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I have very limited knowledge if camera so I bought this thinking Sony this should be good. And in most aspects it is a very good camera the 4.1 megapixel may be very weak compared to cameras nowadays but it is perfectly suitable for me.
The 3x optical zoom is also very good as you can zoom in and out very quickly. And there is no delay from pressing the capture button and it appearing on the small LCD monitor allowing you to take spur of the moment action shots. There is an optical viewfinder in the corner but i cant help but think that it is slightly redundant
There is fair amount of memory built in to the camera 32MB but you can also get memory stick pro cards to increase that memory further
Also packaged with the camera is the USB connector so you are able transfer images from your camera to computer or directly to a printer if your printer has a USB port
Another nice feature about this camera is that it is also a video recorder so you can take footage of an event happening or record some screenbites for later use
Also it has to be said the battery life of this camera is very poor despite many people saying the battery life is excellent i have to disagree the battery life is exceptionally poor at 25 mins. Maybe it could do with the cameras age or batteries Im using. Also now the camera lens is struggeling to open and it involves a lot of blowing at it for the camera to turn on and the lens to open.
It also has to be said this camera is not to visually appealing now. It is very chunky and cumbersome to carry when compared to some budget cameras we can get today
Not knowing a lot about digital cameras, this was my first experience and I purchased it on the advice of the shop assistant in the States last year for less than $200. I wanted a simple model which offered zoom, and easy downloading.
I got that and more.
If you use the display screen, it does use a lot of battery power, (goes through two Duracell AAs in a day) but this is eased by buying a rechargeable battery set.
On his advice I also purchased a memory stick, otherwise its internal memory is only capable of about 12 shots. I have taken some superb photos and some great video clips. With the software supplied I have also put together some great "movies" complete with sound, great memories of days out and holidays.
I still have much to learn on flash photography, and sometimes I find the "shot" has gone by the time I've changed the settings, but on the whole a great entry level digital camera. Would recommend.
The first aspect to attract me to a digital camera is usually the price. WIth this in mind, this Sony fares well - the price I piad of £139.99 is now easy to beat both online and in high street stores.
Second though for digital cameras I look for a trusted name. Some might argue that this represents an unnecessary brand loyalty that will cost me in the long run ... I argue the opposite. Having been stung frquently by the 'unknowns' I now stick to the knowns. Again, this Sony inspires a trust - Sony produce quality goods in my experience and that helped lead me to the purchase of this camera.
So, what do you get for your money.
Surprisingly you get a well equipped point and click machine. There is little need to play with settings or think about anything other than the composition here - just point and click and enjoy the great results in a variety of lighting conditions. The camera is small and lightweight which makes it great for holidays and those occasions when you want to take a camera but don't want to hand over half the suitcase to the latest SLR and attachments.
The autofocus on this camera is the best I've ever seen in this price range. It clearly identifies on the 1.5" LCD screen the area of primary focus and this allows easy repositioning of the camera if the image is not as you expect.
Settings for twilight, candle, snow, beach, landscape and a 'soft snap' mode.
The facility to record short movies with sound. (For this you will need an additional memory card as the supplied 32Mb is not up to video.)
Multi-burst mode and burst mode - ideal for catching moving objects and getting the great pic every time.
Creative picture effects including blacnka dn white and sepia.
Adjustable auto focus.
White balance adjustment.
Auto-macro mode for close up shots.
Ease of use:
The camera itself is very easy to use with an intuitive menu system clearly displayed on the 1.5" LCD screen.
The camera is instantly recognised by Windows XP which makes for quick and easy downloading of images. In addition the supplied software installs onto Windows .9x machines onwards and even Mac OS machines.
The image quality is superb for a 4MP camera and the ease of use makes this a must have for the quick clicker. If you want stacks of control over your image and a more professional photographers camera then maybe this isn't such a good buy.
With a focus on performance, Sony's Stamina series of Cyber-shot digital cameras set a new standard for speed, battery life and picture quality in compact cameras. Perfect for the first-time digital camera buyer, the pocket-sized DSCS40 model is small enough to slip in into a clutch or shirt pocket. A 1.5-inch LCD enables convenient pre-shot framing as well as post-capture inspection.