13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A great camera with manual options,
This review is from: Sony DSC-W5 Cyber-shot Digital Camera - Silver [5MP, 3 x Optical Zoom] (Electronics)
I bought this as a "notebook" compact to carry in the pocket rather than dragging out an SLR for every shot. As a pro photographer with habits, I wanted a camera with an viewfinder, not being keen on composing on an LCD screen, but I have to say, this camera has changed my mind with its crisp, responsive and bright large size LCD.
Camera response times on startup and pressing the shutter are also excellent for this price point. A range of auto modes largely cope well with varied lighting conditions, and so far exposure accuracy seems good, albeit with a tendency to overexpose with flash.
The major reason for choosing this camera over others was the manual exposure options, allowing override of shutter, aperture, white balance and ISO - ideal for forcing slow shutter times and for awkward lighting when auto just doesn't cut it. Image quality is generally very good, the Zeiss lens producing crisp images with good, balanced tones, although it is a little prone to blowing out detail close to bright highlights.
The camera body is well constructed and large enough to hold steady with comfort. Overall, I'd have no hestitation in recommending this camera at the price.