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the first digital camera i had was a kodak and ive stuck with those for around 4 years,but when i first saw this i thought id push the boat out a little and buy something a little more expensive.....and ive not looked back since!! LOOKS AND PRACTICALITY... This camera is amazingly compact,it fits easily in the palm of your hand yet somehow manages to harbor a 2.5" LCD screen.When the camera is not operational it a perfectly flat rectangle on every side but for the top which makes it great to carry in the pocket.The camera itself is very light yet made from a very tough,and very durable metal,which does not scratch or dent easily,mark my words:) SCREEN... At 2.5" the screen is a great size,large enough to see your pictures and what your about to shoot,yet not so over whelming that it takes over the camera.The screen is very durable and even rattling around in my pocket has not left it with any blemishes on.Although it does get dirty pretty easily! PICTURE/IMAGE QUALITY... At 6mega pixels it doesnt boaster the largest resolution on the market but it does put them to better use than some of the much larger 10 mega pixel camera.My friend just bought a 10mega pixel camera from dixons,a samsung at 109.99 think it was,and the picture quality on this cybershot reigns supreme.There are 7 different functions on the camera that aid picture quality,the usual sort of landscape,portrait,night mode,beach mode,etc these all work much better than ive experienced on other cameras,especially the beach mode,which takes the shine of water and sand! BATTERY... Takes forever to charge at 4.5 hours but when full will last long enough for you to take in the region of 400 snaps! OTHER... This camera takes the usual sony memory duo memory card,it has an optical zoom,which is a little lacking at 3.0 but has a digital zoom of more than double that.The flash is very powerful and doesnt battery drain too heavily.Another slight down is the flaps that protect the charger and battery slots etc,feel a little flimsy so just be careful with those.A great camera for almost anybody
I bought this camera last summer before I went to Seville in Spain. This is an excellent camera for anyone who is baffled by cameras or technology in general, as the camera has been designed to be very user friendly. As well as a simple point-and-shoot setting, other scene modes are available by twizzling the dial on the side of the LCD screen, and you don't have to know what they mean as an explanation is displayed on the screen. The movie function also takes footage in good clarity - good if you're somewhere where a camcorder is not appropriate. The second big seller for this camera is the rechargeable lithium battery supplied. So much easier and cost effective than AA batteries, that it is worth paying for when choosing a camera. When on holiday, the battery lasted for days even with me constantly checking every photo. The only thing missing, is that it would be nice if they supplied a case, something rare with modern cameras.
I love this camera. The best digital camera I've used so far. The screen displays exactly what you are using and it's not complicated. The battery life is long and displayed on the screen, which means you can keep an eye on whether it needs recharging. I find the movie feature excellent. Here's how, turn the dial to movie and the icon appears onscreen press the top button to start recording and to stop, simple! Therefore, there is no need to wade through the manual. The zoom is placed around the main top button and performs well, and to navigate around the picture you use the large outer circular button at the rear bottom right. This lower button is not too small, otherwise it would be awkward to use. The delete procedure is not too easy, therefore preventing accidental deletion. However, it is straight forward. One excellent feature is the small automatic cover that prevents damage to the lens. I would like to see some type of protective cover for the rear screen, although most digital cameras have a similar exposed screen. Therefore, I simply place the camera in a soft cloth bag. Overall I find the camera small, compact and clear to use.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Series is an ideal camera for starting out right in digital photography, combining the quality of 6.0 megapixels and Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, the performance of High Sensitivity mode for great low-light shots, the simplicity of on-screen Function Guide for easy setup, and the convenience of 32 MB Internal Memory for shooting images in-camera.