My first digital camera back in 2001 was a Sony, and then I made the mistake of switching brands. The Sony DSC-W50 is a great camera for anyone that wants quality photos in an active lifestyle. After nearly two years of ownership and over 2500 photos, its still a great camera.
Recommend this product?
I was originally in the market for a point-and-shoot camera in the $200-$300 price range. As far as features, Sony offered the most comprehensive package, as well as a real Carl-Zeiss glass lens.
The Smart Zoom (electronic zoom) function allows for decent quality images, however no where near the quality of a true zoom lens.
Battery life is AMAZING, no matter the camera setting. Leaving the LCD on for most all photos, about 80% of which require flash, you will fill a 1GB memory card before you even come close to running out of battery. However, I do wish that there was an auto-off mode for when the camera is docked to a computer for unloading photos, as often times I forget to turn it off when finished only to find dead battery the next time I go to use it. Be careful--the camera does automatically shut down when the battery is low, but if you power it on again, the lens is left out, open, and exposed.
This camera comes with a great variety of photo settings, from auto to twilight, and even beach and snow. It's low lux feature allows for photos in dark settings without the use of a flash, however they are quite grainy.
The Sony Memory II sticks that the camera uses were first high in price, however are now more comprable to other similar sized storage units. The only hassle is that you have to keep the adapter card handy as it is needed for most all card readers.
As always, be sure to get an extended warranty. Even with the sturdy frame, the first Sony DSC-W50 I purchased took an approximately 5' tumble, and died on me. It was exchanged without questions.
Another good feature is that Sony has combined all of your AV and USB adapters into one easy to use cord. The RCA/AV cords do tend to cause clutter on the desk, but it is much easier than keeping track of them all.
All-in-all, it is a great camera, and I would recommend it, as well as most all other Sony Digital cameras to anyone in the point-and-shoot market.
Amount Paid (US$): 289.00
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Easy Enough for Anyone to Use