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The DSC-P5 is easy to use, virtually fool-proof on automatic. But you also get to mess around with the controls if that's your thing (macro, forced flash, long exposure, focus etc), however, I've found that the camera rarely gets it wrong if left fully automatic. The saturation of colours is superb, particularly in bright sunlight, but this little fella even copes with British skies, picking out bags of detail on even the most overcast of days. The only thing I can't seem to control is the depth of field, however this is not really a problem. After all, I'm not trying to be an artist, I just want a dependable snap-happy camera and the Sony DSC-P5 delivers again and again. The screen on the camera is fairly small, but very bright. Once you've taken a picture, you can zoom in to make sure it's really in focus. If it is, great, if not, delete it and take the picture again, as many times as you want until you've got the shot you're after. 3.2 Mega pixels is certainly enough to get your 5x7's printed at Jessops (or Asda for that matter - cheaper) The pin sharp pictures are easy to load onto your PC with all the supplied software. It's small and lightweight, yet reasuringly solid, making it perfect to keep with you for that unexpected photo opportunity. Oh, and don't forget, it's A SONY! Dependable, stylish, enduring quality blah blah blah! You can't go wrong. I went the whole hog and bought a 128Mb Memory stick as well, which can hold up to 81 images at excellent resolution. Of course, I did buy mine in Malaysia and spent just £400 including the extra 128Mb, but I would recommend getting extra memory if you can afford to, it just makes the camera so much more useful. A final word on the other gadgety things the DSC-P5 can do, ie, mini video clips to email, adding sound to pictures. Remember that these are just gimmicks. If you want a video
camera, then get one, but don't expect this camera's 2nd job to be anything other than a mild diversion. Stick to using it as it's meant to be used, taking simply gorgeous pictures, quickly and effortlessly.
Ok if you are considering buying a digital camera but are getting really confused because you're actually getting TOO MUCH advertisement and you're seeing TOO MANY products on the digital cameras market ....... let me help you. This will NOT be a technical opinion on how happy or unhappy i am with my pixels, zoom and other ermmmm stuff about my SONY digital camera. It will be a simple description of what i think as a non technical person. I've had my digital camera since Christmas. It's small = GREAT, easy to pack in your bag or suitcase just make sure you buy a case to protect it. It's light = GREAT, for the same reasons. See above. There aren't too many buttons = GREAT, the lesser the better as far as i'm concerned. I don't want to have to remember which button needs pressing for which function while i have this great thing in front of me i want to photograph RIGHT NOW. All functions appear on the small screen = GREAT, it's like a reminder (a second husband in a way) that helps you go through the process. Do you want this picture to be black and white, or sepia or in colour? Just click on the appropriate choice. Quality of the finished pictures = GREAT, as it turned out, i have printed all my Christmas pictures taken with my Sony digital camera on my photo printer; and these pictures were beautiful Christmas presents for the whole family! BUT, i suppose i have to say there's a small feature that i'm not completely happy with: the ON/OFF button. It is so tiny that it usually takes me two or three clicking on it before the camera turns itself ON or OFF accordingly. I guess it's a minor point. My SONY digital camera is not the only SONY product i have purchased. I am expecting to live a happy and long life with it.