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I've only recently started to use this camera (my husband's) as my old canon has just gone kaput. Now I loved that camera (Canon Power Shot A400) for its simplicity - I'm not a techno-phobe, I just get easily confused and once I had got the hang of it, it was the perfect camera for me to be able to use effectively. So, imagine my distress to have to move on to this Cybershot, which from the looks alone appeared to be far more technically challenging - two dials on the back for making your choices / selections of features, plus menu and home buttons and additional wide angle and telescopic lens button, plus two other tiny buttons for reviewing.
However, I was instantly impressed by the fact that the view screen on this Cybershot is almost twice the size of my old Canon's screen, making the visuals much easier on the eye! Additionally, when I turned the camera on, a grid appeared on the view screen which I quickly learned was there to help me line up my shots, which I have usefully done!
I don't feel suitably 'qualified' to review the technical aspects of this camera, I'll leave that to someone who knows what they're talking about, but I've been using it long enough now to comment on usability and reliability:
* Considering the amount of buttons and features, the camera is fairly intuitive - all of the features I've used so far: lens variation, timer, flash, video, crop etc I have discovered for myself (Himself can't find the booklet) - the fact that I have been able to 'work this out' says a lot for the intuitive design of this camera. It's especially helpful that when you turn the top dial, an on-screen visual pops up to correspond with the dial and to give extra information about what the setting does. This makes it easy to choose the right setting and to avoid being on the wrong setting.
* I sometimes have a problem with being 'steady' when I take photos and with both my old Canon and the school camera I use (can't remember the make) I regularly have to retake photos because they are blurry where I have been unsteady. Now, it might be that I'm more aware that this CyberShot is a new camera to me and therefore I am being more careful but I am finding myself able to take less blurry photos more often with this camera. Now that isn't a major issue if you just want a camera for snapping, but if you're trying to take quality shots to share with others or even to show your clutter in the best Ebay resale light possible, then this is a significant improvement that actually saves you time and maximises your chances of getting that one-off shot. My photos show much greater steadiness with this camera. This is also helped by some of the automatic settings of the camera - the simplicity aspect of this review's title!
* Using the camera to take short videos is also very easy and is a good feature of this camera. On the school's camera, I find it hard to tell if the video is 'shooting' or not, leading to lots of re-takes, but I have easily got to grips with this on this Cybershot.
* Uploading photos and videos is easily achieved with the wire that comes with the camera. I was impressed that this offers a range of 'ports' at the end, so that you can upload to a range of other devices, not just your PC or laptop. In this way, we have been able to rig the camera directly up to my mother-in-law's digital photo frame and take her through our photos without her having to struggle with looking at them through the viewing screen and without having to upload them onto PC and then onto a USB stick or memory card before showing her. It's a lot less hassle thanks to the multi-use lead!
So, I have started to make the transition between my old and loved PowerShot and this new and much more sophisticated Cybershot and actually, for a household camera, it does a surprising amount for what I think is quite a reasonable price (depending on where you get it from, of course). It can be found at quite bargainous prices (under £30) which is very reasonable for the quality of the photographs and videos, plus the range of options that it offers and I'd have no hesitation in recommending it for household and family use or for a first step into more sophisticated photography / digital media.
* I am also publishing this review on Ciao under my user-name PlaysNicelyWithOthers :-)
As a camera I use at work occasionally it does the job, although there are better out there for the price.
Its only 7.2 mega pixels, which fair enough isn't bad but I would expect more for the price in all honesty as the S730 is also only 7.2mp but alot cheaper. So what is it that makes this camera more than double in price?
Well first of all, whilst the finish on this camera is less of a cheap plastic finish like the S730 it still isnt as nice as say the W180 which is more in this price range. Yes it will fit in your pocket, and yes its small and light but so is the S730 and W180 at either side of this model.
The camera has a 2.5" screen, which isn't too bad, its the same as the W1880 and only 1" bigger than the S730, but fair enough its a nice screen without comparing it to others.
The lens is a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar which does add to the specification, I suppose it depends on the quality of the shots you are after as to whether you see that as making this camera worth buying, it doesn't for me! One good thing about it though over the S730 is that the optical zoom is a nice 4x as opposed to the 3x the S730 has.
In terms of ease of use, as with most Sony cameras it is very easy to use, with an accessable "wheel" menu of functions as well as the usual selection below for flash, macro (close-up) and timer shots. Personally I feel that once you've used one Sont you can use them all.
There are a few more functions than the S730, functions include; Auto Adjustment, Auto Programme, Movie Mode, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Lanscape, Soft Snap, Smile Shutter, and High Sensitivity. I would say that these are pretty standard functions with the exception of soft snap which makes the background soft in the shot concentrating on the main subject, and smile shutter which makes the shutter close automatically when the camera recognises a smile, which means you wont take the photo at the wrong moment missing the shot.
It has the usual options in the menu to decrease mega pixels, to alter smile detection sensitivity, format etc
It does have a lithium regarcheable battery which the S730 doesnt so that is another positive for this camera.
I suppose it all boils down to whether you would go for the lower S730, the over priced in-between W110 or the higher-end value for money W180. In my opinion, I would rather opt for the W180 over this one if I was after a decent canera and pay the extra or for a basic camera save your money and buy the S730.
this is a nice little camera for the what you pay for it. i found it very easy to use and not overly complicated, it produces some good quality pictures but if your looking for pictures you can to blow up or edit heavily then i would maybe go for something with a few more pixels as the pictures. the menu's are easy to use and everything is pretty straightforward. i would recommend this as a first camera for someone who hasnt used a digital camera before but then you might want to progress to something a bit more advanced later on, as i did. it has a good battery life and some handy features like the smile detection. i also like the rapid fire option for if your trying to capture something on the move. overall i think that this is very good for what it is and it is very reliable and ive had no problems with it, but you can get a lot better for not much more cost
After owning this camera i would say that all in all it is good. The look of it is sleek and well designed. It is small enough the i can stash it in my pocket if i need to. I like the fact that the lense is a retractable one so when you turn it off the camera itself is compact in size.
The use of this camera is alright. I can use it without problems, but some of my family members cannot. I do not know what it is but most people that use it or try to take pictures for me end up with blurry photos even on automatic zoom. I am chalking that up to possible operator error on their parts. Although it does have motion sensor if you look you can see if it is still enough to take the picture. My photos always come out looking great.
I can easily plug the memory card into my printer and have prints of my photographs in an instant. I love the fact that it makes it extremely easy to take the card out so that you can have prints immediately.
The options for taking pictures is also good. You can choose for the time of day or evening so that the camera will adjust so you always have a good photo. I always use it on automatic but sometimes in the evening i will put it on night mode so that my picture is bright enough. It also has motion i believe snow features which would work well if you lived in a place with snow or were taking pictures of children. The other options are numerous you would just have to buy it to see them all.
i got everything what can be expected from a digital camera.7.2 mexa pixel giving me the excellent picture quality.in fact most of the time we use maximum 7 mp for pictures.and it's more than enough in my view.and comperatively cheap as well.
easy to navigate and for the size and weight easy to carry as well.
Built-in Red Eye Reduction,built in speakers and 8* digital zoom is excellent feature with 2.5"lcd monitor.
As special features direct print, smile and face detection and mpeg video format is useful for me as well.
If you're after a camera which represents ease and automation without compromising image quality then the DSC-W110 is great value for money. Just don't expect much in the way of features.
and all i know about it is that it has some good features ,just like auto-focus.and one of features makes me more excited is that it is availiable in wide colors of range.cool.....
i will buy this camera soon because i have used my friend's camera and i really like it.let me to tell about the features and function of this camera.
this camera is availiable in wide colors of range.for example:-black,silver,pink etc.
scene modes are by turning the mode dial at the back pf the camera.each turn of the wheel displays the mode and a brief descriptor of its on the rightside of the LCD..
you plug and play your photos straight from the DSC-W110 to your TV through the camera's slide show option.there are five sildeshow styles through.which you can view your snaps.
the camera has SONY'S smile detection function,which allows the camera to automatically take the pictures whenever a smiling face ventures across its path ,sensitivity for which can be adjusted alon a sliding scale.
this 7.2 megapixel compact camera produces a good quality image with its CarlZesis lens and 4x optical zoom.General speaking the performance of the DSC-W110 is good for an entry-level unit. It is able to collect its first shot after start up within four seconds. Without a flash you'll be able to get a shot every 0.8s when in burst mode. When taking shots manually with a flash you can gather an image every three seconds.
so this the overall for this amazing camera.
I needed to get a new camera after my older nikon coolpix camera broke and then I lost it. I wanted a new camera however I was on a budget so I started to look for a new camera. The sony range of camera caught my attention since they are a well known and the people who own sony cybershot cameras rate them highly. I paid £70 including postage for my the sony cybershot camera which I think is very good value for what you get.
The first thing you notice with the camera is how good it looks, it's all silver and shiny, the Lcd monitor is 2.5 which is a very good size and it is very clear. The build of the camera is very sturdy, it feels well built and you can defiantly tell that they have used good materials, not just got some cheap plastic together. It feels very light and the only weight that you can feel comes from the battery. The camera has a very good amount of features 7.2 Mega Pixels, 4 X Optical zoom, 2.5 Lcd monitor, High sensitivity ISO 3200, Face Detection and Smile Shutter HD photo output (For HD tvs and monitors). These features are all very good and work well. The only feature that other up market sony cybershot cameras have is Super SteadyShot which if you shake the camera when you take a photo then it will reduce the shake so the photo will be as steady as if you did not shake the camera.
The amount of different scene selections that you have when taking photos are incredible, their are enough to suit any shooting conditions that you will have such as Auto adjustment, Program auto, Movie mode, Twilight, Twilight portrait, Landscape, Soft snap, Smile shutter, High sensitivity iso, Easy shooting. Use of the camera is easy and I have been amazed at some of the photos that I have taken with the camera (I will upload some of them as examples) I feel that the 7.2 mega pixels is a small compared to the other sony range but if you are only going to be using the camera for your own personal use and not for professional photography or selling your photos on, then that will be perfect for you.
The only criticisms that I have is when you are recording a home movie you can not zoom in or out. (This is only in movie mode and not while taking still photos) Also the built in memory is very poor I think you can only hold 5 - 10 photos on the memory so you will defiantly need a memory card. (I have been using a 4 Gb sony memory stick Pro Duo this is able to hold around 1500 photos) The only other thing is the battery life it says the battery can last for taking 420 photos, I have found this to not be the case and it has only been able to take 200 photos before running out of battery and it has been very annoying going out on a walk to find that the the battery life warning comes on and then it runs out of battery life.
Overall if you looking for a very good camera that has lots of value for money then this is the perfect camera for you and I can recommend the camera to you. It may well not be top of the range but for what you get it's in it's own class.
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The Sony cyber shot DSC-w110, has 7.2 megapixels - you can buy a camera with more megapixels though. The sleek, stylish exterior makes it easy to hold and adjust, the controls which are easy to change from one setting to another. There are various camera picture settings including, High sensitivity, for those dark shots, Smiles/faces which will locate the people in the frame and it will follow and capture them in the highest detail (Smile shutter and face detection). It also has a high quality video shooting mode, which lets you take long detailed videos.
It has a 4x optical zoom lens which even zoomed in to the fullest it still takes very high quality, sharp clear images. With a NP-BG1 battery, you can't take it out and put in a new one when it runs out, you have to charge it, which is a bit inconvenient. But on one charge you can take up to approximately 420 shots. It also has a 2.5 inch LCD screen, which lets you clearly see you images and video without being an inch from the screen.
The Sony DSC-W110 is a great digital camera - I am very glad to have purchased it. For those of you who want a digital camera which can fit easily in your pocket, is lightweight, has a good flash, can take good quality photos and even short videos, then this camera does really fit the bill. Obviously the photos taken are not as clear as those you would achieve from a SLR camera but I would rather have a compact camera instead - and 7.2 megapixels in most circumstances is more than plenty needed to take a good photo. The various modes are really handy too and easy to navigate and even the movie quality is alright for short periods of time. The only qualm I have is that sometimes the camera crashes and refuses to take the photo (an orange light appears) and you have to switch it off and on again. I don't know whether that's because of the camera though or because of me.
I have always been a fan of the sony range of digital cameras, and i was not disappointed by the w1110. It is so easy to use and gives great results. At 7.2 mega pixels it is not going to do any professional jobs, however i do find this one of the best cameras for beginners. The dial which switches from different shooting modes means you are not trailing through menus endlessly when trying to take that all important picture in time. Most of all your modes and flash etc is all on the buttons and dial on the camera meaning you don't have to be digitally experienced to work this camera.
The W110 is compact and cute, slim and stylish. It fits neatly into a small handbag or jeans pocket for ease and only takes 2 seconds to be ready from switching it on. Again i love this feature as i so many times with my last cameras by the time i got the camera on, it had powered up and found the right shooting mode the moment was gone.
In all - great all round camera, definitely worth its money and great for holiday and occasions.
I bought the Sony DSC-W110 to replace my rather bulky, 5 year old Fuji 5mp camera. It set me back around £89 from Comet at the back end of 2008.
The camera itself is very compact indeed, which is just what I was looking for. Something that could easily be slipped into a pocket as opposed to my previous camera which needed its own carry case.
The dimensions are 8.8cm wide, 5.7cm high and just 2.3cm deep, so easily concealable about your person. The W110 is also fairly lightweight, weighing in at just 123g. For such a small package, I was delighted that the camera features a 4x optical zoom. Most cameras of this price and size can only muster a 3x optical zoom so that was a particularly good selling point. To partner this, there is an 8x digital zoom (not 'as' important as the optical zoom) and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. I'm not a massive digital camera expert, only to say this is a better lens than those used in a lot of other similarly priced cameras.
The W110 might only be a 7.2mp camera, but in a 'point and shoot' camera such as this it is more than enough to produce excellent photos. In fact I've heard that more mega pixels may sometimes produce worse photos, especially in darker conditions....don't ask me why, but I'm sure an expert will be around shortly to explain all (or correct me!). I think it's more to do with the aperture or shutter speed but those things are slightly above my head!
The camera is extremely easy to pick up and use for the beginner, with plenty of preset shooting modes ready to use. A dial on the back of the camera can be used to select between Automatic Settings, Movie (record movies), Twilight (low light, recommended tripod use), Twilight Portrait (low light with flash), Landscape (with distant focus), ISO (high sensitivity, low light blur reduction without flash), Smile Shutter (smile recognition) and Soft Snap (shoot subject with a soft background).
Other features of note are the 2.5" LCD screen, not the biggest around but functional none-the-less. The W110 also contains a viewfinder which is a rarity on similar specification cameras these days. The macro feature takes good close-up pictures, and shows more than enough definition and detail for me to be happy with. The battery is a Lithium-N which comes with its own AC charger. Battery life seems good and it has been used through several different events before a recharge was required. The quality of the video camera function is acceptable and is output at a resolution of 640x480. This does the job well enough, although the actual display on the LCD screen can suffer from motion blur during recording when moving the camera around quickly. I see the video recording function as an extra rather than a necessity on a digital camera so won't mark it down for that.
The only negatives I can think of for this camera are that it will only use Sony's own memory media. So if you've come from a Fuji, Canon or other top brand, it's likely that you'll have to spend another £10-£15 on a decent sized Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo. The other issue is that the on/off button is recessed below the surface of the camera ad can be difficult to press at the first attempt and can sometimes be mistaken for the 'shoot' button (and vice versa) if you're not careful!
I'd recommend this camera as an excellent value for money 'point and shoot'. Although this model is generally discontinued now, I'm sure you could find it on ebay or refurb websites for well under £100. As an alternative I'd recommend the similar DSC-W130 which retails at around £100 but has an 8.1mp sensor, or the W150 retailing at around £125 which has 8.1mp sensor, 5x optical zoom and a bigger 2.7" LCD screen.
Just to add - I sat down with this camera in my back pocket on holiday and broke the LCD screen inside the camera. I bought a new LCD screen off ebay for around £13, opened the camera up and fitted the replacement screen myself in about 15 minutes. Ta-da! Fully working camera again!
I had purchased this camera from e-bay in an offer wherein I got an iPod shuffle free with it. I grabbed the big deal at the very first moment. My camera came to me within 3 days of placing my payment. I had the impression of it being a conventional bulky camera but when I opened the packet I was pleasantly surprised at the appearance of this cute camera. It is very light to hold and has a sleek and lustrous appearance that makes it irresistible! The one that I have is in silver color. Other color option ranging from black to pink are also available.The camera is provided with a soft carrying case, a battery a connection cord(USB, A/V cable for multi-use terminal), rechargeable battery, battery charger, neck strap, an instruction manual, a CD-ROM and a micro-SD 2 GB card. The soft case is very elegant and holds the camera well to avoid it from slipping anywhere.
The '''7.5 megapixel''' camera is very handy and takes well-defined, clear and detailed photographs. The '''4X zoom''' allows you to take distant photographs. One thing that I really appreciate about this camera is when you take distant pictures by zooming in the pictures are not smudged and appear rather clear! So it is good for focusing and taking distant pics as well! The flash can be set ON/OFF or automatic for still photography and it really provides good lighting effect to the pictures! However some time it might reflect off and provides high glossy effect so at that time you can switch it off.
After inserting the battery and the memory card I switched the camera on and I was prompted to enter the current date and time (which can be changed later). The camera makes a pleasant sound when being switched on and the display on its 2.5" LCD monitor is so lovable and everything is very clear! The usage of the camera is very easy and anyone can get familiar with it in a matter of minutes. The thing that I really liked is that this product is not loaded with numerous buttons for different functions. It is just an apt camera for the people who take photography as a hobby or just like to keep some snaps as a part of their memory... the photos can be easily shot with a click of one button. It provides various modes to take pics depending on the scenario you are in.
ïf¨ Twilight mode allows shooting in night time atmosphere so it is just apt to take your stunning photograph in that new party dress or that much awaited evening gown.
ïf¨ Easy shooting mode is the one that indicates to the user what is to be done to shoot a snap. It is much suited for the new users. Auto Adjustment mode is for the amateurs wherein the settings are adjusted automatically.
ïf¨ Movie Mode is for shooting videos with audio. I had recorded my cousin's video in this camera that too from quite a distance but it appeared very clear and bright. One flaw that users might fins is that videos cannot be zoomed in while shooting.
ïf¨ High Sensitivity mode lets you take pics in low light giving high details to the picture. The picture is shot without a flash but they appear clear and subtle.
ïf¨ Smile Shutter mode is my favorite mode. When this mode is on the pictures are taken automatically but only when the camera detects a full-fledged smile on your face. 6 pictures are taken simultaneously through this mode. A smile meter is indicated when this mode is on which traces the intensity of your smile. When it reaches the desired value it clicks the photos. You can take your own smiling photos through this mode! Since this shoots 6 photos in one go you can take your smiling photos from different angles!
ïf¨ Landscape mode lets you shoot photos from quite a distance. It is best to take photos when you are away on a holiday. The sceneries and other details are clearly captured.
One another features that it provides is that you can make a slide show and view pictures one by one with musical background. The music changes with sound effects and you can even change the type of music or download some other music file from PC. Another one of its great features is the battery! I had seen my friends changing their digi-camera's cells every now and then as they had very short life! I was looking for a camera with a good rechargeable battery and my search led me to this product! I am extremely happy with my selection. You can take approx 420 shot with full battery. It doesn't take much time to charge and provides great battery time!
When you connect the camera to the computer it is instantly detected and the file transfer is through drag and drop which is very convenient!
Overall this digital camera is excellent, good value for money product! It is very easy to use and its 7.2 mega pixel camera provides great picture quality. Among other the different modes one is the twilight mode which helps to capture snaps in the dark. It has a macro mode for shooting close-ups and self timer mode too.
7.2 Mega pixel
4X optical zoom
2.5" LCD monitor
High Sensitivity ISO 3200
Approx 420 shots rechargeable battery
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7.2 effective megapixels resolution for clear enlargements up to A3 size
4x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
Smile shutter waits until the subject smiles before firing the shutter with adjustable smile threshold setting
Enhanced face detection with high-speed subject tracking for clearer portraits
Large 2.5-inch LCD
HD output compatible with PhotoTV HD displays for optimized still images on BRAVIA TV
BIONZ processor for enhanced image quality and fast response
D-range optimizer adjusts exposure and contrast in high contrast and backlit scenes
High sensitivity ISO 3200 for clearer handheld shooting in low light