Pros Size and video quality
Cons Image quality when zoomed in
Summary I bought this camera the day it came out with high expectations, but I was a little disappointed with the image quality when the camera is zoomed in. The camera picks up too much 'fuzziness' when it is zoomed in, but when not, the pictures come out very clear.
For the price, the camera is definitely worth it, but if you are looking for crystal clear pictures when zoomed in, you might want to look for a more expensive alternative. Not having an image stabilization is a little tough.
I do however recommend this camera because the size and quick start up allows one to take a picture in an instant...just pull it from your pocket and shoot.
Pros Price, easy of use, versatility, battery life
Cons USB port location, included software, online support
Summary I bought this camera the month it came out since Spring Break was just around the corner. I'm glad I waited for this camera! It did a magnificent job on the cruise I went to. The multiple photos (especially beach and twilight) worked very very well. While the photo modes don't allow a tremedous amount of user inputs, the options that are there are easy to understand and easy to change. I essentially filled my 1 Gb stick and the image quality is outstanding; as long as you stay in the optical 3x range since you'll always lose image quality when using digital zoom. Camera starts up quick to allow you to start shooting and there is little shutter lag or delay between pictures. My battery stayed charged over the 7 day cruise.
The only gripe I have is the placement of the USB port on the bottom of the camera. You have to lay it down on its face or on the LCD on the back once its plugged it.
The software that comes with it isn't amazing either. Sadly (for those that like it) the date stamp can only be superimposed using the software and only one by one. This can be a real pain when you have 150+ pictures from vactaion. Additionally you can't change the folder the pictures are imported to; although you can just navigate to the Stick using windows.
Additinally online support is minimal but I suspect this is only because the product is so new.
Overall, a great investment! Its quick, compact, easy to use yet verstile camera and you'll get great shots!
Pros easy to use, very quick startup and ready time
Cons no sleep mode
Summary I am very happy with it, starts right up and its ready to go.you can take pics right after each other with out alot of wait,wich I like alot.Very simple to use.the colors come out very bright and true, and focuses well in dark conditions with the assist.I Think its a great little camera for middle of the road use.Very small and compact to take anywhere and the batter life is good.I took it to disney and took about 100 pics one day and still had about 50% charge or so.
Pros Easy to use
Decent colour recognition
Cons Photos are often blurry
Mode chooser breaks down with time
High noise on photos over time
Horrible customer service
Summary Loved this camera at first. Six months later, it's a very different story. I started noticing lots of noise ( little dots visible throughout the images) - even when using a flash or taking photos in great lighting. Next, the mode selector messed up, changing modes on me without me touching the dial. I sent it in for service. Now guess what - they messed up an internal setting so my 7 megapixel camera is taking photos at 640 x 480 pixels - an unprintable and tiny size!! It should be taking photos at about 3,000x 2,300 pixels. As far as I can see, there is only one place to change this: Menu - P. Quality - fine or standard. But my camera is set to "fine" and it's still not producing the right size.
So, the service centre says to call Sony (1-877-sony) for technical support and the automated system puts me on hold for over an hour with no response EVER. And the service centre itself is so far away from the city that it's a 40 minute drive for me and I've already had their service centre screw it up once. Now, I've just passed the date of sale and my warranty is up. waiting for Sony to e-mail me about this problem, but not expecting much. This will be the last sony product I EVER buy.
Oh - did I mention that both times I was at the service centre someone else came in with a problem with the exact same model of camera? Do not buy this camera. In 6 months or a year you will regret it!!!
Pros Decent pictures, viewfinder
Cons Faulty engineering on ALL Cyber-shot models
Summary I bought the DSC-W50 (the predecessor to the W55) for my wife just over a year ago. We travel every year and so she wanted a reliable compact camera that would last.
We figured that Sony was a good bet. We were wrong. During a trip to Mexico the camera stopped working; one day it turned off (with the lens still extended) and never turned back on. It will cost over $100 to have it repaired.
You must be joking.
After researching the problem, I found that not only were there dozens of complaints about the W5 (and W55) but that this issue extended to many, many other Sony models that use the same technology. There are hundreds of irate customers out there with Sony cameras that have stopped working, and most typically just months after the 1-year warranty period has expired.
All the complaints are the same: Won't turn on; Lens doesn't open/close; Won't take pictures.
We now have a $240 Sony brick.
Trust me, buy a Canon.