Although not the smallest or lightest digicam around it is excellent value for money. It has a large (2.5”) viewing screen and a traditional (zoom) viewfinder - very useful when the sun is too bright for the LCD screen.
2 sets of rechargeable AA batteries are provided and Sony’s supplied charger can also be used for any other AA or AAA rechargeable batteries you might have. The camera comes with a quality case and a very comprehensive instruction manual, as well as the expected connecting cables. The wrist strap is removable and the attachment point can take a lanyard for hands free carrying.
The features on the W15 seem to include as much as any amateur like me would need and the results are very good. The camera is now used almost daily and is simple and quick to operate for both snapshots and composed shots. I thoroughly recommend it.
The camera is a solidly built piece of equipment, which fits into your hand comfortably, and the 2.5 inch screen is clear and bright in most circumstances, allowing trouble free picture composition and review. The picture quality is excellent, although in low light I found that pictures were often blurred if I tried to get away without using the flash - I didn't try this too often once I had experienced it. Using the flash there are no such problems, although redeye can be an issue due to the flash unit being located directly above the lens.
There are plenty of shooting modes to choose from, although Auto is of course the easiest to use. Macro images are clear and sharp, and the camera is very quick from switch on, to being ready to take pictures. I also bought a 512MB Memory Stick Pro. You can also use the camera to take video images, although don't expect the camera to give you the same results as a camcorder - you can't zoom while filming for example, but the image is a respectable 640x480, and good enough for short clips.
All in all I am very pleased with this, my first digital camera, and would recommend it to others as a high quality product at a very good price, especially as this kit includes 4 rechargeable batteries a charger and a carry case. For those who need more pixels, the W17 is the same but with a 7 Megapixel CCD.