Sep 14, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-W5 review

The Sony Cybershot DSC-W5 provides 5.1 effective Megapixel resolution as well as a very high level of Stamina battery life, easy-to-use functions, 32MB internal memory and large 2.5-inch LCD display. The appeal of this camera is strengthened by a robust aluminium metal body, which features a superb Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with a 3X optical zoom. As well as its several fully automatic modes for quick shooting and ease of use there are also manual exposure settings suitable for the more creative photographer.
Sony Cybershot DSCW5 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

Sony Cybershot DSCW5 5.1MP Digital Camera

I just noticed the Sony Cybershot DSC-W5 review at CNET and they say-
"The Cyber Shot DSC-W5's 38mm-to-114mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range gives you neither a very broad wide-angle nor a notable telephoto capability, but you can autofocus with a center-point or a user-selectable five-point system down to 2.25 inches. Autoexposure operates in spot, center-weighted, and 49-point evaluative modes. Seven scene modes are available, including Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Candle, Landscape, Beach, Snow, and Soft Snap for soft-focus portraits.

We found image quality to be generally crisp, with even exposures in both highlights and shadows. There was a distinct tendency toward clipped highlights, however. The automatic white-balance controls were easily fooled by incandescent lighting, often giving us very warm color casts indoors. Flesh tones sometimes had a yellowish hue. Visual noise wasn't obvious until we bumped the sensitivity to ISO 400, and Sony's automatic noise reduction feature, which kicks in at slow shutter speeds, helped reduce multicolored speckles from long exposures. Chromatic aberrations were also kept to a minimum."

Feature set:
* 5.1-megapixel CCD.
* 3x zoom lens (equivalent to a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera).
* Variable digital Smart Zoom (at 3mp res and lower), plus 6x Precision Digital zoom.
* Real-image optical viewfinder.
* 2.5-inch color LCD monitor.
* Mostly automatic exposure control, but Manual mode is available.
* Built-in flash with five modes and an intensity adjustment.
* 32MB internal memory.
* Sony Memory Stick slot (no card included), compatible with original Memory Stick as well as the Memory Stick Pro format.
* USB 2.0 computer connection.
* 2 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries and charger included.
* Software for Mac and PC.

Additional Features
* Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Candle, Snow, Beach, Landscape, and Soft Snap modes.
* Movie recording mode (with sound).
* Multi-Burst slow motion mode and Burst continuous shooting mode.
* Email (VGA) modes.
* Shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to 1/8 sec in auto mode; 1/1000 to two seconds in twilight mode; and 1/1000 to 30 seconds in manual mode (with automatic Noise Reduction below 1/6 second).
* Aperture range from f/2.8 to f/10.
* Creative Picture Effects menu (black and white and sepia).
* Image Sharpness, Saturation, and Contrast adjustments.
* Self-timer for delayed shutter release.
* Macro (close-up) lens adjustment.
* Spot, Center-Weighted, and Multi-Metering modes.
* Adjustable AF area and three AF modes.
* Auto ISO setting or 100, 200, and 400 ISO equivalents.
* White balance (color) adjustment with six options.
* DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) and PictBridge printing compatibility.
Related articles