This is a great, sleek little camera which is packed with everything an amateur enthusiast will want. It weighs only 116 grams (without accessories) and on more than one occasion I have checked my pocket to see if it's still there!
It is a simple, point & shoot camera and the vast majority of the time you will simply leave it on auto as that will cover most photo scenarios. However, there are other options namely: landscape, twilight portrait, soft snap, twilight mode, beach, snow, high sensitivity and these can be shot in black & white, sepia, neutral & vivid.
Whilst it's not a professional photographer's camera it's not supposed to be and the pictures are crystal clear, vibrant, detailed and sharp and the difference between the 7.2 MPix compared to my old 2.0 Mpix is huge. The user menus are very clear and easy to navigate round and use of the 3X optical zoom is simply a matter of clicking left or right on a button. The 6X digital zoom is also very easy to use once you remember what menu it's on but you can turn it on permanently (and most people will do this) and it is then just an extension of the existing zoom !!
The camera is great to look at, made of brushed aluminium, with a 2.5cm LCD screen which is more than ample albeit the screen resolutions looks worse than my old camera but that is probably due to it being much bigger and the size compensates for it. The large LCD enables easy photo framing & viewing.
It has a 56MB internal memory (totally insufficient) which can be expanded via purchase of an optional Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo flash media card. I have not as yet purchased additional memory but will need to do so as the internal memory is insufficient for a holiday or trip away.
The instruction manual that comes with it is very easy to understand (although is detailed and takes some time reading page to page if you are so inclined). The software is easy to load and pictures can easily be downloaded to PC via USB 2.0.
The DSC-W55 lets you capture VGA (640 x 480) audio/video clips at high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second), with length limited only by the capacity.
The NP-BG1 lithium ion, rechargeable battery enables you to take up to 380 pictures before it needs recharging and so should be more than adequate for a day out between chargings.
The Sony name and quality as well as the high class Carl Zeiss lens means this is a top class product at a very reasonable price.
Most people will buy this camera looking for something simple, with no technical awareness and simply wanting to take great photos. In that case this is highly recommended as it does exactly what it says on the tin.
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