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Sony Cybershot DSCS40 4.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (OLD MODEL) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Sony Cybershot DSCS40 4.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (OLD MODEL)
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 113 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.1
Returned or considering to return: 4.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Photo5.0   above average
Video5.0   above average
Price4.7   average
Quality4.6   above average
Zoom4.2   above average
Image3.8   below average
Size3.6   below average
Battery2.7   below average
Service2.5   below average
Screen1.1   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"The batteries and the memory card ceased to be a problem when I bought the rechargeables and the cards, but the only thing that remained disturbing to this day is the tendency of the camera to take shaky pictures."
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"I had this problem before with low batteries but I changed them and it still didn't work."
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"Although, I haven't gotten the white screen...yet, I had a problem with opening the battery latch."
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"After the second repair (diagnosed as battery door problem), the white-screen death appeared again within one week!"
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"But the battery life is disappointing."
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"My biggest problem with it is that it eats the batteries up real fast."
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"The batteries last well."
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"On the positive side, battery life has been good in our experience."
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"Decent usable 4MP, great battery life, and pocket size."
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"Although it uses a proprietary battery it has been far more reliable."
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"I bought 2 of these as Xmas presents on the basis of the Zeiss lens, Sony name, anti-shake, size, AA battery use, and other great features."
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Cybershot

Cybershot:
"This is the second brand new Sony Cybershot we purchased and I was very disappointed."
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"The DSCS40 Cybershot has damaged that reputation."
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"I had originally intended to buy a cheaper camera that didn't have quite as good of reviews, but now that I have the Cybershot I'm so glad that I didn't."
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"* Summary - My previous 2MP Cybershot left me with a great opinion of Sony's cameras."
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"The Sony Cybershot DSCS40 is a great camera for the price you pay."
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"I've been pleased with the very fast shutterspeed of the Cybershot S40."
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"My friend owns an older model CyberShot so I know that it would be a good quality camera."
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"I love having a lightweight Sony Cybershot to carry around with me."
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Image

Image:
"I was looking for a digital camera and found very helpful the previous review, but was doubtful once I read what the third review down read about the laser light and not being able to take good quality pics in low light."
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"From my Olympus I learned to get used to missing photo opportunities and quick action."
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"My only disappointment is with the Photo Editing program that comes on the CD."
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"The photo quality is excellent indoors or outside."
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"On the positive side, the camera takes WONDERFUL images."
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"The camera can hold almost 200 pictures when set to the smallest image size and has a great zoom capability."
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"The different image settings, nice picture quality, and compact size make it an ideal gift for anyone."
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"I bought this camera for its low price, and was astonished at its great quality -- the crisp, precise images from the Carl Zeiss lens are by themselves worth the money."
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Photo

Photo:
"Transferring the photos to my PC is very easy."
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"But When I plugged the camera into the computer, I found that the camera had still taken the photos and they still came out beautiful."
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"Good flash even in dark and shaded places such as nightclubs, the photos come out bright & clear as a bell."
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"I bought this camera in 2005 as a refurbished item in the Sony store for $125.00 (reg price was $180 back then) For 5 years it has been the best camera I have ever owned, taking the most clear photos."
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"I've taken some photos that were surprisingly good at high resolution with great color and sharpness."
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Price

Price:
"I also have 2 different model Sony DVD writers for computer which are malfunctioning, and a Sony Vega 36 TV which isn't worth the money."
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"So now after this ling time, I can buy a real nice camera since I hadn't through money away for the last 4.5 years."
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"I bought this camera in 2005 as a refurbished item in the Sony store for $125.00 (reg price was $180 back then) For 5 years it has been the best camera I have ever owned, taking the most clear photos."
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"I'm now looking forward to getting a Canon or Kodak camera and spending some good money on them."
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"The good things about this camera range from its usability and price to its accessibility of functions and practicality."
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"* Price - Average camera for the price - This is a much better camera when outside in good lighting."
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Quality

Quality:
"I bought SONY because of my past experience on other products such as TV, stereos, DVD but unfortunately SONY really disappointed me with their digital camera quality."
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"I was looking for a digital camera and found very helpful the previous review, but was doubtful once I read what the third review down read about the laser light and not being able to take good quality pics in low light."
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"Also, using the flash usually maeans the color will be whited-out (i. e., not great quality)."
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"Picture quality is good."
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"Picture quality was superior to my previous digital of similar pixels and the movie feature worked far beyond my expectations."
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"the quality of the pictures comes out good if you manage yourself to hold very still when taking pictures."
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"The photo quality is excellent indoors or outside."
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"As much as I may like the camera for its ease of use and the quality of its pictures, and although it has served me well through over 15,000 shots, I'd advise people to stay away from it...it's more trouble than it's really worth in the long run."
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Screen

Screen:
"After a customer service suggested reset due to a screen malfunction, the camera performed for a total of 14 months before the white screen of death appeared."
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"This definitely is not a great camera -- we dealt with the white screen issue (though we were able to fix it eventually by using the 'tap method' that one reviewer recommended) and it sometimes takes blurry photos (as other reviewers have mentioned)."
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"It has a continuous problem with the LCD (white screen) and the shutters."
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"We had to send it in twice under warranty to fix a faulty diplay screen and now that it is just out of warranty the screen has stopped working again."
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"I did not face any sort of technical problem with my Sony, no white screens or anything at all."
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"bad very bad, i bought two and both screens went white, sometimes they just turn off for fun."
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"I have had two pesty problems plague me the whole year - white screen (nice temporary reset tip given in the other reviews) and that the camera won't turn on at all."
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"A little but bulky and I would've preferred if the view screen was bigger, but it was on sale for $150 so I was satisfied."
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"I have owned my DSC-S40 camera for 13 months now and was fairly pleased with it until last week the LCD screen suddenly went completely white."
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"The only downside is that the screen on the back is a bit small, requiring good eyesight to read the menu items."
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Service

Service:
"After a customer service suggested reset due to a screen malfunction, the camera performed for a total of 14 months before the white screen of death appeared."
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"The camera was repaired for free (due to completing a product registration card and having logged the calls to customer service) and worked for four more months before being left for dead."
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"Sony service does not admit to ever hearing of this problem."
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"Neither Sony nor Pixela, the makers of the Picture Package software that comes with some Sony camcorders with mini-disks tells you that the software IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS XP, SERVICE PACK 2!"
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"That is horrible service."
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"Sony's customer service is crap at worst, and questionable at best."
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"The Sony customer service only recommends that I remove the batteries and hold the power button down for 20 seconds."
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"Then, I chatted online with a representative from Sony who also could only tell me to change the batteries and then recommended me send it in for service."
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"The repair service has been fast and hassle free."
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"On a side note: Amazon's customer service is the best I've ever dealt with."
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"Sony's customer service is crap at worst, and questionable at best."
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Size

Size:
"My only problem with it is that the LCD is too small at only 1.5."
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"Only complaint is the small size of the screen on back."
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"The only downside is that the screen on the back is a bit small, requiring good eyesight to read the menu items."
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"Decent usable 4MP, great battery life, and pocket size."
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"I bought 2 of these as Xmas presents on the basis of the Zeiss lens, Sony name, anti-shake, size, AA battery use, and other great features."
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"It is easy to use and very small."
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"The camera can hold almost 200 pictures when set to the smallest image size and has a great zoom capability."
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"The different image settings, nice picture quality, and compact size make it an ideal gift for anyone."
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Video

Video:
"Takes great macro shots and video."
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"Picture quality was superior to my previous digital of similar pixels and the movie feature worked far beyond my expectations."
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"It allowed me to take amazing pictures and memorable videos."
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"And the video is very crisp and clear."
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"* Picture Quality - Excellent when the lighting is good* Video - I haven't used it much - I pull out the digital video camera for that."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The zoom is also somewhat weak -- I was hoping for more."
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"The only time the picture is compromised is at full zoom if you are trying to shoot without a tripod."
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"It has a Leica lens and great anti-shake along with a good zoom (depending on the $$)."
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"The small LCD screen does not allow you to check if the pictures are shaky unless you zoom in well enough."
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"The best part of this camera is probably its lens: a genuine Carl Zeiss lens that allows for very accurate shots at virtually every zoom level."
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"* Zoom lense - nice feature to have - glad its there."
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"Nice to have a zoom."
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