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Sony CyberShot DSC-W7

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Sony CyberShot DSC-W7

Editor's Review

The sleek Sony CyberShot DSC-W7 offers 7-megapixel resolution, a 3x optical zoom, and a huge 2.5" LCD screen. Powered by AA batteries, and small enough to be tucked into a pocket almost unnoticed, the Sony W7 makes a great companion for travelers. While manual controls are available for experienced photographers, seven preset scene modes and a fully automatic mode also make the W7 a great camera for novices.


  • 7.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/2x 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: SNYDSCW7
  • UPC: 027242673007
  • Release Date: Feb 02, 2005

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Sony CyberShot DSC-W7 Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-W7 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lense failure on Sony DSC-W5 (Mick — 09/04/2007)

I bought this Sony camera because of its Carl Zeiss lense, its many functions, big display, excellent experiences with the first Cybershot DSC-V1 (which had the cool nightview function). It sais ´Schakel uit en weer in´ (Switch off and on again). During a trip in a hot climate the lense did no longer retract. It turned out to be a temporary thing when I was back. But after the 1 year store guarantee, 18 months to be precise, it gave up on me: the lense does not retract. Out of the clear blue. Having it fixed costs half a new camera. I feel ripped off.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very disappointed (Rachel — 01/27/2007)

This camera worked great for the first few months that I had it. Over the last few months it has slowly started to fall apart. It can no longer register the settings, whether it is turned to "display picture" or "take picture," etc. The pictures that is does take are very blurry and it seems that people are becoming see through. I did love the camera before but I took very good care of it and there is no reason it shouldn't last for several more years. The cost Sony said they would charge to fix it is enough to buy a new camera. I will not buy another sony after this.

  • 5.0 out of 5
better than w-70 (Pesukarhu — 01/18/2007)

i bought this one about 1 year friend sold it to me because he needed money...since then i've taken few hundred/thousand pictures...resolutin is better than W-70..and video pictures are better than most of the digs...the bass and music doesn't brake like some other cams...anyway i pay this one only 90 euros and im happy...

  • 2.0 out of 5
Sony DSC-W7 lens will not retract; Standard Memory Sticks obsolete. (Ted Timmis — 10/26/2006)

My DSC-W7 worked fine and then last week, the lens would not retract and the camera would no longer take pictures. ... Strangely enough, as I was writing this review, I rotated the top dial to "P" and suddenly, the camera started working again. That's great news this time.

I have owned 3 Cybershots and the following are the good points:
1. These cameras are extremely easy to use.
2. The pictures can be outstanding if there is not too much movement and if the auto focus gets it right.
3. The LCD view finder is terrific.

The Negative:
1. Pictures can often be blurry or grainy especially if the subject is moving or the autofocus fails to hone in on the subject.
2. All three of my Sony Cybershots have eventually failed mechanically within 2 years.
3. Standard Memory Sticks are now obsolete on all current Sony models. Yep, that's right. They only accept Memory Stick Duo. All that money we spent on regular sized Memory Sticks will be flushed down the drain when it comes time to upgrade. I can't speak for everyone else but I think this really stinks, since Sony originally stated in press releases that it was committed to the Memory Stick forum. Obviously, they lied.

  • 2.0 out of 5
VERY BLURRY PICTURES (V Michael — 09/21/2006)

I agree with some of the above reviews. I really want to love Sony products. I have blur issues with this camera and the DSC-N1. Both have blur issues. Wish Sony did a better job. When the pictures are good, they are perfect, but this happens less than 50% of the time.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera. Great pics. Great lense that won't retract! (Matt Hughes — 09/07/2006)

I'm in the same situation as the last consumer post and I've owned my store bought Sony W7 since January. Up until the lense failed to retract, I'd had nothing but great success with the camera and the brilliant pictures it captured until I had the issue with the lense. If Sony isn't aware of this defect they should be by's ashame that for all that money it cost that the whole performance would come to a screeching hault over lense complications from use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
great camera until the lense failed to retract (jaime steffen — 08/19/2006)

I bought the camera after much research. We have used it heavily for 7 months. Then two days before a week vacation, the lense fails to retract, rendering the camera inoperable. Bought on-line so I rolled the dice and lost.

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

We had this camera for only 6 months and the mechanics of the lens failed, The lens sticks when opening and closing as the camera is turned on and off. The 3x magnification suffers from the same problem. It will be sent back on warranty.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I wish it had a higher ISO and a stronger flash. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a very good camera. You cannot get better quality for this price - stick with the Sony guys! I wish it had a higher ISO and a stronger flash. The pictures come out smooth and clear but I wish it had the sports mode too, maybe that would help with people's shaky hand when taking pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony Cybershot DSC-W7 Digital Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a great camera for the money. The pictures are nice and batteries last long before they must be recharged. I also like the speed of the camera and the metal construction, very sturdy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
It's all been said ! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It's all been said, can't say much more. MUST HAVE. My grandson (5 years old)has taken great shots with it.

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

We took it on our trip to the Bahama!! It's excellent for clear pictures

  • 3.0 out of 5
No need to bore you with the details... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The W7 is my third CyberShot and the best yet. I carry it with me all the time.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Screen could be bigger, but easy and reliable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Obviously a great performer. Cost me about $400 around 3/2005. For another $400, I got the 4GB memory stick and proceeded to shoot about a thousand pics at full rez a handful of 2 to 10 minute movies while on a 2 week trip thru Europe. Since then, I'd guess the prices are almost half for both parts.

One thing to thing about is the memory speed. Newer sticks have "150X" ratings, etc. I'm not sure what mine is, but I think it's faster than the camera can use it. Occasionally, there's a bit of a delay before I shoot the next pic at full rez, but more than that, how long does it take to get the data out of the stick, thru the USB2 port and onto my HD? I know I can't run the movies at full frame speed directly from the stick... and sometimes it take a good while to transfer. Seems there's always limations of some sort!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Small Buy terribly fantastic (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had used a Kodak, two Canons, and a Sony T1. Lately, I was attracted to the Sony W7 and got one. I was surprised by the pictures I took. Specially the sharpness of the lens. Palm leaves were so sharp you could see them very clearly. I love this diminutive jewel.

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

Easy to use, amazing speed - both start up time and shutter lag, very good photo quality, uses AA batteries, big screen. The only cons is the weight and thickness of the camera but I guess it is a trade off for using AA batteries.

  • 5.0 out of 5
No complaints (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just received my pictures from Vegas. They were great. I had the camera set on auto for all my pictures, and they turned out great. I did have to remove the red eye from a couple of photos, but other than that, they look great. The large LCD, was also really nice to review the pictures. I'm glad I purchased it.

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

This is the best came i have ever seen Sony has a product which can never been compete with any other electrical companies. This is a Unique Camera i have ever seen. i took pics of my wife and this camera has changed her looks like she is still too young and beautiful by the appearance of this camera..I recommend to buy this camera at any cost your money will be recovered the moment u will take the first pic of yo r's.

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

The W7 is my first camera and i cannot be more pleased. The image quality is amazing and the color is the same. I cant believe this camera sells for such a good price. Highly recomended!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
BEST CAMERA FOR THE MONEY (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After a long time and research, I finally picked this Sony W7. It's been the best digital camera that I've owned and used. very clear and sharp pictures and very easy to use. Thank You Sony!!!

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

If you want to miss something in life, don't buy a digicam.

A camera like SONY W7 reveals the advancement of science and technology and makes taking pictures a pleasure. Don't continue to be a dud in using the camera but become an expert reading the given manuals first (which one generally does when the gadget doesn't switch on!)

I have shot over a dozen pictures in 2 hours after buying and they were simply great - the reason being both the camera W7 and the user are upto the mark. I will write again about the wonderful pictures that I am going to take after reading the manual completely. Don't miss to buy a SONY W7 and lose the great opportunity of enjoying photography. If you are looking for a camera in this price range, here you are being spoon fed - don't carry out a survey in the market - just buy off W7 and start clicking.

  • 4.0 out of 5
No Purple! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera! Small, fast, love the big screen and thou it is fixed the speed of the camera makes it worth it tome. I only have had a bit a trouble with files not being able to be read and I need to find out more about what is going on there. Yesterday I was a bit shocked when I tried to photograph some Irises. They were a deep purple. No matter what I did I got blue! What�s up with the color purple? Is there a digital camera that can see purple?

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

excellent camera

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

I bought my camera after reading the reviews here... I must admit it is the best digital camera I have ever seen or used....I see the following good points in it.
1) Battery life is very good. I have taken about 300 pictures (almost all with a flash turned on) and still the battery is near to full.... It also includes about 30 minutes of playback... Ultra low power consumption....

2) Auto-focus is excelent. I have to say it is almost impossible to take a blurry or out of focus picture after you have learnt the art of pressing the Button half-way and let the auto-focus lock (Hear the beep).

3) Excelent in low light conditions. I have taken pictures of the whole manual of W7 in very low light conditions. Excelent result....

4) Menu is very easy to use and master.

5) Still I have to check the TV output.

6) Video is excelent. 640x480 @ 30fps is very good. But with my 512MB card I can get only 5 minute video which is very less....

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

I bought this camera the day before our Trip to Los Cabos. I have a digital slr camera that I like very much, but wanted something a little more compact to take on trips. I learned how to use it on the plane by scanning through the beginners manual,easy to use . It took great pictures in all types of settings. I really don't think you could buy a better compact camera. It's a rugged camera and I like the way the lens retracts and covers the lens. you don't have to worry about lens covers.for beginners it's very forgiving in auto mode and yet has the ability to be very creative in all the manual settings.
Sony has hit a home run with this camera.
Buy it!!! you won't be sorry.

  • 5.0 out of 5
W-7 is a solid feature rich Camera A++++ (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Sony DSC-W7 has been out now for about 8 months and I was able to pick up a new in the box W7 in BLACK for a real bargan at $249.00.
This is one heck of a camera, giving the user the option of a (p) Program mode for the just point and shoot or the option of setting things up in a (M) Manual mode for great special effects. There are also 7 Scene modes which add to the versatility of this solid Sony. Speaking of SOLID, this is one of only a few digital cameras that have a metal case which gives it a great feel. All buttons, dials and controls as well as the lense operate seamlessly. The Lense is also top of the line. I could go on and on. I say now is the time to grab the W7 for the bargan price of $250 bucks. I also picked up a 512meg mem. card for $37.00 bucks. Love the entire package and you will too.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Supurb at a reasonable price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Sony has a hit with this camer! It's fun, easy to use and 7.1 mega pixels for under $300.,. Wow, I like it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurry Pictures--I'm not crazy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

All these 5 star reviews make me wonder if this is a Sony sponsored site. Trust me..I WANT to love this camera, but I just can't. It takes blurry pictures. I have been taking pictures a long time with manual SLRs and I have an idea about shutter speeds, apertures, etc.

Even when the pictures appear to come out great on the camera slideshow, I cannot guarantee that this will translate to my computer monitor. Often a picture will have acceptable light levels on my camera viewscreen and be almost entirely black on the computer (Yes i have turned up my monitor's brightness and tried this on different monitors).

Back to blurriness. Even shooting this camera at 1000 at 400iso, I often get a blurry picture. For those who say "HOLD STILL"—like everyone who has poor results is raving, arm-waving lunatic—I have been holding still, but there is a limit to how still a human can be. Regardless, even moving and shooting at a shutterspeed of 1000 should yield a clear result—which I am not achieving.

I have no doubt that many people have had good results with this model. Perhaps there is just a bad batch out there? I for one have not generally good results. Some good pictures, yes. But when only 20 out of 150 pictures are acceptable to my standards, I have to take issue with that.

I have experimented with this camera extensively and I truly want to make it work—I don't have the expendable income to go out and buy another model. I believe I am a competent photographer, but being vexed by a point and shoot is doing little to boost my self-esteem. A point-and-shoot, by definition, is supposed to be easy to operate and achieve acceptable results. This camera does not meet those requirements.

I warn potential buyers to be be wary of this camera. I would nt spend the extra cash for this 7.2 mP camera, it doesn't focus accurately enough to take advantage of this resolution.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Blur issues on tests (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just hold it a couple of minutes on circuit city and took some shots and movies, this camera seems to have blur issues (more often than others I tested on the same place). Also, I miss the option to zoom in when shoting movies.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Blur prone.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I guess I maybe expected too much if I wanted a true point and shoot cam. Auto mode is essentially useless. Blurs at the slightest movement of you or subject. P Mode is better, but only real help is the full Manual mode where you can adjust the shutter speed. Default settings for most modes seems to simply have the shutter set too slow to take consistent, blur free pics. "Read the manual", yada yada, I know, I did about 3 times to see what was happening. I shouldn't have to be relegated to full manual mode to take decent indoor pics, it's that plain and simple. And btw, I'm educated enough to figure out the proper settings to get this cam to work great. All I wanted is a simple to use, high quality digicam my wife can operate that takes consistent pics. This camera may be on it's way back to the store because it honestly doesn't perform well indoors in most Auto preset modes. Anyone that tells you different is hiding the truth. Having to mess with shutter, ISO, and EV settings to get consistently good pics is not point and shoot. Indoor picture takers looking for simplicity and quality pics may be disappointed like myself.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best Digital at only $249.00 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Can you imagine being able to get a Sony W7 in the Limited Edition Black Case for only $249.00 ! Yep, I saw this camera when it first hit the stores, but waited several months before taking the plunge. After reading a zillion reviews and giving the W7 a few test runs, I finally picked one up. The price has come down, however the quality is there and there is no better compact digital that I know of.
Takes clear crisp photos which can be blown up to poster size without loosing any deatil. Also, very fast out of the gate and shot to shot. I highly recommend this Camera. Also, for about $50.00 bucks spring for a 512MB Stick which will get you about 140 picks on the 7mp setting. "Keep up the good work Sony"

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

I recently purchased 3 Sony DSC W7 cameras and have experienced a much higher rate of blurred pictures compared to any previous digital camera I have ever used including other Sony, Casio, and Sanyo digital cameras.

I am suprised to see I seem to be one of the very few people experiencing this problem since I have consistently found this on 3 separate cameras (all the Sony DSC W7)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Of our 6 Digital Cameras.....This W-7's size, cost & performace is the best! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Snobs who own the higher end Digital SLRs may scoff, but this DSC W-7 for the dollars spent is absolutely spectacular! We have (this is not a brag, just a statement for perspective) 2 digital SLRs and 4 point and shoot digitals with different capabilities. I do a lot of Web work with the SLRs and use the point and shoot for vacations and trade shows, etc. While a slightly bulkier than the ultra slim pocket point & shoot models, the outdoor, indoor pics taken with both natural and artificial light are amazing!. Plus, enlargements made with PS & PSP rival those taken with the SLRs (for real!). I use this now for about one-third of my Web work and have significantly reduced my set up time vs the SLRs. Sony had a white balance problem in their earlier models, many showing a slight purplish haze. Not so any more! And one important feature no one mentions...included free of charge...the best video tutorial on picture taking I have ever seen bar none! It covers a dozen of the most difficult picture taking situations with patience and clarity. If they charged for this, it would still be fair! You get a great camera and learn how to improve your camera skills. No matter how experienced, we can always improve, right? What more for under $300.00? I have never bothered to review anything before, but this camera was worth taking the time to write about. And this review site seemed a cut above the rest. So,get one! Get two! Sony should send me a freebee for this, don't you think? And you should get a patience award for reading all this!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Terrible Pics Quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I boght this camera 1 month ago and got my first pictures from the lab. Pictures cam out very bad, even when my setting were saved as "Fine".
I serioosly thinking to exchaneg this camera.
The camera is too setsitive.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Size do not restrict the capabilities (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A Wonderful experience. Big LCD screen and the Clarity that gives is unmatched. One of itd kind !!!

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

I thought I would never go digital until I made the mistake and bought this little camera.The pictures are outstanding and if you know a little about photography it is absolutely incredible. I have a Mac and an Epsom to go with this camera which create pictures like I have never had before.

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

Its a great camera to have. i bought it a day ago and i love it like anything the PIC quality is good.

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

This camera is one of the best that I've seen. It takes perfect pictures and is very user friendly. This camera is very good for beginners and intermediates.

  • 4.0 out of 5
satisfied with the functioning but complaining about the optical zoom (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the cam is working perfectly and clarity is superb..

we are paying around 300 bucks but still we are getting 3 optical zoom.. and i know.. digital zoom not the factor that capture anybodies mind..
anyway,, thumbs up for the DSC W7

  • 5.0 out of 5
I like it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Picked up one of these and a 512 stick from Best Buy just before heading to Europe and Asia for 4 weeks. This is the first digital camera I've owned/used. I took my laptop along and downloaded photos each evening. I found that as long as I held it steady and had the aperture dial set right the photos were excellent. Now that I'm back I'm experimenting with several settings of the same shot. (I'll learn this yet.) I use most of my photos in Powerpoints so I set the pixels to 3.2 and they're fine. You can take a lot more shots with reduced pixels. For portraits or 8x10 prints I will use the 7 setting. The size and weight are just right and I find using it a delight. The reason I bought a Sony instead of a Nikon or Canon was based on user reviews I read online. The screen on the back is large and seems to be pretty tough. I usually had very little trouble seeing it in the sunlight. In very bright settings I could always look through the viewfinder.

The movie feature is neat. Sound level is loud enough, but I wish the W/T feature would work for motion as well as stills.

I'm not sorry I bought it. Not having film development costs helps pay for the trip.

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

I have, seen, and used my friend's camera, I want to buy my own, where can I get 't in Belgium. Pliz advice, I need one before Christmas.
Nice electronics sells 't, how do I buy, by phone i need 't now.

  • 3.0 out of 5
LCD screen all white (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera was working great until the LCD screen shows pure white with no images when it is powered up and this is for all modes. Shoots images through view-finder and stores them on the memory stick. can also view though a/v hookup to tv. I am sure this is going to be a frustrating experience to get it fixed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A++ You will not be disappointed. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera has made my indoor pictures look amazing. I use the "P Mode" and adjust the exposure until it looks light enough, no flash required! I hate flashes, they make faces bright & backgrounds dark. This camera allows you to easily adjust many levels to obtain the look you want. I think it takes great pics for the $$.

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

This camera takes amazing pictures. The Carl Zeiss lens is amazing

  • 5.0 out of 5
I don't look so horrible! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is very forgiving. Even though it has 7.2 mega pixels, the pictures won't show every crack and crevice, unless you want it to. I'm pretty! Hurray for Sony! (Fuji sucks)

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

Of all the digital cameras that i have had this one has to be the best ever. It takes the pictures with a quality that it impresses me.

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

Photography is the study of light.
I worked in a camera shop for five years explaining to customers how to take better photos.
For the people moaning about blurry pictures, take some time to understand what aperture,shutter speed and film speed are and how the three of them work together. There are books galore on the subject!!
The Sony is amazing but its not a miracle worker. No camera can take perfect pictures in all lighting conditions in auto mode. Read the instruction manual FIRST to familiarize yourself with the camera then learn the above three factors. Not only is it interesting but you will enjoy using your camera more knowing YOU took the photo as well as the camera getting perfect results.

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

even any idiot can take perfect pics by this camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
Enjoying my camera very much (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am on my vacation right now. I took 80 pictures today. All of them are wonderful. I took a picture out my window just now of the night lights and it is beautiful. I had to sit it on the windowsill to keep it from being blurry. But that is the way it works with low light settings. The shutter stays open longer to allow in more light therefore making any tiny movement show up as blurs. I also took some pictures of a champagne bottle in the window in front of the lights (I enjoy experimenting with arty little settings) I did have to experiment a little and turn on the flash but cover it halfway with my finger. I got several pictures that turned out great. I am not sure why some people may be getting blurry pictures if they are sure they are holding the camera steady. I had some problems on the Micro setting but that all cleared up when I learned to hold the shutter button halfway down and let it focus before snapping the pic. I took many great photos at the Chattanooga aquarium today through glass with minimum glare and great clarity. I also took several wonderful micro butterfly pictures today. I am thrilled with my new Sony. I owned a Sony Mavica 5.1 megapixel for 3 or 4 years. I haven't tried any others besides Sony but so far I haven't needed to.

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

I owned an DSC-W1 and passed it on to my grandaugter and in May bought a DSC-W7! Both cameras have been great,but the W-7 is perfect.Very high resolution,very handy.I have taken pictures also through a spotting scope,a microscope and a borescope;all with homemade adapters!!!Couldent be better.(URUGUAY)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Disappointed? No Way! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Decided to 'retire' my 20-year old Pentax SLR for something smaller, digital and high quality.
I got the black W17 'cos it had a free leather case and 2 extra batteries thrown in at no extra cost over the silver W7 (although the silver one looks 'classier' I think. Don't know how those moaning minnies keep getting blurred shots with it. All mine have been pin sharp in program mode, hand held (although I do have 20-30 years of camera experience to draw upon). It has to be said, however, that holding a digicam steady off-the-face while viewing the LCD screen is not as easy as when holding it against your face like an SLR or other viewfinder cameras. It takes a bit of getting used to - maybe that's why some people are getting blurred shots, but you can't blame Sony — it applies to all such cameras with an LCD screen. My W17 is a pocket marvel, and built to last (since it's a Sony, no surprises there).

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pics, plus renowned Sony build quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had already decided on getting a Sony digicam and was particularly interested in the DSC-V3. However, as my wife pointed out, I rarely used my 20-year old Pentax film SLR anymore because of it's bulk so why not go for the smaller W17 which has the same pixel-power as the V3? She was right of course, and now I'm the proud owner of a W17. Does everything I expected of it, and a few I hadn't expected too. Don't know why some reviewers are rubbishing it for producing blurred pictures — mine are pin sharp, indoors and out. And the build quality is as expected from Sony, quality with a capital Q.

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

As well as for everyday photos, I use the W7 for photomicrography, and recommend it to everyone who is prepared to stand still and listen. It is conveniently small, produces images of high quality, has a brilliant LCD screen and a menu that even I can follow. For me, however, and for anyone who needs a camera to attach to a microscope or any other optical instrument, probably its chief attraction is the threaded ring round the base of the lens mount which takes the excellent VAD-WA 'Lens Adapter' with its 30mm diameter filter thread. By this means, with or without stepping rings, the camera can be securely fixed to any suitably-threaded eyepiece and, as long as the latter has enough eye relief, no optical relay system is required. For a specimen image, see 2005 Olympus Bioscapes competition, 6th prize!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Solving the blur and getting great shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Due to earlier bad experience I was ready to return my camera and exchange it for a more reliable brand.
Just to make sure that I was doing the right move I called Sony's technical "help" line where they simply could not provide any assistance.
I also visited a local professional photo retailer
who suggested that I keep the camera. He pointed out that the auto setting (1/30 f:2.6) was simply too sensitive to operate the camera without a tripod. He suggested either to use a tripod or
increase the settings.
Both suggestions worked well and since then all my photos (inside or outside shots)are excellent.
Using a manual setting of 1/125 f:5.6 - I get no more blurred pictures. Even the most difficult shots are sharp and bright. I am pleased with the overall performance of this camera and getting more familiar with its features.
Maybe Sony should consider to change their auto settings of W7 - and hire some staff who have more product knowledge!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Blurry images come from the owner not the camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First of all I have owned a Sony Cybershot DSC-P50 for years. To say that Sony builds a camera that can surpass military specs is an understatement. I have dropped this camera, left it on the roof of a car and drove off only to see it bouncing down the road in the rear view mirror and it still works. The all time compliment for Sony is I dropped this camera in a hot tub in the Bahamas with it turned on and thought I had finally ruined it for good. It didn't work for 3 days and I was crushed as I wasn't sure if the pics we had taken were still ok. On the third day we were packing up to leave I tried to turn it on and voila IT CAME ON!!! To this day it still runs. Read those Canon reviews and see what you think about Sony now. These folks that take blurry photos - RTFM! (read the manual). Slightly press the button and let the auto focus lock in - then press the button fully and HOLD THE CAMERA STILL! This is not a film camera. This is basic digital camera techniques. If you are a new buyer you can skip past the blurry blurbs in here. The problem lies between the floor and the camera - not the camera itself.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good for the novice too (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I do nothing more complicated than point and shoot with great results. I have only had blurry pictures taking photo's when the light is poor and i have not used the flash. This can be cured by resting the camera on a stable surface or using a tripod.

Great camera that looks great in black!

  • 5.0 out of 5
State of the art (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my 4th digital, my first an Agfa CL18 640 x 480 pics got me hooked.

Number 2 was an Olympus C2100 UZ which my son now has and is enjoying very much.

Number 3 is a Nikon D70 using my old Nikkor AFS lens. 30,000 photos in 18 months.

Number 4, Sony DCS W7 a back up for the D70 and something to fit in our pockets. Well built, a good size, I tried a T1 and Canon elf and found them too small, and had lots of thumb shots. No finger or thumb shots with the W7.

Capable menu I have read widely, taken lots of test shots, low light needs flash fill or very steady hands or tripod just as my D70 does!

Like to use the viewfinder and turn the LCD off, it distracts. Good LCD display, Purchased the camera privatly, never used, and a 1GB card from ebay, leaving on a 36 day trip tomorrow and can download to my 20GB Nixvue Digital Album.

Anyone who knows photography and how to take photos will appreaciate the camera. Yet rookies can use the auto setting with the flash on and good photos will result

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor, unreliable results (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The first few photos with little exception were good quality shots. Two out of eight photos were blurred. The rest showed fine detail and light quality using flash.
The following batch of approx. 23 photos taken at a different location were blurred and out of focus with the exception of three pictures. All the settings were identical as at the first ocassion.
I went back to reshoot the photos - and the new pictures are all blurred, out of focus and have serious lighting problems.
Since the camera was just a week old I went back to the dealer to exchange it - assuming that it is defective. I will try the new DSC-W7 camera but I have little confidence that it will produce consistent good quality photos.
Previously I used a Sony 1MP camera built into my Camcorder and had rarely any problems. I was looking forward using a 7.2MP Sony camera and am very disappointed with the results so far.
For years I used a Minolta Maxuum film camera and never had a bad photo. I felt Sony was more reliable in digital cameras. I would have expected better performance from Sony.

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

I'm actually writing this for the W7 I plan to buy. I've got a W1 right now, so excuse the slight misrepresentation. I am hoping to get the W7 later this year. After reading some reviews, I thought I'd write a few lines.

For one thing, I spent 11 years as a professional photographer, using everything from 70mm to 4x6 to 35mm. I've used Nikons, Canons, Hasselblads, blah, blah, blah. So, I think I'm qualified to speak with some authority (no big ego intended; I'm sincere).

I wanted a pocket-sized camer to take camping and paddling. I read all the reviews, and got the W1. Granted, it doesn't do all the neat things a professional model camera does. I didn't expect it to. What I'm truly impressed by includes the very fast shutter response, e.g. virtually non-existent lag time. While some linear deviation does occur at long objects at wide zoom, big deal. It's minimal and lots of lenses do it. This is one good quality lense that delivers sharp photos. You can knock the MP rating down to save space on the memory stuck and still get great looking pics on the 3 MP sizing. That is largely due to the high quality lense. Pixel compression doesn't have to compensate for poor lense transmission of the light.

It's an easy camera to hold and shot, and then put in your pocket or waist pack. The controls are easy to use, and yes, they are sometimes more complex than I want to get. From a point and shoot from the hip perspective, e.g. mentally compensating shutter speed and F-stop to get the desired photo as you would do with a 35mm from the "good old days," it's a bit more challenging. This makes manipulation of the photo more of a pre-staged event than shooting on the fly, so to speak. That is regrettably a negative feature.

I've found the dial-a-setting controls to be handy. For example, the fill flash isn't bad. It seems about 1 F-stop over the ambient light, where I used 1/2 F-stop to better blend the subject and the scene. But, for a scrapbook or a 5x7 on the desk, it's fine. I sold my photos for a living or published them, so I wanted more specific performance.

All-in-all, this is a great camera. Everybody has an opinion. Some will like this camera;some will not. Anyway, that's what I think of it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
SOLVE THE "BLUR" (anonymous — 07/18/2006) it is: Set it on M for Manual...then set the shutter speed to 1000 and the ISO to 400...the wave the camera in the air and push the button while the camera is moving and I bet you get a photo that's in perfect focus. The key is the fast shutter speed to FREEZE action. Also, the key is to push down on the button and then let go and then keep the camera still while shooting in P or AUTO mode. Some of the other modes you have to use a tri-pod for night shots. But this cameras is the sh!t. You can find so much info on Google about this camera and samples of photos. I suggest you use the same subject and test out all the modes and function on your camera and also write each one down so you can tell which one is which and you can see the differences. Please don't give poor review about things you don't know about.
Goog Luck

  • 5.0 out of 5
These people have to be kidding. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I find this camera to be great I have taken many moving shots that are great.

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

I am never buying a sony camera again. I bought the first digital sony camera for $700! The battery life was like 5 minutes after 6 months of usage. I went back to using film. After a few more years, I decided to give sony another try and got the latest version, since I already invested in the pricey sony memory chip. The new camera was even worst. My indoor or night pictures were all blurry. Outside pictures were ok, but it was still blurry. I dont know, maybe I got a bad camera, bc my friend has one and it produces clear pictures. So I must have the bad batch of cameras like the others in this review. Called Sony up and they said I had to pay for the repairs. I never droped the camera, no scratch on it and only used it like 3 times... I decided not to send it in for repairs. It's going to be retired.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I won a prize with W17 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is an upgrade from my Fuji 2M.
Overall just fantastic for crisp clear pics.
Super fast start-up, long...long battery power
great digital movies clips. What more!!!
For those ppl with blurring pics problem..pls reread the manual on how to take pics. Any camera not held properly will definitely produce blurr pics.
Anyway I won a 256MD memory stick from a SONY contest with my W17. : )

  • 3.0 out of 5
not upto expectation (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought one month back in Tokyo. When I transfered photos as email, they got distorted. Can we get clear prints of post card size, if we shoot with 7MP mode? Can anyone clarify?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Sharp Pictures ! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Good value for the money, great lens. I wonder some of the negative reviews was accurate. The CCD was used by Canon & Olympus, so the image quality should be comparable if not better.

  • 3.0 out of 5
mostly good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my second digital camera from Sony. I had the DSC-P92 before this one and liked that for a 5 MP camera. Bought this one because I had taken over 6000 pictures with other one and thought it would be nice to upgrade to the better Carl Zeis lens and more MP's. Overall I don't see much difference from my older camera as for the picture quality. I do get several blurred pictures and sometimes light spots appear in my images indoors. The video mode is much better on 640 fine mode, but I only get about 4 minutes with 256mb card. This camera is much faster: turning on/off and sending the pictures to the computer than my previous digital. I'm taking this one back and trading it for the Sony DSCH1 and hope I will get better results from that. It's not a bad camera, but I'm not pleased with how little the picture quality has been improved and I'm not sure it has.

  • 4.0 out of 5
So far, so good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have a W-7 through work. I have used it over a month. Both photos and movies are of very good quality. Camera has long battery life and is easy to use. I am concerned with reports of blurry photos and breakdowns. Maybe it depends on the individual camera.

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

Had a 2.1 mp SONY digital - the color on this new one is incredible. Its bigger than some of the skinny cameras, but its small enough for my pocket when golfing. Its easy to use and I absolutely love it!

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

It's a terrible camera, the image quality it's quite good, but indoor and night pictures are terribles!!!

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

I just bought the DSC W7 and have been searching the internet to see whether there is a solution to the "blurriness" problem that it seems I am not alone in having. Outside pictures are fine, but almost 40-50% of those taken indoors are blurry—although the blurrines doesn't show up on the LCD screen, only when the picture is actually printed.

Aside from this, the controls were easy to learn, startup time is fast, resolution is good, and love those AA batteries.

If anyone has a potential solution to this reoccuring "blurriness" problem, please let us know!

  • 5.0 out of 5
No Blur!! Very sharp Crisp pics! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

How could you have such rave reviews and then have reviews where people get blur? The only way I can get my camera to blur is intentionally move it while snapping the pic.
I have to wonder if someone that supports another camera brand is just putting in a bad review for kicks. Maybe all the bad reviews are from the same person!
The DSC-W7 takes EXCELLENT pictures.In very low light, manual adjustments do have to be made however. After reviewing other brands including Canon and Nikon, the Sony seems to do better even then.
The amazing thing about this Sony is the color accuracy.
The price is dropping. Buy it!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
worse pictures than my 5yr ols 2MP panasonic (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

How can they sell this camera and sleep at night? Terrible image quality. Auto focus is a joke.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Clear Pictures & Easy to Use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is really great, as another person said, adjust the asa setting and you won't have any blurred pictures. My 5th digital camera and 2nd Sony. Better than the Canon & Nikons that I've had. Great easy to use camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Large LCD screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

No more squinting to see results of my photos with the larger LCD screen. Bought the optional wide angle to get a better view, however you can't use if with flash because it creates shadow from hood of lens attachment. You can order a waterproof case if you decide to dive or go to a wet area. The AA batteries is a big plus and I can carry extras without taking up alot of room in camera bag. The 1gig stick I bought allows for alot more pictures and videos. Great camera.

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

The Dsc-W7 has delivered very sharp pictures for me. Those who say it takes blury pictures must be moving the camera when pushing the shutter button.

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

I'm VERY impressed with this camera. Good shutter speed, easy to use, great results without much effort. I have not experienced blur as some other reviewers - it does have a stabilize feature. I recommend it

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

Bought the Dsc-W7 after reading early reviews and I musy say it has lived up to those reviews. I have no blurring as has been described by some reviewers. Pictures are very sharp.

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

I had an older Sony Mavica 85 and I decided to upgrade and wanted to get something that was going to last me a while. I looked at Cannon, Olympus and Kodak. Then I picked up the W7, and it did everything that I wanted and then more. Small yet powerfull. Others have said that the pics are blurry, all you have to do is adjust the shutter speed if you can't seem to hold the camera still.

My wife took this for a weekend to Montreal, and all the pics she took came out amazing. Her pics looked like a pro took them.

We both love this camera, and with 7.2 megapixel, this will be with us for a long long time.

Sony, the one and only!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blurry Images-Overexposed-Not clear (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Just returned the camera and got the Sony Dsc-H1.
Pictures were blurry, overexposed indoors with flash, outdoor pictures were good, if hands were not totally steady then pictures came out blurry,
Was very disappointed since this was top-rated by most reviews

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

Bought camera on strength of owner reviews above, however picture after picture are blurry, the suggested fix in the manual is to hold still (duh)Even holding as still as possible and subjects sitting doesn't seem to solve the problem. Also, no pre-set for moving subjects. Not a good camera if you are going to take pictures of family and kids in action. Very disappointing in all.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Soft - Fuzzy - Blurry Images (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had a Sony S85 camera before this one and it was great. I upgraded to the new 7 mp and 8 out of 10 shots are fuzzy or blurry. I sent off to Sony it back yesterday..still the same. I am sending it back off today. Pictures outside look ok, but anything indoors does not give good results.

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

I`ve just bought the W7 and I can say that I wasted a lot of money on nothing. BLUR is the most suitable word for this camera. You most stay very still if you want a good picture or else you`ll get BLUR. Very dissapointing. I`m going to buy a Panasonic with optical stabilizer. They`re the best !

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

This is a great camera. Just got my first prints and I was blown away by the quality - wonderful clarity and color.
I considered other cameras, but my research always pointed to the Sony W7. The response time from shot to shot time is much improved over other models I've owned. The micro option works well. I like the fact that it uses non-proprietary batteries - simple AA's. If you run out of battery power on the road, a quick trip to your local drug store and you're back in business. You will need to purchase a memory stick pro to benefit from the the camera's quick cababilities - at least 512meg.

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

It is easy to use and have good performance.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Pictures are not clear (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought it one month ago and I am not happy with the automatic menu. Pictures are not clear. It seems that Canon or Nikon camera is clearer.

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

fabulous, I only wish it had more built in memory

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

I was an avid Canon camera fan until I saw this camera with its 7.2 megapixels, Zeis lens, black aluminum body, intuitive controls, that 2.5" display and the convenience of AA batteries all for about $400 (well closer to $550 when you add in the price of a 1 gig Memory Stick and Accessory kit). This camera takes fantastic pictures and undoubtedly is the state of the art in the compact camera class. I have a professional photographer friend who was so impressed with this camera bought one two days after examining mine!

  • 5.0 out of 5
just bought it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

hello... I just bought this camera yesterday... seems good and worth the price... hopefully doesn't dissapoint me ;)

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

Bought this a couple of weeks ago. Produces good quality photos but I would not go so far to rate it as excellent. 7 megapixel is a plus but photos are still grainy if lighting is insufficient. The photo package software is not at par with what a 7 megapixel camera should have.

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

I researched all the 7 MP compact cameras and wanted one with AA batteries because at my son's championship 5th grade travel hoop game recently, our Lithium powered Olympus camera battery died and we could not use standard batteries to catch the moment - and I said "never again will I get caught!!" Another requirement was being able to catch video. I looked at the Nikon 7600 and the Sony DSC-W7. After reading not so hot reviews of image quality on the Nikon, but seeing more and more great user reviews on the Sony, I chose the Sony - and am I glad I did! What an incredible camera. It is actually easier to carry in your pocket than the Nikon and is very durable. I took photos of my son's baseball game and the camera is very fast. I sent 3 photos in to the local paper and they are publishing them. I would highly recommend this camera for all around general use. As with other 3x optical cameras, you are limited in the zoom length but for the price, size and quality, the Sony DSC-W7 can't be beat in this class.

  • 5.0 out of 5
LITTLE WONDER. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a pro for more than forty years and have traveled a lot. I have used all kinds of formats from the conventional 35mm to 8x10 sheet film cameras. Recently I purchased the W7 in black body. It is a great joy using this camera which I like to call a "LITTLE WONDER". Nothing is wanting in speed and image quality. It matches the prints that I turn out of my 6X7 format negatives. I carry it around almost all the time and surprise my friends with the picture quality when I shoot them candidly.

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

Bought this camera only 2 weeks ago and so far very pleased with the results. I have a Cannon EOS film SLR which I've used for years and thought i would take the plunge into digital. Read loads of reviews and decided to opt for the Sony W7 over the P200.Very fast startup time, quick shot to shot, great results with clear colours,cant notice the difference between the Sony and my old SLR !! And all in a neat box style size that you can carry anywhere. So far i love it and cant wait to take it away with me on holiday this year. Well worth a buy !!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Blurred images (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the camera a week ago and was somewhat disappointed by the results. Generally speaking the pictures produced by the camera were of an ordinary standard, however some blurring did occur when the images were shot against strong light. The memory stick pro is also more expensive than other types of storing media.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Taking good pictures and do have some good facilities. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Everything is good but Sony should provide at least one free memory stick with it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Another Home Run For Sony! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

You can't beat the quality of a sony digital camera. This is my third sony, and both of the previous ones, the original Mavica, and a DSC-S70 are still working perfectly, after all of these years and extensive use and abuse. You won't be unhappy with this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Worth all the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Its the best camera in the 7.2 megapixel range with options for all modes , the best part is the flexibility of point and shoot and manual adjustments. This one speaks volume with the results. Definitely worth a buy

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony DSC-W7 Surprisingly good! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

With over fifteen years using Nikon FM2's, am very surprised by the quality of the photos I can take with this one. Nice, small and easy to use. I'm sure to take it along everywhere. The only negative is the small size - I have big hands. The large viewing screen is superb, but hard to see in bright daylight. I love this thing!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Go W 7 ! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera...worth every cent spent !
Great picture quality, flash, grip and ease of handling, manual mode, AA batteries and battery life.
Should have had sports mode.
Wonderful buy and comes out a winner compared to other brands and Sony's own P 200.

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

I previously owned a coolpix 950 for 5 years plus. Since it was stolen last year, I have been looking for a replacement and purchased the DSC-W7 a week ago, I have tried it out under various light conditions and have found it to produce excellent results.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera for work and play!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Ordered mine on-line (Sony website) before they came out in stores. Being a graphic designer, I've been wanting a digital camera for years, but was waiting for my 35mm to finally die. The DSC-W7 was well worth the wait... it takes excellent quality pics that I need for my line of work.

Even if you know little about photography (like myself) you will enjoy this camera. Very, very easy to use... and the pics come out so crisp, you can see the pores on people's faces when magnified on screen. :) The colors are really accurate too. Love the 2.5" LCD screen.

Get the 512MB memory stick... it's worth every penny. According to my buddies (who have other brandname cameras) the battery life on the DSC-W7 is amazing! Now all my graphic designer friends want one. I got 2 extra Sony rechargeable batteries (just in case).

This camera takes great mpegs too. I took some non-stop footage for about 20 minutes set on 7MB (could've filmed a lot longer). Not bad for a "pocket camera". I can't wait to take this baby on vacation.

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

I went through DSC T1 then the DSC P200 and finally the DSC W 7.There is something about this old world charm-boxy look, new world processing capabilities - wonderful shots, options and speed & real world costs - 50 bucks more than the P 200 !
Have taken over 1000 shots by now in varying conditions...performs well every time provided you know the camera's characteristics inside out. Invest time in learning about the W 7...its easy and the rest is a dream usage. Out shoots any other new kid on the block from the same family or strangers.
Wonderful buy and plan to keep it !

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

great camera; very fast startup time; about 1 sec lag time between shots (@ 5mgpx setting). The AA 2300mamphr really could last ! It was still running the engines even after 4 days of feverish photography with lots of flash works. The various modes really works. The printed manual was a bit too spartan though; however, for the initiated, it is no problem figuring out some functions. There's a neat LS flash setting which can effectively light up details clearly at 30ft.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic and then some!!!!!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Had a Kodak, looked at Canon and Kodak and fell in love with the reviews and the look and feel of the Sony DSC-W7. Then I took some pictures and WOW!!!!!! Unbelievable. It is absolutely wonderful, great feel, color and clarity beyond belief. If you don't have it, get it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony W7 packs a punch (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Wow! If a year ago, you'd told me that I could buy a compact with 7.2MP power, I wouldn't have believed it. Well, it's here. Sony's W7 delivers high resolution, combined with a fast response and improved battery life, all within a tidy compact unit that will fit in your pocket. The huge, bright LCD has changed my mind about the importance of viewfinders on compact digitals. It has a lightning quick startup time, for those once-in-a-lifetime shots. Importantly, it also feels like a camera!

Complete with some manual functions, including manual exposure and (almost) manual focus, the camera can be a lot of fun. Importantly, the preset exposure modes seem useful, and aren't merely for show. All modes produce good images, once you know which one to use.

Mine came in a neat, limited edition black aluminium finish, further adding to it's appeal.

Only small gripes really. The mode dial is a little lightweight - would it really hurt Sony to introduce a metal dial? Also, the Program mode doesn't let you keep the camera in black and white mode, when it maintains all other custom settings. No bulb setting, although how many cameras offer that these days anyway?

All in all, it is a neat camera which will produce shots of excellent quality. Lots of megapixels also gives you more flexibility to crop your shots later on. Most of all, it still feels like a camera!