Pros decent images
records short mpeg movies /w sound
decent size screen
easy to use menus
Cons does not use a manual lens cover as the automatic lens cover/shutter will work for a while then either stay open or closed and costs about $200 to fix
Summary Like title says was a decent camera while it worked...Not worth $200 to get the gears for the lens shutter fixed since it cost twice that when I bought the camera new back in late 2003. Would not buy this camera again if I had the chance. Sony is just out for your $$ especially when it costs more to fix than what the camera is worth now. Just stay away
Pros Ergonomic, good quality in daylight, small, easy to use, highish quality movies with sound
Cons Not great night and landscape quality, a few glitches but nothing major
Summary I've taken thousands and thousands of photos with my DSC-P72, and, quite frankly, it's great. It was my first digital camera, and some of the photos it's taken are really quite good. Yes, it has glitched occasionally, and filled the screen with random colours, pulled the lens in when I turned it on, and shot it out again when I turn it off (quite funny, I think all cameras should have that as a game mode), or corrupted a few photos, but if I took the batteries out, and waited a few minutes, it's always sorted itself out. Now I think I'm getting better at taking photos, I might move on to something a big bigger, maybe one of those 18 MP SLRs? If you're new to digital photography, go for it.
Pros it has ae illuminator which gives me the chance to take night time photos, 3x zoom, easy to use, lightweight.
Cons although ae illuminator makes night time photos better it is far from perfect, 16mb memory stick, doesnt come with a tripod and the only tripods you can get for it are not that big.
Summary i think this is a great camera for beginners who just want to take photos of birthdays christmas's and of their holidays but not suitable for professionals.
"Overall, good"on by tech_fan
Pros Good for the price, records video, nice LCD screen, uses regular AA batteries, nice picture
Cons a bit bulky, horrible battery life, gets weird when low on batteries, sometimes takes a long time to take picture
Summary Overall, I like this camera. It looked a lot smaller in the pictures so I was a little disappointed to find that it was as big as it is, but it's not horribly big, you just can't fit it in your pocket.
It takes beautiful pictures, although sometimes it can take its time doing it. If there's not as much light as it wants, it takes a long time, but if there's plenty of light, it's quick.
Don't lose the rechargable batteries because if you use regular AA batteries, the life on them is HORRIBLE. absolutely horrible. Even with the rechargables, it's not that great.
It gets a little weird when it's low on batteries. If I press the power butten, the lens comes out, then turns itself off. If you turn it back on, the lens goes back in, then comes back out and turns itself off again. That's your indication to recharge the batteries.
My biggest complaint is the battery life. And also how it only comes with a 16MB thing. I bought a 512MB that i use for big trips and I use the 16MB for every day use.
I love how it uses regular AA batteries. I don't have to go out searching for the special camera battery like in cameras that use film.
Overall, it's good if you just like taking pictures of friends, trips, etc. It's a good amateur camera.
Pros Sony Brand Name
Cons Does not get crisp pictures
Summary I've owned several Sony products and have usually been happy with them. I've also owned Olympus digital cameras, and replaced this Sony with a Fuji S3100. This camera will not focus predictably. I get blurs, fuzzies, but its not "all the time". I've done factory resets, tried different "non-auto" settings to no avail. I would choose my old 1.3 megapixel Olympus over this camera. Especially poor at taking good pictures with no flash in low lighting compared to my Olympus and Fuji cameras-- the kind I always want to get to capture the lighting and mood of a dinner, wedding, night by the river, etc. For the stats of the camera including megapixels and zoom, there are many much smaller cameras available. I was told there were two runs of this camera, the first having a CCD issue, I do not know if that is true, but the one I have definitely stinks. I come from 35MM SLR background and this is my 4th digital camera so I'm confident it was not user error.