Product Type: Sony digital cameras
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Quality camera for the casual user
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510
Member Name: BRoyJenkins
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510
Advantages: Looks good, takes good pictures, is a good size, IS CHEAP
Disadvantages: None for me
I can't say I'm as technologically proficient as some of the others reviewing this product on the site, but I can say, for me anyway, this is a very good camera.
Although the camera is not primarily in use by me - this is my sister's device - I've had time to come to grips with it and it's a pretty impressive model. We've been using this for about a year now, since an inferior camera took a slight fall during a drinking session and immediately got itself destroyed. With this camera, for everyday use like photographing day trips, holidays and nights out, I've still to come across any negatives that would be cause for complaint.
The zoom function is great and lacks the huge amount of distortion seen on most cameras. Without zoom, the picture quality is nice and sharp, complete with red-eye reduction and a good flash (which you can turn on or off; I've had previous cameras where it decides for you, which can get very annoying very fast). The menu is easy to navigate, which is good if you're like me, lazy and completely useless at using anything remotely technological.
The video option also looks good, while the sound quality of the videos is pretty clear when played back. The battery lasts well too, which is something else I've had gripes with with previous cameras, though obviously using video runs it down quicker than just taking photographs. Still, you're less likely to run out with this one just when you're about to take that one crucial picture.
The camera design itself is one of the reasons why my sister bought the camera, as I imagine is often the case with casual photographers choosing their model. Like all Sony products, it looks sleek and modern, with a simple black chrome and silver colour scheme. I suppose the picture quality should be the main concern, but the camera looks pretty suave regardless. It's also very compact, so you can just stick it in your pocket for when you're out and about. It all points to the fact that this camera was probably designed for casual users like myself; serious photographers would, I imagine, have to look elsewhere.
For the price the camera is available at at the moment, you really can't go wrong. It looks great, it takes good pictures, it's compact and it does its job as a quick-use, regular Joe's camera.
Summary: Quality camera for the casual user
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