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Great outdoors, not so great indoors.
on February 17, 2007
I purchased this camera to take on a family vacation to Disney World. I needed something small to fit in my purse. I chose Sony because I'm a proud owner of a Sony Mavica MVC-FD95. I've been using it for about 8 years, and I think it takes the best digital photos indoors and out. It's only cons for me is the long processing time between photos, and it's just too large to bring on vacation. Anyway, I found this Sony Cybershot DSC-W70 to take very nice pictures during the day in natural sunlight. But was disappointed with the overall brightness of the shots when used indoors in a low-light setting -- specifically indoors with no natural sunlight. Every picture just seemed too dark. I tried every reasonable setting on the camera to try and force the flash when I wanted a well exposed photo, but I never did figure it out. With my trusty old Mavica, just pop open the flash and it will go off. My old camera also has a great zoom lens. I didn't think I'd miss it so much, but I did. I decided to return the Cybershot DSC-W70 to Amazon after taking a whole bunch of indoor photos (taken in the evening) at Christmas time. Again, I tried several different settings, attempting to get the brighter exposure I wanted, but every picture wasn't worth developing. That was such a huge disappointment for me. I took the time to take so many photos of my extended family and not one was decent. For now, I will continue on with my trusty old Mavica. Maybe my next camera will be the Sony Cybershot DSC-H5. It's not tiny, but I think it's the next best thing to my Mavica. My opinion of the DSC-W70 camera is it is a nice slim camera for natural sunlight photographs. It served my needs for my vacation, but was not serving my needs in my every day life. My main use for the camera was not to take pictures of landscapes, etc, but to take photos of my young children and family.