Pros cheap 4MP, nice lense (just not the housing holding it)
Cons with normal use (flash, LCD screen, reviewing pictures) only about 50 pictures per battery charge
Summary I sell cameras for a living. Let me tell you the 5 things I base the value of a camera on.
1: MegaPixels. Folks, the megapixel war is over. More MP doesn't necessarily mean a better picture. if you want 4x6's and 5x7's, and you're never going to crop your pictures, a 3MP camera is all you need. if you want to crop those pictures, or want 8x10's without cropping it, get a 4MP. if you want to crop your 8x10's, get a 5MP. you won't need higher than 5MP unless you're blowing up 20x30's or higher, or want to crop out more then 20% of your photo. The Sony being a 4MP is a good solid amount of megapixels. Nothing bad here.
2: Batteries. I hate AA batteries. Sure, they're cheap, and sure you can buy them anywhere. But which would you rather have: 1) A camera that dies every 50 pictures, but you can go to a grocery store and spend $6 on 4 batteries that die again after 100 more pictures or 2) A camera that has a rechargeable battery pack that can shoot 1000 pictures before needing recharged, then all you have to do is plug it in and recharge it for 2 hrs? My money is on option 2. This camera uses AA batteries, so count on frequent battery changing.
3: Memory Card. The type of memory card is more important than you might think. about 2, 2.5 yrs ago, Sony used Memorysticks as memory. Then, it was a little expensive, but bearable. But, today, something happens: it failed on you, you lost it, or it's just too dang small and you need a larger capacity. Now, it's been 2 yrs and you're in Best Buy trying to find a new one. You're in luck! they carry only 1. it's 128MB, but it costs $40. Wait, why so expensive? I mean, other 128MB cards next to it are only $25. That's because now, sony uses Memorystick PRO's, and have almost completely abandoned Memorystick. No, Memorystick PRO's will not work in your camera. What are your options? spend too much on your memory card, or buy a new camera. Ok, so what does this have to do with this camera? I mean, It uses the Memory Stick Pro's, right? Yes! However, Sony is beginning to develope Memorystick PRO DUO cards, and use them more and more. 3 cameras, and all current camcorders use the new DUO cards. Sony's new Playstation Portable (PSP) uses the new DUO card. none of the above mentioned products support the Memorystick PRO's. Is history repeating itself? I think so!
4 and 5: Size and Zoom. These 2 go hand in hand, because you can't get a super tiny camera, and 12x optical zoom (PS. IGNORE digital zoom unless you want ugly pixelated pictures. digital zoom ruins pictures!). Physics doesn't allow small cameras to have large zoom. If you're going to get a large camera, you might as well get more zoom with it. This camera isn't large, but by no means is it small. It could handle more zoom with it's size. it should have 4x, or 5x optical zoom at it's size. c'mon, sony, don't be cheap.
Now, there are other smaller details to look at with cameras. LCD screen size, camera body material (metal or plastic) etc etc. Just to point out a few more things about this one in particular, it has one of the smallest LCD screens, if not THE smallest screen, on the market. It also has a fragile lense system, also made of cheap plastic (the lense itself is glass, but the housing is plastic).
The short version of this story is, this camera has poor battery life, propriatary memory cards, cheap body and lense housing, small LCD screen, and not enough zoom for the size of the camera (obviously because of the cheap lense housing). But, it's 4MP so the people who think that megapixels are everything will look at this and say, "wow, what a great camera!" Buy w/ caution!
Pros Takes good pictures & has a good battery life but...
Cons I have had this camera replaced and repaired multiple times and it continues to malfunction in the same way!
Summary The screen on this camera is not only small but never seems to work! It's either fuzzy, out of color or just appears white and then you must use the view finder instead and then you can't even review the picture after! It's awful there must be some sort of a defect with it so now i'm stuck with a broken camera
Pros easy to use
Cons could be more user friendly
Summary I love the Sony Cybershot DSC - S40 Camera.
I picked this up about 3 months at a clearance sale at Walmart and find it very easy to use and it takes awesome pics and quicktime videos. Love the ease of using it and that it takes awesome pics.
For my First Digital Camera purchase I'd recomend this camera to anyone looking for their first Digital Camera.
It's a great buy and works awesome!
Pros Excellent pictures,easy to use, great price
Cons None too serious
Summary I purchased one of these for my daughter's birthday;like it so much I purchase one for myself.
Aimed at the entry-level user, this camera is well laid out, simple to use and takes great pictures without a lot of fuss. Those coming from film cameras aren't usually aware that there is delay from when the camera focuses until the picture is taken (called shutter lag). The S40 has minimal shutter lag,a feature usually associated with more expensive cameras.
Battery life (with rechargeable 2500 mAh batteries) is outstanding. You an easily take several hundred pictures (plus, you have two spare AA batteries that comes with a normal set of four AA batteries).
The Multi-burst mode is very handy for taking fast sequence pictures of golf or tennis swings (16 images are taken in two seconds and then combined into one image).
You can buy this camera for well under $200 from a reputable seller.
Images printed at the usual 4x6' are excellent,and you can easily print at 8x10'.
Excellent movie mode.MPEG VX 640x480 movies with sound at 30fps, length limited only by Memory Stick Pro capacity.
The camera feels well made (mostly plastic) and not cheap.
LCD works well outdoors in bright conditions.
Shot-to-shot without flash is very fast (about a second).
No AA rechargeable batteries included.
Storage media is a little more expensive than the other most popular media.
Default flash setting in low-light is only 1/40 of a second (other camera makers use 1/60). This slow shutter speed can lead to blurry pictures if you don't hold the camera steady (use two hands).
So-so Macro mode.
Smallish LCD (1.5").
Shot-to-shot with flash is on the slow side (6 or so seconds).
32MB of internal memory,so you will want to buy at least a 128mb card.
A great camera for the money. Every member of the family will like using this camera.
Pros Excellent for normal use, good value for money, easy to operate
Cons Small LCD, slow shooting speed, poor video quality
Summary The Bads:
1) The 1 inch LCD is too small for you to preview whether a picture is taken in good quality. It may look good on the LCD. Later at home you would find half of them are blur.
2) There is no image stablizer. If you use the Optical Zoom to take picture of close object, use a tripod or your image has a 50% of getting blur. It is ok if you take picture of a still object far away.
3) The Movie recording function is terrible. The auto-focus is very slow. You always end up getting a video that is out of focus 25% of the time.
4) Slow writing speed. I am using a 512 MB Memory Stick Pro. After taking one photo, I have to wait 2 to 5 seconds to take the next one, making me missed a lot of important moment.
1) Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar len. Clear and sharp picture.
2) Superior in photographing still objects. Nice as an entry camera for taking photos of family, people, pet, picnic and party.
3) One of the digicams that has the best value for money, consider other brands that offer only 50% features of this camera at more expensive price.
4) Long battery live. Two AA batteries can take more than 200 photos.
5) Nice button layout and easy to operate. 1-button access to the popular functions (e.g. preview last picture taken).