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At first i didnt like this camera, it did take a bit getting used to and was quite complicated to use but now i have got used to it i must admit I do love this camera but that is of course personal preference, it is one of the best ones that i have bought by far. It is very nice, looks stylish, slim, and not a bad price for the quality of camera, although there are some cheaper ones on the market which i believe do just as good as this one, but if anyone was to ask I would recommend this to anyone looking to spend a little more, as they say sometimes the more you spend the better quality..
The one negative thing i would mention is taking pictures indoor, they wasnt the best ot be honest, and i would also mention that it does have a bad shutter speed, as this has been around for a while now and might suggest that a different camera would be recommended as there are always updates on techonology, although at the time i bought it it was brilliant and also i am still very happy wih the camera.
Where to start on this camera...
Well, I bought the camera as a replacement for a 5mp fujifilm which was starting to become slightly outdated. After traulling around for hours on end searching for a modern, high performance compact I found this, the Sony Cybershot DSC-W290.
The first appearences of this stylish compact are impressive, a good sized 3" LCD screen provides clear and informative information on the cameras status and set up. The blue colour (on the blue edition) really adds a clean effect and in my opinion improves the cameras looks overall.
**The lens and picture quality**
Another key positive about this camera is its brilliant crystal clear 12mp quality. Mainly thanks to the Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom 28mm wide lens, which provides smooth and respnsive zooming and remarkably clear images, even at full zoom, pictures are still plentiful in colour and of impressive quality. However, the camera isn't as impressive when it comes to dark shots, images appear blurry and unfocused, an overall disappointment and harsh contrast on the cameras other great features.
*Features and settings**
The cameras basic menu consists of everything you'd expect, settings (image size, quality, colours, brightness etc) Media playback (for checking out your previous snaps) and much more. The great thing about this camera is that you can cusomise everything, not only can you use the W290s perfect "intelligent auto-scene" mode (which automatically chooses which shoot mode to use, setting up the likes of focus, exposure etc for you) but you can also manually set up the cameras focus and alike.
Another brilliant feature of the camera is the Smile detection software. Once the top right button has been hit, the camera enters Face detection and when a smile is detected in the image the camera shoots, this enables the consumer to avoid those pain-in-the-neck pictures where here is always one person either ironically looking away or simply just in a grumpy mood. Whilst i'm on the topic of avoiding bad photos there is also a way to avoid photos with a blink in them. Aswell as the above features there are many more, such as the W290's tv/usb all in one cable which enables the user to play their photos back on an HD tv, a nice touch for self satisfaction purposes.
Genuinely brilliant camera for its reasonable price, sharp images, great range of features, easy methods of playback, simple and easy to use button layout and best of all, that wonderful Carl Zeiss lens. Only bad points are the issue of night time pictures and the fact that the battery must be removed in order to charge. Also, eveytime the camera is started, a message stating that the memory card cannot record or play appears, but this is nothing seriuos.