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This has got to be one of the best cameras in its price range, if not the best, and it beats a lot of digital cameras, costing a lot more money, if anything there are too many bits to play with in the menu, it's a great camera for anyone starting out, and makes a good first step into the more advanced stuff, The only problems I have with it, is because of the small LCD screen, it can be a bit hard to read the menus and stuff, but thats not a fault as such it's my bad eyesight, the main problem so far is the high power consumption, I use the standard alkaline rechargable batteries that come with it, and they last no time at all, I now carry two spare sets and this works for me, I recommend anyone buying this also gets the infoLITHIUM battery, as increases the user time from thirty minutes to ninety minutes, with a camera with so much going on it,s hardly suprising the power consumtion is high, theres far too many things to mention here, I've had mine six months and still find new bits in the menus, The software that comes with it is a bit basic, but it works, and unless your into the serious stuff of editing and playing around like me, it do's the job, this camera will do all that Sony claim and more, as I said the only real complaint I have is the power consumption, but this is easy to rectify at a price, there are plenty of accessory's for this little beauty, so its easy to upgrade,
The DSC-P50 is a 2MP (1600X1200) digital camera capaable of recording still images and video onto sony memory sticks. STILL IMAGES: These can be takes at 640X480, 1024X768, 1600X1200 using either TIFF or JPEG at two different quality settings. Pictures taken at 1600X1200 as a tiff will take up ~5MB and will give a beatiful A4 printout, 1600X1200 as a JPEG will use 700KB and will give a photographic quality A5 printout. Lower resolutions can be used if the images are for e-mail or webpages. MOVING VIDEO: The camera can capture video as an MPEG Movie at 320X240 or 160X112 or as an animated GIF at 160X112 or 80X56, Neither can record sound but the video outputed is perfectly watchable for cpaturing those special moments. GENERAL CAMERA DETAIL: The camera has a flash and red eye reduction, it autofocuses and is pretty much point and shoot however quite a number of settings can be changed such as sharpness, whiteness, iso number, etc. The shutter varies from 1/800s to 2s with a special mode for twilight or nightime photos which it does remarkebly well if it is placed on a steady surface. The camera also has a 3X optical (41-123mm) and a 2X digital zoom ontop of that. The camera has a very high quality 1.5" screen with 120K pixels (much more than many cameras) as well as the usual viewfinder. CAPACITY: The camera can run on 2AA bateries (60 mins) or a sony rechargable infolithium battery (120 mins) which gives remaining battery life in minutes on the screen. The camera comes with a pitiful 4MB of memoery but it is compatible with memory stick and magicgate. Using a 64MB sticj you can have 66 top quality JPEGs or just under 1000 lowest quality images or 40mins of low qualty MPEG video. The images and video are transfered via the supplied USB cable by the supplied USB cable which is very easy to set up. WHAT COMES IN THE BOX: In the box there is the camera, 2 AA bateries, a USB ca ble, A cable so as you can display pics on your TV, a 4MB Memory stick and some software (USB drivers, phtotsuite and videowave). This is all you need to get started. As optional extras you can buy bigger memory sticks, a infolithium battery + charger and a carrying case. OVERALL: This is a very easy to use camera, perfect for the beginner or the more experienced photographer. It has a very high quality LCD screen and CCD. The included software is very good and worth using. The bundled accesories get you started imediatly but the 4MB memory stick is far to small. The camera gives the excedingly high image quality we have come to expect from sony and it is built to a very high standard.
I have owned a DSC-S50 since September last year and since then, have taken it everywhere. It is an excellent piece of equipment, especially if you upgrade the 4MB memory stick supplied with it to a 32MB, which has the capacity to shoot in excess of 80 pictures. The MPEGMOVIE feature is an added bonus for those who don't have a need for a full blown camcorder. The battery also lasts a long time between charges and downloading the files is extremely easy - all software and cables are supplied.
First impressions were of a compact, well built, well made camera, . There are a couple of minor problems with the camera, like the lack of a case, and the fact that at maximum resolution you can only store approx 6 images on the memory stick supplied. But initial impressions were pretty good, especially when we took it to a freinds party & after taking a few shots (on lowest res)around the table, we passed it around the table & were able to enjoy the shots there and then. Even on the lowest resolution you can zoom right in on parts of the image, whilst viewing on the LCD, which impressed the hell out of everyone. The things about the Sony that I appreciate the most are; Tha battery, as it is like a Camcorder battery, showing the number of minutes remaining and will last for approv 3.5 hours, which is actually long enough for a holiday, without worring about taking lead to re-charge. No worries or expense in buying batteries. The way that you can easily drag and drop images on and off the camera onto your PC. The slide show, where you plug into your TV & set it off, it will show images for the time you specify, and kick in video clips in sequence. (much more fun than flicking through photos. Build quality, as i am clumsy the fact that it survived is proof of quality!
I had been toying with buying a digital camera for a while. I wanted a decent one, but was unable to persuade my girlfriend that we needed one enough to spend a few hundred on one. So when Argos offered the Sony DSC-S50 at a knockdown price of £350 I couldn't resist. Plus (I told my girlfriend) 'If we don't use it we can take it back after 16 days.' So the deal was done & I had my new toy. First impressions were of a compact, robustly built, quality camera, with no case ! I amazes me that manufacturers feel that they must supply a leather case with the cheapest 35mm, but not with a digital camera costing hundreds. There are a couple of minor niggles with the camera, like the lack of a case, and the fact that at maximum resolution you can only store approx 5 images on the memory stick supplied. But initial impressions were good, especially when we took it to a dinner party & after taking a few shots (on lowest res)around the table, we passed it around the table & were able to enjoy the shots there and then. Even on the lowest resolution you can zoom right in on parts of the image, whilst viewing on the LCD, which impressed the hell out of everyone. After that the girlfriend was actually quite keen to keep it, much to my surprise so I bougt a case for £4 from jessops & ordered a 32 mb memory stick off the net for about £75. The things about the Sony that I appreciate the most are; Tha battery, as it is like a Camcorder battery, showing the number of minutes remaining and will last for approv 3 hours, which is actually plenty enough for a weeks holiday, without worring about taking lead to re-charge. No worries or expense in buying batteries. The way that you can easily drag and drop images on and off the camera onto your PC. The slide show, where you plug into your TV & set it off, it will show images for the time you specify, and kick in video clips in sequence. (much more fun than flicking through photos. Build quality, as I am a bit clumsy & have dropped it or knocked it off a chair arm a few times already & it just give a solid thud on the carpet, no worries. I love this little camera & take it everywhere. Photos come out really well & can be printed or I would also recommend Photobox.co.uk on-line printing. Will win over even the most cynical girlfriends !
I've owned the Cybershot DSC-S50 for about 8 months now, and I've managed to take over 250 pictures with some great results. As common with all digital cameras today they all suffer from the Marketing mens' hype and this camera is no exception. Forget any references to how many special effects or digital effects a camera has, its the ability to take sharp, balanced colour photographs that count. Luckily, the DSC-S50 is exceptionally good at high resolution (1600x1200) with only 2.1 mega pixels to play with. More important is the ability to manually adjust the white balance and exposure (but you can also set it to auto). Image sizes available are 1600(3:2), 1024x768 and 640x480. The other useful features is the ability to record a small voice over to go with the "e-mail" format size (640x480). This will allow you to record a voice clip to the image ready for e-mailing off. You can also record a small "movie" with the camera, depending on available memory, but I found this to be more gimmick than actually useful. The fold out LCD is quite good but can suffer outdoors in bright sunlight and can be useless if the light is very dim. Without an optical viewfinder this can make the camera almost useless!! Having said that, the camera does have a flash with red eye reduction and I've produced some great images using it. Autofocus could be a little better. There have been times when the focus hotspot (usually in the middle of the observed picture) has missed completely and decided to focus to infinity producing a blurred main character but perfect backgrounds, very annoying if you have a fidgety sitter (usually kids or pets). The camera uses Sony's Memory Stick to hold the image data (you get an 8mg stick when you buy the camera) which can hold about six 1600x1200 images before getting full which in my opinion is a bit poor. Watch out for the prices of these memory sticks, they are expensiv e. But unless you're going to be away from your PC for long periods of time this should not be too much of a problem as Sony has one of the easiest transfer methods available. Once you've installed the Sony software on your PC its a case of just plugging the camera into one of your USB ports and your images appear on your Desktop as a removable HD icon... Simply drag them off to your permanent HD for later retrieval. One nice touch is that the camera records date/time information and saves it with the image data, much better than having the Date/time plastered onto your photo. All in, the Sony DSC-S50 is great for taking bog standard snaps with a quality that will amaze you. Don't use it for a holiday trip, as the low memory stick capacity with have you pulling teeth and don't expect to take any sporting shots, its just not that kind of camera...
SONY CYBERSHOT DIGITAL CAMERA (DSC-S50) Technical Specification: UK £400-450 (inc VAT, DEL, 4MB MSC, Battery) Features: 3x Optical Zoom, 6x Digital Zoom 2” Digital TFT Swivel LCD USB Port, Video Out Copy Disk, Format Disk 4-256 Sony Memory Stick Card MPEG MOVIE WAV SOUND JPG, GIF TEXT, TIFF in 640x480, 1024x760, 1600(3:2), 1600x1200 5 sec timer Built in Flash Day Date Time White Balance, Spot Metering 4 special effects (solarize etc) CD Software (MGI deluxe suite) 1 year warentee I recommend: Jessops (www.jessops.co.uk) I just bought this product from Jessops, and got numerous deals on accessories (with their £90 book of savings). I really like this product, and can only fault it by the fact that it doesn't have a viewfinder, which, of course, lets it down. As far as I am concerned, it is another fine Sony product, and I can only fault sonys attempt with this product by limiting the storage to Sonys own brand Memory Sticks - which are also very expensive here in the UK (say £50 for a 16Mb card - whereas if you search the web shopping sites you can see that the same 16Mb card in the US is about $40 (or £30). WHY SONY?
I have used my company's Canon digtal camera for a couple of years and decided it was time to invest im my own. Having looked around for a while, I bought the Sony DSC-S50. It has the features I thought would be most useful: a 6x digital zoom, USB connection for fast image downloading, very manageable controls and uses a Memory Stick for storage - which makes expanding the memory VERY simple and surprisingly cheap. I did wonder at first if 2.1 megapixels was a high enough resolution - but the quality of the pictures I have taken in the last few weeks has been astounding. I can fit around 16 high resolution photos on an 8Mb memory stick (the camera comes complete with a 4Mb Stick - but I was able to buy the 8mb and a floppy adapter for only £29). The camera also has the capability to capture short MPEG movies - the length dependent on the size of the Memory Stick you pushed into the slot. Quite a nice extra feature to have. There IS no optical viewfinder which I thought I would miss after taking 'real' photographs for so long - bit I must admit the back-lit viewfinder (with it's very clever twisting mechanism) is easier to use when I'm wearing glasses. All-in-all a very impressive piece of gadgetry! I love it.
The DSC-S50 is a feature-packed, compact 2.1 megapixel camera with a 3x optical (equivalent to a 35mm 39-117mm) and 2x digital zoom. The Sony DSC-S50 CyberShot features a 1/2.7" 2.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor that yields 1600 x 1200 uncompressed TIFF or finished JPEG still images. It swivels more than 180 degrees. This lets you adjust the position of the display, compose self-portraits, and even swivel the LCD toward the inside of the camera for safe transportation. Hobbyists will appreciate the wide range of manual controls, including shutter priority, aperture priority, manual focus, exposure compensation, and a number of special effects. The macro is particularly impressive, focusing on items less than 1.2 inches from the lens.
The DSC-S50 can capture 15sec of 1/4 VGA (320x240) or up to 60sec of 1/8 VGA (160x112) motion video with sound. Special recording modes are also available for Text, Email and Voice.