Product Type: Sony digital cameras
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Great camera dfor the every-day photographer
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510
Member Name: kathboo
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510
Advantages: Looks good, good quality pictures, good range of functions
Disadvantages: Slight delay on capturing images
Under no circumstances do I profess to be the next David Bailey; I do like a good camera though to capture those all important moments that we will treasure in years to come. Likewise, I am in constant search of that perfect image to print, frame and have hanging proudly on my living room wall. Much to the dismay of proffessional photographers I'm sure, I feel the need for them is dwindling in this day and age - with modren technology and cameras such as this one, the average person (potentially) has the ability to create an almost professional looking photograph without the need to re-mortgage the house!
Easy as ABC
The ease of use is one of the most important aspects of this camera to me. Unfortunately, I do not have the required patience to sit and read through a hefty instruction manual and identify all the different components and functionalities of the camera. Admittedly if I did, I would surely benefit more in the long run but I like to get on with snapping pictures and learn the rest through trial and error along the way. The buttons along the top panel simply consist of an on/off switch and the capture button - easy peasy. It has a lovely large display to see the pictures you are about to take and to view pictures already taken, with the option to scroll through them and delete any if desired. There are 11 different settings on a dial that you can choose from in order to get the perfect image depending on conditions, including a selection from 'twilight', 'beach', 'snow', 'landscape' 'soft background' and it also gives a brief explanation of the situation in which this setting would be best. A really good thing I found is the 'movie' setting. With this you can make short videos that you can view on the camera and transfer to your computer just the same as a standard photograph. There is also a timer function available so no more giving your precious camera to strangers and hoping they don't make a run for it in order to take a picture of yourselves. There is a switch that gives the option to zoom in or out on an image which is great as it means you do not have to get too close to your subject - very helpful in certain circumstances!
A sleek snapper
This is a good looking camera. It is silver in colour and a small, sleek, sophisticated piece of kit. The size of it is quite surprising really considering the amount of functions it is capable of performing, but then again this is the case in many new items of technology. It is therefore lightweight so is easy to carry round for a spur of the moment snap - much faster than fiddling round on your mobile phone trying tofind your camera application, by which time the object in question to photograph has normally vanished! The lens at the front automatically extends when the camera is switched on and retracts when switched off, which keeps it safe and tidy too. As I mantioned, the screen to view photos on is of a good ssize which is helpful.
A lasting impression
Not only can the camera give you many high qaulity lasting impressions, the Sony Cybershot is one in itself. I personally have had mine for approximately 4 years and I have never had a problem witth the mechanisms of it. It may be quite small but it has had it's fare share of drops, scrapes and has survived many a bumpy ride in the bottom of my handbag. It cost about £120 new so is probably a bit dearer now but I think it is worth it. It doesn't require batteries, it comes with a charger insid which can be inserted into the carger tha it comes with, plugged in, and it's ready to go again when the light turns green; ence there are no expensive batteries to keep replacing.
My only criticism, which is slight, is that just occasionally there is a slight delay of approx 1-2 seconds when presing the capture button to take the photo. This doesn't happen often but when it does it is frustrating as the moment I wanted to capture can have changed in the tme it has taken to take the picture. However, this has never caused me any major issue as it happens so infrequently.
I would recommend this camera for anyone who wants what a camera should do and more. Perhaps the more serious photographer would want a camera with even more functions but it is ideal for my needs
Summary: A good overall camera
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