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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2004
The good: This camera is very attractive: compact and sleek. Pretty easy menu system and the most important functions are readily accessible. When conditions are right, it takes clear, beautiful photos. Rechargeable internal battery means you don't spend a fortune in double A's. LCD screen is a good size.

The bad: Focus problems!! In certain lighting conditions (e.g. fluorescent lights) you cannot take an in focus picture using the automatic setting. I missed so many potentially great holiday pics of my kids due to fiddling around with the settings. Mostly, I simply gave up trying to get a clear pic. I finally contacted Sony tech support and they acknowledged the focus problems under certain lighting conditions, including bright sunlight. They suggested changing the white balance and shutter speed- but when you're a novice photographer, changing these settings is not so intuitive!

Bottom line: Buy a Canon elph. I wish I had. It would have been worth the extra money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2006
This is an okay digital camera, but I was expecting better quality, especially with it being a Sony. I was disappointed with the flash- it does not illuminate as well as my other Sony cybershot (DSC-U20), which was surprising. Some of the pictures also come out more blurry as well- the reason I purchased it was for the zoom and was expecting it to be at least of the quality that I get with my U20 (which does not have a zoom feature). The accessories are nice- I also purchased the waterproof case and it works well with it, but it was almost half the price of the camera itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2005
The camera is compact and easy to use.

Takes really good day time pictures and video options is nice.

I no-longer need to carry my video camera on vacation for those simple quick video shots.

The only problem with the camera is the night time shooting.

Most of the time the pictures come out blurry. The resason is the camera shutter opens so long to capture light that you can't hold it still enough to get a good picture. The flash is also weak and doesn't work beyond 6 or 8 feet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2006
I've had my DSC-L1 for about a year and a half. It's a nice little camera, the size is good, and it's easy to use. The zoom is pretty dang good for a camera its size. It does have a few problems, though- it doesn't take pictures very well in poor lighting- and also...

Mine has broken twice- the first time its knob broke and its warrenty had just run out. When the knob breaks, the camera becomes virtually useless. I sent it in and got it repaired for 110 bucks.

Now, it broke again yesterday. The lens got stuck, once again rendering the camera completely useless. Once again I can repair it for the flat rate of 110 dollars.. but I'm not going to invest the money this time, instead I'm buying another one. It'll be a sony camera, just not this particular model.

I would recommend this camera, however, just handle it carefully. I tend to abuse my cameras slightly so that is probably the reason why it broke twice. Still- be aware that this camera does have potential problems.
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on July 24, 2005
Generally happy with camera & picture quality, tho don't have much to compare; fast power on start-up speed; good wide-angle zoom capability for wide shots.

A few less than ideal aspects: screen a bit small, sometimes difficult to tell from screen whether shot was in focus or not (only evident later on larger computer screen), although screen very good in bright light; some shutter lag problems with using flash, although this is eliminated by using focus lock (holding shutter release button half way down to lock focus & charge flash - when green light turns solid & stops flashing). I've noticed low light shots are difficult to hold steady, prob because small size is not as easy to hold steady & also zoom lens prob does not have very low f-stop equivalent aperture. But this is prob unavoidable in achieving ultra compact size (my guess).

Menu software & GUI acceptable, not ideal, but generally gets job done.

But after having camera since Dec 27 '04 (it is end of July '05, or nearly 7 months to the day of owning, at time of this writing) the controller button has come loose & does not work. Have not yet contacted Sony or checked the warranty papers (am travelling at present) to see what any repair will cost me or whether i am just out of warranty. Oh bother. Camera has not been subject to an abuse, tho has been used fairly frequently.
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on September 13, 2005
I bought a DSC-L1 after a few hours of comparison shopping in Tokyo this summer.

Pros: The size is right. You can take this camera anywhere in your pocket or (more realistically) in just about any kind of bag. The zoom lens is decent and the automatic lens cap looks cool.

Cons: I never managed to get a photo out of this camera that wasn't somewhat blurry. Granted, at 4 megapixels you can size the image down and it looks pretty good. Even with a tripod, though, it was hard to get anything really clear.

Then, three months into its life, the camera was splashed with water, and now it refuses to turn on. Not the most robust electronic device I've ever owned... and once you're out of warranty, it costs $171 to get the thing fixed, at which point you might as well buy a new camera.

So it's all right, while it lasts. Now I find myself wishing I had bought something cheaper. If you choose this camera, be aware that the extra megapixel doesn't mean much, and that you'd better handle it with care.
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on February 16, 2005
BIG PROBLEM if you're a traveler: if you're planning to travel abroad, make sure you have a voltage converter or extra batteries...

i just assumed that this would work, now i'm abroad without a backup plan!!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2005
this camera is good for most amateur snap shots, but when it comes to sports shots, it lacks. the reason for this is that it does not allow for manual adjustment of shutter speed. this is not a very advanced skill for photographers. in fact, it is impossible to take mation shots with this camera. sure, there is a 4 shot burst mode, but that makes you take 4 shots and takes up memory. just so you know what the limitations are on this camera. also, with 4.1 megapixels, you will want to upgrade the memory card. as opposed to another review posted.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2005
Why would anyone consider buying a 4MP camera for $300 in 2009? I bought it in 2005 and it wasn't that good even then. Now, is a paperweight.
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