May 6, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-W7 Review

Available in silver and black, the Sony Cybershot DSC-W7 packs 7.2 megapixels and the legendary Carl Zeiss lens. Digital Camera Resource page have posted their review of this compact digicam and have this to say about it-

" The Sony Cybershot DSC-W7 is a very capable 7.2 Megapixel camera. It offers very good image quality, robust performance, limited manual controls, support for conversion lenses, excellent battery life, and a nice movie mode.

The DSC-W7 is a fairly compact camera that probably won't fit in your back pocket, but it's still small enough to take just about anywhere. The body is made almost entirely of metal, and it feels very solid. The controls are well-placed and it's easy to operate. The W7 has a redesigned 2.5" LCD display that's both easy to see in bright outdoor light as well as dimly lit rooms.

Camera performance is excellent, with a super-fast startup time of just one second, fast focusing times and no shutter lag. The one area in which the W7 lags a bit is in the continuous shooting department. Battery life was well above average, especially if you use high power NiMH rechargeables.

Photo quality is very good for the most part, with saturated and accurate colors and reasonable noise and purple fringing levels. Images were a little soft at times, though that's a pretty subjective observation. In addition, the night shot was pretty lousy, though I'm going to be reshooting it for the third time and will update the review as necessary.

The W7 has a decent selection of features as well. It has full manual control over shutter speed and limited control over aperture and focus. I would like to see less restricted control over aperture, and while Sony's at it, how about a custom white balance feature? The W7 has quite a few scene modes plus a fully automatic mode for those seeking simplicity. The camera's movie mode is excellent, though do remember that you'll need a Memory Stick Pro card in order to take advantage of it. "

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