May 24, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-W7 Review

The new Sony Cybershot DSC-W7 improves on the older W1 and packs 7.2 megapixels and the legendary Carl Zeiss lens. It's also a lot faster than the old model. Enthusiasts will miss the manual controls, but it's a fairly quick and responsive camera with very solid automatic settings and respectable image quality, making it perfect for mainstream users looking to point, shoot, and make large prints with minimum fuss.

CNET have reviewed the W7 and given it a rating of 7 out of 10. Here's what they said-
"The Sony Cybershot DSC-W7's image quality is excellent for its class; while there are some flaws, especially at the corners of its image, they are very minor and noticeable only under close scrutiny. Blooming--the leakage of bright backlight onto dark objects such as branches against a sky--is very tightly under control and barely visible. Chromatic aberration, or the purple fringing often seen around high-contrast objects, is also negligible. The lens is fairly sharp in the center, rendering details well, and a calibrated monitor reveals dynamic range and tonal separation to be very good as well. Barrel distortion, which makes images look curved outward at the edges at wide angles, and pincushion distortion, which has the opposite effect at telephoto angles, are both very minor."

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