"With its huge LCD screen and uncanny low light focusing ability, the camera is a pleasure to use."on by dddschack
Pros 2.5 inch LCD screen, screen ramps up in low light, sharp images corner to corner, unlimited movie length, manual settings, ability to focus in complete darkness
Cons non adjustable review time after shutter release
Summary I'm a pro who shoots jobs with digital equipment. This camera is a delight for my fun photography. The large LCD screen is a joy. Battery endurance is substantial with just a pair of NiMH AA. The manual setting gives enough control of shutter speed and aperture to handle any situation. Images appear sharp from edge to edge. A 512 megabyte memory stick yields approx 200 full resolution images. Criticism I've read in this forum appears to be a product of pilot error. You need to know a little bit about photography to get consistent results with ANY camera.Updated
Plus factors for this camera include the big LCD of course which also brightens nicely in dark rooms, cheap and available long lasting NIMH AA batteries (it comes with 2 and a charger), a nice user interface (menues), great low light focusing performance, manual controls, accurate exposure including at very close macro distances with flash. All in a package with a classic look, a quality feel and just the right size. My only wish would be to keep the image on the screen more than 2 seconds after taking the shot. No big deal. Having a great time with this camera.
Pros Great snapshots
Cons bad night pics and slow
Summary I have had sony cameras for some time now, i swear by sony products and believe they are excelent. The problems i have had with this camera is that when you take consecutive shots, it is slow. I mean for the flash to recharge is about 2-3 seconds so you miss things when taking say someone blowing out candles.Some will say, you can put it on burst mode, which is true, but then you dont have a flash in the burst mode. Also, when trying to take a pic of someone moving around, the focus takes forever so you miss the chance.
Pros Has all of W1's functions.
Cons No significant improvement over W1.
Summary DSC-W5 is basically a W1, but with 32MB* internal flash memory. So, if you forget to bring along your Memory Stick® media card or it runs out of capacity, you can still take pictures. At retail of USD349.95, which is similar to W1's price, it's better to get the W5, which offers 32MB* additional memory.
*Note: A portion of the available storage capacity is used for data management functions. Actual available memory is 30MB.
Pros Image quality, Compact (but not too small), AA Batteries, etc.
Cons MemoryStick, 38mm wide, 1/1000 max shutter
Summary I would give this camera a 10, but it requires MemoryStick media (like all Sony devices) and forced me to buy a new stock of digital memory. Prices for memory stick medium has dropped along with compact flash and SD so the sting was not so bad. The other negatives are: the limited 38mm wide angle and the shutter speed. Despite the fact that 38mm is fast becoming the industry standard for digitals I would be far more comfortable with a 28mm wide (this makes a hugh difference in panoramic and indoor shots). Also the 1/1000 shutter speed is not quite as snappy as my SLR gives, the impact can be seen in low-light situations as you will capture some blurry images. This can be corrected by changing the pre-set setttings at the top of the camera. But enough nit-picking, on to the good stuff.
I own a film SLR and take photos that need custom setting with that camera. I use my digital as a day-to-day camera and as a back-up for the bulky SLR. That's not to say that the W5 does not take high-quality images - the images are quite sharp and color balance is excellent as well. Check out the reviews on CNET, image-resource.com, and dcresource.com for more details. So as I mentioned above the camera is nicely sized - small enough to be a back-up camera or stand-alone (bag) camera, but not quite small enough to be pocket-sized. Although I kept the camera in my jacket pocked as I traveled in Europe recently. I like the size of the camera b/c it's not to small to hold steady for men and women with larger hands. The W5 also sports a 1/1.8" optical sensor, a notch above many of it's competitors (1/2.5") giving it a larger digital sensor (and hence larger pixels) than other digitals in the 5MP range. This produces images with less line noise than smaller sensors. If your into night shots (and are willing to use a stand) the W5 allows for exposures of up to 30 seconds - also very nice. Lastly the W5 has a 30mm filter mount, which can allow you to use both wide-angle and zoom lens attachments. The camera navigation hierarchy is very easy to use and it also have a last picture review button and delete (without having to change to the play section) - extrememly handy to check your last shot, after all this is why we buy digital right?
Hope this helps.
Pros great value, 2.5 inch screen, well-made, AA-Batteries
Cons red eye, memory stick,
Summary Overall this is a great camera. The manual settings are good. The screen is awesome.
It takes AA batteries. The battery life is great and the batteries are pretty cheap.
The camera is really well-made. The aluminum case is nice. The camera focusses well due to the infrared.
When you take indoor pictures you normally get red eye even if the reduction setting is turned
on. This is a major downside of it. Memory sticks are too expensive and not compatible with any other products except for sony products. I decided to by this camera although the memory stick is not compatible with my PDA. And I haven't regret that.
Overall a great camera, fairly compact, good features. Good compromise between a DSC-V3 or a G5 and a Exilim Z55.