Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 7.2 MP Digital Camera - Silver
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I'm Considering A New Career As A Photographer!
Nov 19, 2008
Review by rjc
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I just can't take a bad picture with my Sony Cyber-shot digital camera. Technically speaking it belongs to my daughter, but ever since I started using it, I can't put it down!
Recommend this product?
My brother has always been the photographer in the family. At every event there he was sneaking around the room, snapping away. Around the age of 10, my daughter showed an interest in taking pictures after she got a 35mm camera for her birthday. She took some brilliant pictures. She even won several photo contests in town.
So there is talent in my family, I just never thought I had it. I may or I may not, but this camera sure makes my photography skills seem, well, professional.
My husband and I bought a canoe this past summer and when I came back from our maiden voyage, I couldn't believe the pictures after I loaded them on the computer. I swear they could be National Geography pics! Even the shots I took when we were deep in the woods, with little to know sunlight. I swear that some of the settings actually add some color to the picture, that you aren't seeing with your eyes. I think it's like those machines that recording studios use to make an amateur singer sound good.
That canoe tripe was when my obsession began. I played around with all the different options. I found it to be a very user-friendly camera, considering the fact I had never used a digital camera before. I learned how to zoom and when. The different options were easy to figure out and the viewing screen is a good size.
Every trip out in the canoe, my camera (I mean my daughter's) was always charged and ready to go. About 2 months later my son bought a camera to take with him to school in Belgium. I decided to take it one trip.
I may be so in love with my Sony Cyber-shot that I am not being fair when I say, I didn't care for his camera at all. I don't remember the make but it cost about the same as the Sony Cyber-shot.
The options and menus were really confusing. I managed to figure out the basics, but I know I wasn't using the camera to it's full capacity. The viewing screen was also smaller and at times it was hard to see what I was taking a picture off.
Now that he's in Belgium, he sends alot of his pictures to us through the internet. He's been to some amazing places, like Flanders Fields, and Paschenndalle. Everywhere he goes he's taking pictures of the beautiful scenery and very old buildings. He can't figure out why, but most of this picture have a green tinge to them. So Belgium is either in a green fog most days, or his camera is set wrong somehow, and he can't figure out why. Did I mention he's in Belgium working on his 'Masters'? Yes, he's very very intelligent, and he can't figure out how to get rid of the green haze on his camera.
So, yes, this camera is a very valuable piece of equipment to me. My brother, who lives in Toronto, has a photography business that he works at part time. Another words, it's not his regular day job, but he makes a good buck with this small side business. I'm seriously thinking of doing what he does in my small town. I have the most important tool of the trade, the Sony Cyber-shot. Now I just need to find someone to give me a few thousand bucks to get started.
Until that happens, I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing now. I often see other more expensive cameras, and wonder if I would be even better with one of those. They look so intimidating to me, so I think I'll stick with this little gem for now.
Who knows, perhaps me, my Sony Cyber-shot and a substantial win in the lottery will allow me to quit my day job, and take pictures all day. I'll get to call it work!
Amount Paid (US$): 139.00
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Easy Enough for Anyone to Use
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