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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 420 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the image quality and screen are on the whole positive. The battery and usability also get good opinions. Comments are divided on the energy efficiency. Many are critical about the features and shutter.

value for money, usability, battery, screen, image quality

memory, flash, viewfinder, shutter, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-Shot S500


Somewhere in the middle of this year, Sony quietly brought out their Cyber-shot S500 entry-level camera. This one has 6 effective megapixels, a 3X zoom lens and a 2.4 inch LCD. Despite that, it has more simplistic operation and lacks the high...

Large LCD with good visibility ; Fairly wide zoom lens ; Easy to use ; Very good image quality; especially noise control

Low LCD resolution ; Unresponsive buttons; plastic tripod mount ; Very limited continuous shooting, below average shot-to-shot ; Few features and functions for the price

The Sony Cyber-shot S500 features a large LCD (though with low resolution) and a fairly wide 3X zoom lens. Those are contradicted off by clunky performance in many areas. The camera has very few features and functions for its price as well which make...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-S500


There is more to consider when purchasing a digital still camera than pixels and price. The new Sony Cybershot DSC S500 model offers that and more. The Sony S500 is a remarkable combination of value, simplicity and performance that makes it a perfect...

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Sony Cybershot S500 Digital Camera


Inexpensive, compact, takes nice pictures when it works

Seem to be "disposable" cameras in that they don't last long


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Gone in 60 minutes


Small body, large screen

It broke in less than 1 hour

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cybershot DSC S500


Small and compact

very blurry

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Amazon review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 223 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, usability, battery, image quality, screen

memory, build quality, shutter, flash, low-light

74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Cybershot S500 6MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical ZoomSony Cybershot S500 6MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

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SONY DSC-S500 Silver 6.0 MP 2.4" 110K TFT LCD 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera


Great camera

no complaints yet

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6.0MP ....


I wouldn't purchase another one of these. It's not that it's a bad camera. The zoom / focus is just really poorly setup.

Nice camera. Cheap price

6.0MP focus sucks badly. I purchased two of them, and in 6.0MP mode they only focus when zoomed in completely. After searching sony's knowlege base and coming up empty, setting it to a lower setting was my only option

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Sony DSC-s500


We bought this camera for it's ease of use. We have another digital camera that is just so full of bells and whistles that it is hard to use as a point and shoot camera. This camera is perfect for the quick easy pictures that most of us are looking...

Very easy to use ; Good quality pictures

No image stabilization

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good and basic


Used this to replace my sisters 2 year old cybershot, and sony still holds their quality.

Its a sony, and they've yet to dissapoint me. The display is vivid, a caveman could figure out the menu, and its a little bigger than a pack of ciggarets

I wish it came with more bubble wrap, only five min of popping

Product Specifications

A remarkable combination of value, simplicity and performance make the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S500 a perfect choice for first-time digital photographers. The DSC-S500 combines 6.0 megapixel resolution with a quality 3X optical zoom lens design, terrific wide-angle shooting capability, 25 MB Internal Memory for capturing shots in-camera, and a bright 2.4" LCD screen that allows you to check your shots and share results immediately. More megapixels give you more detail and definition when you make big prints or crop in tight on your subject. The Sony advanced Super HAD (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD design allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise. 3X Optical Zoom helps the DSC-S500 bring distant subjects closer and lets you frame shots for better composition; the Sony precision 2X Digital Zoom provides an additional 2X magnification to zoom in close without jagged edges. With 25 MB Internal Memory, the DSC-S500 allows you to shoot without using a memory card - then easily transfer your images to optional Memory Stick Duo media, upload photos to your computer or make prints on your digital printer. The DSC-S500 gives you a big, bright LCD screen for reading camera menus, composing shots, checking results and sharing your photos on location.

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick PRO

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

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:6Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO auto
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera