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very good sony camera

25.03.2008 (26.03.2008)

it's small, quite lightweight, stylish, got lots of features and options

havn't been using it long enough to find any disadvantages yet .

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Very good camera by Sony it's got 12.1 megapixels so it takes very high quality pictures and all the options and features available ensure you get great pictures. The price range for the camera is £157 - 220, i got mine from for just £157 which was the cheapest price i could find. Compared to the last camera i had which only had 5 megapixels it takes much better pictures. It's a good size and quite lightweight.
It uses the Memory Stick Pro Duo format, so you have to get that type of memory card to put in it because all formats are slightly different sizes. The camera also takes up to about 300 pictures before the battery runs out.
The only problem is that there's so many buttons and because the camera's small it could be fiddely but I think it's a very good camera. It has a lot of lastest technology, for example apparently it has the latest Bionz processor or something, that doesn't mean alot to me but it sounds good. It also has other features which include:
Double Anti-blur technology
Super steadyshot
Effective 12.1 megapixels
Optical zoom 3x
2.5" LCD screen
HD Slide show with music (HDTV required)
High sensitivity ISO3200
Face Detection
Extra high sensitivity mode

As I was testing out the camera last night I found some very interesting features on there that I hadn't really come across before on a camera.
I took one picture of my garden (quite a boring picture at first really) however because of the different editing options I managed to make four or five different versions of the same picture.
The partial colour option gives you a picture that is partly black and white, the rest is colour. It can produce some really nice pictures actually as long as you do it right. You select which parts you want to change with the marker that appears as a white cross on the screen that shows which part you are selecting to edit.
There's a fisheye lens editing option which makes pictures go really strange, the picture goes all bent up and zoomed in so that the main subject in the display screen changes dramatically. I'm not sure when you would need to use this option or what sort of pictures would suit this option best because if you edit a picture with people and use this option it makes the people look very strange.
There is a star burst option which edits you pictures so that you end up with stars bursting all over your picture. However, you select the level you want where level 1 is the option you start off with where there are no stars on your picture and level 9 you have so many stars on the picture it's difficult to view the subject in the original picture. The stars displayed after you edit with this option show as like similar to stars in the sky at night.
When you want to view your pictures you can choose to have a slideshow of your pictures. You can also select to have 4 different music themes that came with the camera and you can also download more music themes by using the data cable to connect your camera to the computer, then transferring the music onto the camera.

I bought some screen protectors for my camera that keep the screen nice with no finger prints or scratches you can buy them from Amazon for a cheap price, they are worth it because you then don't risk damaging the screen.

I got this camera for my trip to Australia so i'll add more detail when i get back when i have more experience with it as i only recieved the camera yesterday.
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gantzgraf 31.03.2008 17:47

Informative and would help me make a buying decision. Thumbs up for a nice review!

manlybeach 25.03.2008 18:21

Useful review. enjoy your time in Oz! x

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Manufacturer's product description

The DSC-W200 combines the amazing detail of 12.1 MP resolution with high sensitivity for shooting without a flash e...

Exposure & white balance

Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Min Shutter Speed 1 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec

Dimensions & weight

Weight 118 g, 116 g
Height 5.7 cm, 5.9 cm
Depth 2.2 cm

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