Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 review
read the full review on this camera, it is spot on. I've fired 6,000 or more photos through mine, and printed hundreds of prints, here's my two bob's worth-
uses AA batteries, and has good battery life
has an optical viewfinder
has a useful burst mode
no sports mode, but combine the two above and you can actually get the odd reasonable action shot, which is usually a lottery with small digicams.
manual mode is very useful, despite only two f stops (you won't get reduced depth of field in any small digicam)
In manual mode, the LCD acts like a 'stop down' in an SLR and shows the results as you go - excellent
good size, makes for a good travel companion. I'm sick of lugging around BIG cameras.
Zeiss lens - it's a beaut
Takes a good photo - within the limitations faced by any small ccd digicam. You'll get good prints up to 8" by 10" and they look good on a computer monitor at normal resolution. Sharp, good colour rendition, but expect highlight clipping, it's a fact of life.
OK, the optical viewfinder doesn't have a diopter adjustment, and it's inaccurate - but at least it has one.
The autofocus isn't always fast, and it can be fooled. I get a significant number of out of focus shots, or failure to get the shot because the camera won't focus. - Luckily the landscape scene mode fixs focus at infinity, which is very useful. Also, it's easy to "shoot the shit" out of any scene with a digicam, just use big cards and take plenty of shots.
the battery compartment cover. You WILL lose a battery sometime. Lucky they're AAs.
No program for shutter/apeture priority modes
Sony's NiMH batteries go flat in the camera in a matter of days, and have poor life taking shots (NiMH Duracells work well for me)
Mine's had the lens freeze and the LCD display "turn off and on again". Yep, but the only cure was brute force and ignorance to push the lens back in. That didn't feel right, but it still works. It has done this, at random, about three times. Out of warranty, of course.
Udate - the camera finally failed, and needs a new lens assembly to fix. Cost AUD$270.00 but I like the unit and it would be hard to replace (modern P&S do not have OV) so I will spend the money.
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