Pros Well to begin with, this camera has the new and improved scroll wheel to select what to do, (Movie, Easy, Auto, Programmable, and Scenes), The camera can record in HD video which is great for most people who like to make videos! It overall amazing!
Cons Finding a case for this that is not the easiest thing to do if you want a small case, either they are for tiny tiny cameras or they are to big an bulky making it unattractive. The accessories from Sony are overpriced but possibly worth it.
Summary The camera is a amazing camera if you want to get one that can catch amazing images, Although it is not Sony's proclaimed top of the line one (W300) It has better zoom, records high def video, has all of the same scene features, it just lacks that titanium coating that protects it from scratches, although honestly I have never ever gotten a scratch on any one of my Sony Cybershot cameras, I had a older W80 camera and it broke after I hit on the wall and floor when I fell on vacation, even when I did that it doesn't have a single scratch it just broke the LCD which is why I bought this new camera. So really this IS better that the W300, the only thing it lacks is the coating that does nothing, and those 2 more megapixels which chances are aren't even noticeable difference. The one thing I hate about this camera is that if you break the LCD screen, I don't think that you would wish to pay $100 to replace it, so buying a warranty is highly advised if your a active photographer. The accessories are cool but are over priced for just going out and buying them so they would be more for a special accasion because they range from $50-$200+! But overall if you are in need of upgrading a camera or buying a new one, the Sony W290 is right for your wallet and it will blow you away in quality and features!Also I forgot to talk about the battery, the charger works around the world, although it has a United States 120V plug with the two long prongs coming out, somehow it automatically detects that it is in a 220V outlet or other voltage and changes it and allows you to charge your battery like normal, all you would be needing is a converter so no transformer is necessary! So this makes this an added feature that makes it great for travelers also!
Updated on May 30, 2009
Pros Easy to use. Nice pictures. 5X zoom. Comes in a variety of colors.
Cons Uses Memory Stock Pro Duo memory card. No zoom capability during video recording
Summary Overall I am quite satisfied with this camera. The picture quality of okay. Not the best but acceptable for my everyday use. The 5x zoom provides great ability to bring the image up close, but you need a steady hand to get good pictures at max zoom.
My gripe with this camera is that it uses the memory stock pro duo memory card. More expensive than SD for the same capacity. I have tons of SD cards but I was forced to go buy another card. :-(
Another issue I have with this camera is the inability to zoom during video recording. A big minus to me.
Pros None, cannot think of any
Cons VERY disappointed with this camera. Fuzzy poor quality photos unless outside & even when outside, still not great. Remember my fantastic Cannon camera fondly, it was in same price range, but after 6 years decided to replace it with a lighter model
Pros I like the idea of what this camera is SUPPOSED to do!
Cons Intelligent Auto is "unintelligent," picture quality is awful unless photos are taken outside with perfect lighting
Summary Under perfect conditions this camera took beautiful pictures at first. After one month, however, the top lense cover no longer opens when I turn it on, so I have to "manually lift" the lense cover of my $200+ camera. I have tried every setting on the camera and unless you are taking a simple, posed photograph outside with perfect lighting you WILL have a blurry picture! I am sorry I did not take more time to read reviews, but I was in a hurry to buy a new camera before my honeymoon. I figured with a Sony and a Carl Zeiss lense how could I go wrong. Well trust me, I did. Although I have SOME nice pictures from this camera, overall the bad FAR outweigh the good! DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF BUYING THIS CAMERA!!
Pros Great automatic shooting, nice big screen
Cons Soft focus mean unclear and blurry pictures. They are not worth the paper they are printed. I did not buy a camera to take pictures that are unclear and unfocused. This means the pictures are not sharp, you don't want that!
Summary Don't buy ... soft pictures mean unclear and unsharp pictures, like a picture taken by a kid. For a camera that cost up to $200, has 12 MP, Carl Zeiss lens and made by Sony, this is not acceptable. Soft focus means disgusting focus. Even in the brightest sunshine, none of my pictures came out clear, and I took hundreds of pictures to try it out. I am going to return it and get another camera that is not "soft".