Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 review
Just purchased a W-7 (black body) the other day after much consternation over
the decision to go with the Canon SD500, Sony P-200, or the W7 (several months
and reading reviews ad nauseam).
The reviews certainly haven’t been stellar on the w7, although not bad — kind of
neutral (good camera, but...). In fact the reviews and user responses appeared to
favor only somewhat the SD500. Very little has been forwarded on the W7, except
for (I believe) two professional reviews. Again, good; not stellar.
Finally (with a trip to Hawaii scheduled this June -- I better get cracking to learn this
thing), I went down to the store and took both (500/7) for a test drive. Still, I
wasn’t totally convinced — I liked the SD500 size. But, the feel of the Sony and
looks (if you’re narcissistic about these things — if it looks good and feels good you
will probably use it more often than not) made me go with it.
Shot my first set of 50+ units yesterday morning... And WOW!!! Clarity and color
were superb (none of the blur that some forum respondents noted) -- you need to
get used to the camera and its settings, as well as to pay attention to what it is
telling you. If you do that, then you will get what you pay for!
The actual prints are remarkable... Again true to life color (especially the reds) and
very good sharpness, but not overly so... I need some work on the flash (I am a
novice) but I will figure it out. Haven't done human portraits yet or low light
evening shots -- will get to these this pm.
However, dining room shot w/o flash was simply perfect... colors and sharpness
exude exact room environment... with the W7, was you see is what you get! No
primping of canvas. I suppose you can do this with other setting with which I am
not familiar now; and, most surely with software. The same scene with flash gave
great detail to a wood carving life-like statue, without harshness -- tones were
slightly warmed, and white walls followed with that soft sepia tone. Camera could
probably stand WB settling for manual -- it doesn't. However, the pic was perfectly
acceptable (and pretty good); and I think the settings --other than auto which I had
used -- should take care of this yellowish overtone.
All in all... I would highly recommend.
None, so far...