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      25.10.2013 22:59
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      A great camera but you get what you pay for!

      This was my first digital camera I bought, maybe back in 2009? I chose sony because I liked the looks of the cameras and Sony is a good make! This camera was great for what I wanted. It wasn't too much so I wasn't always worrying about having a scratch on it or water damage, and it was light and compact!

      From my experiences, cybershot cameras always have a grey lead attached which is a complete life saver! I've used this camera, along with my newer Sony Cybershot DSCW210S for taking photos in concerts. I had to play around with the settings loads but I finally worked out what worked and I thought some great photos!

      I used to be put off by a lower number of megapixels but I don't really take this into consideration anymore. Most of the time you can't really notice the difference.

      Also , don't think 'oh my phone has more megapixels' that may be true but it doesn't take the photos in the same way.

      Cybershot cameras are a great introduction into the world of photography and there my go to when out and about and I just want to take some extra snaps!!

      A holiday must have!

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        10.10.2012 14:53
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        After more than 5 years I'm still really happy and not looking to replace it.

        I got this camera for a Christmas present whilst at uni. Now 5 or so years on and it is still working great. It's 7.2 mega pixels is plenty to take a good shot of your friends or your holiday snaps, plenty of quality to view them large on the computer or tv or get nice prints made.

        The camera itself has a large screen on the back which can be turned on or off when taking photos. This feature is useful when the sun is so bright that you cannot see the screen.

        There are many pre-set shooting modes, including but not limited to auto adjustment, snow, beach, landscape, twilight, twilight portrait, and an ISO high sensitivity setting. To be honest I mainly just leave it on auto adjustment and it always take a good photo. This year whilst on my honeymoon I decided to try out the beach mode, and whilst photos looked good on the playback mode, once I got home and put them on the tv/computer I realised that they were really dark - I assume the setting tries to do this in case there is a lot of sun reflection from the sea - but I found that any photos of people and the landscape were really too dark, and that those I had taken in the auto mode were much better.

        There are also settings to control the flash on/off, set a timer so you can run and hop into your photo and a macro setting which I am just learning to use. The macro setting is great for when you are taking a photo really close up and want to get lots of detail and depth into the shot.

        Overall, I'm sure there are newer camera around today which have many more fancy settings and a high number of mega pixels, but if you are looking for a great second hand camera, I would suggest that you probably couldn't go too far wrong with this one.

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        24.01.2012 17:29

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        A great camera for all occasions!

        I've bought this camera years ago - it might be as long as four, as far as I can remember, and it never disappointed me in the time I've used it. It has a sleek, lightweight design which means you can take it in your purse as easily as in a camera case/bag.

        It has a lot of different modes, for when it's darker, for when it's really sunny, for snow etc. - and the perfect one for normal situations, marked with green. This usually helps getting your pictures crystal clear, and if they're not it's probably the bad-lighting or shaky hands/movement (or, as it did happen to me quite some times, I'm not on the green mode but some random, different one that doesn't help me). The little 'wheel' can be switched accidentally sometimes, and I advise being careful with its position, as this can make the difference between a good photo and a bad photo.

        The battery life is kind of average - it can last a lot if you don't take too many pictures/too often, but if you do, it goes away quite fast.

        I use the camera for all possible things - when travelling, when taking vanity mirror pictures (!) and also when I feel more artistic. I remember wanting to buy a bigger, more professional camera for my passion towards photography, but then I realized I don't need one! The Sony camera takes very beautiful and clear pictures and for its price it's simply brilliant.

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        06.01.2012 22:07
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        totaly amazed with the camera

        SONY CYBER SHOT DSC-W570
        this was a christmas present and let me say what a suprise it was

        when i opened it i was plesently supprised at the size it fitted in my jeans pocket which was good as i always like to have my camera at hand as you never know when u going to need it .

        its a great 16.1 mega pixel seriously clear picture with face recognition

        5x optical zoom for taking pictures from a far nice on views

        25mm wide angle lens 35 mm format

        and has a 2.7in lcd screen /6.7 cm

        video simmulated screen image

        optical steady shot

        sweep panarama

        this is no ordanary camera its an amaxing piece of carl zeiss equiptment it has a 1080 full hd screen when you attach it to your pc and download the softwear it downloads a calender.
        Everytime you add your photos to the computer it automatically puts the pictures on the calender on the date they were taken
        Videos from the camera are very clear and the flash is very bright it has an opening at the bottom where you put your battery and memory card (sold seperatly ) this camera can hold up to a whopping 16 gig sd memory card but am using a 4 gig sd card at the moment as asda had them on offer 2x4gig for £10 .
        the sweep panaramic for the people that are not sure is when you can take multiple pictures in 1 for instance if you cannot get everything in 1 pic this camera takes 5 pics then cleverly puts them as 1 now that is good for a camera as not all of them have this nifty technic .so far iv used it everyday and only had to charge it once
        iv had the camera nraely 2 weeks

        in the box with the camera you get

        your camera lithion battery

        wrist strap

        charger

        softwear

        usb cable (which can also charge the battery if u r out and about )

        wires to connect it to the telly so you can watch your videos and photos on the tv screen

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          30.01.2011 15:41
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          Simple, lightweight camera with no fuss

          I'm by no means a pro (nor regular) photographer but I purchased a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 about three years ago for those occassions where a camera is required - holidays, birthdays/weddings and nights out with my girlfriends. With this in mind, this camera fitted nicely into my budget at around £130. The requirements that I had for a digital camera were also probably different to more serious photographers - I needed it to be easy to use and lightweight (so that it fits easily into my handbag). This model ticked both boxes!

          How The Product Looks:
          To me, this is a stylish camera. It is slimline and lightweight so fits easily in even my smallest of handbags alongside my purse and mobile phone. The appearance is enhanced by the brushed aluminium fronting - this not only looks good but reduces the appearance of unsightly fingerprints that inevitably appear on more shiny metal surfaces. There is a generously sized screen on the back of the camera too, which has been quite scratched on my camera (probably due to the cramming in handbags that I have done), but this doesn't notice when the camera is in use.

          Ease of Use:
          As I have said, I'm an occassional photographer - and not the greatest with technology either - but I have found this camera really easy to use. It is not overcomplicated with flashy functions but there are still a number of options you can use - for example beach settings, snow settings, low light settings. These are all easily located on a dial at the top right on the back of the camera which you can just turn to select the one you require. I'm still not really familiar with what they all do - I tend to just stick with the one setting that works best for me which is the 'P' setting - the auto setting which adjusts exposure automatically. Other buttons are located on the top of the camera - the flash button, lens zoom and, of course, the button to actually take the pictures!

          The camera is also really easy to connect to your computer to download the pictures. Just wire up as instructed and your computer will tell you what to do next.

          Technical Bits & Picture Quality:
          The camera is 7.2 Mega Pixels, which I have found to give me very clear photos of good quality. The leaflets says that it is high sensitivity (ISO 1000 - though this doesn't mean much to me!), and the screen size is 2.5". The zoom is x3 and battery life is approximately 380 shots. In my experience, the battery doesn't seem to last quite as long as all that, but it doesn't take long to charge so it's never been too much of an issue for me.

          The one problem I experienced early on with this camera was to do with the type of memory card it takes - a Sony Memory Stick rather than the usual SD card. This meant that I could not simply remove the card from my camera and place into my laptop or digital photoframe - instead I had to purchase a memory stick for my computer which luckily fitted into my photoframe (not all digital frames have this option).

          Overall:
          I'm really pleased with this camera and the quality of pictures it has produced. It is reliable and easy to use and convenient to carry around. Definitely good value for money.

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            04.08.2010 15:36
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            Reputable brand with a brilliant price

            When looking to purchase a camera I wanted one which looked very stlish and also had a good camera to go with it. I purchased it for more than what you can now but at the time it was more than worth the money I spent on it.

            When looking at the camera i think that the advantages of t are that firstly the brand Sony is known to be very reputable and all of its products are of excellent quality. Another thing that this camera brings is that it feels very good when it is in your hands which some cameras dont as they feel a bit chunky which could make it awkward.

            If I was going to give any dis-advantages about this camera it would probably be the battery life and you may find yourself charging it quite a bit. Aslong as you charge it before you go somewhere though you should be fine for your journey.

            Overall I think for the price that it is going for now it is an absoloute bargain and I would recommend this camera for anyone as it is a very good camera which offers the user everything that they will need to get a good shot.

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              01.07.2010 13:01
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              Definitely worth it for the price.

              I put my W55 before holidaying in Australia and found it to be very versatile. I took photos in the blazing sunshine, and the pitch black of caves (literally, you couldn't see anything til the flash went off!), I took family shots and I took shots of cricketers during the Ashes in Perth. The shots were always crisp and clear, even with the action shots with little blurring involved.

              It wasn't always easy to see the screen in the direct sunshine, but there is also a traditional view finder to help in such circumstances. There 7.2 mega pixels don't really make any difference when looking through your photos on the LCD screen (which is a good size at 2.5 inches) but once on a computer the resolution makes a big difference. My girlfriend spoke to a professional photographer once about whether the more mega pixels the better and they said that at a certain point the extra pixels become redundant unless you're looking to make it a profession. I'd say that to my eye 7.2 mega pixels is more than enough!

              The optical zoom is x3 using a Carl Zeiss lens which I've been led to believe is one of the best. The digital zoom is x6, which means once the photo has been taken you can zoom in further and crop as needed. There are a number of different functions, such as shooting in low light, taking pictures in sepia, B&W etc. and they are easy to negotiate using the menu option and click wheel in the top right hand corner.

              The only thing I found was that it's not very durable - I dropped it once on the street when the lens was extended and that was it, kapput. But since I found it so easy to use and gave such good photos even for someone as unskilled at taking photos as me, I went out and bought another! That latest one has lasted about 3 years, but it's now starting to mess up - the shooting modes seemingly changing when it feels like it which is very frustrating so I'll be on the look out for a new camera soon.

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                23.06.2010 13:23
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                An excellent, affordable in-your-pocket camera.

                Back in the soft-lit days of my rapidly diminishing youth (admittedly, not actually *that* long ago), I toyed with the idea of being a photographer. I also wondered whether I was sufficiently able to be a painter, writer, graphic designer, cartoonist, filmmaker, architect or dice inspector. As it turned out, I wasn't. Whilst I was discovering that I wasn't quite good enough at taking photos, I bought several SLRs for varying sums that I later regretted, as I never felt like I was doing justice to the near-endless range of things they could do.

                In my relative old-age, then, I've discovered conventional point-and-click cameras are rather more to my liking - I don't feel nearly as inadequate. While I'm sure there's a world of finer details to get lost in amongst other fancier and flashier cameras, I'm quite happy that mine just takes pictures - and occasionally some pretty good ones.

                Released around three years ago, this model has been left behind for specs a little - the more recent version of the Cybershot has nearly double the megapixels and a slightly better zoom, is slightly lighter and has a fractionally larger digital display. However, amongst the multitude of features, there's the particularly creepy "Smile Shutter", which won't take a picture until the subject is grinning with suitable enthusiasm. They're becoming self-aware ...

                These details aside, though, this is much the same camera as the newest models, with a large display, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, Carl Zeiss lens and smooth, slick looks. Although it lacks a strictly manual mode, there are a good range of settings that can be fiddled with and tweaked to your liking, and as such, this camera represents a good model for beginners and those demanding little from their cameras, much as it does for those looking for something which produces good results and rewards care and skill without the complexity, size and price tag of a D(digital)SLR.

                Looks-wise (because aren't we all this shallow ...), the Cybershot is a neat, attractive and - most importantly - extremely intuitive piece of design. This is a clean, simple product with all its most important and common functions immediately at hand. Or finger, rather. The recessed power button sits on the top alongside the shutter button, which autofocuses pretty quickly and accurately on half-compression. This AF (switch between centre- and multi-point) seems to work pretty well, picking out the object or area of interest clearly and with a happy, compliant ping-pong sound. I like the ping-pong sound. The zoom ring encircles the shutter button, and a little flick left or right with your index finger gives a decent level of control, although it can be a little over-sensitive.

                On the rear, a large, bright screen dominates, with a function wheel allowing you to cycle between options (snowscape, portrait, beach scene, automatic, program etc.), each with slightly different settings. I tend to leave mine on program with a few tweaked options to suit my preferences, and there's not a world of difference between the notches of the wheel. The movie function's a neat addition, which records surprisingly high-quality images with reasonable sound. A second, four-pointed dial controls brightness settings, flash, a natty macro function and the timer, while three small buttons tally with the erase function, options menu and display settings. If there's one criticism of a generally excellent piece of design, it's that the button for switching between the gallery and capture settings is a bit fiddly, requiring the intervention of a nail at times, but this is picking at nits in truth.

                For what you're paying, and the type of camera you're buying, images are generally very good. The camera copes admirably well with outdoors shots, and in bright sunlight manages to create some nice sharp contrasts between dark and light with minimal sun flare. The aforementioned macro feature is excellent, accurately rendering colour and detail and producing some distinctive shots with little fuss. I find portraiture less satisfying, as people's features are sometimes a little washed-out, although that may say more for my ability than the camera's attributes. If there is a failing to its arsenal, the zoom (3x optical/6x digital) tends to produce pictures that can be slightly unfocused; at full extension, the camera struggles somewhat to find the same quality it possesses unzoomed. In low light, there's also a tendency to falter - the twilight modes go some way to addressing this, and there are options to change the ISO level, but the picture quality suffers predictably. All in all though, this camera delivers some great images for a cheapish pocket model.

                The battery recharges quickly and is easy to remove and replace, and has some real staying power - you need to use it pretty intensively to run down the charge, making the camera ideal for holidays or excursions when you're away from a power point for a while. It's never let me down on my travels, and will continue to be taken - I see no need to upgrade when this model serves me so well.

                The Cybershot W55 cost me around £150 new, and seems to be available for around £100 online at present, although I'd hope you'd be able to find it for less than that. For a straightforward, easy-to-use and intuitive pocket camera, this is a excellent product that balances quality with accessibility and should have broad appeal.

                A few examples of the camera's capabilities (and mine!) can be found here: http://photos.igougo.com/pictures-m635141-s1-Niiko-travel_photos.html

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                  05.01.2010 01:28
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                  Stylish Compact camera and very affordable

                  I absolutely love my Sony Cyber-shot camera. I bought it just over a year ago, for my husband's Christmas, but I use it far more than him.

                  A lovely light, compact digital camera, which is also very sleek and stylish. It comes in a gorgeous brushed aluminium and it does take great pictures.

                  The sony Cyber-shot has a 2.5" LCD screen and with 7.2 Megapixels, it takes crisp, clear pictures. The lens offers a 3 x optical zoom range, which means you can get really close up shots.

                  I take a lot of pictures, of the kids, garden, pup and also items to sell on ebay and I always find them to be clear and crisp with a very good colour.

                  My son loves it's ability to make movies and has made quite a few of his friends and also his most favourite subject, our 11 month old pup. It doesn't only capture a moving image but the sounds as well and this can all be played back on your television.

                  The only thing I would say I am not happy with is the battery. The camera uses a special official Sony battery. This is rechargeable and the charger is included, but how long the battery will last is anyone's guess. The replacement batteries will cost around £20, which seems very steep when the actual camera was only in the range of £100.
                  I do think it would have been better if you could have used everyday batteries.

                  At the end of the day though, this is still a great little camera, that takes brilliant pictures and comes at an affordable price.

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                    18.07.2009 07:23

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                    Thoroughly recommend!

                    I bought a Cyber-shot a few years ago and was disappointed because the battery ran out relatively quickly and it was very expensive to replace. However, I saw this reasonably-priced DSC-W55 and thought I would take a risk.

                    I have no regrets. I've had it for almost a year and I absolutely love it! It's light-weight, very stylish and takes excellent photos.

                    I'm not one for fancy cameras with complicated functions, so this Cyber-shot is perfect for me. Anyone can use it and you don't even need to delve into the instruction manual every five minutes like you need to for some other cameras.

                    My favourite feature is the 'twighlight' function where I've taken some dramatic night-time shots.

                    I also recommend it for families with young children who need a sturdy model. Our child has thrown this around several times and it has not damaged it in any way.

                    I'm still wary of the battery running out and I know it won't be cheap to replace. For the time being, I thoroughly recommend!

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                    02.07.2009 14:13
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                    Great camera particularly for new comers or anyone just looking for a good solid camera!

                    This was my first digital camera and it is unlikely that I will be looking to upgrade it any time soon. This camera is utterly superb. It can be found at quite reasonable prices of just over £100 and this is a complete bargain.

                    I attend a lot of concerts and I love to take videos of the gigs that I go to and although not specifically a video camera, the videos that the camera can take are fantastic. Normally at concerts when you record footage all you can hear is crackling and the odd scream, well the Cybershot records the sound perfectly and I've uploaded many of my videos onto youtube and people have been impressed by the quality, mainly due to it being from a digital camera.

                    My only real complaints with the camera itself is the zoom function, it can struggle to find the centre of the image sometimes when completely zoomed in and you are unable to change the zoom while you're recording a video.

                    Picture quality is however pretty good on the camera especially for the low price point. It also has all the features that you can require for different scenarios like nightime photography or where you can't use a flash.

                    It is also quite easy to use due to the spin-wheel which gives you instant access to the different types of settings that you are able to use.

                    The camera may only be 7.2mp but even today that seems to be enough for most people and you will find this camera very useful and will have a lot of enjoyment from using it. If you pick one up don't forget to get a 2 GB memory card so you can store all your photos and videos!

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                    22.06.2009 21:55

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                    Good camera to use for amateur use

                    I received this camera for christmas and it has been ideal. The picture quality is good, at 7.2 mega pixels it means that most photos will be fine as an amateur user - if you are thinking of taking professional photos then this is probably not for you. The picture quality is brilliant - better than a couple of other cameras I have tried which have a similar spec but the photos didn't seem as sharp with the other cameras for some reason.

                    You can store some photos on the camera but not many but mine came with a 512mb memory card as part of the deal. The features on the camera are really easy to use with a wheel showing the functions such as night, landscape (distance), portrait (close ups) and video. The video function is good although takes up a lot of memory as expected. The screen on the back of the camera provides a clear picture both for taking photos and checking they are ok.

                    The camera looks good and can easily be carried in your pocket without too many problems.

                    One down side for me is that I accidentally broke the battery holder lid and it will cost about a quarter of the value of the camera to replace it but it was more my fault than the product.

                    Overall, I would definately recomment this this camera to anyone as it is available for a decent price and there is no real need to splash out loads of money on something else when this will provide you with all that you need in a camera.

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                    13.05.2009 21:31
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                    Would recommend for snap happy daughters

                    I bought the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 camera for my daughter at Christmas. Her old Samsung 2Mp camera had taken one too many drops and needed replaced.

                    Having bought one of the earlier Cyber-shots some years ago (the 3.2 Mp one) I was drawn to try this one out and I was very impressed.

                    Many companies just bring out higher specs for the sake of it. Sony goes that one step better; there were loads of improved features from my old camera. Including the introduction of optical zoom and the Carl Zeiss lens and improved software options available via the lcd screen at the back.

                    I like the feel of this camera, it's the right size for a compact camera; you can fling it in your pocket or tote-bag when you're not using it. It's the right weight for a compact camera, not light and feeling as though it will break at the slightest knock. It just feels RIGHT.

                    The picture quality is great, as you'd expect from a Sony.

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                    28.04.2009 19:27
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                    A compact pocket-sized digital unit that has a digital appeal

                    SPRING AND SUMMER ARE THE BUSIEST times of the year for travelling and I can not imagine myself of not having a digital camera to take photos during these seasons. Camera is always my priority gadget to be carried along both in travelling and attending important gatherings.

                    Despite the threat of Swine Flu this week, I could not stop myself planning my next trip to Scotland (where the first case of the infection started in the UK) in June. This is also the time again to test and prove that Sony DSC W55 has the "x-factor" - topping the digital chart.

                    The model hit the market in the early of 2007 and I bought it in April of that year. My brother influenced me to buy this unit after I have used his W70 model when I forgot to bring the battery charger of my old Olympus IR500 during my short visit to the Philippines. There are no major differences in the functionality between these two models (W70 and W55), except for the price which I chose the cheaper one in Curry's at a promotional offer of £149.99, excluding the memory card and carrying case.

                    Having used this unit for almost two years now, it really served its purpose - documenting my passion in photography as well as my interest in filming. This is the reason why I want to share my experience on its functionality that is comparable to other brands available in the market today. The highlights of my review mainly focus on the things beyond the basic specifications of the unit. I discovered them by accidental or experimental while exploring its built-in buttons and menus which are easy to navigate. In other words, these are the "x-factors" of the unit that really stands out from the rest of the cyber-shot models, and delivering the same quality of photos taken from SLR units.

                    What are these x-factor features and minor inconveniences of Sony DSC W55?

                    1. Accident happens and I dropped this unit several times. Due to its compactness and exterior finishing metal casing, it does not really make a mark from the hard fall. Even the wide screen, only slight scratches are noticeable and not affecting the quality of the photos. Because of its lightness, weighing 116 grams, the unit can easily carry inside the pocket or in small compartments of a backpack. Thus, it is more durable than the stylish touch-screen models nowadays.

                    2. Due to its design and size, it is comfortable to carry and hold it while taking photos like "paparazzi" style. No instruction manual needed for asking other people to take my own poses or even taking it by myself. In some situation, blurredness can not be avoided, however, using tripod or having a stable location to place the unit somehow eliminate this problem. This is also the time when the self-timer function is used which allows everyone to be included in the photo.

                    3. It also survives in extreme situations. I used it while visiting Spain, Italy and France in summer last year and my 2007 Xmas holiday in Canada and the US. The camera could stand in high and low temperatures without affecting the clarity of the images. Sometimes moisture and dust are accumulated at the surface of the lens, but this is not a problem. Make sure to wipe it with a dry cloth or just a quick blow towards the lens. Always turn-off if it is not in use and it keeps inside your pocket or inside a small carrying case.

                    4. Having a viewfinder in the camera is an added comfort especially during sunny days when the rays of the sun are directly reflected to the LCD screen which causes nuisances to the eyes. It is more convenient to hold the camera closer to the eyes for steady focus and grip of the unit. Majority of the current digital cameras disregard this functionality.

                    5. The presence of a large liquid crystal display (LCD) measuring 2.5 inches (larger than DSC W35 and similar to DSC W70 models) provides an excellent view of the image itself, including access to the menu system of the camera. It allows to show or display useful information such as follows: remaining capacity of the battery and the memory card, histogram and other functionality to improve the quality of the image in terms of colour, ISO and flash levels, and formatting.

                    6. It can also capture a minimal number of images without a flash memory card. With a limited internal memory capacity (56 MB), it can only store few images (approximately less than 20 shots), and then easy to transfer these images to the memory card duo media for sharing and printing. The size of the memory card is also compatible with my Sony Vaio notebook's card slot.

                    7. Having a 7.2 megapixels allows larger prints (A4 size) and to minimise distortion of the image while using the 3X times optical zoom lens. The camera has a high sensitivity level of ISO 1000 which is beneficial when there is a limited source of light or flash is not allowed. However, maximising this functionality affects the quality of the image and "noise" is visible.

                    8. A full-charged Lithium ion battery can take up to a maximum of 380 images. In my experience, I can use the camera for a whole day shooting. The main concern is when video function is used requiring additional power to continue filming, consequently draining the battery easily. For this unit, the battery is rechargeable and included in the purchase which is more convenient than having disposable batteries.

                    9. The longevity of the battery is a common concern to all cameras especially when the flash memory card can hold up to more than 300 images, including short video clips. But this is not a major issue if you have an extra battery to back-up as well as having a regular charging of the battery every day. To avoid disappointments while travelling, it is recommended to transfer the photos from the camera to the computer every day.

                    10. Aside from still images, the camera can capture VGA (640X480) audio-video clips which can be easily edited using Windows movie maker and shared them through YouTube website. YouTube creates functionality for embedding videos to my existing travel blogsites. In addition for a larger viewing, the cables and software for television set or projector connection are also included in the purchase. My only concern with filming using this unit is that, zooming in/out function can not be used on the time of filming, but will be adjusted before filming a scene or subject which is not a hassle at all. In taking videos, it is manageable to record not more than 2 minutes for easy downloading/uploading, editing or sharing the clips online.

                    11. In terms of the quality of the image, there are several ways to test this camera's functionality. The menu system provides all the various options to get the best image depending on the subject being shot and its location. For example, ISO function is recommended for indoor location; landscape mode for panoramic and outdoor settings; snow function can be used in foggy and night scenes; while auto adjustment and program auto modes suitable for normal conditions. The macro function is also noticeable which gives an excellent result. However, this unit is not intended for this feature but still it can captures a closer angle of the subject (almost 1.5 inches to the subject, without using the zoom lens). Other functionalities include colouring modes, lighting modes, flash levels, red eye reduction, and zoom in/out.

                    Unfortunately, there is no panoramic function in the camera comparable to my old Olympus IR500. Another minor dissatisfaction of the unit is taking moving objects and during dark/night scenes which always show blurry results. Unluckily, until now I could not find the right adjustments to get a satisfactory outcome. Another thing to remember is always "turn-off" the flash or set it in an auto mode especially outdoor location. Excessive exposure to light somehow ruins the clarity of the photos and frequent usage of flash deteriorates the battery life.

                    12. Finally, shutter speed and aperture are two main functions in this unit that are also having big influence in the quality of the images from SLR (single-lens-reflex) cameras as the majority of the professional photographers are patronising nowadays. In this unit, these functions are automatically set which the shutter speeds are within a range between 1- 1/2000 seconds and the available apertures are f2.8 (wide) and f5.2 (telephoto). In simple terms, shutter speed is the duration of time when the shutter is open to allow light to reach the image sensor; while aperture determines the size of the opening of the lens to allow the light to enter. It means that this unit has the characteristic that allows users to adjust the levels of sharpness and contrast (depth of field) in taking photographs.


                    OVERALL, THIS SONY DSC MODEL did not disappoint me until now even that I have already bought an Olympus 790 for underwater shooting and as a back-up partner in exploring the world of photography and film. This is a compact pocket-sized digital unit that has an appeal for both photo hobbyists and professional users in terms of functionalities and appearance.

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                      The price is too high for its capabilities, so in other words it is not worth buying.

                      You are probably searching for a quality digital camera for pictures at an affordable price and stumbled upon Sony CyberShot DSC W55. From my experience I have to advise you not buy this camera. I managed to sell it recently and get another model from a different brand.
                      The problems I've encountered with the Sony:
                      1. The user interface is complicated to use, consisting of multiple menus for each mode you are in. If you are in a specific mode and need a feature to reduce the brightness because you just can't distinguish anything, you can't access that feature, as it is located in a different menu, in another mode.
                      You can't learn about the interface from the manual because things are not logic.
                      2. Picture quality. Yes, you can capture great pictures but only accidentally or when you are outside in the natural light. Otherwise, you can struggle as much as you like, your pictures will be blurry if the subject moves just for a second. You need to keep the camera still for several seconds and take pictures with stones if you want clear images.
                      3. Video quality - bad, meaning that you'll see subtle lines in the images, and no video clip will be clear. Yeah, you can try shooting in the woods, so you won't distinguish those lines from leafs.
                      4. Price is too high for what it knows to do.

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                    • Product Details

                      The slim, compact DSC-W55 model sports 7.2-megapixel imager and precision Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lenses. It combines traditional, eye-level viewfinder with large LCD screen for easy framing and viewing of photos. The W55 camera makes a splash with a 2.5-inch LCD screen wrapped in a metal body. This model features 3x optical zoom capability, blur-reduction technology (ISO), and substantial internal memory for shooting without a media card. Its storage capacity can be expanded further with an optional Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo flash media card.