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Ok as a starter camera but rather sluggish,
This review is from: Sony DSCW710 Digital Compact Camera - Silver (16MP, 5x Zoom) (Camera)
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I'm keen on photography, so would usually choose a camera which allows a bit more in the way of user control, but I was keen to try out this starter "point and shoot" model from Sony. First impressions out of the box were that it is quite small. Slightly larger than my old digital Canon Ixus, but not much. However, unlike the Ixus, the body is predominantly made of plastic rather than the more quality feel of a metal case, and it is clear that this camera is aimed at the cheaper end of the market. Included in the box is the charging cable, battery and wrist strap as well as the camera itself. As you'd expect for this sort of camera, there is a fully automatic mode as well as a Program Mode, some special effects modes (such as Toy Camera) as well as a range of scene modes, such as ones for smoothing out skin tone, portrait, pets, and even food shots. As is becoming standard now, there is a smile detection function to maximise your chances of getting a decent (and happy) shot of a person. Some of this I find rather gimmicky, and after an initial play around am not sure I would want to be bothered with most of this. One function of some interest though is the sweep panorama mode which enables you to take quite good panoramic shots simply by moving the camera round. There is also the option to record HD video (although only 720p). There is a 5 times optical zoom which seems to have about 10 different positions between wide and telephoto, and image stabilisation which seems fine but you don't really need it with a 5 times zoon.
All the controls are via the traditional control buttons that you will be very familiar with if you've had a digital camera over the last few years. Perhaps you wouldn't expect it on a camera of this price, but I was a bit disappointed that there was no touch screen. However, more than this I was put off by how sluggish this camera was both to capture the shot in the first place and also to record images between shots. On a day to day basis, taking a lot of photos, I would find this extremely annoying.
This camera would be a great introduction to digital photography, although if you're already familiar with digital cameras and looking to extend yourself a bit, this one may not be the one for you. My smartphone takes pictures that are nearly as good, and it does so more quickly!