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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 165 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and value for money. The portability and design also get good comments. Opinions about the color and shutter are mixed. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and image stabilizer.

screen, design, portability, value for money, usability

battery, manual adjust., low-light, stabilizer , energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-M2

 

Still/movie double threat; 2.5-inch LCD with excellent visibility in daylight; versatile slide-show/album mode; speedy burst mode.

Awkward to use; few manual controls; weak flash with poor red-eye mode; no in-camera movie editing.

The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-M2 takes quality stills and videos, if you can get past its awkward design.

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Sony DSC-M2

 

Macintosh® OS 8.5.1, 8.6, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, OS X (v10.0/v10.1)

The Sony Cyber-shot M2 is a bit of an enigma. It's capable of producing high-quality 5-megapixel stills, but its indoor results are limited by its underpowered flash. Although billed as a hybrid still/movie camera, Sony failed to endow the M2 with high-qu

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Sony Cyber-shot M2 reviewed

 

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-M2 is the company's second-generation M-series hybrid camera. You know, the one that's supposed to squash all the bugs that were in the M1 and prove that this odd cross between a camcorder and digicam really works. DCResource took...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 First Impressions Review

 

Sony announced the Cyber-shot DSC-M2 in January as the successor to the hybrid M1. The M2 has 5.1 megapixels on its 1/2.5-inch Super HAD CCD and the power of a Real Imaging Processor - just like the M1. Both models have Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x...

- Hybrid record mode - 57 MB internal memory - Stereo audio recording - Optical zoom in movie and still shooting - Slide shows with my own music

- Weak flash - Limited aperture range - No image stabilization - Non-intuitive button placement

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 succeeds the M1 and keeps many of its features. The cameras have identical auto and program modes and boast the same nine scene modes. Their 3x optical zoom lenses are the exact same - from their aperture ranges to the number...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2

 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 is about as unique a digital camera as could be imagined. It packs a 3x zoom lens and high-resolution five megapixel sensor into a reasonably compact body, and offers generally good image quality as well as movies that are...

Extremely eye-catching body will certainly draw attention!Body shape (thanks to the swivelling LCD) is easy to grip and hold steadilyStereo microphone - a rarity among digital camerasControl layout is generally better than in the M1Redesigned camera...

That eye-catching body isn't exactly conducive to catching a quick shot without grabbing your subject's attentionHinge mechanism might prove a weak spot if you drop the cameraIt is too easy to cover one half of the stereo microphone with your fingerNo...

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 looks quite similar to the previous DSC-M1 model on which it is based (and nothing like most of its other Cyber-Shot predecessors), with an unusual and honestly rather unusual body that will definitely attract attention...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2

 

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Successfully combines camera and camcorder features ; Very good photo and movie quality ; Snappy performance ; Large, high resolution rotating LCD display with great outdoor visibility ; AF-assist lamp ; Zoom lens can be used during filming ; Built-in...

Expensive; better values exist ; Awkward design with poor control layout ; No internal memory or memory card included, so the real price of the camera is even higher ; Weak flash; redeye a problem ; Lacks movie editing features (surprising given the...

For $100 less you can buy the Canon PowerShot S2 IS, which offers a 12X zoom lens (with image stabilization) and a nice movie mode (though it doesn't use MPEG-4). For even less money there's the Pentax Optio S6, which has 3X zoom and 2.5" LCD like the...

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Sony Cyber-Shot M2

 

The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 is the second of the Sony Cyber-shot M-series which feature a unique vertical design and excellent movie mode. Other than that, the Sony Cyber-shot M2 has 5 megapixels, a 2.5 inch LCD and a "hybrid movie function" with...

Stylish design ; Excellent movie mode with stereo sound and movie zoom ; Large rotating 2.5 inch LCD ; 1 cm Magnifying Glass mode ; Larger and more strategically placed buttons (Compared to the Cyber-shot M1) ; Hybrid mode which is hmm... interesting ;...

No manual controls ; LCD is rather low in resolution ; Weak flash ; Flimsy battery/Memory Stick slot door ; Lots of red-eye ; Soft photos and high noise levels

The Sony Cyber-shot M2 is quite an interesting one of a kind hybrid camera. It combines 5 megapixels of resolution along with an excellent movie mode. The rotating LCD gives more room for "creative" photos and movies, given that it can rotate to almost...

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"Great size and weight"

 

I had this camera for over a month now.

Size,still picture quality

no image stabilizer

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"Very versatile camera/camcorder"

 

This camera has delivered more than I expected. Bought the camera two weeks ago at apprx $350. It's been a great value for the price and quality, excellent still pictures as well as video clips.

Takes clear pictures and captures excellent videos

Battery life is apprx 1.5 hrs

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-M2

 

This camera has delivered more than I expected. Bought the camera two weeks ago at apprx $350. It's been a great value for the price and quality, excellent still pictures as well as video clips.

Takes clear pictures and captures excellent videos

Battery life is apprx 1.5 hrs

Product Specifications

With this 2-in-1 Cyber-shot, combining still photograph and movie-making capabilities, you can have it all! The Sony Cyber-shot M2 is the perfect futuristic accessory for impressing your friends: switch in moments from photo to movie mode and back and shoot live footage or quality stills wherever you are. The Sony Cyber-shot M2 features 5.1 effective megapixel resolution and a high-quality movie mode (MPEG-4 recording) in a stylish, ergonomically designed camera. It combines the best of both worlds: quality photography is guaranteed thanks to the 5.1 effective megapixel Super HAD CCD, a large and bright 2.5-inch hybrid LCD screen and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar folded-path 3x optical zoom lens. In addition, it gives you casual movie-shooting capabilities, allowing you to capture up to 50 minutes of good-quality footage on a Memory Stick PRO Duo with one charge of the supplied InfoLITHIUM battery. A gentle push on the LCD frame flips the DSC-M2's LCD panel 90 degrees clockwise and then turns the power on simultaneously. Features Slide Show + Movie, enabling you to create a slide show with various melodies and effects, and Pocket Album which allows you to save a maximum of 1, 100 still images to the internal memory. Also with Cyber-shot Station so you can use the DSC-M2 as a viewer for watching your slide show or movie by setting the camera on the cradle.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FT1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.3in
Height:4.8in
Weight:0.4lbs
Width:2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Hi-speed shutter / Landscape / Magnifying glass / Snow / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DSC-M2
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.4
Max Focal Length:19mm
Min Focal Length:6.33mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:5.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:6
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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