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Sony Cybershot DSC-S950 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Silver)

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48 customer reviews

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  • 10.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
  • 4x optical zoom; SteadyShot digital image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen
  • Face Detection; in-camera retouching tools
  • 12MB built-in memory; capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media (not included)
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Product Description

Color: Silver

Product Description

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950 brings you a variety of intelligent features in a compact, easy-to-use design. Face Detection technology automatically detects up to eight faces and optimizes focus and exposure settings, while a 4x optical zoom lens and 10.1 megapixel resolution deliver crisp, clear images.

From the Manufacturer

Take this fashionable camera with you wherever you go. The Cyber-shot DSC-S950 brings you a variety of intelligent features in a compact, easy-to-use design. Face Detection technology automatically detects up to eight faces and optimizes focus and exposure settings while a 4x optical zoom lens and 10.1-megapixel resolution deliver crisp, clear images.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950 Highlights

10.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD Image Sensor
A powerful 10.1-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Super HAD CCD image sensor helps you capture gorgeous images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail. With 10.1 megapixels, you can create stunning, photo-quality prints up to A3 size, or crop your images and still come away with high resolution shots.

4x Optical Zoom Lens
4x optical zoom lens captures sharp images, even from a distance, and enables close-up shooting up to just under 2 inches (5cm) from the subject.

Sony DSC-S950 digital camera highlights
2.7-inch LCD display (230k pixels)
A large 2.7-inch (230K pixels) LCD display features sharp, natural color that makes it easy to compose shots, read menus, and view photos.

Face Detection technology
Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus and exposure to deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

Sony DSC-S950 digital camera highlights
SteadyShot image stabilization in action
SteadyShot digital image stabilization
SteadyShot digital image stabilization compensates for camera shake and helps prevent blur by capturing two photos at high shutter speeds and combining them into a single crisp, clear image.

High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200)
High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. In addition to High Sensitivity Mode (ISO), you can select up to eight ISO settings (Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200) when shooting in Program Auto Mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.

Scene Selection modes
Choose from seven convenient Scene Selection modes to quickly adjust for specific shooting conditions, including High Sensitivity, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Snow, and Beach.

Easy Shooting Mode
With Easy Shooting Mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting Mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings so you can just take the picture without worrying about settings.

Histogram display
Histogram display gives you more control over your images with the ability to optimize exposure adjustments for better detail in both light and dark areas of a photo.

Function Guide
This beginner-friendly optional function helps navigate through the various functions and settings displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.

Lithium-ion battery
Included lithium-ion battery provides added convenience with longer lasting power than alkaline batteries.

In-Camera Retouching Tools
Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming and Red-Eye Correction functions.

Multi-purpose Resize function The Multi-purpose Resize function lets you change the aspect ratio of an image right in the camera, so you can adjust images as necessary, whether you want to display them on a compatible HDTV, e-mail them or upload them to a blog (PC with internet connection required).

Direct Playback Button
Direct Playback Button provides one-touch ability to review images while shooting, or quickly start up Playback Mode from power-off status.

Picture Motion Browser ver. 4.0
Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser ) software2 provides a simple, easy-to-use way to transfer video and still images to your PC, as well as sort, edit, and output to data disc and the Web (PC with internet connection required). Finding your images with PMB is easy with Calendar view and Face Search. Face Search allows you to filter by faces (one or many) and also a specific person’s face. Share images and videos on popular sharing sites with Media Services function.

What's in the Box
  • Rechargeable Battery NP-BK1
  • Battery Charger BC-CSK / BC-CSKA
  • Wrist Strap
  • Picture Motion Browser
  • Dedicated A/V Cable
  • Dedicated USB Cable


Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 0.9 x 2.2 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001O9ARCC
  • Item model number: DSC-S950
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,703 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 8, 2009

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Corey Scott VINE VOICE on March 23, 2009
Color: Black Verified Purchase
My rating doesn't reflect the fact that the flash bulb in mine was doa, because that could just as easily happen to any camera... It's just a little annoying that their QC department didn't catch it. Anyways, Amazon is sending me a new one, and letting me use this one until the new one gets here.

The quality is great overall. Using ISO100 mode with a quick shutter speed produces an awesome quality outdoor scenery shot. For indoors, I found that using the automatic shutter settings worked best, and indeed worked well. I took a photo of a $5 bill (fitting the whole bill in the frame), and was able to clearly read the little "united states of america" written in the border around Lincoln's portrait. In fact, I could even see the ink bleed on each of the little letters. For outdoor shots, the 4x zoom doesn't seem to cost the photos any quality, and could even show some details better than i could see them with my own eyes, and I have perfect vision.

With that said, there are a couple points which i don't like about the camera. First, the quality of photos drops dramatically when you use an ISO setting much higher than 100. Don't even bother with the ISO3200, it looks substantially worse than a cell phone camera. I also don't like that it's one of sony's only cameras that doesn't have a Carl-Zeiss lens. I was so used to Sony cameras using one, that I was surprised to find out that mine doesn't. The Sony lens that it uses seems to work very well though, it may not even be noticeably different. I also don't like that you have to remove the battery to charge it. You can buy an additional charger that plugs directly into the camera, but why wouldn't they just give you one in the first place?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By High Standards on May 6, 2009
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I unfortunately agree with the other reviews. My friends had this brand so I purchased this camera as a preorder. It suffers from the following problems:
1) Excessive noise in low light (grainy pics)
2) No video zoom
3) Slow response time. It does not take pics quickly and recover well.
4) Poor focus.
5) In playback, it takes a second for each and every pic to focus from initial graininess.

I wish I could still return this item but alas, 30 days have passed and I threw out the box!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Aman Datta on April 3, 2009
Color: Silver
I am one of those typical Sony loyalist but I am very disappointed by this camera. The noise on most photos was terrible especially in lower light. Close up photos in bright sunshine was fine but I could not get a decent photo (with Flash). Surprisingly, I had an issue with the Flash too since its coverage was very less and did not light up the subject(s) well or even uniformly.

It's a great price but poor quality. I am returning this product for another camera.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. G. Buckner on July 15, 2009
Color: Silver Verified Purchase
so many people on here blast things for being cheap--guess what? If you buy the $150 Sony camera instead of the $350 one expect it to be $200 less effective. It is a fabulous camera for the money--I have had numerous photos published with it--and its predecessor--you have to accept limitations--it isn't made for night/low light or for long range work--other than that, it WILL be fine for you if you just like to have a camera handy, but don't want to spend more money. If you DO want more, go up the price line and you will find what you are looking for.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Starr on April 22, 2009
Color: Pink
An excellent camera. Easy, understandable directions. Takes beautiful pictures. An excellent price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jazz BD on June 1, 2009
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I've been using my camera for a few weeks and I'm very pleased with its performance.
The pictures are clean, the colours are vivid, and it's very easy to use.
I have taken pictures in the dark and can see all the details of the items or persons in the shot.
Uploading and sending pictures or videos are a breeze.
Great camera.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chuck on April 5, 2009
Color: Silver Verified Purchase
Overall I am not happy with this camera and here are the reasons:

1) The USB cord is Sony proprietary. This is a big problem for me. Don't be deceived by the online images, this is NOT a standard cable. I would not have purchased this camera if I would have known this upfront.
2) Bulky: I assumed that this camera would be slimmer so it could fit in my pocket easier. Yes, it WILL fit in my pocket, but it's wide enough that they could have used AA batteries.
3) The face recognition has never properly identified more than one person in the same shot.
4) Flash is weak.
5) Cannot zoom in video mode.

The pictures are adequate, but better than my older digital cameras.

Ok... what are the positives:
1) Screen is a nice size. The lack of a view finder provides an even bigger screen.
2) Zoom is sufficient. About as good as I would expect of a camera this size.
3) Handles red-eye well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RCAV8TOR on September 16, 2009
Color: Pink Verified Purchase
Bought this for my girlfriend to replace her Nikon Coolpix because sand & digital cameras don't mix. She took the Nikon to the beach & got sand in the lens mechanism & it never recovered from that indecent exposure...

Back to the Sony. It's a good point & shoot camera. Not too fancy & very easy to use. I have the DSC-S650 (older model) & like it a lot. The S950 is very much the same with a higher mega pixel rating. Shots are crisp & clear with auto adjustment, which I use almost exclusively, so this setting "should" consistently produce good results. Can't always say that about the subject matter though...

The video mode is always a nice feature but it does have its limitations. You can't zoom in or out while you are in this setting. You can, however, zoom in while in the still photo mode & then switch to video afterwords using that last zoom setting. Most people don't know this little trick.

Probably the only downside is the battery. The S950 uses Sony's proprietary (expensive) battery. You'll need to purchase an extra Sony battery for the S950 if you use it a lot & don't have the charger, or don't have time to charge the one battery. Remember to check the charge status so you don't end up with a dead battery when you need your camera the most for that graduation, wedding or bachelorette party, right girls?

Last comment is you should get at least a 2G memory stick at time of purchase. Just like with computers, you can never have too much memory for your camera, especially if you get hooked on taking videos...
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