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Sony CyberShot DSC-W5
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Sony CyberShot DSC-W5

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We've given the DSC-W5 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

The rumors are true: Sony has announced the 5-megapixel, 3x optical zoom Sony CyberShot DSC-W5. Equipped with a new "stamina" battery system, the Sony W5 can apparently shoot up to 420 shots on a single charge! The Sony W5 is a follow-up to the CyberShot DSC-W1, which had classic-looking metal body and a huge 2.5" LCD screen, but received mixed reviews from users, many of whom complained about image quality problems.

Specifications

  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 100 - 400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: DSCW5S.CEE4
  • UPC: 027242671355
  • Release Date: Jan 27, 2005

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Sony CyberShot DSC-W5 Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-W5 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
lens problem solved !!! (marc — 10/03/2009)

i had the same problem with the lens as so many people , i almost gave up, until i read reviews on http://www.pechorin.com/m/2006/08/24/Re_Sony_DSC_W5_lens_problem-270736.html
The solution is just give it a couple of wacks. dozens of people with the the same problem tried this and it realy realy works !

  • 1.0 out of 5
No power (Bob P. — 09/06/2009)

Camera worked fine for 1 1/2 yrs then all of a sudden failed to power up. New replacement batteries, fully charged, read and re-read manual, turned camera over and over again looking for some clue or re-set button. Reading about many similar problems with this model. Spent alot of money on this thing to have it become a paperweight. Refuse to spend lots 'o money again on this piece of junk

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sony should be ashamed to sell such garbage: Camera no longer turns on (meyk — 07/26/2009)

I'm experiencing the same problems others have experienced. The camera will no longer turn on. I get a red light in the back. What a piece of junk. I will never buy another Sony product because they do not stand behind their products. I know this is out of warranty, but to see this many people with the same problem is completely disheartening. It's no wonder the likes of Apple are kicking Sony's behinds. They can no longer produce a quality product.

  • 2.0 out of 5
the camera is horrible (katie — 07/08/2009)

ive had this camera for a long time, the pictures turn out awesome but just a week ago on vacation the camera started going through batteries and randomly shutting down. A couple of days ago the lens got stuck out and now the camera will not turn on.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Won't Turn On! (Alisha Wohl — 06/18/2009)

Camera started to go through batteries extremely fast and then just shut-down. On our vacation last week, in the middle of a bus tour, it just completely would not turn on. We bought different batteries and it still would not turn on. It then started to overheat, so we had to remove the batteries from it. Very disappointing!

  • 4.0 out of 5
experiance (REnskat — 06/05/2009)

I have never had a bad picture come out when i snap one. This is one of the best cameras i have ever owned and the only things i ever needed to do was change batteries and keep it clean.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Completely unreliable (Steve_V — 01/10/2009)

I've had this camera for 3 years but it stopped working nearly 2 years ago. I thought I'd look into it. I'm shocked to see so many people with the same problem. It just stopped working for no reason and won't turn on.

  • 5.0 out of 5
sony cybershot DSW-5 (divvie — 11/12/2008)

after two years my camera gives me a big problem,it do not want to go on and as soon as I put it on in the window says turn off immediately and put on again,and my lense stay out and the shutter don't close.WHAT IS THE PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great camera if you like blurry pictures! (Caroline — 09/26/2008)

I've had this camera for 2 1/2 years & have never liked it. The zoom is useless - as soon as it's engaged the pictures turn out blurry. In fact, the only way to get a clear picture is to hold your hand really steady, don't use the zoom & use the flash. Terrible in low light situations. Feels like a brick in my pocket. Battery life is terrible - I can take about fifty pictures before I need to replace the AA batteries. When shooting in movie mode, the autofocus wanders in & out of focus. When taking pictures, the autofocus also tends to choose a focus point in the distance rather than a close up subject, regardless of the focus points I select, so I end up with the majority of my pictures with blurry subjects & decently clear scenery behind. So happy to finally be replacing this thing. It's not even worth giving to my nine-year-old niece to play with.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens stuck (randy — 07/24/2008)

Within 7 months the lens became stuck. Fortunately the warranty covered a new lens assembly. 5 months later (warranty now expired) same problem with the lens. Not impressed.

  • 3.0 out of 5
What's up with the Power Problem!!! (John Farrell — 07/10/2008)

My camera just started behaving strange. New batteries and I just shuts off. Now I don't think it's a battery problem... especially after reading that this seems to be quite common place. Very disheartening after spending this kind of money on model that was supposed to be superior. No way I'm paying Sony $180. to "fix" this glorified piece of junk. I guess I have to go to Canon o Nikon.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Awful battery life... (Melissa — 06/17/2008)

I really like everything about the camera except the battery life.... doesn't keep a charge on the batteries and if your in a colder climate they REALLY don't work. Ha!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Could have lasted longer (Levent Ileri — 06/03/2008)

I had this camera exactly 3 years from the date I purchased it at BestBuy. It stopped working all of a sudden on my last trip. I cannot turn it on again. I read articles about Sony's charging $181. This is an unacceptable customer service on Sony's side, as it is supposed to help her customers with best and extended services. Now, I am asking myself whether I should consider switching to Canon series as I was a Sony fan for over 20 years! I guess it takes $181 for a loyal customer to change sides. Shame on you Sony!

  • 3.0 out of 5
it was great when it worked.. no power now. (Tiff Mitchell — 04/29/2008)

i put fresh batterie in but it just dies after 2 pictures! this is awful :( i have a baby! i need to take pictures. i'm having the same problems as other people it seems. aghh!

  • 2.0 out of 5
NO POWER (Marcelle — 01/15/2008)

great while it worked, then one day for no reason it would not turn on. One week out of warranty. Sony was no help at all. last time I will buy any Sony products.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery HOG (Nikki — 12/05/2007)

This thing takes 8 pictues, then dies and requires two new batteries. Worst LIE of all time, Long Stamina battery my ass.

  • 1.0 out of 5
No power (Bones — 10/08/2007)

I really liked this camera and had spent several hundred dollars on 3 lenses, filters and waterproof body. It worked great until one day it just would not power up.

I emailed Sony Canada two weeks ago and have heard nothing back from them. Then I found these other reviews to discover that Sony obviously knows of this issue and it is quite common. This IS the last Sony product I buy. PERIOD.

  • 2.0 out of 5
turn power off then back on.. (christine L. vosburgh — 09/30/2007)

i need a reliable camera becouse im a grandma.. it seems this camera is useless now which is no good for most gramma's.. it keeps saying turn power off and on. i do it and it just keeps saying it over and over.. would love to give a good review.. but afraid it wont come from me.. but ps, we got my daughter a sony cybershot, and she has had no problems so go figure.. thanks chris

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great if you're looking for a $200 disposable camera (Katie — 09/13/2007)

We loved our Cybershot right up until it croaked in the middle of a going away party for our friend. I had been taking pictures but turned it off for a few minutes. When I tried to turn it back on and it simply wouldn't. New batteries, etc. etc. As I read all these other reviews I am at least comforted that we weren't the only ones scammed by Sony with this camera. It's funny because when you call their Customer Service number, they actually quote you the $181 exactly for repair without even seeing the camera. Obviously they know precisely what the problem is. It's extremely disappointing because up 'til now it took really beautiful pictures. I guess I should feel lucky that it lasted a whole 2 years, sounds like a lot of other people didn't even get that much use out of it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Same start up problem others have had. (Rick Pratt — 08/16/2007)

Same problem with start up. "Please turn off and turn back on your camera" the message would say and yet it would never turn back on. Too bad because otherwise this was the best small camera I ever had. I love the AA batteries and the manual settings.

  • 5.0 out of 5
the Sony DSC W5... i call it the "set, point and shoot camera"!!! (vimmm — 07/12/2007)

i'm just one among those who love gadgets... (a typical male! :D) i decided to go for a digital camera and was out here on the internet to do some research; reading reviews about digicams...
and then i found this master piece, Sony's DSC-W5!

before i could share my opinion on the W5, i would like to thank all those who shared their sorrowful stories! oops.. reviews here.

- i am using the W5 for about 10 months now, having shot ~9000 stills and still counting!

- one thing i have noticed on the reviews page is the "power on" problem after 1 1/2 year! and a $181 fixing charge! that many users mentioned - people, may be you were unlucky and had the product from a faulty prodution lot or someone who hate sony's product put a 1 1/2 year self destruction timer into your digicams?!!! *blink* hmmm let me wait for another 8 months and see if i am one among you.

- and there is this lens movement issue; i believe Sony's cybershot cams had this issue in the w1 series that was launched a few year ago and they corrected it in the later models.

i had this lens issue only once on my w5 where i turned the cam off and the lens wouldnt retract. i powered it on and off back again and things were fine. after all things go wrong... how many times has ur pc using windows hung?! ;)

- i read a user mention about "design flaw" (page 7, last but second review) that the camera needs to be turned off to access the memory stick.

my friend, believe me, this is a perfect design!
you could damage your memory stick permanently if u'd tried to remove it with the power ON.

-----------------------------------------------now for the good things about a "genuine" sony DSC-W5

*- brillian pictures! the main purpose of a camera
*- has full manual control option; 2 step aperture and 46 step shutter speed with a max of 30secs long exposure. you wont find a 30 secs exposure on some DSLRs!
*- very good quality mpeg4 movie mode with loud & clear audio capture
*- this camera can take lenses & filters to get those creative pro like shots and that’s something the other cameras in its category lack.
*- battery life is superb, uses ordinary standard AA size batteries which are cheaper.
*- not to forget the big 2.5"LCD that does its job well
*- connects directly to the TV
*- usb 2.0 for high speed transfer
*- startup time and shot to shot interval are pretty fast!
*-thanks to the traditional box type design.
weighing almost half a pound (yet compact) gives a steady grip and strong feel.

overall: a "little master" in its category of digital cameras and competitively priced.

the bads about DSC W5

NONE!

i felt these were missing in the W5.
--dedicated buttons for toggling red-eye, manual focus and white balance.
--music in slide show mode (some latest models have this, that lets you play your favorite mp3s

well, you cant expect DSLRs features on a point and shoot ;)

unfortunately this model, i believe, has been archived.

well i am lucky to have one!

parting shot:

and for those who have problems with blurr images and red-eye while using W5 or any other camera, i suggest know more about your camera's capabilities.

visit these sites

www.photographyknowhow.com
www.cambridgeincolor.com
www.photoinf.com
www.fodors.com

and there is this wonderful e-Book in pdf format for free; curtins guide to digicam - a must have. Google it.

thanks for your time, happy photography! :)

  • 1.0 out of 5
Camera would not power up, out of warranty (Joe Brown — 06/14/2007)

As in most reviews here, the camera will not power up and now it's out of warranty. This is the 2nd DSC W5 that I've had. The first one failed before the 30 day return period at Walmart, and I was able to take it back. I figured it was a fluke electronic failure. Boy was I wrong. 2 years later, and now I've got another paper weight. Sony really let consumers down on this one. Step up to the plate Sony, and at least provide your loyal customers with some way of fixing your design flawed product. $181 dollars to fix is ridiculous.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Never had a problem with this camera. (John P. Lambert — 06/08/2007)

I've never ever had a problem with this camera (Cybershot DSC-W5), but I'm now a bit apprehensive about it from all of these other negative reviews.

My brother-in-law has the next SONY upgrade camera (Cybershot DSC-W7), and he has never had a problem with his SONY Cybershot either.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor Sony Service (Keith den Hollander — 06/08/2007)

Camera has a metal body (part of the appeal)but plastic battery flap split after 13 months careful use. Always stoerd in a Sony case. Sony charged $75 to look at it and now want over $200 to fix it.
Customer service appaling. Time to buy a real camera
and not from a general electonics manufacturer.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sony DSC-W5 CyberShot - Awful! (Linda V. Vassie — 06/06/2007)

Huh! Funny, in a sarcastic way, that Sony produces inferior parts installed into VERY expensive cameras and get away with it! They had a serious recall on these cameras in Japan but not here in the USA. Why?
I bought a Sony DSC-W5 in August 2005 for $384. Come March 2007, seven months after one year warranty expires, my camera espired!!! It will not power up. I find out that it is the Power Circuit Board that needs to be replaced - $181 through Sony and I would have to pay an additional $26 for shipping! What a disgrace!
I am not alone on this one. Ebay sellers are selling their broken cameras for $25 - $35 letting everyone know that just after warranty expiration date, their cameras failed. These sellers find out their cost in repairs through Sony. Several of them have a LCD display issue, several of them have a lens that won't retract or contract, and several of them won't power up. I called around to Photo repair shops and many of them will not repair Sony cameras. The photo repair shops say that Sony does not care about their customers, just their money. The photo repair shops recommend consumers to buy Nikon, Canon, Fuji or Samsung digital cameras. What can one do when there are unfair business practices occuring, victimizing the consumers of their hardearned money? Every thing had gone digital now. What can the consumer do to protect himself of this type of legalized stealing? How can we, the little ants, change this injustice coming from those 'fat elephants' up there?

  • 2.0 out of 5
Problem with the DSC-W5 (Marianne Tapp — 05/30/2007)

I bought the DSC-W5 and its telephoto lens a year and a half ago and until 4 days ago I was quite pleased with the camera. But then it suddenly just wouldn't turn on. It certainly had a short life. I called Sony to report my problem. Their reply was to send it in to be fixed or buy a new one. I was happy enough with its performance to think about buying a replacement. Then I found out that the telephoto lens wouldn't fit the new Sony's. After reading some similar reviews, it is clear there was a defect in the camera's system and planned obsolescence for lenses. Shame on Sony.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Disappointed (Marianne Tapp — 05/30/2007)

Camera met my needs. I was very happy with this camera for a year and a half until the day it just wouldn't turn on.
I went to replace it with another Sony because I purchase a telephoto lens with the camera. I was not happy to find out that all the new models do not accommodate my old? lens.
I am thoroughly upset with Sony. Clearly the camera had a design defect and should have lasted longer. Not to mention changing the cameras so that I couldn't use the extra lens. Hope Sony reads these reviews. Sad to say my problem was not an isolated one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Spot on lens (Jay — 04/01/2007)

After the warranty ran out a dark spot now appears on the pictures. Sony wants $180 to fix it, what a scam! For a few dollars more I can get a new camera. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER SONY and urge all readers to not buy Sony. They dont stand behind their product.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera with versatility (Cheryl — 03/24/2007)

I did extensive research before buying this camera and it has not disappointed me. I love its incredibly fast startup time (having used my siblings' Canons, there is no comparison on how quickly the Sony is ready to take a photo). The manual settings allow for experimentation, I have used them all and am happy with the ability to play with ISO, OEV, contrast, etc in order to get the perfect shot. I don't often use the movie mode but it works well, my only beef with it is that you can't zoom while in the movie mode. Battery life is fantastic—we recently were away to Cuba and I shot photos all week long without having to charge the batteries. The burst mode is great for catching action. The flash isn't terribly powerful, but most compact flashes aren't designed for lighting up a huge room. I would recommend this camera to anyone! I particularly like that it has a little bit of weight to it (due to the metal body), it makes it easier to stabilize.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony Cybershot DSC-W5 review! (Aashna — 03/20/2007)

I think that the sony cybershot is a great camera. I'm not a professional photographer and thought it was easy to use and got the job done. If anything this is a great novice and intermediate camera. I love it and you should to!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Always bad focus, now it doesn't work (April Sumner — 03/19/2007)

I'm shocked that this camera has gotten any 5 star ratings. It crossed my mind that they may be planted by Sony.

I've owned this camera a little over a year. It was my 2nd digital camera. It always had focus issues in low-light. I thought it was me, but after working extensively with the manual, after I finally had some time, I discovered that it was the camera. You really need a tripod for those low-light shots. I wasn't able to return it, so I've taken hundreds of pictures with it. It takes beautiful pictures with good light and has a really nice size screen. However, the lens will no longer contract and I get an error message that is unresolvable unless I pay at least $170. I'm just going to get a better quality camera. I will not buy Sony again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Camera stopped working after 1 year warranty expired (Tiffany — 02/27/2007)

I bought this camera about a year ago and my warranty just expired 2 months ago and all of a sudden my camera stopped working. It refuses to turn on. Ive tried new batteries and that wasn't the issue. The camera just became defective right after my warranty expired. Ive read several other cases the same as mine. Seems like they make these cameras last the warranty then fall apart. Now sony wants $181 dollars for repair.

  • 2.0 out of 5
camera becomes defective at end of warranty! (Rebecca — 01/31/2007)

This camera worked fine for a year and then at the end of the warranty I had the same problems described by others on this site. First the camera would not focus and all pictures turned out blurry. Now the lens will not go back in and the camera is stuck. Sony wants $181 to repair a camera that is now selling for less. What a joke!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Power on followed by immediate shutdown (Rich Newman — 01/27/2007)

Three months after warranty expired, DSC-W5 developed a star-up problem. After starting camera, green light comes on for 1 second then camera powers off. Have checked/re-checked batteries and other possible causes. No luck. Repair quote from Sony is too high. Looking for new alternative to Sony digital camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
GOOD camera (Natasha — 01/19/2007)

I've had this camera for over a year and up to date, I have no complaints. The picture quality is excellent!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
WORST BUY (Susan — 12/20/2006)

I bought this camera at the end of January 2006 and it hasn't been working since July 2006 the lens pops out then in then out and then my camera gives me a message telling me to shut it off. My sister has the exact same camera and she had the same problem so I guess this is their weakness...Anyways I didn't even get it fixed I bought another brand which I'm very satisfied with and I'll just throw this one out

  • 3.0 out of 5
My experience with this camera. (Gustavo — 11/25/2006)

First of all, these are only my personal opinion, taken from my own experiences using the camera.
In a 10 scale, I give this camera an 8. considering the relation benefits/price.
Picture Quality = Very good to excelent
Easy of use = Good to very good (not the perfect "point & shot")
Flash: The worst point of the camera, bad positioned, so no matter how, any portrait will give you red eyes (red eyes mode help, but can not make miracles, thanks to photoshop), no matter how far the "targets" are, also the flash has not much "power" and it is not very easy to set, so you can obtain bad results, such as "too dark or too brigth scenes", don't expect a good ilumination far from 12 feet, if you're experienced with photography don't think "night shot" make miracles (low resolution image) unless you use the manual mode and a long exposure, of course this is not useful for a point & shot picture, movement or action pictures, etc, also you have to use a tripod in this cases.
Capture Speed: very good to excelent - You wont lose "those moments"
Manual Operation: good to very good, really manual operation is awesome, with many options that didn't came on more expensive cameras, but not easy to use or set.
Batteries: I still have the original batteries, wich have a nice stamina I allways completly fills my 1g memory before the batteries die.
Package & design: good to very good. Good design, strong enough to support some little drops, the weak point here are: the battery door, wich it is bad positioned and many times you open the battery compartiment accidentally and the flash position that produces red eyes.
Movie Mode: Good quality for movie takes, don't expect a camcorder, but it gives nice result's in video & audio.
Conectors: Video & Audio conections are good and resulting imgages for example in a TV, are sharp & brighten, audio is good without much noise (movie mode), USB conector is a 2.0 USB interface, very fast, you don't need the software provided to download your pictures/movies to the PC.
Missing things: TTL conector for an external flash.
Usage: I'd used this camera among any weather conditions, from snow to beach, almos rainy conditions, and never had a problem, of course I don't expose camera o water, snow, sand or something like that ;-)
I'd take more than 3 thousand photos and capture move than 4 hours of video, and the camera it is still working as the first day.
Maybe I'm lucky !!.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Exellent for Daily use (Bhawanidutt — 11/21/2006)

If money is constraint and need quality ... one can go for SONY DCS W5. Its Picture quality is awesome both indoor and outdoor, plus options like protrait, landscape, snow have good results.

You get 3 years of extended warranty from SONY at just 10990/- INR.

Its just suits me for my kind of photography as am just a learner.

You may visit http://dabralbm.deviantart.com/gallery/ to check the result from this camera.

Happy Clicking,
Bhawani.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not impressive at all (Steven Cho — 11/09/2006)

It seemed to work fine until it finally quit one year after purchase (as soon as one year warranty expired). Lense mechanism became defective and won't come out on turning the camera on. Repair cost is more than what I paid for brand new camera. So, I had to throw it away.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD Problem (Bosco — 11/08/2006)

I've had the camera for little over a year. On automatic setting, the shutter speed is always too slow, even when the flash is on, and all photos have motion blur because of this.Suddenly the LCD started flickering,and lines started appearing on the screen.After couple of days the screen went completely blank. Took it to the service cent re in Goa India, they just said it may be a mother board problem,without out even touching it , said it would be expensive to repair!!!.I didn't expect this from a Sony PRODUCT , MADE IN jAPAN.Will not go for a Sony product in future.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad focus and low light photos (Wendy — 10/03/2006)

I agree with the other reviews regarding most of the photos taken being out of focus and the issues with taking photos in low-light conditions. I used it to document a very important work event and most of the photos are blurry. I also used to at a friend's wedding and most of the reception photos are barely viewable due to the problems in low-light conditions. Way too much money was spent on this camera for the quality of the photos. Wouldn't buy another one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
EXPENSIVE THROW AWAY CAMARA (MARK MANTELL — 10/03/2006)

Very disappointed with Sony's support on this product. Loved the camera but reliability seems to be a problem from reviews I have seen. Mine just stopped working. Will not turn on, tried all the basic resets batteries, etc. Sony says no problem, we will fix it for 181.00. If you are pricing these or have bought one already you can see that Sony basically has an unreliable product which will not last and their solution to the consumer is throw that one away and buy anotherone. What happened to the company that made my 40 year old analog reel to reel that's still going strong?

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don not go for it (soumendra — 09/03/2006)

This cam have inherent flash level problem..
The picture quality degrades as you go on taking shots.
Do not work proper in Cool places..
Finally the night vision modes are simply bad..
The red eye reduction effect is not at all effective.
So plz go for others rather this..

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy this camera (elias — 08/28/2006)

This could a nice camera and I used to like it a lot until that, suddenly, it's flash stopped working as it should. As reported by many other users above, the pictures started to come very bright or dark. It must be a probelm in the flash controller because the first short flash which should used by the camera's sensor to estimate the optimal flash intensity comes noticeably out of time.

As far I as have seen this is a common problem, but does not show up in all cameras. A friend has the same camera, which does not have any problem, just works fine. The number of problematic cases is large enough, however, to disconsider buying this camera unless you like to risk your money.

I will never ever buy a Sony camera again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible camera i've ever seen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

stop showing false reviews in net, because of that i made a mistake to buy this camera,,, i've given d camera for replacement.... please never ever go for this model

  • 1.0 out of 5
worst I have ever seen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera just before 2 months, now the camera is not taking photo with flash it comes either full black, full bright... so I'm not able to take photo in the evening, in the room, in the dark. only day time outside without flash i can take photo. I want to return this camera, i hate this like anything

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

The W5 is really great camera Gives sharp images. Good battery backup. Great price tag.

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

This camara is great. I am very impressed with picture quality and advanced features. This camara out preforms camara's double or tripple it's price. A must buy!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect little camera !! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is one incredible, compact camera. First thing you notice is that the batteries just seem to never run out. However, even if you let them run down at the most crucial time, you can pop in two AA batteries (found anywhere) and keep shooting. I shoot everything in the "5 meg" mode and use a 512 meg memory stick which is plenty for my needs. Of course, it's always a good idea to keep another memory stick handy on vacation. The color and clarity of the images is great even when zoomed in a few times. The 2.5" LCD is easy to view (even without reading glasses). This is my first digital camera, I am thankful that I chose it, and highly recommend it !!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very poor camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We bought this camera a year ago. It's a point and shoot camera, but unfortunately produces VERY poor results when photographing in anything but bright sunshine. We sent it to Sony to be tested, but they say it's fine. On manual setting, it works ok. On ANY automatic setting, the shutter speed is always too slow, even when the flash is on, and all photos have motion blur because of this.

Overall, a complete waste of money. Sony have refused to do anything, even though our complaint began within the warranty period. We have now bought a good camera - a Canon.

Don't buy this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
YOU WILL BE AMAZED , BEST CAM ON THE MARKET (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm kind of addicted to buying camera's, at least 1 every 2 or 3 months, in the $200 to $500 range.I just realized i have been using this Sony for a year because I can't find a better one.Got to mention the infra-red light, great idea,special effects, quality,, and attachable lenses,,yes digital cam with tele.and filter lenses..

  • 5.0 out of 5
Better than expected (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My 2nd digital. SonyW5 is faster, more efficient battery usage. Great pictures. Fun Movies. Remembers my settings. Reasonable price. Easy to use and reasonably easy to change settings.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I LOVE THIS CAMERA! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This was my first major purchase,so for months I carefully chose which camera from reviewers. I am soo pleased with the dsc-w5. It seems its now becoming discountinued with someplaces and I'm not sure if I should count that as good or bad. Anyway, the LCD screen was and is the largest I've ever seen; I find it great that you can change the resolution of movies in movie mode, and if you took a 3 MP picture, you can easily resize pictures(smaller or larger!)But it is fragile, and unfortunately I bumped the retractable lens on my window and the lens competly shifted downward. Fretfully I called Crutchfield(the company I bought the camera from) and told them I had a shifted lens and they cheerfully shipped a new w5 out the next morning. I got it in two days, and all I had to do was return the broken camera in the original box and drop it of at ups. (theres a free return policy for the company.)Everything went smoothly, I'm SO proud of this camera. It's truly the best. *oh, and here's a tip- to zoom on movie mode, I found out you zoom FIRST, then you start recording. and the sound quality is crystal clear! ********** (10 stars!)

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

I do not like the camera, takes blurry pics, considering taking it back.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Cam Under Indian Conditions (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Hey, this is one piece Sony should feel proud of. A great cam-cum-video recorder. The video quality is real good. I have two 1 GB Memory Sticks and two pairs of Stamina Batteries, which never get filled and exhausted.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Disappointed in long term - will go to Panasonic or Canon (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Nice LCD display, OK photos, but... Sticking lens cover!- have to jiggle with finger most times I power up (build-quality issue), poor auto white-balance so hues are often off as in bluish or yellowish; absolutely terrible low-light performance with no image stabilization, (useful for concerts or evening shots without tripod; 3x zoom is pretty useless - but that's my fault!

Don't buy a Sony camera - Canon and Panasonic are much better and will give better results (though their upcoming SLRs should be pretty good as they bought Minolta for that end

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing, just amazing.. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Omgawsh, I've only had this camera for a day, and I already learned that it's amazing. Great quality and color. Once again, Sony has outdone themselves. Easy-to-learn and great qualities and features. And it ALSO takes GREAT pictures. I HIGHLY Reccommend this camera to anyone who doesn't know what they're looking for, and those who DO know what they're looking for. Way-to-go Sony!

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

amazing

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

This is my second digital camera - my first was an Olympus that only lasted a year. I am very pleased with the photos and the options on this camera. And the movie feature is actually better than my digital camcorder - so much in fact, that we're getting rid of the camcorder. The CyberShot definately has me hooked!

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

Very good camera. Nice pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Vola!! this really rocks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Just bought a new W5.really a master piece.and the moving picture quality...ITS mpg recording.the resolution is gr8.and features of this camera r awesome.this is one of the gadgets I am in love with........

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

I've had this camera for a couple of months now, and have taken hundreds of photos. I owned a Kodak DC3400 2MP before this, and I have to say that I'm not that impressed with this Sony camera. It has focus problems, 3/4 of my images are out of focus. I struggle with which setting on the dial to use (because none of them resolve my focus problem), and the picture quality is not as good as the 5 yr old Kodak!! What is everyone talking about??? Other times, the Sony takes about 5 seconds to take a shot between shots. I take about 2 or 3, then its delay-ville... up to 2-3 seconds - I just keep my finger on the "take a picture" button, and it takes forever. I use the auto-everything dial setting most of the time, and the people icon setting some of the time. The shutter lag time is incredible - I am using a memory stick pro 256Mb stick. LCD screen is good, but why the faster response times when you are shooting a movie, than when you are taking a picture? Other than this, when it gets it right - the Sony is fine. It's the other issues that make it frustrating.

  • 4.0 out of 5
manual on sony cyber shot 5.1 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I need to find a owners manual just bought this camera and what kind of memory card it takes anything else i can find out about using this camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wonderful but a little heavy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i have this camera from 6 months ago . it works properl ly and takes wonderful pictures but i think its a little heavy, this is not a real problem but when you have bought it without coverage you must handle it with care.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love the 2 and a half inch LCD! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Maybe I'll try to get Lasix for my eyes laser surgery, but until then, I have no problem at all in viewing beautiful pictures from this camera! The videos are fantastic viewing on the LCD. I am eager to see my pics and videos on a tv, I took some pictures oof a church, AT 3 MEG. setting, AWESOME! Going back to shoot some 5 meggers! All in all so far, nice camera, good price! There going for around $225!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Its just amazing... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am using this camera from past 2 months. The performance of this camera is very impressive. I bought a 512MB Sony Memory stick. There were some review comments that the camera is slow in writing data to the memory stick. But I dont think its correct. Its quite fast. It takes time when the flash is ON but i think thats for the obvious reasons of flash to get re-energised.

No need to worry about anything....This camera is just suberb...just buy it (provided it is still available in the market as the new SONY W30 and W50 are launched)...

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

Just got back from Disneyland, taking pictures in all lighting conditions, taking this camera through the paces of all operating modes.
Returning with over 500 pictures I used the software (VCD2 ImageMixer) that came with the camera and created a VCD, popped it into the DVD player and turned on the TV. WOW the pictures looked magnificent, bright, brilliant and as true to life as you could possibly imagine! I was so impressed, I kept telling the kids as the slides appeared on the screen, "wow, look and that, I'm so impressed, look at the quality of detail, look at the rich color. Images that looked good on the computer screen (much smaller) looked better on the TV!!!

Sony has done it again!!!

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

I bought the w5 for a wedding and it preformed better than my brothers nikon ,high dollar digital camera. He went out the next day and bought one. Sony you got a winner on this one , thanks.

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

I had been a professional photographer some years ago before the digital craze. I waited until now to buy a digital camera. This camera offers an outstanding number of features for ANY amount of money let alone the price I got it for on sale.I love it's quality look and feel.I like the ability to zoom in on the picture taken and reframe it and make a different resulting photo.I also like the slide show (easily hooked to T.V.) with different interval times for showing pictures.And able to shoot movies too —Wow! And as a former pro—the manual settings hit it out of the park for me. Oh yes , did I mention beautiful large L.C.D.and great pictures? Everyone said that and I agree.

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

The features that i liked are its big LCD Screen.
Its AV output feature ..It is also very easy to use and understand.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Camera but... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Some trouble with the red-eye-reduction. Even with the pre-flashes the indoor pics still suffer from red-eye. Fixed in Photoshop. Other than that - great camera! Excellent features for the price.

  • 4.0 out of 5
The Best Cam (Picture Quality Wise) (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Everything on this cam is perfecto the only reason i didnt give it an excellent is because i felt it was a bit to bulky to me.Disapointed cause the design could have been much more better.

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

This is my first digital camera, so I don't have much to compare it to. All I knew is I wanted at least 5MP with a very quick response after you click the button to take a picture. This camera was an ideal price for me, plus it came with software for making VCDs (something I'm not very good with, yeay!), a battery charger, and AV cables for the television.

I love its speed. It takes great photos and has easy to use features. I do have issues, however, with the darkness of the photos and video. It seems everything turns out fine on the LCD screen of the camera, but when I put them on the computer, everything needs to be lightened unless there's enough natural lighting. I have yet to print any of the pictures off, so maybe the camera is showing me the true colours and my computer distorts them. I'll have to buy a memory card and print pictures directly from that to find out, I guess.

But, aside from my lighting issues, I would recommend this camera to anyone.

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

HAving tough time with my camera.Its manual settings never work.If I change to 'Snow' setting,it just shows snow and the person in the forefront is dark...
Just created a bad feeling in me...

I believe this might be a training issue.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Reliable and great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera, my first digital camera, for my daughters wedding. I had heard the horror stories of battery problems so I was concerned of course. This camera was awesome!! I bought a 1M memory stick and I shot all night on one set of batteries. I recommend this camera to anyone and the price $236 at best buy was perfect. Good job Sony!!

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

After being bemused by the wide range of cameras available I eventually settled on the W5. Perhaps unusually one reason for my choice was the fact it uses standard (preferably rechargeable) AA batteries. This means that if you are away from a charge point for several days - trekking etc. - you can simply buy a stack of AA's and need not worry about being able to charge those fancy other style batteries.

So far my usage has been off a single charge! and even better the W5 comes with a pair of rechargeable AA's and a charger - what more do you need.

Functionality wise the camera is excellent. As with any camera it is well worth spending some time 'playing' with the various settings before shooting 'for real'.

So far I have been absolutely delighted with he performance of my W5 and would highly recommend a pruchase for any one else.

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

I would strongly reccomend this camera for anyone who wands great digital pictures without having to spend alot of money. I am a firm believer in this camera.

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

this is the best camera the pics come out so clear and takes great videos. its the greatest camera and very affordable i expected it to cost more when i heard what it had.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Camera Great! Users Guide Badly Written (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had the camera for over a month and it takes good photos. Problem is the Users Guide — badly written, not user friendly at all. I have spent hours trying to figure out the logic and get the photos onto my Laptop. When are camera makers going to get writers instead of using technicians to writer instruction books. Thanks

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera replaced a Kodak which kind of fell off the roof of my car while taking a corner. Anyway, did lots of research before buying this camera and I have to say it is soooo much better than the Kodak. Battery life is great on this camera. Have taken over 200 pics so far and the battery indicator is still full. This is using the screen and not just looking through the eye piece. Picture quality has been pretty good too. Not so great on flash long distance shots, but I haven't seen a camera that is. Great size for sticking in your pocket and speed is great once you get the red eye and other setting turned off.
The only down side that I have found is it feels heavy for its size. Also, I miss the dock that was with my Kodak and the better software that came with the Kodak.
I would highly recommend this camera to first time buyers and most professionals.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sony dsc-w5 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I previously owned a Sony 3.2 cybershot and it was great.
I got the Sony Cybershot DSC-w5 for Christmas, 75%of my pictures were blurry-the clarity was terrible, and seemed to have no stabilizer. I was really disappointed with it. I work at a photography studio, and have experience with cameras, this was absolutely terrible.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Picture Quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I didn't expect such a good picture quality.The whole camera features are exciting and superb.

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

This camera takes great pictures, I find it very user friendly. I still can't get over how clear the pictures are, I have used a lot of Digital Cameras before and I find this one to be top of it's class for the price range!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Red Eye (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I could fixed the problem with red eye, I initialized the camera in Menu.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent for Stills AND Movies! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was originally considering buying a CamCorder that would take not only good video but still pictures as well. After investigating a ton of reviews on CamCorders it seemed there was a concensus that still pictures were usually very poor quality when taken on most CamCorders.

However, after reading many technical reviews on the Sony DSC-W5, I found quite a few of the authors mentioned not just how well the Sony W5 can take great still shots but were equally proficient with video as well. This convinced me to give the W5 a try and it was the best move I could have made.

My very first try with a 30 second Video Clip proved to me W5 movies were great, so I knew I had found just the camera I wanted.

For someone interested in taking both still and video clips, and on a moderate budget, I would recommend the Sony DSC-W5. Yes indeed, it worked for me and could do the same for me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Captures Real world (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera and I am thrilled I am very much happy to have this model
Its Very User friendly. But i am not that much satisfied about Red eye Reduction.

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

ive had the Sony w5 for xmas this year, its great, picture quality fantastic because of the bigger screen. worth spending more money on this 1 because this has a metal case rather than the lower models plastic cover.

  • 3.0 out of 5
red-eye - is it worth it? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Just purchased this camera and I was reading all of the reviews - I am a little concerned about the red-eye issue, as it seems to come up quite often. I hope the overall performance of the camera is worth experiencing this one problem. Should I keep it or return it?

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

Its a great piece of equipment you can carry with yourself without any hassle.
Its night snaps are too good. Great picture quality with good movie performance. Its a decent deal for this fairly priced camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty good except for RED-EYE and lack of sufficient manual mode settings (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Sony ALMOST did a great job.

Battery life, shot-to-shot delay and flash
recharge cycle times are vastly improved over
older sony models.

The camera works very well in outdoor lighting,
and its' macro mode is good.

It also works fine, while using the flash, as
long as the subject is within 10 feet, AND
the subjects pupils are NOT dilated.

If the subject's pupil are dilated and the
subject is looking at the camera, red-eye is a
problem.

Even when you set the red-eye pre-flash on, it
is not adequate to prevent red eye.

There are many improvement over the older sony
cams but 2 steps back on: a) flash placement,
and b) memory stick changes require power ON/OFF/
ON cycling. Both of these design flaws were not
present in earlier sony cams.

GOOD: battery life, shutter lag, recycle time
between flashes, excellent size LCD display..

POOR: flash is positioned directly above lens.
look at pro-cameras, and you will see the flash is
off-axis to the lens. The reason: red-eye
prevention

other negative: memory stick can not be changed
while the camera is on, as was possible in
previous models. This is annoying; you must
power-cycle the camera to make a 'quick' switch
of the memory. (I think sony wants us all to
have an incentive to throw away our tiny 128MB,
256MB, and 512MB memory sticks!)

I can not comprehend why sony would put the flash
directly above the lens. This creates the perfect
setup for RED-EYE, with the flash bounced back and illuminating your loved-ones eyes as though they are demons. (sometimes it is a good thing,
depending on whom you are photographing)

Other complaint is: if you are going to put a
manual mode on the camera, why in the world would
you limit the selectable number of f stops to
only 2 (for a given amount of zoom). In total,
there are only 3 aperture settings, and I find this disappointing.

I rate it GOOD because it does a good job in
many situations.

However, be prepared for post processing to fix all the red-eye problems you will get.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great for point & clickers (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I put my new Sony W5 Cybershot up against my 2 year old Kodak CX6330 (3Mpix). I LOVE the features of the Sony. Being a Kodak user, I had to get used to Sony. I took pics of the same subject with BOTH cameras at the same time. Then loaded the pics to my laptop (17" HP). Interestingly, the Kodak had smoother colors—more natural. Seems the Sony was a little exaggerated on color definition for some indoor shots. Then took some outdoor. Both look REAL close outside. One other weakness I noticed with the Sony is constant red-eye (I edit out with PhotoEditor). The flash is RIGHT ON TOP of the lense. Kodak is offset slightly—not much red-eye with it. Anyway—I guess it is a pretty solid camera—good battery life—same as Kodak. But the Kodak ones that are cheaper are JUST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER! 3x optical—3x digital on most all of them. I also wish Sony had used SD memory (I have 1GB module in both my cameras). Anyway, someone stole my Sony at a skating rink party for my daughter last week! I can't decide what to replace it with. May go back with another Kodak since they are cheaper... but it was fun while it lasted! You can't go wrong for snapshot-point and click shooting.

  • 5.0 out of 5
DSC -W5 Digital Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I feel that the money which I paid is worth. I feel to be proud owner of this Camera. Pictures are fine and trust worthy.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nice shots but it is very fragile, and Sony does not honor warranty (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Although the Sony DSC-W5 offers a lot of features in a small package, and takes nice photos, it tends to fall apart after moderate use. This is due to the use of lightweight plastic components where metal should have been employed, and poor mechanical design.

My experience is that Sony does not honor the warranty. So the camera is essentially disposable. Expect a life of 6-12 months. If you want something that will last, go for a traditional camera brand, not something from an consumer electronics manufacturer.

  • 5.0 out of 5
no 1 camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i have bought SONY DSC W5 from singapore and i m so much happy to see the result.we had a gr8 vacation in Thailand,Mlaysia and Singapore.the pics so nice.i love it.

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

This was my second Sony digital camera. My first Sony was a very early digital model. I am rather disappointed. The quality of the pictures is very dependent on any subject motion, and underlying lighting. If the subject has absolutely no motion and the lighting is good then the DSC-W5 takes pretty good pictures. If there is any motion, or if the zoom is used then the quality of the pictures deteriorates rapidly. Image blurring can be severe when the zoom is used. In my opinion, the camera is nearly worthless for any form of athletic event, where the subject is moving. Mechanically, (excluding the optical issues), the camera has presented no problems to this point. The directions and manual are reasonably well written. Overall however, I would not recommend the purchase of this camera, and I will probably avoid similar Sony products in the future.

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

This camera is the best you can get for that money

  • 2.0 out of 5
turned off w/ the zoom out!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

What happened to this W5? I was quite happy the first few weeks I used this camera. Actually I headed to a camera shop last April for an Olympus 4MP w/ 10X optical zoom but was discouraged due to its bulk size. A Sony dealer was well enough to tempt me to buy this W5 with the lure of 2.5" display and bigger pixel. But just last week (ITS ONLY OCTOBER!!!) it just got broken. I just pushed the power button to power it of and aaaaawwwss... the system stopped with the LENS STILL AT FULL ZOOM. Whew!! Maybe that's the reason why they give 3 years warranty for this product.

I already informed Sony of this thing and they said its probably the power supply. Power supply it is! Of course, I have to bring it to the authorized repair shop. By the way, I have to travel some 100 miles and ride a ferry to get to a repair shop in Manila. Maybe it would take a week or three. But based on the reviews, I can say that probably more than two months.
There's not problem with time actually. The worst is I was due to take pictures of a hundred or more students for a graduation souvenir NEXT WEEK!!! (I do photography as for extra income).

I consider buying DSC-H1 but maybe after my W5 gets fixed (I'll sell it, off course, even at a bargain!). The W5 is not worth the cost, selling in the Philippines at PhP 22,999.00 or USD 418.

I'll inform you as soon as I get it repaired...

  • 1.0 out of 5
Missing pictures, poor low light performance (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First of all with the flash off during the day the camera takes awful pictures indoors because it uses long exposures which make the pics too smeared. With the flash on the exposure is shorter which means everything but the subject looks dark and unrealistic of the scene that the photo was taken of. I compared it to my old Olympus 4040 (4Mpixel) and found that the W5 was using 1/8 second exposures when the Olympus was using 1/30 for the same scene.

Worse than this lots of pictures just vanished over the first few weeks of owning the camera. When connecting via USB the same file name was shown three times for each picture. Using a card reader a different number of pictures was displayed compared to USB.

I sent it back to Sony and on its return 5 weeks later the same thing is happening again as well as movies getting corrupted.

The autofocus is really poor, and I've cursed at the thing hunting around in movie mode too.

Please avoid this camera, its not worth the hassle .

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great apart from retractable lens problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As with many comments 2 days after purchase - error meesage occured and lens failed to retract. Supplier replaced camera - 3 months later same problem. Otherwise great pics. Get an extended warranty on this product!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good pictures, bad Quality Control (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera in April and had fun shooting lots of photos with it, that is until I started taking outdoor photos. Seems that there was some dust inside the lens or between the lens and sensor, so whenever I take photos with light backgrounds (sky, sunset, etc) the dust casts shadows on the photos (in the same spots consistantly). I called Sony who said it may have been a "manufacturing by-product" and that I coudl send it to be serviced free of charge. I had to send it out 3 times because they were unable to fix the error. They then had me send it to the main Sony center in TX where they guaranreed me they woudl fix it...still not fixed. They now want me to send it back again, this makes the 5th time.

As I said, I bought the camera in April, it is now September and I have been without the camera since June 15th (minus the few days I got it back and had to ship back out again). They will not replace the unit, just want me to keep sending it back.

I am sure this is a fluke thing, but based on their handling of this case, I could not recommend this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Read This First (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As you open the box the "Read This First" booklet is the first thing you'll see. Tucked neatly inside is the DSC-W5 digital camera.

I was surprised at how small the DSC-W5 was. Every store had those anti-theft devices so you really don't appreciate how small this camera truly is. Also considering the camera uses AA batteries which are included, and the rechargeable type, this thing will easily fit into a pocket. The batteries recharge in 6 hours and you have the flexability of using "regular" AA batteries in a pinch. That was really important as I planned to use this camera on vacation at Yosemite National Park.

Along with the camera I purchased the SanDisk 256 Memory Stick Pro. Think of it a re-usable film. I took 105 of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen. The camera is very easy to use and plugs directly into the TV for family photo viewing. (Video cable is also supplied) I looked into the Sony S90 and discovered you'll have to purchase the $80 tray to have this feature. That was a deal breaker for me.

The big 2.5 inch LCD screen is clear in all lighting conditions. Once you press the shudder switch the camera almost instantly takes the picture and holds it for 3 seconds for your viewing. Only very bright, direct sunlight, makes it hard seeing details AFTER you take the picture. I had no trouble seeing everything before I took the shot.

Did I mention how fast this thing is? Push the "power" button on top of the camera and this thing springs to life. One of the fastest in stores. I also noticed how quick the shutter button was. Press it slightly and the camera focuses on the image. A little more and then click and you've captured the image. I think its quick enough for sports.

I would not hesitate to recommend this camera. I did a lot of research and found this is the one to pick. I read with interest the guy who gave the camera one star cause he dropped it two and a half feet and it wouldn't work. Even better was the guy who let it fall into the lake for "only a half-hour" and was disappointed it wouldn't work. LOL!! This is a computer that takes pictures not a pair of pliers.

Sony did their homework and hit a Grand Slam with this one... Buy it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great Outside Shots - Red Eye Woes (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera takes breath taking exterior day shots and "ok" night with tri pod.
But even with red eye prevention "on" I still get that pesky possessed look in my subjects...ahhhh
TG for photoshop...Oh I would like to keep practicing but I just sent it to Sony for repairs...seems it went to sleep for no reason and did not want to wake up (it's only 2months old)...c'mon Sony!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great piture quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I took the camera to my recent motorcycle adventure. The pitures I clicked are great and the camera is eazy to handle and carry.

  • 2.0 out of 5
E 62:00! Error (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The bad news: I am a neat freak and keep my W5 in a softcase within a hardcase; nonetheless, I have had to send it in twice already to Sony for problems with the lens extending/not extending. Both times I got an E 62:00 message and the camera shut off w/o retracting the lens. This problem also occurs in some of the Canon Elph's with similar lenses.

The Good News: So far, Sony repaired the camera both times free of charge (minus S&H - under warranty). Altogether service time of approximately 2-3 weeks. I am worried that this will occur again now that the warranty is up.

Also, this camera gets lots of oohs and aahs from people who see it as it has a HUGE display screen and takes wonderful pictures and good enough videos. It's conveniently sized and easy to use even for a few limited Manual features.

I'd highly recommend this camera on a longer warranty, and/or if Sony would fix this zoom lens problem.

P.S. Most digital camera owners upgrade after a couple years anyway; so perhaps a minor problem isn't bad after shooting literally thousands of pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera but.....!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was astonished to read some bad review of the camera. If I knew this earlier I wont be spending $400 of my money to buy this camera. I hope I won't experience the bad dreams of some of our friends who's camera turn to be heart breaker. But after 1 week of using this camera, it's great. I was able to take good pics and movies and editing them to produce music video (VCD) using the software provided. I was given 2 year waranty. But I do not know the coverage. I hope my camera will work well like my 3 year old 2MP Kodak camera who broke down a weeks ago.

  • 5.0 out of 5
it is a wonderful piece of equipment (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera before my vacation and boy am i glad i did, now i think i am a professional, thanks sony

  • 5.0 out of 5
New love - Sorry SLR (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Not wanting to carry my N-75 SLR, I got the W5 three months ago for a trip to Peru. I tried three other digitals at the same time but this had the most, but not all, features I liked. The clincher was the 2.5 screen. I love it! Picture quality and color is great. I used it mostly in the auto mode, but tried other settings and got excellent pictures. Only two features I would have liked are more zoom and IS for low light. I filled up the 512 memory stick twice. For me...great camera and I may never go back to the SLR.

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

On the positive side: Nice picture quality (it must be a case hardware fault that is the cause of image complaints; I get very impressive results).

SUPERB movie mode (video and sound). Note: if shooting at diffrent objects during movie mode it is a good idea to turn off the autofocus (set to infinity or to a set range) so blurring during change of focus do not show. Again - superb movies!

Very energy efficiant.

Very, VERY, fast response time.

In order to compare cameras (canon A95), took a similar landscape shot. The W5 came out a bit better.

On the down side: if you plan to take 30 FPS movies, like I do, a 1GB memory stick is a must.

The big LCD screen is nice, but the screen is fixed (no gimbal - which I'm told is very handy).

In the end I decided to buy the W5 over the CANON A95 because of the large screen, fast response time and movie mode.

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

The pictures are good and was really easy to handle. However, the camera dropped off my hand from a height of about 2fts max. The Flash stopped working.Sony says that they need $300 to repair the flash light... thats crazy.. the camera costs $399+ tax. After reading the reviews now, I dont think I would go for any Sony products anymore or even suggest anyone.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great camera right up to the oooops (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My suggestion is not to drop this camera in a lake for over 1/2 hour!!..damn thing didn't work after that. Amazingly, the memory stick still worked.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens not retract (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Good USB 2.0, Good LCD viewer, easy menu. Zoom/Focus retractable lens broke after 5 weeks. Repair is expensive, machine is useless after 5 weeks.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Problem with M Mode (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After a month in owning this camera, I took it out one day to take a few pictures of a sunset. As it was dark, I turned the dial to "M" so I could manually adjust the exposure settings. Who knows, when I turned it to "M", it just hanged, crashed, and turned off (with the lens still out). I am going to Sony to repair it, I hope they won't ask me to pay.

  • 1.0 out of 5
This Camera Is The Biggest Disappointment (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My husband bought this camera for us as a surprise. I am an avid picture taker and scrapbooker and have been dying to try a digital camera. He bought this DSC-W5 in March, and we have yet to get even one good picture from the thing. The first pictures I printed on our own Epson printer. They were so terrible that I almost cried. There was no sharpness at all, and the of everything were "smeared."

I thought that I must be doing something wrong, so I spent hours reading everything I could about digital photography techniques. I took some more pictures and this time had them printed at a local photo lab, just in case my printer was the problem. Needless to say, the pictures were just as bad as the first bunch.

I decided to conduct an experiment in which I compared the Sony camera to my sister's new Kodak digital camera. I used both cameras to take exactly the same shot, from the same distance, same lighting, etc. I used each camera's automatic setting. The pictures that I took with the Kodak were AWESOME! They were so crisp and clear. The same pictures with the DSC-W5 were totally unacceptable. I would probably throw them away. Every image, especially bright objects, has a "halo" around it where it appears the color has bled outward from the edges.

Sony says I must send the camera in to Connecticut for repair. I have to pay the shipping, which makes me mad considering that the thing has not taken one decent picture since I've owned it. Bottom line: I hate the camera and would never purchase another Sony model.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great cam+great pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

it is beautiful creation(thiough heavy but still better than others)
i checked nikon 5600 and speed was horrible
so i chose it next
speeds r superb(less tahn a sec!!!)
colors r superb(true life like)
though there does comes an greyish cast over pics in auto mode which can be easily coreccted in many softwares lik picasa free from google or irfanview
i dont prefer using photiohsop as it consumes lot of time and gives inferior results than picas(believe it or not—picasa is free)
I prefer using camera with normal saturation + increased sharpness + normal contrast to get best pics
u may try it(i found these pics to be best)
rest thanks to alla those who helped me making this camera as my choice and i am very happy with the decision..

  • 2.0 out of 5
terrible un consistant (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

terrible picture under low light condition, totally un consistant " same pic could be either too bright or too dark or normal without changing setting"
do not be taken by Sony name like I did, do not buy this camera. if you are willing to spend that much get yourself a decent canon.

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

I love this camera. After owning for only 3 months, I am amazed at how easy it is to learn some of the more advanced features, especially for a camera "novice" like me. It takes beautiful pictures. My favorite feature however, is the large 2.5" LCD screen. I can hit the last picture review and it's a nice large picture. If you want a simple camera with the ability to take advanced photos, this is the only camera I would consider for the price.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broken after 3 weeks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After extensive reading of reviews I bought the Sony Cybershot DSC-W5. The camera was easy to use and took very nice pictures the first time I used it. I liked all of the features and was looking forward to taking brief movies with it. Then came the event I had gotten the camera for in the first place. I took it out of the case, turned it on and got an error message. I turned the camera off and tried again. The same message appeared on the screen. Needless to say, I should have taken my old 35mm camera with me. At least I would have had pictures of the day. I filled in the repair order on line preparing to send it to get it fixed. Guess what, I have to pay for shipping. Now this might seem like a small irritation, but this camera is 3 weeks old! I tried talking to Sony , tried a supervisor who was so condescending it was sickening. So they wouldn't give on the shipping part, off I go to the UPS store. At the bottom of the service instruction paper that I have to send back with the camera it says I get a discount on packaging and shipping. That's not so says Sony. Its going to Precision Camera and Sony doesn't have an agreement with them for discounted shipping. Even though it says it in black and white on my service order, I cant get it. I lodged a complaint with Sony, but I don't really expect to hear anything back. Anyway, if you buy this camera, or any Sony product, make sure you get an extended warranty. I wish I had but it took all of my money to get this camera and the memory card.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent camera--thanks to all prep. owners (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

first of all ,thanks to all the prev owners of this wonderful camera. This thing although heavier than my prev 2 digital cameras but pic resolution and colors are so natural and almost true to life even in dark, which my old Kodak failed always to notice, not to mention so speedy it is, net reviews say it takes >1 sec to hunt focus in low light, that had made me terrified as this one sec looked so big in reviews.
But believe me u will not miss a shot in day light as well never in low light conditions.
Acc to me auto mode is superb and I never had a want to do manual till now.
Histogram feature is good as all say but how to use it in pics, kindly someone explain it to me.
thanks again to all reviewers who encouraged me for right buying.

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

My First "real" Digital camera. I'm in 9th grade use it for Yearbook and newspaper. Great pix!

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

This camera is the best. I've had it for 3 months and have taken over 1000 pics. No problems at all. The pictures are great. I do a lot of printing with the Epson photomate (4x6). They look so much better than store prints.

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

I just bought this camera for my Dad, and decided to try it out so I could explain it to him. He has problems with his eyes, so the way I picked this camera for him was to go to Circuit City and get the camera with the biggest LCD and big buttons.

But after playing with it, I'm really impressed. The main thing I like about it is how well it fits my hand. There's a raised ridge on the front that keeps your finger out of the way of things, and on the back, there's a textured area with no buttons for your thumb. The shutter button is perfectly placed for my index finger.

I own a Sony V3 for myself, and the V3 has some features which this one lacks (like a laser to assist the AF, a faster ISO rating, 4x optical zoom, and the "night framing" and "night shot" modes), but I'm actually considering getting myself a W7 (the 7MP version of this camera) just because of how well this W5 fits my hand.

  • 2.0 out of 5
camera broke after a year (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

True, this camera does take very nice pictures. Too bad the retractable lens broke after 1 year and 2 weeks, so not covered under warranty. Sony wants $200 just to look at it. Do not buy this camera unless you want to waste your money.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Follow up to "Broke in less than a month" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a follow-up to a review I submitted last month titled "Broke in less than a month";. I was able to get it fixed for free because of Sony's 1 year warranty. The repair report that I received said "repaired power operation";. I'm not sure what that means but I was very happy with the results. My camera is back to working and I'm very pleased with its performance. Hopefully my problem was just a fluke and won't happen again (knock on wood).

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera in this Category! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This Camera is so great! Very easy to use, super large 2.5" LCD and very sharp and clear, the battery is very long lasting! More importantly, the picture quality for just auto shot is among the best I have ever seen, the colour, the saturation, the sharpness, the depth and detail is beyond my expectation. In addition, I just love the body design and feel of the metallic material. This is just a perfect 5 Megapixel camera, anyone wants a great point and shot camera should definitely buy it! The only little cons is that the red eye reduction is little weak, but I do not care that much! It is just my dream camera and I so so much love the LCD.

Just buy it, use it, and enjoy it!

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

I think this camera is top of the line. A friend of mine has a canon, forget about it ...... not even close to this baby.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I really love this camera! It takes excellent photos and it's very easy to use.
The only thing I'm not happy with is: the lens (angulars, filters) are too expensive here, in Brasil...

  • 5.0 out of 5
A great first digital (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera and I am thrilled. It is a nice combination of point and shoot and more advanced options with the manual control. The only negative I can think of is it makes me want to more seriously shoot pictures and upgrade already. It has taught me more about photography just with the features than I have known in my life. Honestly! I am extremely happy with this camera. I could not have made a better first choice.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I LOVE THIS CAMERA (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera, after a lot of research I decided on the Sony W5 and I made the right choice. The LCD is wonderful, the pictures are fantastic. I can't get this camera away from my 10 year old nephew he has a great time with it (he takes better pictures than me.) The battery life is exceptional. I recommend a 512 memory stick because you will be snapping away. The price is right the pictures are outstanding. If you are on the fence with this one don't be, you will not be sorry, I recommend it highly.

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

After reading customer reviews I went out and bought the W5. I love the size and the fact that it is so easy to use.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Broke in less than a month (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had the camera for less than a month when the screen started flashing and then everything went really bright and then went totally black. My guess is that it's some kind of light sensor problem. It only takes black pictures now but I'm able to see the good pictures that I took a week ago clearly on the LCD screen. I have shipped it to Sony to get fixed because it's still under warranty, hopefully they will be able to repair it. I was very pleased with its performance until it broke.

  • 5.0 out of 5
An outstanding piece of SONY electronic engineering 5 stars+ (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The W5 is one outstanding camera. Solid, responsive, full features, and easy to shoot. The movie move is just icing on the proverbial cake. Movie sound quality is spectacular (playback the MPG video on quicktime player) WOW, as though a professional mike was used for the audio!!!

The camera does of course have inherent limitations which are to be fully expected with a small glass element lens. But all things considered, this is a VALUE packed digital camera
worthy of any vacation photography, or even professional photography use that works within the camera's range of engineered usage and functionality.

This is a superb digital camera, and it's a collectable to be in my professional opinion.

I plan on using this camera for my business, which is real estate sales for superior home photography (marketing) that will blow away my competition in terms of pure visual quality.

As a former professional photographer, I know quality when I see it in a photograph, and the SONY W5 is one little world class champion image capture device when properly dialed in with it's rich features and shooting flexibility modes.

Buy this camera, and take the time to learn its capabilities, you will never regret the investment.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes great sports pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera. The 2-1/2 inch LCD screen was a must for my 63 year old eyes and is exceptionally bright even in sunlight. The burst mode, my 2nd reason for buying the camera, takes great sports pictures. I have captured wonderful action highlights of our grandson's soccer team. Purchased a 256 pro memory stick and the movie mode is wonderful.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes Fantastic Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is very easy to use. It is compact and shoots fantastic. Best camera I've had in a long time. This camera will stay with me for many years to come.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Answer - LCD Problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The answer to the LCD Problem that one user had stated is simple. I have seen the same problem on my DSC-W5, but this is not a camera fault. The problem is that the capture button has to features, if you press it halfway down it engages the auto-focus function, and when you press it fully down, it captures the image. To solve the problem you have to
fully release the button after shooting the photo.
If you do not do this (e.g. a slight push on the button by keeping your finger over it ) the camera thinks you want to shoot another photo, and will exit the photo review mode automatically.

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

Simple words, The Best Camera out their.

  • 5.0 out of 5
SO Far SO Good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Easy to use - out of the box and had pictures on the computer - less than 5 minutes later. With red reduction on there were still red eyes - so I have to check that in the manual to see what can be done with that. Like one of the previous reviews 2mb files with a 5.1meg pixel camera something there I don't get. I would recommend this camera to anyone - sleek and easy. Thanks SONY

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sharp Images, Great LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A real pleasure to use, the DSC-W5 has all the flexibility I need, including manual mode. It can focus at reasonable distances in near complete darkness. I can detect no softening of the images at the edges or in corners. Auto exposure is near perfect the vast majority of the time and the flash never over powers the subject even at very close distances. I'm a very satisfied owner.

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

Wonderful Camera!!! Was about to return it to the store because of the red-eye issues I had to face initially in all the photos. But!!! it good I had the patience to do that before returning the Camera, I went thru the manual and now I just love my camera. Excellent photographs! ease of use, sleek and its Sony!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great all around camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been waiting for an upgrade to the W-1 for some time before buying a personal camera and am very pleased with the outcome. I have used a wide range of cameras for work (Kodak, Olympus, Fuji) and this one is superior in every aspect. Its ease of use is great for my 10 year old and sophisticated enough in manual mode for me if I want. Preset modes are great for quick pictures resulting in near perfect settings every time with just the turn of a dial. Great picture results in every memory size. One big selling feature for me was the smaller size and also the use of 2-AA rechargeable batteries for power. I plan to use this camera for vacation (local and abroad) and really like the option of popping into any local store for batteries in a dead battery emergency. This feature sold me over the Canon series of cameras requiring a recharge of the custom internal battery. The large LCD display is also great for ease of seeing what you're framing in your photo. I am a 35mm diehard user and have been window shopping for a personal digital camera for the last few years but am very confident this one will last through all my photo needs.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I started using the CyberShot U10, and started monitoring the performance of W1. Apart from 32mb internal, I find it easy to use. I have only one comment that there are shots even if I use 5M the result is <2 MB. Pixel wise it should go beyond 2.1MB for a throughput of 5.1 megapixel

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor LCD Screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I owned the W5 for about 1 month. Everything is quite good until I saw the LCD screen shows intermittent problem. Whenever I take a picture, the LCD does not show a quick preview of what I have captured. I had to manually go into the preview mode to look at those pictures. But sometimes, everything is normal and the camera shows me a quick review of the picture taken in 1-2 seconds.

Ask the SONY before, they said there is no such problem, as whenever I went down to SONY, the problem never came on. And whenever SONY is not around, the intermittent problem shows up.

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

Nothing to say.. it's a wonderful camera!!!

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

This is a great camera for the price. Nice picture quality, great features, very long lasting battery. My only complaint is that reds tends to look too bright with the flash.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wonderful camera!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had this camera for a few weeks now, and I love it! The large LCD screed is wonderful. The pictures have printed out very clear so far. It is an excellent camera for a decent price. It is also very easy to use and understand. I would definitely recommend this camera.

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