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Sony CyberShot DSC-P92
Sony CyberShot DSC-P92

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Sony CyberShot DSC-P92

Editor's Review

The Sony Cybershot DSC-P92 blends high resolution and easy operation in a compact and portable body. The 5-megapixel P92 offers fully automatic control as well as limited optional manual controls, making the camera a nice choice for both beginner and amateur digital photographers. If high resolution is unnecessary, or if the price is too high, then the Sony P-72 and P-52 offer good 3-megapixel alternatives.

Specifications

  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and preset manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format only
  • ISO range 100 - 400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • UPC: 00027242624269
  • Release Date: Jul 30, 2003

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Sony CyberShot DSC-P92 Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-P92 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
good (Peter — 06/08/2011)
I have the DSC-P72 3.2mp for 4 years and bought it for 30 euro's secondhand. I think it's a wonderful camera and just now bought the DSC-P92 5mp just because I love the other one. The new one also was 30euro's secondhand. And for that money you can't go wrong.!!! I filmed whole concerts with the otherone and the sound quality is good. The pictures are very good and I use them on my websites. So this P92 upgrade can't be bad.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera, Used regularly and never had anything go wrong (Luke — 07/06/2008)

I have taken thousands of photos with this camera for selling goods on EBAY and it has never let me down. Sadly though, I have just purchased another Sony Camera and am now giving this camera to a friend. I hope my new Sony proves as reliablea as this one. Mind you I have always kept this camera in a case and it has rarely left the house. Overall, a very nice camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
EXCELLENT (JAMES STUMLER — 05/15/2008)

I have had this camera for 5 years and have no complaints. A camera is a dilicate instrument and has to be handled with care, and not played with children.

  • 3.0 out of 5
DSC-P92 Worked great for the first 2500 (Elf — 01/30/2008)

We bought the camera new but didn't start using it until late '05. Have taken about 2500 pictures, most are fine, bad pictures are mostly the fault of the photographer in this case. But, now, it is the lense deployment issue. luckily, I invested in a Nikon D40, so, this Sony is going into the garbage can, not worth the $200 to fix. I love the Nikon, and probably would not consider another Sony.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Stopped working properly after 3 years (Naia — 09/03/2007)

Takes pretty decent pics but the viewer loads pics very slowly to full definition, stopped working after a few years of optimal care at my step fathers hands, cost more to fix then what it was worth but my mother had it fixed for him but was shortly there after handed down to me

  • 3.0 out of 5
Lens quit after 4 years (Don — 08/16/2007)

Bought in August/2003 and have taken 1000's of pics. Camera has seen some rough treatment and had been dropped a couple times. No problems until lens quit this week. Sounds like gears are stripped. Have been looking for an excuse to buy another camera. At least this can be a USB flash card reader now or a USB flash drive.

  • 1.0 out of 5
JUNK (D.C.Fiddler — 03/01/2007)

I had bought a new DSC-P92 to use in my parttime business. After about a year the lens would not open. Oh, Sony said they could fix it for $200.00+. I paid over $400.00 for it. After buying a new camera, NOT Sony. I opened it to find the plastic gears to the lens stripped. Of course I'll never find replacement parts to fix it. I would never reccommend this camera to anyone.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Stopped working out of the blue (TonyP — 02/07/2007)

I been pretty happy with the camera until after four years, it just stopped working. I can still view the pictures I took, but the camera will not let me take any more pictures or video. Whenever I changed to picture or video mode, the camera immediately turns itself off. At first I thought I had weak batteries, but I get the same results with new batteries. For a product that was over $100, I would expect it to last more than four years especially when it hasn't experience any physical abuse.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Sony DSC-P92 Camera (Corbett — 01/15/2007)

Lens failure after just over 2 years, Sony should recall this camera. It was top of the line when my husband purchased it for me and it absolutely has not held up.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Joe — 01/04/2007)

This camera takes great pictures and okay videos. The only problem I had was the lens extension and retraction speeds are slow. I also had the lens go out on me after three years and thousands of pictures both here and abroard in sandy areas. Parts are easily available on line (auction sites) and are inexpensive. Flash works great, time between shots is a little slow. Red Eyes Reduction fails once in awhile. The LCD is sometimes hard to use during daytime. I have not deal with the Sony Service Center so I cannot comment on that.

The main point here is users must pay attention to their setup and read the guide book.

I hope this helps others.

  • 1.0 out of 5
DO NOT BUY THIS MODEL. SONY SHOULD RECALL THIS MODEL (John Bruce — 01/02/2007)

Had it nearly 3 years just found out Sony know of a problem with this heap of crap. After a while shutter fails or just goes in, LCD display fails, Pictures then go fuzzy.
The price it gets to fix it you may as well chuck away.
Sony should RECALL THIS MODEL NOW

  • 1.0 out of 5
Unacceptable Quality with Respect to Both the Camera and the Repairs (Pamela — 12/24/2006)

I concur with the reviews. I purchased the Sony Cybershot DSC-P92 5.0 when it was one of the best models one could buy. It was expensive then, but I thought it would last. It lasted less than two years. I shipped it to Sony for repair, and when I received the product "repaired," it was in worse shape than it was before. The camera would not even turn on. I immediately sent it back for a second repair within a month's time. That was in July and August 2006. I have now just used the camera for the first time (Dec 2006), and although I was able to take four random shots, after that the camera stopped working. The lens would not discharge, and the entire camera is just unuseable.

Don't waste your money on a Sony Cybershot. It's not worth it.

If I could rate it with ZERO stars, I would. This product isn't even worthy one star, let alone 1/100th of a star.

  • 1.0 out of 5
don't waste your money (Marla Chambless — 12/18/2006)

I have had this camera for over two years. I have had nothing but problems. The lens acts weird almost everytime I have used it. Now the screen is totally black all the time. Batteries don't last a day. Total waste of alot of money. Two friends have same camera and same problems. Where is the recall?

  • 2.0 out of 5
Does not last (Denise — 12/14/2006)

Quality and life of camera not worth the price....

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens deployment (patty otoole — 12/06/2006)

After 2 years the lens will not deploy correctly. After numerous complaints from Customers Sony will not do a recall on this camera. I will not purchase anymore Sony products due to poor customer service.

  • 2.0 out of 5
More bad less good (shell — 12/02/2006)

I bought this camera when 5.0 was almost the best you could buy, so I have had this camera for quite a while and paid a pretty penny.

Lens has a mind of its own... have to turn the camera back on several times after lens deploys back into the camera. sometimes it only goes about half way out then well, back again.

Time after snapping a pic to "recharge" is ridiculous. Miss half the shots.

Sometimes I press the button to take the pic and well nothing happens half the time, have to try again.

So you end up pressing loads of buttons many times to get your pic. HOpefully you don't miss it by then.

Pics are good quality. That's about it.

I now have white lines running through blurry pics. Camera is done for.

  • 1.0 out of 5
The worst camera I ever had (Luis Rodriguez — 11/10/2006)

The lens mechanism stopped retracting; now it makes a terrible noise. Don����t buy this piece of crap. Don����t buy any Sony products.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good Photos IF YOU CARRY THE USER GUIDE WITH YOU (BOBBY — 10/28/2006)

This camera takes nice pictures, BUT...the darn thing is so tricky and complex to use that you better keep a copy of the user guide with you at all times

  • 2.0 out of 5
just went pop (kevin clark — 09/17/2006)

charged sony batteries in sonys quick charge charger put the batteries into the camera there was a little pop and the camera went dead sent the camera back to sony, not repairable. when I got my camera back and paid $55.00 for looking rang sony they said they would investigate, still waiting

  • 1.0 out of 5
Junk camera (Bill Camarda — 09/04/2006)

I used the camera about 6 times in 2 yrs. Suddenly the images are all blurry and stretched up and down like taffy!! New batteries don't help, Sears could not care less and the same goes to Sony....too much to fix it so now I have a $400.00 paperweight....don't buy Sony products, my Sony Vaio computer had multiple problems so I got a different brand.....be warned!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
What a waste of money! (Tina Summitt — 09/01/2006)

I have had this camera for two years and from day one I have had nothing but problems with this thing. Could not get any help from Sony, "it was me, not the camera". I did not even get a "I'm sorry for you troubles."How can anyone get a clear picture with this thing. Has anyone ever gotten a clear picture? The person you are taking the picture of can just move a finger and the picture blurs! I bought this camera when my first grandchild was born,(I didn't want to mess with film camera) thought it would be easier. Yea, right! This is the worst digital camera I have ever seen. I have went back to my 35mm camera. If the rating had been any lower, I would have chose it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sony CyberShot DSCP92 HATE!!!! (Jules — 08/30/2006)

Five months after I purchased this camara the lens stopped retracting. I sent it in and they charged me $69.50 to fix it (they gave me a little break since I had just purchased it). Last weekend it broke again and the lens will not retract. I called Sony and they said it would be $181.00 to send it in and get it repaired!!!! No way!!!! I can buy a new camara for that price and it will not be a SONY!!!! Very disappointed!!!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
lens retraction (Carol Johnson — 08/13/2006)

I hate this camera! It is my second digital camera, and I find myself going back and using my older Olympus camera because this one is horrible. The problem is that right in the middle of taking a picture (more often than not) the lens will close! The batteries last long enough to take about 20 pictures.

  • 2.0 out of 5
DSC-W1 sony camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had the Sony DSC-W1 for 1 year and started getting E:61:00 error with a message to turn the camera off and back on to clear the error/problem. No luck the error continues to come up. The camera worked great up to this point with no problems. I called Sony and they said that the repairs will cost $181.00 flat rate. This is crazy. I will not purchase another Sony camera again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not good in low light (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera doesn't make good pictures in low light situations. Doesn't make good pictures when using the zoom.

I have a Sony P-72, 3.3 mpixels, that does a much better job. MUCH better.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We've had this camera for about 2 years and I've personally put on about 8000 shots (currently it's had more then 12000 put on, including video recordings)

This thing's been bumped around, on numerous bike rides, survived sunny, cold, rainy and snowy conditions, and it's still functioning great and puts out great photos. (Only trouble is sometimes it randomly switches between modes, but a small technicality)

Most pictures are pretty nice for a seemingly average point and shoot camera, sharp and clear. Night photos can be a pain if you don't shoot at night often. With double-A batteries you're not constantly confined to the camera's own specific battery, and a pair or two of brand-name rechargeable can have you covered for a long time.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Did Take Beautiful Pictures, Now Lens WIll Not Deploy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Wow, I should have read the reviews regarding this camera prior to purchase. It does (oops-did) take wonderful pictures. However, after about a year and a few months of use, the lens started making clicking noises, gave me an E error. Still worked for a month or so, even reset- etc. NOw the darn thing does not work. I am now reading the numerous reviews regarding the malfucting len deploying. Is Sony providing any help to keep customers happy?????????

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sony Warranty (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera that I bought in Dec.05 LCD lens,is cracked,SONY says no to repairing under warranty.On going back to COMP USA. Manager stated neither Comp USA or Sony would repair under Warranty. He also stated he knew of at least 45 other cameras all Sony's that had the same problem.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not so good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this camera for 3 years. I am itching to make an upgrade for a few reasons. First, I have a new child that I would like to document. The sad fact is that I can't get prints larger than a 5 x 7. I wish I could get larger ones ... they will be grainy. Second, the time in between shots is too long and I generally miss the good pics. I wind up taking over 100 photos just to hopefully get a few good ones. And with that, I annoy my subjects ... and the third reason, the issue with the blank screen - which being a novice, I thought all cameras were like that or you had to spend over $500 to get a camera that didn't do it. It's annoying to allow the light to filter back on before you can take another picture.

Other than that, the camera is okay. I wouldn't "highly" recommend it to anyone, but then again, I don't have any other camera to compare it to.

I am ready for something better.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not usable as media to transfer pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I could not manage to load pictures I made sometimes again back from the PC onto the camera. Thus it's not possible to load the camera with pictures of the last holiday and to go with it to the friends, plugging the camera into the TV and have a little talk about.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not worth the price. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera broke within one month and had to ship to Sony for repairs. Worked for awhile....then my son's wedding- the camera took blurry pictures and I send it to Sony for repairs. Two months later my other son's college graduation, again the camera was taking blurry pictures...resent to Sony for repairs. Several months later went on vacation again camera took blurry pictures, resent to Sony for repairs. Camera takes blurry pictures and you have to wait several minutes for them to clear up on the LCD....very frustrating because you don't know immediately how your picture came out. Takes too long to reset between flashes and eats up the battery.
Will NEVER buy a Sony Digital camera again?!?!?!?

  • 1.0 out of 5
Absolutely terrible (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

What a waste of money!!!! I have had many cameras before and taken excellent photos. With this one maybe 2 in 50 photos are acceptable quality. Most of the photos I am taking are of my baby girl. I have shed some tears over sweet photos that look okay on the small screen but are all blurred when uploaded and therefore completely useless. Don't buy this if you want a reliable camera. It's a piece of utter crap!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Takes Great Pictures (Except Night) but LCD Lens Broke (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

But fortunately recently Sony has offered to repair free any of these devices that have the problems they describe in their post at the following site:

http://esupport.sony.com/perl/model-news.pl?mdl=DSCP92&LOC=3

I bought this camera to take pictures for items I sell on Ebay and my home. I haven't taken many pictures and haven't spent much time learning about all the features but for simple and good quality pictures, this does the trick during the day but not night.

I wouldn't recommend this camera to someone who does high-volume and to have to deal with the LCD breaking due to humidity conditions in Florida...well....at least they are fixing it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't Buy It (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a $300 piece of crap. It worked for 2 months then it would focus. Pictures were blurry and dark. My sister, a few friends, and some family members own Cybershots and there cameras done the exact same thing. Not only does the camera suck but so does Sony. They wouldn't fix the camera even though it was under warranty. If you want to blow $300 bucks then go buy an extensive collection of Barbra Streisand CD�s and listen to them. That would still be less painful than buying a Cybershot and dealing with Sony.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Worked Great But Not Durable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved this camera - it's very thin and sleek & you can turn it on and take a picture within seconds ... But the LCD screen broke after dropping it once and Sony said it was beyond repair. I would think a camera could be more durable than that.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not worth it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Iv had this camera for a little under a year. And untill just recently i dont even know what hapend. I was sitting down, with the camera on, fixing to take a picture. And out of no where. It just shut itself off. The lens closed and everything. I have no idea what happend. I replaced the batteries with new ones, but nothing happend. It just died.

It was a very good camera while it lasted though, the pictures were very nice. But all good things have to come to an end right? I think this camera says just that.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Pleased with pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera was babied from the start,had never been dropped nor abused in any way.
Out of the blue, the LCD screen just didn't work and showed only darkplaces.Inital price for Sony to repair was $268. After much correspondence and many, many weeks we did get the camera repaired for $145.To have a Sony serviced is totally ridiculous.You are without a camera for weeks on end and kept waiting on the phone, for over an hour on one instance....very poor service.My daughter's camera, a Sony has now a problem in that the lens will not work and is making a noise.We will not buy another Sony camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Hit and Miss Focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I haven't had any major problems with this camera except for the auto focus. In "low" light (a room with a 100 watt light bulb) it won't focus reliably. I have the same problem outdoors on occasion. It's impossible to tell if you have a problem until you upload the images and by then, of course it's too late. I like to use it when I take pictures in the back country of the Sierras. I have gotten spectacular results on occasion. I have printed images up to 24 X 36 (I have a large format printer) and they had an amazing amount of clarity and detail for a 5MP camera. It's small and light weight so it's ideal to hike with. I just wish it was more consistent. I'm thinking about moving up to a Nikon D50 at this point.

  • 1.0 out of 5
The Worst Camera I Ever Bought (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Pictures are constantly coming up blurry. At first I thought it was me but had a professional photographer friend take pictures and the same thing happened. TOTAL JUNK. Do not buy this camera at all. Small screen also a minus. I am going to give it away I cant stand looking at it after what I paid for it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
broke (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought it for 270$. It was a great camera for as long as it worked. Until I accidentaly switched it off before giving it time to recover from the flash. It does not work anylonger, fixing costs me $188! It's rediculous to be able break a camera that expensive with one simple push! This was surely the last Sony for me!

  • 4.0 out of 5
A good "happy snap" camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera in 2003 and have owned it for almost two and a half years. I am happy with the majority of photos which it has taken, although sometimes the pictures are blurry indoors. It also takes time to "recharge" after taking a flash photo. The screen goes blank and a little light at the top blinks for several seconds. It can be frustrating to have to wait for this time, for it to "recharge".

I have found it a good camera to use in a range of other situations, such as outdoors, at sunset, at the beach and I have been especially impressed with the colours that it captures.This camera can also catch very fast action, without blurriness, such as horse racing.

It is possible to capture good quality digital photots, which look good in 15cm X 10cm, A4 and A3 prints.

This camera has automatic features, the only thing the user can change is whether to use flash or non-flash, so it would be a good camera for children or beginners, or someone wanting to catch a "happy snap".

I have read other reviews, with the common problem being problems with the lens. So far (touch wood) I have not experienced any problems with the lens, although once when the battery ran out of power, the lens were only half closed and the zoom was fully exposed, so I had to be careful not to damage them while the battery recharged. Once I put the fully charged battery back in, the lens closed and the zoom retracted.

The only other complaint that I would have with the camera is that sometimes a picture looks really good on the LCD screen, but when it is downloaded to the computer, the picture has a slight fuzziness.

Sometimes I take multiple pictures of the same thing and the colour and focal points can be different. I would suggest that anyone who owns this camera do the same, as it is amazing how the same object can look so different. This would be due to the automatic nature of the camera.

Overall, I have used my camera to take thousands of photos and have been very happy with most of the results.

  • 5.0 out of 5
still the best camera I own (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this Sony for just over two years and have taken over 3000 pics. I have a normal Pentax 35M with a bag full of goodies and my Sony is still a better camera. My pictures have always come perfectly and the camera has some fabulous features if you take the time to read the manual.

Some reviews have indicated that pics come out poorly...drop down to 3.1 mega pixels. If you want a great 5 meg pic use a tri-pod...the pics will be UNREAL! As well, a camera is a camera and if you are rough with it, things will go wrong just like anything else.

I would buy another in a second.

I

  • 3.0 out of 5
good pictures but not durable, but these days that's the norm (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought my dsc-p92in November of 2003. I liked the camera so much I bought one for my dad for xmas 2003. He really liked the camera too. However, my dad's LCD screen went blank in the summer of 2005 (18months later). He moved on to a canon I believe.

I dropped my camera from a kneeling position in late December 2005. The zoom broke and the camera will not take any more photos. I took 1677 photo and for a point and shoot I was very pleased. I just wish things were built better these days.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Dead camera - Me too (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Started out as a nice camera, lense deploy issues started at 6mos. Mother board quit at 8 mos. Sony says "can't be manufacturing" and wants $$$ to fix. I bought extended warranty and repair company says this is common problem w/ this model. I bought LOTS of accessories, now they all go to ebay. NO MORE SONY

  • 1.0 out of 5
SAVE your MONEY and Cherish your Memories!!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am not exaggerating when I say it takes more blurry pictures than good ones. You have to have ALOT of patients with this camera or you will throw it in the street. IF you move or shake at all the picture will be blurry. PLEASE do not buy this camera you WILL waste your money and for me it is not the money but all of the pictures from Christmas and my child growing up that are now DESTROYED!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Loved It: Now Hate It (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Pampered and babied, it worked beautifully for occasional family photos during the first two years. (purchased in July 2003) Now, after six months of real estate photos and various travels, it has become a piece of junk. Never dropped or abused, it produces red streaked photos. View finder now is a slow motion reddish blur.... This all began with a slight blurring of photos and progressed rapidly. Hate the dadgum thing now.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Feel ripped off! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have the same complaint as others with this camera.The lens went bad and it costs as much to fix it as to buy a new one. Sony should improve on the durability of this camera,since almost everyone has the same problem. Now I need another new camera. One thing I know,it won't be a Sony.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Junk (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera took decent pictures until it mysteriously broke after a year. The image through the LCD is reddish and distorted. I am sure the CCD is shot and I wont buy another Sony camera. I babied this camera and it was not abused.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Another one bites the dust (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Started out to be a nice camera. Rather slow on the shutter, but I could live with it. 1.5 yr into ownership, it developes a lens in/out problem, then just quits! Extended warranty folks said its the motherboard and it costs more to repair than replace, so I got the $$ back. Now I'm left holding all the memory/bags/cases etc. I knew I should have bought a Nikon!! I won't do Sony again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
indoor or low light shots are always out of focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Works great outside or anywhere there is a ton of light, but so do ten dollar disposables. I expect more when I drop three hundred

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very disappointed in Sony (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera will not focus and will cost more to repair than buying a new one. Sony used to have a good name, but now I will think twice about buying another Sony after reading all the bad reviews.

  • 1.0 out of 5
VERY DISAPPOINTED (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I Bought this camera because Sony was supposed to be a reliable brand, all kinds of problem showed up after being used occasionally for a year. Brought it to a service station and it will cost me more to have it repaired than buy a new one. this camera was a big waste of money..I WILL NEVER BUY A SONY AGAIN!

  • 2.0 out of 5
same old lens clicking and wont come out (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

seems i have same problem as many the wife dropped it and lens wont come out. Although problems started previously just not closing shutters 2months prior found it was excellent camera for 18 mt hs now battery holder enjoyed Pict's but should be more durable only dropped 2ft onto carpet

  • 2.0 out of 5
Splotchy Pictures, Conky Lens (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought a DSC P92 in Aug. 2004. In Sept. I observed "stains" and specks in outdoor pictures taken with zoom against light backgrounds, essentially ruining many sea, mountain, or bird pictures. I sent it to Sony for repair under warranty. I'm not sure they did a thing, other than perhaps replace the lens. The spots and splotches remained. Soon I had to use a finger to prod the lense to open. In Oct. 2005, use of the zoom began to produce power failures. Now the pictures appear gross or distorted unless I wiggle the lens, and not even that is reliable.

Pictures taken in twilight or low light were invariably fuzzy, even if I braced myself carefully on some firm object. I got a tripod, but one cannot always have it on hand.

The 5 MP resolution results in bigger files, but not any improved resolution. I suspect anything over 3 MP has no significance except with big SLR lenses.

The MPEG video with sound offers a cheap and compact substitute for carrying around both a camera and a camcorder, but be aware that the zoom does not work while one is filming and the HQ 30 frames / sec format "burns" through a 250 MB memory stick in about 2 minutes.

I respect people who speak highly of cameras they buy. That's human and part of "self-esteem." However, it's sometimes right to be a little candid. In this case, I was a sucker. Worse yet, it will be hard to dump Sony because I invested in several expensive 1GB and 2GB memory sticks to I could take extened video.

I see that Sony no longer makes the DSC P93, but store still sell many of its cousins. Some probably suffer the same lens quirks and sensor shortcomings.

I'd be grateful if some authentic "techie" would reveal whether Sony sources its sensors from some "no name" firm that supplies other manufacturers as well. My worst fear is that, after buying a Canon or Olympus, plus paying for new memory media, I find out that the pictures are just as flawed and the camera life just as limited.

  • 1.0 out of 5
NEVER BUY SONY CAMERAS (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought it a year ago, first it was good. After a year i am having problem with the LCD. I am also getting unfocused pictures. When i called sony technical support, just to check it they are asking $175. I hate sony.

  • 2.0 out of 5
What a tease (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera worked great for the first 18 months I had it. Pictures were clear for the most part even after multiple drops on the floor and wear and tear. Then suddenly the motor/lens whatever gave out and north its worthless. While I took some good photos I don't need a paperweight. I'd stay away. With the new technology out there this product shouldn't be bought anyway.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not easy to set for up-close, still-shots! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this for 2 to 3 years now, and have taken a lot of high-quality photos, mainly outdoors. Once I started needing to take up-close, indoor photos, I started having difficulty
in keeping them in focus. I have read and read through the operating instruction manual, but it's still not that clear how to best set-up for this type of photography-plus, sometimes if they look clear and in focus on your camera, once you load them to your computer, they're really terrible, and completely unfocused. My lens is now starting to go bad and not opening all the way, but it has been dropped and I travel a lot with it, so it will take some abuse, that's for sure.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Same problem - indoor photos out of focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

About 20% of the indoor shots are out of focus. What a waste of money!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
out of focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Cannot trust it. Most indoor pics are out of focus. It is not camera movement cause some parts on the picture is clear.
Must be a bad camera.
I do not recommend it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
This camera was wonderful (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The lens and setting were rad.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awsome (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is totally RAD!

  • 1.0 out of 5
I had a very bad experience (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

pictures have a blur and cant sustain slightest hand movement if you are not using flash .Extremely good close-up pictures though could be taken .The side meant for battery connection is too weak.A little push and the lens got misplaced as one of the levers inside broke and that was the end of my journey. I visited one of the sony repair shops and they said it would cost me $300 for repair just observing from outside and not even opening once.I had bought the camera for $400 .The repair shop people were so rude to me that i felt like throwing the camera into the dust-bin for a while.Same story i had for few other sony products .There is a very very poor service centre support in india.Though i took a lot of great looking poster size pictures from this camera i would not recommend it to anybody in the world.

  • 1.0 out of 5
two DSC-P92 cameras suddenly went out of focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My friend bought last year DSC-P92 and recommend me to buy one. one month ago my friend's camera couldn't focus and my camera suddenly has the same problem today.
To fix such a problem it cost almost $200
Now I think to buy Canon

  • 1.0 out of 5
junk (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Barly used... already broke. screen not working. Never buy a Sony product again...

  • 2.0 out of 5
lens motor is shot (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera was great - until now. The motor just gave out. Fortunately I purchased extended coverage. I hope this will take care of it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Same problem as everyone else (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved my camera until the moment the lens motor would break, 18 months after I received it. I was told it would cost me 200$ only to open it, so I decided to buy a new one AND a 5-year warranty (pieces and work time included). It was a present, I was very attached to it, and I'm REALLY disappointed!

  • 5.0 out of 5
It's nice, i mean com'on man (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this is a nice camera, i do not know what all teh fuss is about! Take time to know your camera!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Ill never buy over priced sony stuff again....!!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

CSC-P92 cam was great while it worked......only used for one wedding....a year later...on holiday, managed to take just 2 pics B4 it gave up....

what a waste of money - Ill never buy over priced sony stuff again......

  • 1.0 out of 5
Buyer Beware many lens problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is terrible in its durability which is totally lacking. I would not recommend it to anyone Sony really should recall all of these cameras I am on my second one first was covered by warranty, but now I am up the creek since it recentlly broke again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Getting increasingly annoyed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I used to 'like" this camera but I'm starting to get increasingly annoyed with it. For starters, I seem to be taking way too many blurred pictures. Although the picture review shows the picture nice and crisp, once it's transferred onto your computer, it's completely blurred. The claim of standard AA batteries is a crock! I tried Duracell and other brands without any luck whatsoever. At first I thought it was my wife who took the blurred pictures until i started noticing an increase in mine as well. I'm not a novice photographer and generally quite good at it, but lately I either suck or this camera sucks...I prefer to think the camera sucks! LOL

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens broke within first year (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had 2 of these Sony cameras. First one broke, got it fixed for $100 and it broke again within 3 months. The second one just broke within 6 months. All were lens problems. Will never buy a Sony camera again. Beware. Can;t even find a local place to fix it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I really like this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been using it for over a year and yes there are a few things that could be better like the wait time between pictures when using a flash.
Other than that I have entered my photos into several contests and have gotten many compliments on the colour and clarity. I have dropped it a couple of times and the only thing that happened was the lens didn't want to go back in so i gave it a bit of help and all has been fine since. This is a good camerea to start out with in my opinion.

  • 1.0 out of 5
this is my 2nd. love the pictures, the 2nd broke again!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

do not buy this camera i loved the pictures it took, buut the firat one i had broke, and now the 2nd one too (ir eplaced the first because it was cheaper than fixing it!!!!)

beware!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great pictures and doesnt break (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got the camera because it had lots of features and was 5 mega pixels. I wasn't let down by any of its abilities the movie mode was great as was the sound, the pictures were excelent if you knew how to adjust the settings correctly.
I even droped it onto a rough path way from about 1 meter height and it only had a small scatch on it.
Things get better though and i now am selling this great camera to buy an even better cybershot with 7.2 mega pixels

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not so Great (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had this camera for about two years. After you take one picture, there is a long lag time before you can take another one. The viewing screen also broke mysteriously one day. I didn't drop it or anything, just one day was cracked. It is more expensive to repair than to replace. Wouldn't buy same camera again.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Take the time to figure out the camera for fantastic results! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have to say I HATED this camera (Cybershot P92) when I first got it! I had a Sony Mavica FD92 which I just loved because of ease of use, large LCD screen, great photos and fantastic zoom (16x total optical/digital), but it was only a 1.6 MP. However, it took a nasty fall and I was concerned it would quit working, so I set out to get a replacement. I wanted all the features I already had, plus I wanted 5 MP. To my dismay, a year a half ago when I was researching cameras, no one made what I was looking for, especially the larger screen and awesome zoom I was used to! I considered other brands along with other Sony's and read hundreds of reviews; I did hours and hours of research and comparing, and was able to try out other brands/cameras through other owners. I decided on this camera for value, photo quality, ease of use, and satisfactory battery life compared to other similar cameras.

The main points I HATED about this camera, and any other Cybershot (because I owned an earlier version for about a week before I bought the Mavica & got rid of the first one; I thought I'd try a Cybershot again because this one was several "steps up" from that earlier version and it got great reviews), were: the small LCD screen, battery saving/recharging feature where the screen goes black for several seconds after you take the photo, the extremely minute moment you can see the photo you just took as it flashes on the screen (with the Mavica, the photo stays on the screen as it saves to disk), the terrible indoor coloring you get using the flash (orangy/dark & very distorted); if you leave the flash off (like you can do with the Mavica), you will NOT get a focused photo - it's not just grainy, but very blurry! Also, people always had their eyes closed on the photos because the flash is extremely bright, in addition to the bright red AF illuminator (which also freaked people out when it beamed at their face!!).

I rarely ever used this camera because my beloved Mavica continued to work just great and I just hated to use this one - because of the camera itself, not the photo quality. I figured out right away when I got it that I need to leave the flash on all the time, especially indoors; I usually do for fill flash outdoors also. I did lots of experimenting with the flash when I first got it and for my use, I have to leave the white balance setting at incandescent (camera has to be set to program on the menu; everything else can be set to auto). We also did much experimenting with taking pictures of people and decided we have to tell our photo subjects to look to MY right (or the hand pressing the shutter button) to avoid closed eyes on photos. This has worked out great because even when I would pull the camera out to use it, before we discovered this no one would let me take more than one photo of them because they complained about the bright flash.

I just started to carry the camera around in my purse full time and force myself to use it. We just went on vacation and I made myself use only this camera, and the more I used it and made a few more discoveries about it, the more I started to love this camera!

First, I went into the setup menu and turned the power saver feature off. This in itself raised the camera in my mind several notches!! It really didn't diminish the battery life all that much and I solely use the LCD screen, so it's never shut off. I also have spare Cybershot batteries, which last much longer than other digital rechargeable batteries in this camera. I'm not sure if the photo you just took actually stays on the screen a bit longer than it did with the power saver feature turned on, or if I'm just not as distracted with the screen going blank and being irritated that it was taking so long to be able to use the camera again, that I was missing seeing the photo. In any case, with the feature turned off, you get to see the photo you just took on the screen for a second or two, which is what I was used to and is part of the digital camera experience. I also turned off the stupid red AF illuminator. I have yet to see a difference in my photos, and my photo subjects really appreciate it too!

I can't do anything about the tiny LCD screen, but with that being the only "complaint" I now have about the camera, I can actually enjoy using this camera!

It takes great photos - color and clarity, and since I rarely want to have anything printed larger than 4 x 6, I leave it set on 3.1 MP, so I get the minimum use of the digital zoom. It has smart zoom, so the more mega pixels you have the camera set to, the less digital zoom you can use (ie: none at 4.5 or 5 MP).

For experienced and novice digital camera users alike - don't be afraid to experiment with different settings. Just because the feature is on the camera doesn't mean you HAVE to use it to get the most out of it!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
broken lens (motor?) (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

after rough handling at airport the lens broke as well as the screen- not very durable for $350 camera + i bought accessories. i am now left with a valuless silver battery holder.

  • 2.0 out of 5
took good pictures but not durable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera based on Sony's reputation but the lens stopped working after 1.5 years of occasional use. I'm very disappointed by the service since I was always careful with its handling.It is more expensive to repair this camera than buy a replacement, not Sony of course.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Fairly good pix but lens stopped working! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I liked this camera, but after a 2-foot drop on the carpet (I was kneeling with my 4-yr-old), the lens no longer moves. I wish it was more durable; I'm disappointed with the physical quality.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Broken Lens (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is not even two years old and it already has a broken lens. The cost of repairing it is the same as buying a new one.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Broken Lens (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera took good pics for us while it lasted. Only one month after the one year warranty expired, the lens broke. After contacting Sony about the problem, and speaking to some very rude employees I came to find out it will cost more than we spent on the camera to fix it. I was not happy with Sony's customer service and refuse to buy any other Sony products.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Biggest problem is blurry pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can get some very nice pictures with this camera, but unfortunately I can't rely on it. The biggest problem is taking indoor pictures. Often most of them are blurry and out of focus, evidently because there is not enough light, which causes the camera to shake (a waving hand appears on the screen to warn you) but even though indoors, it is not night time and I have the flash set to on. I almost always get good outdoor pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great pictures but a little slow with the flash (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera after borrowing one from a friend of mine for a trip to Hawaii. It takes excellent pictures especially if you want to develop them. It's slow when using the flash and if you don't meter your pictures right they are out of focus. Just takes a little practice and all your pictures will come out fine. Overall I am very pleased with this camera and would buy another Sony digital camera in a heart beat.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Average digital camera while it lasted (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Sony DSC-P92 took average quality 5 megapixel pictures while it lasted. The biggest problem with this camera is the lag time between shots, even with fresh batteries. The second biggest problem is with the lens, which must be very sensitive to average handling, as mine quit opening after about 1.5 years. Numerous other posts state the same problem.

Now upgrading to a Canon.

  • 3.0 out of 5
I'll list the bad qualities out for you readers. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I half-regret buying this camera. I'll list some small concerns that I have with it: (1) The bare-minimum delay time between taking pictures is around 1.5 seconds, and even more if you want flash or rendering (2) the shape of the camera makes it difficult to hold and keep steady, often resulting in blurry pictures. (3) It's hard to see the LCD screen at an angle, so you can't accurately aim unless your face is perpendicular to the screen. (4) The focus is automatic and not fine, so 5 MP pictures don't have more detail, just more fine fuzz. (5) Sony cameras use their own type of memory sticks, which cost more.

I think you're better off getting a more camera-specific brand. This camera is neither a serious camera, nor a compact one either.

  • 3.0 out of 5
lens gone gad (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It was a good camera while it lasted....unfortunately the lens will no longer deploy and I will be looking for a new one soon.

  • 2.0 out of 5
poor quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can not get a clear picture out of this for the life of me. I take that back, I have gotten 3 out of about 400. my 3.4 MP HP took much better quality pictures than this!

  • 4.0 out of 5
pretty good camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

sadly someone stole this cam from me. took it right out of my bag. however I did own it for 1 1/2 years. its a good camera. takes good quality. however sometimes pics come out blurry (if u don't take the pic right)... I've had to take a couple to make sure at least one's clear. also there is a lag in reviewing the picture after I take it. the lens also acts up, sometimes it wont open...

however it stayed w/me for a while, and regardless of the little malfunctions I loved it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Defect (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The lens broke after 12 months of sporadic use. SONY won't hear it. I should have went with a Canon

  • 3.0 out of 5
Sony Cyber Shot DSC-P92 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera is easy to operate takes a little better than good quality photos and is worth the price. I am not real happy with the wait between shooting sometimes while the camera processes the previous photo and many times the automatic focus does not produce a real clear distinct photograph.

  • 4.0 out of 5
another great product, but should come with more memory (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
mine works great, excellent pic quality. sony should have thrown in more memory into it. good thing is it needs std aa size batteries.
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