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A Fantastic Compact Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350
Member Name: willeaston
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350
Advantages: Small size is a great asset, HD video, wide angle lens is good quality and the camera looks sleek.
Disadvantages: Some image softness and granularity, can't charge by USB
This compact camera is a gem, providing a way to take snapshots without having to carry around a large SLR. Sony have managed to pack a lot of features into the extremely small body, although not with 100% success rate.
The lens is wide angle and capable of taking high quality photos, as well as being able to zoom whilst filming video which is a plus, although there is a bit of a grinding noise when you do this. Images can become slightly grainy at ISOs, but I'm assuming that you won't be using this for photo shoots, so this probably isn't much of an issue.
Image Stabilisation is a fantastic feature, which enables you to avoid using flash in low light. The W350's image stabilisation works well in low light, and paired with the fairly sensitive sensor in this camera, flash can be avoided in most situations to prevent those harsh shadows and flat looking images. It's a good job the sensor and image stabilisation are so good because the flaThis compact camera is a gem, providing a way to take snapshots without having to carry around a large SLR. Sony have managed to pack a lot of features into the extremely small body, although not with 100% success rate.
Video is filmed in 720pHD, which is surprisingly good quality, although unsurprisingly sound is tinny, so you're better off sticking with your dedicated camcorder for shooting family videos.
The build quality is sleek and shiny, as with most Sony products. The brushed aluminium body gives the camera a futuristic look, and the body also stays clean rather well, finger prints are not an issue. The SDcard slot is somewhat flimsy, which may become an issue with extensive use.
Battery life is what you would expect from a compact camera, so far it has been good. Replacement batteries aren't cheap, so trying to make the most of your first one is important. Charging must be done externally which is annoying, but not a huge complaint.
Summary: It will fit in most pockets easily, but it won't replace your SLR.
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