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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 529 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the value for money and battery. The usability and screen also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the storage and reliability. There are some mixed comments about the color and shutter.

portability, screen, usability, battery, value for money

memory, manual adjust., features, reliability, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony DSC-W50

 

The Cyber-shot DSC-W50 is an affordable yet high-performance 6-megapixel digital camera that offers a Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens, large 2.5-inch color LCD, automatic simplicity and advanced features that you can "grow into" later, housed in a very...

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W50 (Silver)

 

Compact; easy operation; decent image quality.

Feels flimsy; noisy at high ISO; few scene modes or manual controls.

It's not very flexible, and it's not for low light shots, but the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W50 is still a solid ultracompact camera.

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Sony's compact DSC-W50 Cyber-shot reviewed

 

The Cyber-shot DSC-W50 is a decently priced 6 megapixel shooter from Sony with claims to higher light sensitivity and not a lot else to brag about, at least on paper. DCRP has put the camera through its paces, and they find it a fine camera for ...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

Thin and ultra-compact, the new Sony DSC-W50 digital camera (and its sibling the W30 model) updates the Cyber-shot line with convenient portability and fully automatic exposure control in a compact, rugged metal case. The W50 offers the excellent...

Fast, excellent shutter response, excellent shot to shot speed

Macro mode shows severe curvature of field/blurry corners, So-so handling of household incandescent lighting, A tendency toward slight warm casts in many shots, No custom/manual white balance option

Though the LCD monitor dominates the rear panel, Sony managed to keep all the main functions close at hand and fairly easy to operate. Grab the Sony W50 in your right hand and your middle and third finger naturally grab the raised ridge on the front of...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50

 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 ($249) is a compact 6 Megapixel camera with a 3X optical zoom lens, 2.5" LCD display, VGA movie mode, and point-and-shoot operations. One of the other big features on the W50 is its high sensitivity mode, which can boost the...

Very good photo quality in most situations (though see issues below) ; Low noise levels for its class through ISO 400 ; Compact, stylish body comes in silver and black ; Snappy performance ; Large 2.5" LCD display (though resolution could be better) ;...

Color saturation changes at ISO 800 and 1000; noise levels limit you to small, mediocre quality prints at those settings ; Redeye ; Focusing can be slow at telephoto end of lens or in low light ; Unimpressive continuous shooting mode ; No manual...

Overall, I'd recommend the Cyber-shot DSC-W50 to most everyone. Those of you who shoot under unusual lighting conditions, or who want to take long exposures (like I do in every review) should look for a camera with manual controls (the high-end...

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Sony Cyber-Shot W50

 

The ultra-compact Sony Cyber-shot W50 is has 6 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, a large 2.5 inch LCD and ISO 1000 capabilities. Sony has come up with a compact camera capable of taking photos at high sensitivities. So how will things turn up? Will I like...

Large 2.5 inch LCD ; Excellent battery life ; Conversion lens compatibility ; Flash control is better than most ; Gets very close with 2 cm macro mode ; Great high ISO performance (Even ISO 1000 shots are acceptable) ; Unlimited VGA 30 FPS movie mode ;...

LCD visibility and resolution not excellent ; Zoom lever is too easy to bump ; No manual controls ; Slow and limited continuous shooting ; Performance could be faster and better ; Redeye ; Memory Sticks can be costly

The Sony Cyber-shot W50 takes most of the W5's features and puts them into a smaller package. The W50 is about 10% smaller than the W5 yet features a 6 megapixel CCD, 3x zoom lens with the same specifications, excellent battery life and can still...

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"needs to have date time stamp as option"

 

LOOKS LIKE ALL OF SONY DSC AND OTHER QUALITY CAMERAS DO NOT PROVIDE THE CRITICAL OPTION TO DATE TIME STAMP IMAGE ANY MORE. LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT COMPANY.

usual good technical features

BAD DOES NOT HAVE DATE TIME STAMP - CRITICAL TO SCIENTIFIC, LEGAL, MEDICAL, CLIENT, BUSINESS, AND PERSONAL DOCUMENTATION

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failed prematurely

 

Large screen

Battery to expensive / Can use only Sony memory stick expens

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50

 

A good point and shoot camera. Easy to use. Takes very good pictures. Small enough to put it in your pocket.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W50 (silver)

 

LOOKS LIKE ALL OF SONY DSC AND OTHER QUALITY CAMERAS DO NOT PROVIDE THE CRITICAL OPTION TO DATE TIME STAMP IMAGE ANY MORE. LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT COMPANY.

usual good technical features

BAD DOES NOT HAVE DATE TIME STAMP - CRITICAL TO SCIENTIFIC, LEGAL, MEDICAL, CLIENT, BUSINESS, AND PERSONAL DOCUMENTATION

Product Specifications

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Series is an ideal camera for starting out right in digital photography, combining the quality of 6.0 megapixels and Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, the performance of High Sensitivity mode for great low-light shots, the simplicity of on-screen Function Guide for easy setup, and the convenience of 32 MB Internal Memory for shooting images in-camera.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

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:0.9in
Height:2.3in
Weight:0.4lbs/4.5oz/5.5oz
Width:3.5in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DSC-W50/DSC-W50S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black

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:CCD/Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:6
ISO (Max):1000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera
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