Yes, you can set the camera to place the date right on the picture with some exceptions;
Set the camera to shooting mode.
MENU (Settings) (Shooting Settings) [Write Date] desired mode
Records a shooting date.
When [On] is selected, the mark will appear on the bottom right of the screen while shooting.
However, in some shooting modes that cannot record dates on images, the mark will disappear.
Does not record a shooting date.
You cannot record dates in the following situations:
In movie mode
When shooting still images while recording a movie (Dual Rec)
When shooting panoramic images
In burst shooting mode
In [Easy Mode]
In 3D shooting mode
If you shot images with the date once, you cannot delete the date from the images later.
The dates are doubly printed, if you set the camera to superimpose the dates when printing.
The recorded time of the image cannot be superimposed on the image.
It does not have threads for filters. Some would consider this a fault but I do not. You can do all sorts of manipulation of digital images electronically so there is no real need for filters, a polarizer being the only exception. Some people keep some sort of innocuous filter, 81A or whatever, on their lens all the time for protection. My photography teacher pointed out many years ago that if you bang a lens hard enough to hurt the filter you will probably hurt the lens as well. It is better to just be careful of the lens. I have not kept a filter on a lens since starting photography school many, many years ago. There is, in my opinion, no problem with this lens not having filter threads. You will love the camera if you buy it.
Since it has both an LCD and an eye viewer, it functions as a DSLR. However, since it is electronic, the image in the viewfinder may or may not result from a prism. Instead, it may be an electronic image. The other major difference comes from the fact that the lens does not dismount from the body. Instead, it offers the remarkable 30x zoom lens capability that you cannot find in any conventional DSLR at any price. Perhaps this answers your question?
The camera comes with a battery, sony strap, lens cap, usb cord, charger, warranty. Suggest you purchase a 3rd party 32Gig Memory card class 10, and extra battery with charger. Great Camera best one that I own, better than any of the professional film cameras that I have used over the years. Sony Cyber-camera has a lot of great features built in along with a nice 30x zoom.
Yes this is a great camera for this price. I would recommend the Sony to anyone. Some one wrote that it is slow and in some cases it can be but that is mostly caused by charging the flash. I have used mine to take thousands of pictures and I love it. It takes some expermenting in the begining but you can learn what features that you like and some that you don't like. The in camera guide is very handy. The feature that I use very much is the "sport" feature and with that I use the 10 frame burst. I use this to take pictures of my Grand childern playing football and baseball and track. As I said it is well worth $250.
Depends on what you are doing. Shooting movies uses the power up faster than still shots. I spend a lot of time looking at the menu and adjusting settings, then experimenting with them. A newly charged battery in my camera shows an average of 255 minutes; over 4 hours. That is excellent compared to other cameras' batteries.
The camera can shoot up to 10 frames in one second burst when you hold down the shutter button in burst setting.
Another feature you might like with a new baby is being able to get the always missing photographer in the shot using the Automatic shooting with Self-portrait timer
Point the lens at yourself so that the selected number of faces are reflected in the screen. The shutter operates automatically.
And of course you can always switch it to full 1080 high def video mode and shoot great video also....
I have had the camera on for taking pictures and video for about 6 hours straight and no issues with the battery. I continued to take pictures and video the rest of the weekend on and off. I have not had to charge it yet. I did not try to run the camera completely out yet either. I am very impressed with this camera so far especially the zoom and colors.