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I have no luck whatsoever which cameras. I always seem to pick bad ones which give bad quality photos or ones that take bad pictures at night. When I find a good one, I usually manage to drop the camera or something will invariably go wrong with it. My latest camera of choice was the Sony Cybershot DSC-W310.
About the camera
The camera promises to let you take better pictures, with the minimum effort. It claims that you can take detailed images in a simple and easy way. It has a stabiliser to stop shots from becoming blurry and unclear. To improve your photos further, the camera has an edit feature to trim the photo and correct red eyes.
The camera has 12.1 megapixels which means that it should produce high quality photos and it has 4x optical zoom which means you should be able to take photos even of far away objects. It has a big screen on the back of 6.7cm width which allows you to take a good photo and then to check it in detail. It has an intelligent auto which automatically chooses the right light setting and a smile shutter which automatically takes the photo when it detects a smile.
The camera is a good compact size measuring 9.5cm in length, 5.5cm in width and 1.9cm in depth. It has a built in flash and built in red eye reduction. It has a battery charger and a wrist strap to keep the camera save and sound which is great for a clumsy person like me. The display is LCD and it also has a film function. The product comes in silver, pink and black. I chose the black one.
The product is sleek and classy looking. The product is has a black outer casing which is matte is its finish. On the front, the view finder is a shiny metallic silver and Sony is written on the front in silver lettering. The flash light is on the front of the camera. On the back is the display screen, the zoom button, the play function, the camera button, the film button, the flash button, the menu button and the trash can. On the top of the camera is a silver on/off button and a silver button to push in order to take the photos. On the bottom of the camera is the battery slot and memory card slot.
The camera will cost you around £80. I got mine from Amazon and it is available on a range of other websites too. It is also available from some electrical stores and camera shops.
I bought the camera to take with me travelling across Europe for the month. It is simple to use and it really does take the effort out of taking photographs. I have often struggling with changing the settings to get the best photo but this automatically does this for you. I took photos in a range of different setting including both night and day, fireworks display and even inside the blue grotto caves in Sorrento. It coped well in each setting, giving me clear photos with the appropriately lighting each time. Without the flash on, the photos are still clear and not blurry, which is a relief as I have had problems with this in the past.
The camera is light to hold but the wrist strap helps to keep it safe anyway which was good as I was on a few boat trips. The view finder comes out of the front of the camera as soon as you switch it on and the display tells you which setting it is working in straight away. There are plenty of buttons to fiddle with but as it does most things on its own, I have investigated them too much for fear of messing up the setting.
You can zoom into photos that you have taken and check that you are happy with it. If you aren't happy, there is a simple trash button but you need to be careful that you press the 'this image' button and not 'all images'! My photos are all of a good quality which true to life vibrant colouring, and I have some beautiful photos to treasure from my trip.
The product is easy to charge up. You simply remove the battery from the camera and slot it into the charger and then plug it into the wall. It doesn't take to long to charge the battery and the light lets you know when the job is done. The battery life is excellent and I only charged it twice in a month. This was with taking photos constantly and also looking at the ones that I had already taken constantly too so I was very happy with this. I didn't use the film function or the edit function so I can't comment on this. The camera requires a memory card and I have an SD 4GB and this hold plenty of photos. To get the photos onto my computer, you simply slot the card into your laptop or use the included lead.
All in all, this takes beautiful photos in a simple and easy way. It adjusts the settings for you so all you have to do is choose your subject and push the button. The colours are vibrant and the shots are crystal clear in all lighting. With the right memory card, it can hold plenty of photos and the battery life is excellent. As long as I don't drop this camera or spill anything on it, this one may just be with me for the long haul.
For my line of work, I need a camera around most of the time to take quick, reliable photos of my work. The Sony Cyber shot DSC-W310 is great due to its reasonable price tag and good quality photos. If you are a serious photographer wanting really high quality photos, I wouldn't advise this camera. Its perfectly acceptable though for people wanting to take snaps of the family and holidays etc. The functions are varied, offering quick options to suit what you are capturing. The USB port connects easily to your computer allowing you to edit and print your photos with ease. The impressive photo option on the camera allows you to take photos without pressing the shutter, just by smiling the camera detects this and releases the shutter button automatically. Overall the camera is smart, reliable with good quality images and video options for the every day budding photographer.
At the cheap end of the scale for a Sony Cyber-shot (top end but non-SLR models retail for around £300) this highly portable little camera with a 35mm equivalent lens is perfect for slipping into your handbag for those moments when you spot the perfect photograph.
Buy beware though: the prices it retails for are highly variable; currently available on Amazon for £99ish, John Lewis stock it for £219, while some other retailers quote an RRP as high as £149.
Small and sleek, it weighs around 140g with dimensions of H55 x W95.5 x D18.5mm and has a fully retractable lens (i.e. virtually undetectable in my handbag at least).
Silver and black options are available (although sometimes this makes a difference in terms of price, which can be irritating if you have no real preference but end up with the most expensive one).
The silver casing is adorned with the Sony brand and the number of megapixels (12.1 - more on this later). The reverse contains a small digital screen in the left bank (6.7 cm wide): user beware, there is no viewfinder like some earlier models of digital camera (and SLRs), so do check that this isn't too small for you to accurately take pictures! The right bank contains the function buttons.
Though advertised at 12.1 megapixels (until a few years ago 5 was the standard maximum), and it does indeed capture very high quality images, it's unclear to quite what extent the additional 7 or so make..... a number of camera whizz-kids I know have questioned whether this makes any real difference. But hey ho, it comes as standard on a relatively basic model, so no more complaining!
Memory included is all but lacking - only 64MB included if I recall correctly. Somewhat sneakily this is never advertised very clearly, and while Memory Sticks that purport to be genuine Sony products are available for sale on Amazon with independent sellers at around £10 for a 4GB option, I was somewhat dubious about this price (as were many of the reviewers), so I preferred to spend another £7 to get what seemed more likely to be the genuine article from Argos. A minor irritation is the fact that the camera isn't compatible with standard memory cards, you have to buy the sony branded option....
A camera case would also be very useful and again, isn't included. Styllish options will probably set you back around another £20.
My final problem is with the lithium ion battery. Many cameras of this level use rechargeable AA batteries, a pack of four of which (of very good quality) can be obtained for £10ish. The Lithium ion batteries retail for £29ish, and while a charger is included in the package, if you want to be charging the battery and using the camera you'll need an (in my opinion) very expensive (Sony branded) replacement. It does feel rather like they're trying to drain you of your cash.... I also get a bit tired of having a charger for every small electrical device in my house!
Features are relatively impressive, with four flash settings for different conditions, an 'automatic smile recognition' function to take portraits and automatic exposure adjustment. The 4 x optical zoom is fairly standard, and while the 8x digital zoom is useful it does create some image distortion.
Software is easy to install and images straightforward to download.
Three stars, mainly because of the fact you're tied into the sony brand.
When you see a Sony Cyber-shot you usually cant go wrong. This model has is 12.1 Megapixel camera which i would say is plenty enough quality for most camera users. It also has 4x optical zoom, this is about standard and i have seen better, but this is generally on more expensive cameras. It has 8x digital zoom but is important to note that photo quality decreases with a digital zoom, whereas this doesn't happen with optical zoom so this is what i tend to focus on.
It is compact and light weight with a sizeable 2.7 inch screen which is plenty big enough for viewing your photos with out much strain on your eyes.
This camera is good for casual 'point and press' camera users as it only has limited control over image adjustment. However it does automatically detect the scenery and adjust the setting to give you the best quality.
The picture quality in lovely and crisp with lots of detail. It can take videos, although only at VGA quality, so probably not the best camera if you want to take lots of videos.
Overall I would defiantly recommend this camera.