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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Silver)
- 12.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
- 4x optical zoom, 30mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens; Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
- 3.0-inch LCD display; Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology
- MPEG Movie VX Fine Mode
- 15MB built-in memory; capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media (not included)
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 is W-Series opening price point camera, and combines point-and-shoot ease-of-use with a host of advanced features in a sophisticated, compact body. A 12.1 megapixel image sensor and Carl Zeiss 4x optical zoom lens offer crisp, clear images at high resolution. Intelligent Scene Recognition automatically detects scene conditions and adjust for best camera settings. Face Detection capture faces with natural skin tones, while Smile Shutter technology capture a smile the moment it happens. In addition, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps prevent blur without affecting image quality, and HDTV compatibility offers a great way to view and share photos in high definition.The DSC-W230 offers a step up in features and capabilities from the Cyber-shot S-Series models, with a professional-quality lens, optical image stabilization, and a powerful BIONZ image processor that allows for advanced Face Detection, Smile Shutter technology, Dynamic Range Optimizer, and Intelligence Scene Recognition.
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You can compensate for the processor speed by selecting a lower MP setting for your pictures... this will allow you to take and write photo files to memory faster without discernable loss of resolution and quality.... you can find the "breakpoint" by taking the same still photo at different MP settings and determining at what setting you notice a degradation in picture quality and write-speed
Try it.... it really worked well for me
I can't stress enough how wonderful the anti-blur technology on the camera is. While these newer, lightweight cameras are much more portable than their predecessors, it's also hard to hold them steady without a little of that extra weight. I don't have Parkinson's, but I don't have a steady surgical hand either, and this camera totally makes up for it. I don't like using the zoom feature without a tripod, but the more you zoom in on any camera, the shakier you get if you don't have it on a steady surface. It just goes with the territory.
I am an amateur photographer--I use this for just regular photographs of everyday things. I need something simple to point and shoot. It has the same basic controls that my other Sonys have had, with the bonus of a slightly larger screen on the back. Most users will probably have little trouble using the dials and menu on the back to try different settings and to view the pictures you've already taken. I doubt if you'll have to consult the manual if you've had any experience with digital cameras before.
I have video cameras and image editing software, so I didn't use the video function and did not install or use Sony's software on my computer, so I can't comment on either of those functions. The battery charges more quickly than previous models, and seems to have longer life for my still image shooting. The images are just fantastic--I could wave it around while taking a shot and still get a crisp, clean picture.
Some people don't like the fact that the lens extends out when you turn it on, but I think it's a small price to pay for such quality images. My only other gripe about this camera, as with all Sony cameras, is the fact that it does not take a standard SD card and you must use Sony's Memory Stick Pro Duo. This isn't necessary, it is slightly irritating, and if it took a standard SD card I would have given it 5 stars.
If you can get past the fact that you'll need to purchase a special memory card for this camera (and it's such a great camera that it's not hard to make that leap), you'll be very happy with this for years to come. I highly recommend this camera for anyone, advanced users and beginners alike. It's a fantastic value that will preserve your memories and take great pictures for your business for years to come.
I also have a Nikon D-500 and a Panasonic Lumix Mega Zoom. Each has it's own unique features / abilities so I also have a good point of reference.
You do need to spend some time learning how to take advantage of it's features. The image stabilization can be turned on or off.
You need to make sure when you take a picture that you have the dial in the correct position. If you have hit the Macro button for close ups, you won't get a great photo of objects at a distance. On the manual mode you can do a lot of programing but, you need to understand how that will
affect your picture. The visual aids on this camera are wonderful. I would suggest you leave them on to help in getting the right settings.
I most recently took this camera to Scotland and used it while sailing on a grey day with wind and rain and it took some great photos with no blurring.
Don't go cheap on the Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo which you have to purchase separately and make sure it matches your camera.
As I said, this camera has performed well for 3 years and I have no complaints and highly recommend it.
Primary one is I couldn't use my old SD card from my broken Panasonic, and the "duo" cards this one uses would cost half as much as the camera for the same GB!
I liked the intuitive controls, but the icons on the camera dial were so tiny, they would be hard to work with. Also, the type size in the booklet that comes with it is painfully tiny. (Do they really have something against people with bifocals?) Also disappointing that the booklet doesn't spell out how to transfer photos to your computer. (Tried it by the seat of my paints and it ended up similar to most cameras using their funky cable--which has a release button on the bottom of the plug that goes into the camera. That they should have told us about!) Also was disappointed that I had to take battery out of camera every time I changed it--and one review said that would mean resetting the time and date every time.
The two photos I took looked quite nice, but not enough to make me want to keep it.
My other objection is that the memory card Sony uses is proprietary, and not a standard card that can be interchanged with other cameras. Will be looking for a different brand next time.