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5.0 out of 5 stars This thing is smoking hot, absolutely cool camera., July 18, 2012
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)
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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.
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Initial post: Jul 18, 2012 9:05:04 PM PDT
Thanks for the great review. I'm planning to get my first digital camera and I have my eye on this one. I'm currently on my last roll of film for my old 35mm. Thanks for the heads up about the SanDisk Extreme memory card.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 10:33:28 AM PST
Kamaji says:
Is the 29 minute battery life because you keep it on HD display? Or does it last longer if you decrease the settings?

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 10:35:11 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 7:02:09 AM PST
Bob Feeser says:
Battery life does last longer if you decrease the settings.

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 2:56:38 PM PDT
Thank you for including the tidbit about UHS-1 memory cards!
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