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I bought this to get some digital images for some web pages I was working on. It was a good excuse to buy a great toy. Two of my friends recommended it to me and had been using it for a while. I bought it for about £600 pounds from internet cameras direct but I did get some extras that do not come as standard, but more on them shortly. The camera is simplicity itself to use, plug the battery in and put the memory stick in and switch on. Away you go, point, view and click and if you don't like what you end up with then delete it and take another one. The camera is very easy to use with it's backlit lcd display and on screen menus. There are a few effects and features that really provide more functionality than I would ever want. For stills it can produce high quality images that are up to 1600x1200 resolution. These take up quite a bit of space on the memory stick though. But if you lower the resolution a touch then you can get loads of good quality holiday snap pictures on a memory stick. For video clips - this cannot really be used as a camcorder but it is nice to be able to take some short video clips, These can be done in two levels of quality: high (320x240?) which can last up to 15 secs, and low (about half of high quality) and these can last for about a minute. Transferring to the PC can be a bit of a pain with the standard cable, but it does work okay. The battery life is very good and I think I am only on my second battery in the year and a half I have had the camera. I do not use it all the time, but it does get used frequently, for holidays, family gatherings etc. The worst feature is when you try to use it at night - nothing shows up on the LCD, until you have taken the photo, so because there is not a viewfinder you are working in the dark in more ways than one! Aim it and pray. Once the flash has taken the picture you can see how well you did, but you may need to take a couple of pict
ures to get the one that you want. Extras that I bought and I would recommend: 1. Case - the camera does not come with one and for a camera this expensive they tend not to bounce very well, so get a case. (£15) 2. Floppy disk adapter - allows you to put the memory sick into a floppy disk and insert into the PC and then copy the files using file manager - This make life very easy. (£60) However please be aware that the software will not work on a multiprocessor system, obviously you must be using a multiprocessor operating system for this to be a problem. 3. More memory sticks - I got 2x 32 MB sticks and I can fit at least 100 average quality photos on each stick. This is a lot more than on the standard 4MB stick. The case even has two pouches for more memory sticks. Overall this is an excellent camera that I am glad I found a good excuse to buy.
I have recently bought the Cybershot F-55 thanks to dooyoo for the funds. It only cost me £250 due to the fact it was an ex-dislay model with battery,charger & memory stick missing. The list price is £695 but can be found at around the £480 mark. The camera is usualy sold with 4mb memory stick & battery, charger, mains adapter, software etc. The camera itself is a very smart design looks & feels like a normal fully automatic camera the build standard is of very high quality as you would expect from Sony. It has a Carl Ziess lens which is excellent quality, featuring a 2" LCD which has a backlight which I found to work very well even in strong sunlight. As I normaly wear glasses I find the LCD a lot easier to use than an optical viewfinder but other users may find the lack of one a disadvantage.The lens will rotate 180 degrees enabling you to take a picture of yourself.It also has a timer facility for groupshots & any pictures you don't like can be deleted. With 2.1 megapixels the pictures produced are of high quality, there are 3 qualities of shot available to suit all occasions e mail, normal & fine for the purists, the pictures can be taken in 5 modes, normal, b&w, sepia, negative & pyhcadelic ( not tried that yet) offering some very interesting effects. Three different sizes of shot can be selected as well as short video clips, length dependant on size of memory stick. The setup was very easy as is using the camera, I bought the floppy disc adapter to save on battery life for the downloads. The battery is a rechargeable one offering a distinct advantage over many cheaper models! This may not be the cheapest camera offering 2.1 megapixels but the addition of the video clips lifts this camera into a higher class without the extra £200 or so for other cameras with this feature. This is a very hight quality camera with plenty of additional features to make your photo's more fun. The memory stick medi
a can be used in other Sony products & is available up to a capacity of 64mg. As this is my first digital camera I have been very pleased with the results I have achieved with next to no knowledge!