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Not the greatest...not the worst
on December 11, 2012
I'm not a camera geek & prefer to use point & shoot cameras. I've been using my daughter's Cybershot DSC-W50, but she'll be moving out soon so I decided to purchase this Cybershot for myself. It was a $79 lightning deal. So for the price point this is a good camera.
I haven't printed any photos yet, but have added them to my laptop & the web. The LCD screen is grainy & bothers me, but the photos have been okay. The flash seems to be overly bright, but does a great job of taking pics in a low light area. Most of my early pics were taken at night with low lighting. (update-I just discovered that the LCD screen is grainy because it's the default setting which saves battery life. To change Disp. Resolution, choose MENU, scroll to the Toolbox icon)
A few settings are easy to access, many more are accessed by using the menu button & scrolling through the various options.
Several memory cards can be used. Here's a list of the ones that will take still images, as well as, video:
Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Memory Stick Micro (M2) Mark2
each of these need to be Class 4 or faster: SD memory card, SDHC memory card, microSD memory card, & microSDHC memory card
There is approx. 56MB on internal memory
There is an on-screen help manual.
This camera does not have the Carl Zeiss lens.
I uploaded a few photos that were taken in low light situations using the automatic setting.
I purchased the Case Logic DCB-302 Compact Case for Camera - Black which has room for the camera, USB cord, battery & extra memory card. One thing I've noticed is that my camera has turned on a couple times while in this case. I searched for a hard case, but wanted more room so I decided on this one.
Battery life doesn't seem to be as good as my daughter's Cybershot. I haven't used my camera much and fully charged it after I took the first few pics - the battery appears to be down by 1/2 already.
I will update my review when I try the Panorama feature & as I continue to use the camera.
Macro seems to be part of the auto setting. From what I can tell, it can't be set manually. I did a little research on macro and learned that the minimum distance macro kicks in will vary by camera. The auto macro setting for this camera is designated by a flower icon & doesn't appear when I think it should & it blinks off easily. I have to experiment with minimum distance until the flower icon shows up. This frustrates me. Remember I'm not a camera geek so maybe it's user error on my part.
I also want to mention that this camera seems to take longer to focus than I'm used to.
And, finally, I suggest that you purchase at least one spare battery because the battery doesn't hold its charge very long.