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A classic design meets modern technology in the Cyber-shot W15 digital camera from Sony. It combines a traditional rangefinder camera layout with high...

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published 08/09/2005 | cheekychappy05
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Pro Small Light and produces quality piuctures
Cons None - that I have found!
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"The family camera"

I am quite into camera's and am always looking for that perfect shot. I haven't found it quite yet, but I now that when it comes with my new Sony Cybershot the quality will be of the highest standard.

~#Basic Functions#~
When I am looking for a new camera I always look at the Megapixels so I suppose that is a good place to start. It has 5.1 Mp's which for me is ample. It allows me to view full size images on my 18" computer screen and they look crystal clear. Also the camera has an optical 3x zoom, I know it doesn't sound much but just imagine anything 3x bigger and it is normally plentyful.

However if the 3x optical zoom isn't enough for you there always is the 2x digital zoom which may be applied afterwards. After using both of the zooms the image quality is still of the same stature.

The camera come with an automatic and manual focus. However I am not very could at using the manual so it sits on automatic for most of the time, if not all. The 2.5" LCD display on the back of the camera enables quick image viewing, deleting and minor editting.

The camera is rechargable and comes with 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery. These have a reasonable battery life of over 6 hours. Both Memory stick pro and Memory Stick are compatable which allows you to use old memory cards inside this camera.

~#Features#~

The siz of the camera is small for one of its size. With dimensions reading 9.1 cm x 3.7 cm x 6 cm it would fit into the smallest of handbags.

It also weighs 197g which is very light enabling you to carry around without it being any burden at all. Also its built in flash as a few functioning levels. Be weary when using these as they can be quiet blinding for those near by! As most modern day cameras it also has a very functionable red eye reduction.

The body material of the camera is black aluminium and looks extremely stylish. The camera also comes with a built in 10sec timer so you can makesure that you are always in pictures that you want to be in.

The computer is connected to your computer through the provide USB cable. Also there is a 1 x composite video/audio output which enables you to view slideshows on a T.V. I have used this function many a time as you can just sit back with friends and family and enjoy.

There are also numerous shooting modes. So far I have explored Landscape, twilight portrait, soft snap, twilight mode, candle, beach. All of them working to what they say they will.

~# Provided Software#~

The camera comes with all the required drivers to allow it work on your computer. And it comes with both Sony Picture Package and ImageMixer VCD2. I have mainly used the ImageMixer and to a great effect. THe editting capabilities are great!

Overall I would have to recommend this camera to anyone looking for a reliable and easy-to-use camera. And at around the £200 price mark a true bargin if you ask me.


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  • matsu65 published 08/09/2005
    Good review..Mike
  • wiggy012 published 08/09/2005
    Great review, Paul
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Product Information : Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W15

Manufacturer's product description

A classic design meets modern technology in the Cyber-shot W15 digital camera from Sony. It combines a traditional rangefinder camera layout with high-end features such as a huge 2.5" LCD screen, 5.1 Megapixel image capture, and high speed performance thanks to the Real Imaging Processor chip. The W15's Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens provides crisp, clear visuals and a 3X optical zoom without compromising the camera's amazingly compact design. Image quality is further enhanced with such features 5 area multi-point auto focus, auto focus illuminator and multi-pattern measuring. With a classic build, easy control, and numerous advanced features, the Cyber-shot W15 has something for everyone. The Cyber-shot W15 is black and comes with a leather case and 4 rechargeable batteries.

Product Details

Product Description: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W15 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick Micro (M2) card

Internal Storage: 32 MB flash

Sensor Resolution: 5.1 Megapixel

Lens System: Carl Zeiss 3 x zoom lens - 7.9 - 23.7 mm - f/2.8-5.2

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 2 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery - 2100 mAh ( included ) ¦ 2 x AA alkaline battery ( optional )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Colour: Black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.1 cm x 3.7 cm x 6 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: DSC-W15, DSCW15.CEH

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Black

Sensor Resolution: 5.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: Super HAD CCD

Total Pixels: 5,255,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 5,090,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/1.8"

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Digital Zoom: 2 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 5

Digital Video Format: MPEG VX

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO auto

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual

Shooting Programs: Landscape, twilight portrait, soft snap, twilight mode, candle, beach

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia

White Balance: Automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, daylight

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: Carl Zeiss 3 x zoom lens - 7.9 - 23.7 mm - f/2.8-5.2

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 38 - 114mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 6cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 5 groups / 7 elements

Filter Size: 30 mm

Features: Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

Effective Flash Range: 0.5 m - 3.8 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.6 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge support, histogram display, resizing an image

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom

Display

Type: 2.5" LCD display

Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick Micro (M2) card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Package, ImageMixer VCD2

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, Apple MacOS 9.1 or later, MS Windows 98 SE

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Battery charger, battery case, USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable

Body Material: Aluminium

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery - 2100 mAh ( included ) ¦ 2 x AA alkaline battery ( optional )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick Micro (M2) card

Supported Memory Cards: Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO

Internal Storage: 32 MB flash

Image Storage: Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 12 - with 32MB card ¦ Standard JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 23 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2592 x 1728 : 12 - with 32MB card ¦ Standard JPEG 2592 x 1728 : 23 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 20 - with 32MB card ¦ Standard JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 37 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 50 - with 32MB card ¦ Standard JPEG 1280 x 960 : 93 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 196 - with 32MB card ¦ Standard JPEG 640 x 480 : 491 - with 32MB card

Video Capture: MPEG - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 177 sec - with 256MB card ¦ MPEG - 640 x 480 - 16 fps - 87 sec - with 32MB card ¦ MPEG - 160 x 112 - 8 fps - 1410 sec - with 32MB card

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 9.1 cm

Depth: 3.7 cm

Height: 6 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

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