Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S40

Announced Feb 19, 2005 •
4 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 32 – 96 mm (3×)
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A wide-angle 3x Carl Zeiss vario-Tessar zoom lens makes the the DSC-S40 quite impressive with a similar menu system to the S600 and handy multi-burst and burst modes, plus a useful selection of scene modes. Imagw quality is great.

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I bought this camera around 18 months ago as my first foray into digital,just wanting a small easy to carry P & S. Firstly, having read other reviews it would seem that some people have had build quality issues although I must say that having taken in excess of 2000 pics with mine it hasn't gone wrong once. Build quality is solid enough for a small compact and in the absence of any sort of manual controls I found that the scene modes performed well enough. The image quality is very good if ...

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The 32mm at wide end is what sold me on the S40. For such an inexpensive camera the distortion is well controlled and the resolution is excellent. One second shot refresh and 2 second flash refresh are quite nice...There are enough manual contols to keep anyone happy. Not too many buttons or dials, but just enough to keep one from having to continuosly using the menu...A nice quality shirt cam for a reasonable price...I liked it so well, I bought two... Problems: Get rid of the alkaline ...

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Abouna
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This is a very nice little pocket camera. I have owned several Sony digital cameras and have found them all excellent. The pictures from this unit are great for the size. The functionality, including shutter lag, is also excellent. Problems: Many reviewers here have complained about both battery problems and power on problems. It turns out, after talking with Sony about this, that the batteries packaged with the camera are not sufficient to power the camera (leave it to Sony to do this)! ...

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Execellent lens. This summer I took about eight thousand photos and on occasion I was able to take over 600 photos without recharging the batteries. Burst mode is excellent. Very fast for start-up and for recording. Also the transfer to the computer is amazingly fast. Problems: I would prefer a loop approach for the menus, rather than having to go from left to right and back. I use burst a lot - this allows me to do portraits in low light - but when I opt to use flash, I must deactivate the ...

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A fun little camera. Ths is my 4th digital P&S, and I also own 2 DSLR and several film cameras. I had a Konica Minolta Xg that I took on business trips. The Xg fit into a shirt pocket with room to spare. After it got stolen, I bought a Cannon A520. I fell into the "feature trap". The Cannon has a nice 4X zoom and many manual features that are useless on small cameras. (Does anyone really use a light meter to set the exposure manually on these cameras?) The A520 is painfully slow, with ...

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I have had at least 12 point and shoot cameras. I take a great many pictures which are used for smugmug galleries and for use in Quicktime multimedia presentations. My cameras must be ready to use quickly while bicycling and hiking. They must be small and durable. I use the 640x480 movie mode more and more often. My favorite camera has been a Canon A300. I bought this Sony camera for it's shot to shot times and the hope that it would have a longer reaching flash. I have not been ...

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Great pictures, compact, easy to use, nice set of features, automated lens cover, reliable. Good value. Problems: None

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- Note: I got this camera with a 512 MB card - something I would recommend. Feature filled camera at an outstanding price. The Carl Ziess lens is awesome, and takes great photos. The digital zoom worried me(x2), but the smart zoom (up to 10x) is amazing for a 4MP camera. I think the digital zoom also steers beginners of zooming in on every shot and deteriating the quality of the image. The movie mode is also great - 30 frames per second, and unlimited time. PLaback zoom, trim, and resize is ...

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Awesome small camera and great bang for buck Problems: none

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