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Front view of the Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 camera.
Rear view of the Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 camera.
Top view of the Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 camera.
Bottom view of the Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 camera.
Left hand side view of the Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 camera.
Right hand side view of the Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 camera.
A full resolution, (2592 pixels by 1944 pixels) close up shot of some catkins.
A full resolution, (2592 pixels by 1944 pixels) shot of a reflective archway in Chicago.
Forde Abbey building and gardens, reduced resolution picture, (1024 pixels by 768 pixels).
Italian Hibiscus, taken using "Macro" mode, picture reduced to 1024 pixels by 768 pixels!
Shadows on top of Mount Etna, shot in standard mode, picture reduced to 1024 pixels by 768 pixels!
A cluster of strawberries, taken using "Macro" mode, picture reduced to 1024 pixels by 768 pixels!

Personal Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 Review.

A cracking little camera this one! My friend showed me some pictures that he took with his one when he went to Australia for his holiday and I must say I was very impressed.

We had an old Kodak APS camera that broke so we decided to go digital and this was the camera we bought to replace it.

It has a great 2.5 inch screen for viewing and reviewing pictures and the controls are quite logically laid out. It fires up from off to ready for use in no time at all. The optics are a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens which carry a reputation of being a good quality lens and has a 3 times optical zoom much like most zoom cameras.

Using this camera is easy as it is a point and shoot camera but it also carries enough adjustable settings to allow the user to customise how the picture is taken should one not be happy with the standard settings results, there are also numerous preset mode settings selectable from the top dial for various conditions.

Using the different modes gives reasonable results as well. The close up feature is superb and the image quality and colour reproduction is very good. General photography is also very good. The main failing is the use of flash photography in dark conditions, although acceptable it is probably the cameras worst point. The movie clips are very good as well although a camcorder it is not, maximum film clip size is 640 x 480 MPEG1 which is reasonable again, the good thing here is it plays in Windows Media Player or similar software and does not require it's own software to be loaded to view it.

The camera body is made mainly out of metal with the odd bit of plastic here and there, (compartment doors) and gives a nice solid well made feel to the camera, being metal obviously adds to the weight but it is not exactly heavy because of this.

The batteries supplied, (2 Ni-MH 2100 mAh rechargeable batteries) almost seem to last forever on a single charge but if you are constantly zooming in and out the usage time drops to about half. All said and done though the usage time is still pretty impressive.

Of all the compact digital cameras I have owned this has got to be the best one of the lot so far. The only downside is the cost of the accessories. For some reason Sony equipment seems to be that bit more expensive than all the others although prices are coming down all the time. You can now get a sony pro duo 1 gigabyte memory card for less than £20 which is reasonable compared to what they cost a couple of years ago.

Don't bother with the lens attachment kit or the underwater body kit for this camera unless you are a real enthusiast with lots of money to burn. The kits cost just as much as the camera and are pretty much an afterthought extra!

Included In The Kit:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1 Camera, 32MB Sony Memory Stick, 2 Ni-MH (2100 mAh) AA Rechargeable Batteries, 2 Cell Battery Charger, USB Cable, Carry Strap, A/V Cable For Sony Cybershot DSC-W1, CD-ROM Featuring Picture Package Software, Instruction Booklet, Protective Case.

Bought As Extras:

512 MB Sony Memory Stick, Protective Carry Case, Uniross Ni-MH 2800 mAh Rechargeable Batteries .

More Picture Examples:

Other photograph examples taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 can be found on the Flickr web site using the following link which will open Flickr in it's own browser window.

http://www.flickr.com

Sony Cybershot DSC-W1.


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Front View.
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Rear View.
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Side View.
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Top View.

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Bottom View.
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Side View.

Specifications.

Effective pixels 5.1 million
Max resolution 2592 pixels x 1944 pixels
ISO rating Auto - 400
Optical zoom 38mm - 114mm
Digital zoom Up to 12 x (at lowest resolution)
Aperture range F2.8 - F5.2
Shutter speeds 30 secs - 1/1000 sec
Flash modes Auto,Red-eye reduction,Slow
Movie clips MPEG1 (640 x 480)
Storage types Sony Memory Stick
Quality levels Fine, Standard
LCD screen 2.5"
Dimensions 91 x 71 x 30 mm (3.6 x 2.8 x 1.2 in)

Two Full Resolution Examples.

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Close up of some Catkins.
(File size 2.32 MB).
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Reflective Archway.
(File size 2.32 MB).

Reduced Resolution Examples.

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Forde Abbey.
(File size 917 KB).

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Shadows Atop Etna.
(File size 297 KB).
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Italian Hibiscus.
(File size 349 KB).

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Strawberry Cluster.
(File size 1.43 Mb).



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