533 of 545 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I expected - Still!
If you are a photo-purist, you will not like this camera. It does not take RAW images; there are no manual exposure controls (other than the ISO setting); and it lacks both a manual focus ring and the ability to switch-out $1,500 lenses. Add to this the fact that the camera applies a degree of in-camera processing to every shot taken and you pixel-peeping people will be...
Published 11 months ago by Fair Minded Guy
137 of 157 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures but fragile design
I have been waiting for Sony to come out with a great pocket size camera that will work well in low light. I bought this camera upon release and must say that it takes great pictures! I really don't think that you can beat its picture quality at this price. My wife has a Canon S100 and that still has better picture quality and low light capabilities than this. However...
Published 10 months ago by Jamesb
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533 of 545 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I expected - Still!,
This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model) (Electronics)If you are a photo-purist, you will not like this camera. It does not take RAW images; there are no manual exposure controls (other than the ISO setting); and it lacks both a manual focus ring and the ability to switch-out $1,500 lenses. Add to this the fact that the camera applies a degree of in-camera processing to every shot taken and you pixel-peeping people will be outraged at the result when your images are blown-up to the football-field proportions that 18.2 megapixels affords. Maybe a D3 is the camera you need after all? Similarly, you geeky folks that wax lyrical of bells and whistles will be disappointed to learn that this camera does not do wi-fi, does not contain a GPS and, so far, I have not discovered any way to use it for sending text messages.
If, on the other hand, like me, you accept up-front that the WX150 purports to be nothing more than a darn good 'point and shoot' camera, you will not be disappointed. The stats are there for all to see and, in the two weeks I have owned and used this camera, I have been more than happy with the performance. What is not there to see so obviously on amazon.com is that this camera feels sturdy and well-built, yet is small enough to fit into a cigarette packet. Battery life is excellent (250+ photos per charge, even with the $5.00 look-alike batteries); there is no (yes zero!) noticeable shutter-lag when not using the flash; and it is blazingly fast (getting from switch-on to 'ready' probably takes less than 2 seconds and when zooming/focusing it is almost instantaneous, rivaling DSLR's).
Having switched off the battery-saving 'eco' option (which, in the default mode, annoyingly shuts-down the camera after one minute if no settings are changed) I have absolutely nothing negative to say about the WX150 at this stage. I will be back to update this review if I am subsequently disappointed by some as-yet-undiscovered weakness.
July 25, 2012 - Update
Looking at all the other reviews here, it seems I was wise to wait (as I did) several months for this camera to become available in the USA. I have now been using the WX150 for a further eight weeks and its performance as a truly 'pocket-sized' point and shoot continues to be hugely impressive. It could never compete with a mid/high-end DSLR, but I defy any DSLR user to find a better 'pocket alternative' at present.
In addition to the 'core' camera features, I have recently been enjoying some new perspectives using the (pretty much 1-click) artistic settings. Initially, I thought I would have no use for these 'novelty' features, but the Watercolor and Line Drawing in-camera processing effects are producing some interesting and worthwhile shots. Neither did I anticipate using the video recording option, but I discovered that, (even at the lo-res MP4 setting), this camera takes high quality video indoors in ambient lighting conditions. The hi-res video consumes a lot of memory (of course), but the quality of both picture and audio are absolutely remarkable for a camera of this size ... now you'll have to buy a 55 inch TV from Amazon.com, just to see what I mean ;-)
I would advise buyers to also get an external battery charger and an additional battery. The USB charging connection can be very convenient, but so too is being able to swap-out a battery and carry on shooting while the original recharges. The Wasabi batteries are working just fine for me. Wasabi Power Battery and Charger Kit for Sony NP-BN1 and Cyber-shot DSC-T99, DSC-T110, DSC-TX5, DSC-TX7, DSC-TX9, DSC-TX10, DSC-TX20, DSC-TX55, DSC-TX66, DSC-TX100V, DSC-TX200V, DSC-W310, DSC-W320, DSC-W330, DSC-W350, DSC-W360, DSC-W380, DSC-W390, DSC-W...I would also strongly recommend installing a 16GB/32GB Class 10 SDHC, or better, memory card (to get the high-end performance from this camera, you cannot shackle it with a low-end memory card).
We can expect broken battery/utility doors, damaged connectors and the occasional 'lemon' failure on miniature cameras such as this - only time will tell us whether these and other reliability features are any better or worse for this camera than they are for its peers. So far, so good, it seems.
A photographer friend asked me the other day, "What would be the one thing you would like to improve on the WX150". He forced me to answer. After a few moments thought I replied that the one thing that I would personally like would be for the camera to provide a menu option to capture a RAW image in addition to the processed image. Don't get me wrong ... the image processor in this camera is astonishingly intelligent, but on the odd shot (less than one percent of the total) I would like to try my luck with some manual post-processing. This, despite what I said above - I guess there's still some geek in me after all :-)
Mostly though, I am just loving the convenience of my WX150. You can pull this little camera out and be clicking away confidently in a couple of seconds. It is a joy to use and the resulting photographs can be posted, printed (to at least 8x10), or displayed anywhere SOOC (straight out of the camera).
November 20, 2012 - Update
A couple of quick notes to add my latest experiences ... Some may find this useful.
On the negative side - despite keeping my WX150 protected at all times when not in use, a fleck of dust somehow became apparent on one of my lens elements, causing a slight shadow in the corner of photos taken at the mid-zoom range. On the positive side (and quite different to my lens problem experiences with Canon and Olympus in recent years) - Sony respected the warranty. The repair center cleaned and returned my camera within two weeks without charge. We all hope we do not have to return stuff under warranty, but when we do we expect to be treated like a valued customer, so this was a BIG plus for me.
Also, I've changed my mind about what I would wish for (If I could have Sony improve one thing on this camera). I would ask for a more scratch-resistant display screen. Because it stands slightly proud of the casing, protective adhesive covers are pretty much useless (they quickly peel at the corners), consequently the surface of my display is now covered with small scratches (from general use and from carrying a spare battery around). Although still fine in use, this degrades the appearance of the camera. I fail to understand why it should be so delicate - the 3 year-old screen on my Blackberry has received severe abuse (it's even been kicked, spinning across a concrete station platform), but it has barely a mark on it. Alright, the phone sucks, but the screen is robust. Come on Sony - you can do better - this weakness is causing me to question whether I might invest in a more expensive camera from Sony.
316 of 325 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for an upgrade from an older point and shoot,
This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model) (Electronics)If you're still using a point and shoot camera that's more than a few years old and you're tired of pushing the button and holding it down waiting forever for the damn thing to take a picture then this is a great next camera for you.
Our old digital camera was fine for throwing in our pocket when we went on trips, but the shutter delay was so horrible that we'd miss fast paced moments or people would get tired of smiling as they hold a pose anxiously waiting for that flash. We had a few trips planned this summer and wanted an upgrade that would take clearer faster pictures generally for photo books and online viewing.
I did TONS of research online and got all tangled up in megapixels and optical zoom and features that I probably would never use anyway. I'm not advanced enough to move up to a SLR camera, but I wanted something that was a step up from the camera I have now. After getting dizzy from all the online reviews I finally just went to some big box stores and played around with the cameras on display. I used them like I would use them on a trip and I even brought along my wife to make sure that she was comfortable using it.
Based on the reviews I was all set to buy a Panasonic Lumix model, but there were too many dials and settings and it wasn't user friendly when actually holding and playing with the camera. I honestly hadn't even seen a review for this Sony WX150 camera, but it was so easy to use and was much smaller than some of the other "travel zoom" cameras. It has three basic modes that you could easily toggle with a button - camera, movie and panorama.
Camera is where you spend most of your time and on here 95% of the time we live it on "auto". There are several scenes you can select if you want to optimize something for a specific setting. For example, if you're shooting through glass in low light you can set it to that it doesn't flash. If you're moving around a lot you can set it for extreme anti-blur where it takes like 5 pictures super fast and then puts them all together for a crisp image. Most importantly it's easy to toggle between the settings and you don't have to scroll through countless menu/info screens to find things.
Panorama mode seems awesome when you read about it, but in practice it's been tough to get to actually work out well. The pictures always end up getting cut off pretty short. Maybe they'll look good on the computer when you blow them up, but on the camera screen it's a little disappointing.
I haven't used movie mode yet so I can't speak to that feature.
So this camera doesn't have GPS (which I think is just a battery drain) and it doesn't have wifi (another battery drain) but it has everything else you could probably want for the best of both worlds between point and shoot and travel zoom. Sure you can probably find more zoom or more megapixels, but if you play around with this camera I guarantee you'll appreciate how easy it is to use, how compact and lightweight it is, and how fast and clear it takes pictures.
104 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Impressed!,
This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Blue) (2012 Model) (Electronics)If you're reading this review, chances are you're researching and shopping around for a camera. I did the same thing for over a year (no even kidding). I had my heart set on a Canon because every person at Best Buy pointed me in that direction. Here were my wants:
Light weight and small
Easy to use - I wanted a point-and-shoot... I wanted to do exactly what it said in the title... point... and shoot. Not point, adjust, move, zoom, adjust, tweak, change color, move a few steps, and finally shoot. No thanks.
I seriously had my heart set on a Canon until I walked into National Camera Exchange in Edina and the sales guy showed me the Canons, said they were great cameras but wait... have you checked out this Sony? Again, I was stubborn but decided to check it out. The guy literally spent a half hour with me trying to sway me away from the Canon and towards the Sony. I'm SO glad he did. Sony has a 10 times zoom - the Canon only had a 5 or 8, its much lighter and smaller, so much easier to use, really quick - I can point... oh and look at that - I can shoot! And it turns out awesome! Have you used panoramic before? It sold me! I just got back from Hawaii (the reason I bought the camera) and it took AMAZING pictures of ocean, beaches, rocks, ohhhh amazing. The picture looked better than it did in real life!
I know the other reviews on here have given the camera a 5 star and I did too but coming from someone who: A. I'm cheap. Spending 250 bucks on anything is a lot to me. B: I used my iPod touch camera for a while... apparently my standards aren't that high. C. I'm stubborn and for a year thought I wanted a Canon. Turns out I didn't. D. I listened to the expert at the store - he wasn't a Sony rep, he wasn't on commission - he sold me the camera he thought fit me the best and gave me the best 'bang for my buck' as I told him I wanted. Well done, sir, well done.
You won't regret the camera =)
201 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars State of the art travel zoom,
This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model) (Electronics)I was looking for the following qualities in a travel zoom:
1) At least a 10:1 zoom
2) Good low light performance
3) Lightweight and compact
4) Optical Image stabilization
It performs well in low light. This may have to do with its latest generation CMOS sensor.
It is lightweight at 133 grams - most cameras with this much performance weigh in at closer to 180 grams.
The size is nice at 118cc. Other cameras in its class come in at around 190cc.
Things I didn't care about:
1) Movie performance
I spent a couple of days researching cameras that fit my requirements. There are some wonderful camera comparison sites out there (dpreview, for one) that were invaluable in my research.
All in all, I'm very happy with this camera and would buy it again.
My only quibble? I don't care for the charger because it comes with a cord that attaches to the camera in order to charge the battery. I prefer the self contained chargers that you just pop the battery into. For $11 I got the aftermarket charger I wanted along with an extra battery.
About me: I started on film SLRs and had a B&W darkroom. This is my 10th digital camera.
68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best P&S Currently On The Market,
- only 5x optical zoom, high price, and low battery life (CIPA rated at only 200 photos)
Canon Elph 510
- only takes 10 minutes of HD video
Canon SX260 HS
- typically has high review ratings however lacks HDR, only takes 15 minutes of HD video, and no in-camera stitching of panorama photos
- nice feature set but reviewed lower than the competition (CNET, Amazon, PhotographyBlog, and TechRadar)
- compared to the WX150 this has shorter battery life and longer off-to-on-and-shoot time but otherwise was competitive in my search, however, in direct comparison at least one pro review (PCMag) site says WX150 is much sharper
- more than one pro review site indicated strong redeye and limited ability of in-camera adjustment to reduce this; additionally not as good in low light as others. Further when I played with this model in the store the autofocus seemed slow to react
- reviewed lower than the competition (Amazon, DigitalCameraInfo, PCMag, PhotographyBlog, and TechRadar)
- larger than I prefer, otherwise I would have bought this one
After a week of looking at paper stats the Sony WX150 won out so I picked one up at Target for the same price as currently here on Amazon (~ $250). Target only has the silver, although I'd call it gun-metal grey because it's a dark silver. I wanted black but in the back of my mind I thought I'd be returning this for the Sony HX20V. However after several days of practicing with the WX150 I'm going to keep it; plus the "silver" color is growing on me.
As suggested in reviews, the pics are sharp and colors are punchy. No complaints there. My main concern were lack of manual controls, particularly shutter control when taking extreme low-light pics. This baby has a max shutter speed of 4s but control is entirely automatic. I selected the low-light setting in the SCENE controls, mounted on a tripod, and gave it a go. The WX150 did ok but nothing to write home about. If you have specific need for extreme low-light photography you'll want the next class up in P&S cameras with a 30s max shutter speed.
With that said, in conventional low-light settings the WX150 is fantastic! If you want pics that look like what your eyes see then use the auto mode. If you want pics that capture more light than what your eyes can see then use the handheld twilight setting. On this setting I can take pictures in a dark room and the photos look as if the light was turned on. Its pretty amazing.
Low-light video is exceptional as well; the videos you take will be WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). The video does not fall down in low light however it cannot "add" lighting by adjusting shutter speed as in the case of capturing stills.
Pictures taken at the full 10x optical zoom are just as good as with no zoom. The ClearImage zoom goes to 20x and only a really critical eye will see any differences. Beyond that, the digital zoom takes you out to 40x which indeed shows image degradation as expected. Overall, exceptional. Truly exceptional considering it's less than 1 inch thick.
Focus, metering, white balance, ISO, and exposure are individually selectable. A live histogram is displayed. Tracking focus is a usefull feature if you wish to make sure a specific spot is continually in focus.
Panorama capturing is easy as pie. The camera lets you capture in any direction: up, down, left, or right.
Off-to-on is as quick as advertised. Press the on button and you're ready to capture in an instant.
I bought a class10 32GB SDHC card and downloading 100MB videos happens in just seconds.
When I was reading the marketing promo's for this camera I kept seeing it has what Sony calls an Exmor R sensor, which is simply their branding for backlit CMOS sensors. Judging from the low-light capabilities I'd say this technology is more than lip-service. If you are in the market, keep this in mind. Last year's models may be cheaper but those would likely have the older frontlit CCD sensors.
Overall I'm very happy. I won't be trading this for the bulkier Sony HX20V but I don't need anymore capabilities than the WX150 has. They say the best camera is the one you have with you. This thing slips into your pocket with really no more bulk than your phone.
57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little Camera,
The video zoom is smooth and always in focus.
The HD is striking watching on a tv.
I downloaded to my PS3, and like to watch videos and slide-shows.
Many nice features like the shoot a still shot when in video mode, the panoramic feature,
3D capable, the nice long zoom.
Small enough to fit in your pocket and have with so you don't miss a shot, is partly why I bought this camera.
It responds quickly, and ready for the next shot.
Looked at many cameras and found this to be a good value.
It is my first Sony camera, and I am impressed.
137 of 157 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures but fragile design,
However design of the camera made me return it. I used the mini hdmi output to display some pictures that I took on our TV. The door that protects the mini hdmi would never shut again after only one use! After carefully inspecting it, it looks like it is held on with two very tiny pieces of plastic that are shaped to snap into the body of the camera. They really should have made this cover out of a soft piece of rubber so that it would stay in properly after multiple uses.
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This thing is smoking hot, absolutely cool camera.,
This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Blue) (2012 Model) (Electronics)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What's this?)I have been a camera enthusiast for well over a couple of decades. I am not as experienced at the craft as some others especially those who are professionals in the trade but starting with my Nikon FE back in the early 80's I knew I was hooked. This Sony Cyber shot is not to be confused with a DSLR which has aperture and/or shutter speed settings as well as interchangeable lenses. But what this camera excels at is that it thinks. It's amazing. For example if you want to emphasize your subject in the shot, normally you would adjust your aperture to blur out the background. With this camera and a quick click on the menu button you can choose to emphasize your subject, and blur out the background automatically. This camera actually instantaneously takes two pictures and blends them both together into one shot; one with beautiful clarity of the subject and another of the background that it blurs just right to a pleasing degree, and then blends them into one shot. Like I said, "This camera thinks".
The totally amazing thing about this camera, something my nephew took to testing out right away was the clear image zoom and stability. I don't know how they do it but Sony has accomplished two things that are from outer space. One, you can zoom this camera using 10x optical zoom, considered the ideal method, and also use the digital zoom for another 10x for a total of 20x. Most camera aficionado's roll their eyes back when you talk about digital zoom because that usually means a camera derived cropped shot with lots of graininess; not with this puppy. They have somehow managed to create a "clear image" method that gives you absolute clarity even when zoomed out to 20x. Not only is it clear but it is also stable.
I have been using Flip Ultra and Creative cameras and unless you have them on a tripod, even taking a standard shot will record every little minute shake of your hand. The Sony Cyber shot not only steadies the jitters, it also is effective while zoomed out at 20X; that is nuts. So this camera can actually give you results that you would feel proud to publish even without a tripod.
I love the full size 3" LCD on the back, something that only full size DSLR's are accustomed to. Yes in direct sunlight it is a bit hard to read, and is something to learn how to deal with, but otherwise it is large and clear. I have it set to display in HD which eats up more battery life but I love to see the high quality right when taking a shoot, or when reviewing it. They have a lower setting which conserves more battery life.
Talking about batteries, be sure and get some extras. This camera provides 29 minutes on a full charge. You can buy them from Sony, or get an aftermarket offering. This camera also does not come with a memory card. The internal memory is only designed to give you practically no shots, so get a memory card. This is key because I spent a lot of time researching this and the answer was nowhere to be found, and that is will this camera accept the UHS-1 newly designated cards? It says that it takes the SDXC cards, but not whether it would accept the UHS-1. After reading the reviews I was warned that if the camera you are buying it for doesn't accept them, they simply won't work. So the answer is here, and the answer is yes, you can use them. I bought the SanDisk Extreme 32GB 45MB/s SDHC Flash Memory Card SDSDX-032G-X46,Black and it works like a dream; not formatting or anything, just install and shoot. Other reviewers of that card talk about how much the 45MB/s speeds up their cameras over the old style 30MB/s cards.
Now let's talk about the video quality. In a word; amazing. This is a shocker when you plug this directly into a high def TV running 1920x1080. If you shoot in the native format for high def it may take up a good amount of space on your card but with 32 Gigs you have way more than enough. With a simple change in the menu you can shoot in MP4 which saves space and is the preferred method for the internet.
I love how small it is. It really is a pocket camera. You can fit this in your T-shirt pocket, although buying one of the many cases designed for it here at Amazon is a good idea. That provides a safe haven for the camera as well as extra storage for extra batteries and memory cards. It is traditionally a good idea to get more than one memory card in the event you are away and a card starts to act up; this way you have a backup.
When you zoom all the way out to 20x this camera takes on an awesome look. The lens is really out there for a camera of this size. No matter how skilled you are at taking movies, having a decent editing software can make all of the difference between a more professional clip and one that is strictly for amateurs. Windows 7 has an available download for free of Windows Movie Maker, and it even comes included on some PC's like my friends Dell. I have Pinnacle Pinnacle Studio HD Ultimate Collection Version 15 which has more Hollywood type studio effects than most of the others. It seems to be a nice go between the free versions, and getting the full blown professional programs in the thousand dollars plus club.
Overall this camera is a quantum leap in technology, level of resolution, features, and precision over the Flip cameras and other competitors that I have grown accustomed to using. The kicker is that this camera sells for only a few extra dollars over what those went, and are going for.
I bought an Olympus digital camera setup in the past ten years, and it garnered top honors in printed picture results from the leading consumer reporting magazine. I'm hoping to get back into a full blown DSLR for even more exploring into the realm of both movie making, and still photography. DSLR's have experienced a technological breakthrough in the past few years making them capable of taking high def movies. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 16.05 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3-inch Free-Angle Touch Screen LCD and 14-42mm Hybrid Lens (Black) has the capability of generating a 60 fps output which is what you need if you hope to have slow motion in your bag of tricks when editing; that is really a nice feature.
By the way this Sony also has the ability of when you are taking a movie that you can still click the shutter button to get stills albeit at a slightly lesser megapixel level than the camera is capable of. For the full 18.2 which is the highest megapixels that a CMOS lens is capable of according to the Sony rep, you will have to them as a standalone shot. I see Nikon has 24 megapixel advertised but they allude to software enhancement to create that kind of equivalent. One last thing worth mentioning is that this camera takes up to 10 frames per second in burst mode which are shutter derived for maximum clarity. The Nikon D3100 only takes 4, the D3200 only takes 5, and the Panasonic G2 at four or five times the price, which is highly touted only takes 5 as well. (It does have a 40 picture burst mode but I think that is done electronically)
One other feature I really love is the Panorama setting. You can take a sweeping shot of a landscape, or a room and the camera instantly gathers it all up and makes one large panoramic shot. I hate it when you take a picture of a room indoors and without a fish eye lens, not only does it not capture the whole room, it only captures a piece of the opposite wall making the room look tiny. I don't know if you have priced fish eye lenses, something the real estate pros use because they know how important it is to make the house, room, panorama look as large as it is, but they are a fortune. This Cyber shot has the Panorama feature built right in, and wow does it work. Once again I don't know how the camera knows how to glue together the pieces when you are taking a wild swooping shot across the room around three walls for example but it does. Once again, this camera knows what it sees and thinks. Let's call this the smart camera.
So when you add it all up, this is quite a camera to beat. Ideally as a professional you carry this Sony around to capture events on the fly, and also have a full DSLR with all of the lenses for your general work. That is a lot to carry around so having this Sony is a quick shirt pocket, on off button click away from capturing great footage in HD. I love it, and you will too. Highly recommended.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blazing fast and Ultra sharp,
First of all I have to thank all the people out there in Amazon for their reviews. I have read almost 500 reviews before buying this and I am completely satisfied after using this camera. I should tell you what dragged me to this product. I made up my mind to buy a camera from one of the top three camera Makers....Canon/Sony/Nikon. Lot of recent models from canon are suffering from lens error after some initial use (even after taking extreme care). Shutter lens will get stuck in the middle and says lens error. You have to shed money to get it repaired or buy a new one. There are dedicated web sites which shout "Lens error Canon" (you can try Googling this). When everyone was getting ready to take July 4th New York Fire Works event a person next to me surprisingly shouted "Lens Error?????".....You know what he has canon in his hands and poor fellow he ended up not taking a single shot of that event.
Well Nikon/Sony has not got such an error I guess (at least as per Google or earlier reviews). But P&S of Nikon defies the base definition of a P&S camera. You have to focus the object by half pressing the shutter button and then when lens adjusts you have to press the remaining half to get a meaningful photo. The whole process takes 3/4 secs and the object is GONE. Nikon is not Point and Shoot. It is Point Wait and Shoot. Even the picture clarity is far lesser than canon and sony.
When I was roaming in best buy to see some cameras the sales guy took me to Sony WX150. The moment I saw the LCD screen's crispness I took it into my hands. Shot few sample pics from this camera/Canon Elph camera (could not remember the exact model)/Nikon L810. The picture is ultra sharp in Sony. The Auto focus is extremely fast. Less than a sec. Turn on time is blazing fast. Full HD video is amazing. Sound is superb. 10x Zoom is sufficient. Sweep Panorama is good (It is fun). Low light performance is amazing. Shot lot of photos in low light and no flash. Pics came very well. There are so many settings in the camera that you will definitely fall in Love. It has a size equal to the size of my wallet and slips smoothly into the pocket.
Build quality is OK. Great wide angle lens. ABOVE ALL when you are shooting Full HD video you can take still pics also at the same time. WOW
The reason why I gave four stars is there are few cons also. I feel manual settings work better than auto. In auto mode photos came with a slight bluish tinge (which can be adjusted while auto correcting the images in computer). So if you are looking to use it in a manual mode, for changing light conditions you have to change the settings manually every time. It uses some in-camera processing after every shot. So in some settings the processing time is too high (3 secs). Zoom could have been better and price wise a little higher.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome little camera!,
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