did i really look THAT good? And again all thanks to the focusing power and light changing settings from this camera! The zoom on the camera is pretty ace, I know that lots of cameras out there can have pretty awful zooms where everything gets pixelated and fuzzy, but not this camera the settings on the camera still give you that clear crisp shot you need. (4x optical zoom)
The slim line design of this camera means that it's not bulky or annoying to carry around; it fits into pockets, purses and bags. This is great especially when you don't want to be carrying it around in your hand. As it's also a Sony camera it means that there are lots of accessories you can buy to go with the camera to make it extra pretty! Also means that sourcing extra cables etc. is really easy as it's a brand name.
You can connect this camera to your pc or laptop through a USB cable, it's easy and simple and within a few clicks you'll have your pictures on your device. The camera has a big flash range, which means that your subject is easy to capture even if the lighting is not as you desired. (3.8 metres is started in the manual booklet thingy)
Overall I think this is a great camera for a novice who wants great pictures which are easy to take. Enjoy!
I hate to bore you all with my intro of how I am a professional photographer who also tests and reviews cameras for my camera club as I am sure most of you have heard it all before but I do still get messages asking me how come I have so many cameras, so just to be clear I test them, sometimes for the companies that produce them and sometimes for my camera club itself.
Over my time testing cameras I have put many versions of the Sony Cyber-shot through their paces and loved what they have to offer and this particular one the Sony Cyber-shot DSC W275 is no different, this camera excelled in almost all departments.
Starting with its looks, this is a stunning looking camera, I had it in silver and it looked fantastic, slim and very sleek looking and a stunning 2.7 inch LCD screen on the back this is certainly a camera you will be proud to show off and the images it takes are every bit as worthy of showing to friends.
Build wise it is a sturdy little unit that will take a bit of bumping and banging without falling to pieces, it feels very good in the hand also and the controls are very easy to access and understand for the novice user s well as the more competent.
The camera is a 12.1 megapixel unit and with its very impressive CCD sensor and Carl Zeiss lens it can almost make full use of these megapixels, not quite full use but better than many other compacts can that's for sure, the lens covers a zoom range from 28mm (wide angle) to 140mm (telephoto) and there is very little softness or distortion over the full rage.
The flash is set away from the lens slightly which does help a bit with the dreaded red eye that compacts always throw up when using flash but there is still a worry with red eye although there is an anti red eye option on the flash which again helps a little but as with all compacts this remains an issue but not one you can hold against the camera at all as this is a trait with every compact on the market.
Whilst we are talking of down sides of which there are very few I will make mention of the video function which readers of my reviews will know I hate, cameras should be for still photography only in my opinion and the poor video function on this and pretty much every other compact shows just why.
Unless used in close to perfect lighting then I found the video to be of pretty poor quality which in these days of HD and even 3D camcorders is just not good enough so if you are looking for a video camera then look away now but if you are looking very a very good compact camera for still photography then please read on.
One last slight down point for me is the fact that like so many compact Sony cameras there is no option of an SD card here but you instead have to use the Sony Pro duo memory stick, there is nothing wrong with these memory sticks but they are more expensive than a typical SD card and as many people already have one or more SD cards it does mean another outlay of money unless you have used a Sony in the past and already have a Pro duo card.
Right the few down sides to this unit are out the way let's get back to the many, many things that are very good about it, one of the main things for me being the ability to change pretty much all the settings on the camera manually therefore allowing you to truly call a photograph your own.
This unit allows the user to set the White balance and ISO and through the program mode you can choose to set the aperture, there is no shutter priority but the camera makes a very good job of setting the shutter speed to match the aperture chosen, I would like to have the option of setting the shutter speed but there is still a lot of scope here for a compact camera and for only around £140 you cannot have everything.
Function and feature wise you get what you would expect from most digital compacts in this range, as well as being able to set up manually as mentioned you also get an auto setting which just allows you to point and shoot and then you get the usual things like landscape, portrait, night, beach and other settings so you can help the camera get it right by setting it for the location and type of shot you intend to take.
There is also face detection and image stabalisation built in, both of which do a very good job for a compact camera, the stabalisation allows you to get a steady shot even at full zoom or in low light and the face detection worked very well and made sure that in every shot I took with people in it the faces were always in great focus and even when they were taken in poorer light the face detection worked well which it tend not to in many other compacts.
The auto focus on this camera is the fastest and quietest of any compact I have used in this price range and the start up time and time between shots is also very fats making sure you never miss that special moment, there are so many things that impressed me with this camera that it is now one of the first I would recommend in the under £150 bracket.
Over and above everything already mentioned is the image quality which was simply fantastic, whether the images were taken in my studio under professional lighting, outdoors in sunlight or anywhere in dim light the outcome was the same, high quality images with little or no sign of chromatic aberration or any other distortions and only the photos taken at full zoom at higher ISO settings showed any sign of softness in the corners.
I would honestly say that this camera produced the best set of images I have taken using a non DSLR camera in months. One test for the camera was using it the snow we have been having, almost all compacts and even many DSLR`s manage to get the right white balance setting for snow to look white like it should, many cameras will give snow a blue tint or even leave it looking a dull washed out grey but this Sony Cyber shot picked out the snow as bright white just by using the auto white balance setting and this really impressed me.
The colour reproduction was excellent and the highlights and shadows in the photos were all exposed for very well and it usually takes a decent DSLR to produce this type of thing in photos, even blown up to 12X18 in size these images looked very high quality indeed.
THE DSC W275 SPECIFICATIONS:
Picture Stabilization Yes
Self Timer Yes
Startup Time 1.6 s
Effective Pixels 12.1 megapixels
Max. Resolution 4000x3000
Available Resolutions 4000x3000, 4000x2248, 4000x2672, 3264x2448, 2592x1944, 2048x1536, 1920x1080, 640x480
Sensor Type SuperCCD
Optical Zoom 5 x
Focal Length 28-140
Digital Zoom 10 x
Aperture (Lens data) F3.3-5.2
Manual Focus No
White Balance Auto, Preset (daylight, cloudy, fluorescent1, fluorescent2, fluorescent3, incandescent, flash)Shutter Speed 2-1/1600
Internal Flash Yes
Flash Modes Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Syncro, No Flash, Red-eye Reduction
ISO Rating 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Metering Options Multi pattern metering, Center weighted, Spot
Memory Types Supported Internal, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo High Speed, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Storage Included 11 MB
Built-in Microphone Yes
Video recording Yes
Available resolutions (video) 1280x720,30fps, 640x480, 30fps
Battery Type Lithium Ion
Built-in color display Yes
LCD Size 2.7 in
LCD Resolution 230400 pixels
Interface Version USB (v. 2.0)
Video Out Yes
Weight (lb) 0.3 lb
Weight 135 g
Dimensions (HxWxD) 56.6x97.6x22.6
TO SUM UP:
Not much summing up needed in this review I feel, this camera produces excellent high quality images it looks good, feels good to use and is fairly easy to operate. It is a camera I would be only too happy to recommend to family and friends, if you are looking for something in the 100 to 150 pound bracket then make sure you have a look at this one.
LOOKS - 9/10
BUILD QUALITY - 9/10
EASE OF USE - 8/10
IMAGE QUALITY - 9/10
FUNCTIONS AND FEATURES - 8/10
VALUE FOR MONEY - 8/10
OVERALL - 9/10
Thanks for reading.