Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 7.2 MP Digital Camera - Pink
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Sony digitals always take good pics
Aug 31, 2008 (Updated Aug 31, 2008)
Review by nickscarano
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I upgraded my digital realm with this very kind 7.2 megapixel DSC-W55. It has a 3x optical zoom with Carl Zeiss lens, The Carl's do make a big difference. The usual 2.5" LCD display, optical viewfinder i never use, and i always like sony's programmed auto exposure modes. Also there are built in scene modes: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Snow, High Sensitivity, Soft Snap, but i always forget what the picture matches up with!!! The higher settings will allow you to capture pictures in a dimmer light without using the flash, but as with all cameras, the higher settings will be noisier than the lower settings, but it is nice to have the option of using these higher settings if needed, and Sony got better and made considerable progress against image noise, compared to my older dsc-p93. I stray away from the use of the high ISO options, but image quality is good enough at least for 4x6 inch prints.
Recommend this product?
I never was a fan of digital zoom, but since my p93, they made improvements. Up to 14x "Smart zoom" crops to achieve the zoom effect, gives you lower resolution images, but still is harsh to the pixels. If you like and find yourself shooting a lot of close-ups, the macro mode focuses down to an exceptional and brilliant two centimeters, the best i have seen in all my digitals, although i found that it gave out rather soft corners in its images when shooting that close.
This is my first Sony with a built in timer, it has a 2 or 10 second self-timer, not that i expect to get into that many photos!! The DSC-W55 captures movies in MPEG1 format with audio also, at the standard of up to 30 frames per second. You want better video, go buy a camcorder. This is a photo camera.
Like all newer Sony models, the W55 uses Memory Stick Duo memory cards, so i have a pile of older memory sticks i spent a wad on when i needed them 5 years ago.It also has 56MB of internal memory for use as image storage only, so you can put in a fresh charge and start shooting, or review shots internally, taking less battery use than writing to the card. Powered by a Sony NP-BG1 Lith-Ion rechargeable battery, I like this battery, type G, i read up oon it and it has rave reviews for extended life and number of photos per charge. So far so good, as i can get over 200 photos before the beep.
The Sony W55 is in different colors: blue, pink, black and silver, i went for the standard silver. This camera poked his head out in US stores around February 2007, and sells now for less than the initial price of $200.
Amount Paid (US$): 149.99
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Flexible Enough for Enthusiasts
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