Sony Cybershot DSCW55 Review

The Sony W55 is an excellent value for money proposition given its price. It’s a good compact camera, easy to carry and use. The controls, user menus and interface of the W55 are easy to navigate and set, especially for those who been a Sony user for long.

The rechargeable battery life lives up to the entire day unless one is shooting the videos, of course. Since, the lithium ion batteries don’t have a memory effect it eliminates the concern over partial recharging. The internal memory is 56MB, but again would need a replacement with a memory stick PRO for those little extra photos. The movie mode is refreshingly good but may appear to be a little dark at auto settings. Needless to mention, movie mode eats up a lot of storage space on the memory card.

But, W55 also offers an additional option for taking images at lower resolution. This saves the precious memory space on the card. The W55 has a 7.1-mega-pixel sensor, which deliver high quality images. But, not all images need to be taken at that resolution. Users can decrease the resolution for indoor and family photos and can save disc space. The shutter lag is very small allowing photographers to capture near perfect images in quick succession.

Additionally, the camera takes just a bit over a second to turn on. It is easy to operate both in automatic and manual modes and especially useful for those who just want to point and shoot without having to bother about the technical aspects.

The W55 with its optical capabilities fair well over other snapshot cameras in the product range. The image quality is very good, though a little disappointing in poor light conditions. The Sony W55 allows user to manually set controls and switch between various scene modes and program modes for better command over automatic settings. In silver, black, pink, or light blue, the DSC-W55 is a one up choice for the fashion conscious photo shooters who want style and technology bundled in a single package.

Product Description

7.2 Mega pixel of detail and definition gives you the option of large prints or crop in tight on your subject. The Super HAD(TM) CCD design allows more light to pass to each pixel increasing sensitivity and reducing noise. Top-quality Carl Zeiss lens helps you bring you subject closer and frame shots quickly for better compositions, ideal for family sporting events, outdoor fun and travel photos. Check your composition shots on the large, bright 2.5-inch LCD Screen, share your photos on location or video the setup menu even in full sunlight. Even shoot in low light with the high sensitivity ISO 1000.

Original Clear RAW Noise Reduction helps suppress color noise. 56MB of Internal Memory let’s you start shooting right away. Then, when you’re ready, upload you pictures onto a Memory Stick(R) Duo media or PC for printing. Capture VGA 640×480 video clips with audio at high frame rates up to 30 frames per second with length limited only by the capacity of my media. Get up to 380 shots with a fully charged NP-BG1 Lithium Ion battery. Enough for a long weekend or a whole vacation. Burst Mode let’s you shoot up to 64 shots at VGA Standard Mode.

High Sensitivity ISO 1000 Clear RAW Noise Reduction Burst and MPEG Movie VX Fine Mode White Balance – Automatic, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent and Flash Self Timer – 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds and Off Red-Eye Reduction Up to 64 Shot VGA at 1.3 fps Burst Mode Scene Modes – Beach, High Sensitivity, Landscape, Snow, Soft Snap, Twilight and Twilight Portrait Movie Mode – MPEG VX Fine with Audio at 30 fps 640×480 Optical Viewfinder 6 Elements in 5 Groups, 3 Aspheric Elements Lens Construction 35mm Equivalent – 38-114mm Shutter Speed – 1/8-1/2000 seconds 1/3 EV Step Increments Exposure Compensation Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1000 ISO Battery Capacity – 3.6V, 960 mAh Dimensions – 3.5 x 2.25 x 0.875 inch, 89mm x57mm x 23mm Weight – 4.2 ou

Product Details

Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 1 inches ; 1 pounds 
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Technical Details
7.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints 
2.5-inch LCD display; 3x optical zoom 
High-sensitivity shooting mode increases ISO to maximum of 1000 
Capture MPEG VX video with audio 
Stores images on Memory Stick DUO or MS Pro DUO memory cards (56 MB internal memory included)

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