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--What you get--
A top of the range, crystal clear 7.2MP camera with a memory card slot to take out and insert into a computer.
--What I use it for--
When we go on holiday, this camera makes the perfect accompaniment to take stunning holiday shots of people and scenery. The Sony technology is refined and was very futuristic in this device when we bought it only about 3 years ago!
--Value for money--
Considering how much we have used this camera, it has definitely been value for money. It's an initial cost but then upon use it is worth it.
--My personal opinion--
One of my favourite features is the display of the photo at the back of the camera. This gives you an accurate idea of what the picture will look like in large, and is ideal for going through your back catalogue of photos before you get home!
If you're travelling light, this camera is definitely an extra weight as it is so heavy! However, it's intuitive interface makes for a lot of fun taking pictures.
The original memory card that it came with filled up quite quickly so I would recommend buying a new, larger memory card if you will be taking lots of photos. Different camera brands may offer you more memory, so it is worth noting this as something to consider when you are purchasing.
The weight would put me off using it as a personal camera, but for a family holiday camera it fits the bill!
The camera lets you zoom in x16 to see the details of each photo before you try taking another! The dial can be quite confusing when you first start using the camera but to view the pics you turn to the triangular shaped symbol and back to return to using the camera. The lens will automatically open when you choose camera mode and fold in on itself, which is a clever feature, when you are just viewing the pics, so as to protect the lens. This makes the camera quite a durable and well thought out design.
However, you can't argue with the excellent photo quality which can then be uploaded to the computer to make a slideshow or whatever you like! The good thing about having your photos on a memory stick is that if you own one of those digital photo frames you could simply transfer the memory stick from your camera straight to your digital photo frame without any extra effort - Voila! Holiday pics on demand! (Even the ones that shouldn't be displayed in public!)
Fairly pricey and quite a heavy device compared to some cameras. It makes up for it with its stunning photographs and easy to use interface.
Can fill up the memory quite quickly.
To summarise, when we bought it 3 years ago it was the cutting edge! Now I am sure you can find cheaper and lighter models which do an equally good job with your photographs. Still overall a great product, so three stars. I would definitely consider buying the same design in a lighter model.
I was given this camera as a present some time ago and have been really pleased with its ease of use. I am the type of photographer who likes to point and press and let the camera do the rest, so have been really happy with the results.
The camera comes with two manuals. The smaller manual is really just a double sided sheet of paper called "Read this First" and includes the following on how to get you started fairly easily -
Prepare the battery
Turn the camera on
Set the clock
Insert a memory stick
Select image size
Shoot images easily
Shoot still images
View and delete images
The other manual covers everything else in more depth including -
Identifying camera parts
Using the Setup screen
Using your camera with a computer
Connecting your camera to a TV
The camera comes with cables to connect your camera to a computer (USB) and also to a TV (A/V). You are also provided with a wrist strap, a battery charger (plus power cable) and two rechargeable batteries. A CD-ROM is supplied containing two software application - PicturePackage and ImageMixer. It should be noted that this camera does not come with a memory stick but it can record/play back images using its internal 32MB memory. I would, however, recommend purchasing a memory stick otherwise if you turn off the power by opening the battery/memory stick cover whilst the access light is on, the data in the internal memory may be corrupted. I purchased a 512MG memory stick and have found this more than sufficient for taking holiday snaps.
The camera has an LCD screen (which can be turned on or off) and a Carl Zeiss lens which produces sharp images with good contrast. However taking good photos with this camera is not all it can do. You can also record short movies. If the manual was easier to understand I would tell how long you can record, but if you are not that technically minded (like me), it can be hard to understand some of the jargon in it.
There are various scene selection modes which are very handy to use. They match predetermined conditions and give the following results -
Twilight - shoots distant night scenes without losing the dark surrounding atmosphere
Twilight portrait - shoots portraits in dark places
Candle - shoots candlelit scenes without spoiling the atmosphere
Snow - shoots snow brightly
Beach - shoots the blue of the water clearly
Landscape - shoots landscapes by focusing on a distant object
Soft Snap - shoots people and things with a gentle atmosphere
All the above scene modes can be easily selected by turning the mode dial on the camera. The mode chosen is represented pictorially which is easy to understand e.g. palm tree for beach mode, a new moon for twilight mode etc.
The camera also has a zoom button, however it should be noted that you cannot change the zoom scale whilst shooting a movie.
All in all, this is an easy to use digital camera giving good results.
This is a good piece of camera and is awesome.It comes with lots of bundled features.Its lens is really good.The pictures are quite sharp. I think the battery drains fast.The processor is lightning fast and the the picture quality is as good.I took lots of picture in the 512 memory stick and that too with good resollution.The software that is provided is very good and is very user friendly.
The camera is quite decent looking. The video quality is also decent. The battery life is good. Overall decent camera with affordable price.
This is my third digital camera, and it is fantastic. I cannot enthuse enough about this camera. The processor is lightning fast and the the picture quality is as good as 35mm film. I recently attended a wedding, and with a 512mb stick got 250 brilliant pictures. Thats over 10 films worth! The software that comes with it is also very good.
You get 2 sets of rechargeable batterries with is more than enough for a full days snapping.
The video capture is also surprisingly good
Buy one of these!
I've owned this digital camera for 8 months and have used it regularly over that time frame.
The camera is a sturdy piece of kit, solid and reassuringly heavy. The buttons have a good response in all the physical quality of the camera is very high.
The picture quality is fantastic in comparison to my last digital camera. The colours are good and the pictures are very sharp. I tend to use the camera in 3M mode most of the time rather than the highest level of 5M.
The camera has tons of features allowing the hobbyist to experiment both with photographic settings as well as image processing settings. Unfortunately the manual wasn't that easy to get to grips with and personally I haven't graduated much further than point and click.
Video capture is possible but it eats up your memory sticks (that you have to buy separately) Also the mic is not that good so the sound quality is not great. The memory sticks are the standard Sony ones that are easy to get hold of... you might already have one in an MP3 player hanging around. You can buy one of those cheap card readers to transfer the images to save plugging in the cables and camera.
The batteries seem to last a good time and you can use either the rechargeables, supplied, or swap them out for 2 standard AA batteries. Very handy if you do run out when you're out and about.
One feature it doesn't seem to have that my friend has got on his camera is automatic sensing of which way up you have the camera to automatically set the picture aspect.