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Sony Cybershot DSCW120 7.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot (Silver) by Review Summary ,  Sep 20, 2015

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Sony Cybershot DSCW120 7.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot (Silver)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 258 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 1.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Size4.9   above average
Price4.8   above average
Screen4.8   exceptional
Light4.7   above average
Color4.6   average
Video4.6   above average
Quality4.5   above average
Image4.4   above average
Photo4.3   average
Cybershot4.2   average
Battery4.0   above average
Setting3.9   average
Flash3.8   above average
Zoom3.5   below average
Memory3.3   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"I had to exchange the batterie out because the orginal one was bad but that was the only problem"
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"I bought it to replace a Kodak Easy Share, which took awesome pics but had a serious battery problem."
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"I broke down and purchased a second battery and a memory card."
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"She had another pink slim camera made by another maker that she was always complaining that the batteries ran out too quickly."
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"I feel the only drawback, it doesn't take AArechargable batteries."
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"The product is very good, the only fail is the battery."
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"It has perfect size (not too big, not too small), battery last for long time and it makes pretty nice pictures."
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"This has a decent battery life and takes good pictures."
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"The battery life is great and takes great photos and video."
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"The macro setting is excellent and the rechargeable battery lasts a long time."
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"I took the battery in to see if it was bad and learned that it is a fully charged battery, no problems there."
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Color

Color:
"I am really disapointed with the colors in the pictures."
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"The pictures come out crisp and clear and the colors are vivid."
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"Admittedly, the shots that do turn out have good color...It's possible that I'm just not getting this camera."
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"I really love the size and color of this camera."
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"The quality of the camera is excellent and the 'pink rose' color is quite pretty...not the childish look of a lot of other brands offering it in pink."
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"--you may adjust length of time to view newly-taken photos in lcd display before camera is ready to take another shot--zoom feature for newly-taken shots in lcd display--no blur with no shake option on--large lcd display--compact and lightweight--comes w battery charger--comes w cords to upload to computer or tv-- and... takes great pics color for internet or for clear prints up to 11x17The only thing I can't find is a way to turn the sound (beeps when shooting, etc.)"
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Compact

Compact:
"This camera is easy to use, takes great pictures, is compact, and is a good buy! "
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"This camera is compact and so easy to use."
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"The compact ones listed the DSC-W170 as a best buy."
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"Everything I was looking for in a compact camera at this great price--Zeiss lens--4x optical zoon--just enough mp for me--lots of photo setting options: auto, manual (b&w, sepia, no flash, low light, tungsten, iso, smaller size for email...) This camera remembers my manual settings until I change them."
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"It is small and compact and the picture quality is the best."
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Cybershot

Cybershot:
"I had this Cybershot camera, and started having problems with it after 6 months."
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"I keep my house rather dim, and my previous cybershot did terrible in low light settings."
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"I had a Sony Cybershot s650 and it was the worst, I had it for five days and used it for two before the screen stop working sony needs to take that model off the market so i decided to get another, after looking around there was no other brand that i like, so i got a Sony Cybershot w120 and i must say that it is much better."
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"Sony Cybershot is a great camera."
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"I got this camera because I love my DSc-S85 cybershot that I got about 8 years ago."
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"The Sony Cybershot does take good pictures outside in bright light and the flash works well outside at night, but daytime indoor shots are the pits."
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"The Sony Cybershot W-120 takes great pictures and is a wonderful first camera for our 17year old."
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"Thus far the CyberShot has been a great purchase."
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Flash

Flash:
"I've read other reviews where they use the burst mode to overcome this problem, but that doesn't work for flash photography."
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"The worst feature is the flash -- on most settings you cannot override and make the auto flash work if there is any light in the room... so all my indoor photos are way too dark."
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"Recently I bought this camera, and two days later I found this error E:91:01 (The flash did not work since the begining),Now none knows what it is, and I am not living in USA any more, so now I'm looking for a Technical service to solve my problem."
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"That's my main reason for choosing this camera along with the fact that it takes good pictures w o a flash in places that don't allow flash, i. e. museums, concerts (when you are sneaking in a camera that is).Oh and the audio for the vids is very good (it's a SONY! )"
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"It takes fast photos (especially without the flash) and it's proven to be very reliable."
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"It takes really good photos at night without flash."
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"You can also adjust the brightness of the flash which i though was amazing."
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"The Sony Cybershot does take good pictures outside in bright light and the flash works well outside at night, but daytime indoor shots are the pits."
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Image

Image:
"I bought it to replace a Kodak Easy Share, which took awesome pics but had a serious battery problem."
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"Like I said, I've had this camera for about 2 years and stopped taking pics for awhile because they were so crappy."
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"exelent for sun pics but not good resolution with zoom."
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"I've been in love with the Carl Zeiss lenses for years now, but my older Sony digital had such a slow shutter I was missing pics of my son."
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"Good clear pics each and every time."
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"You need to hold the camera steady, but the image stabilization works fairly well."
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"I bought it to replace a Kodak Easy Share, which took awesome pics but had a serious battery problem."
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"This Sony takes great pics outdoors with lots of natural light."
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"It's a good camera for my needs, the best image, excellent shape and thin, need no more than this one"
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Light

Light:
"I keep my house rather dim, and my previous cybershot did terrible in low light settings."
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"This Sony takes great pics outdoors with lots of natural light."
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"Great pics in dim light too!"
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"I tried zooming in on an image of a cat and each hair was crystal clear, even in medium to low light."
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"Pictures outside and in good light should give you very clear pictures."
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"Picures in the dark come out good as well although some in very low light do come out a little grainy and some have a little color bleeding if thats the right word for it, nothing too major just not something that youd want to blow up really big."
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Memory

Memory:
"The only thing I hate about this (and Sony in general) is its proprietary cable, memory stick and battery."
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"I broke down and purchased a second battery and a memory card."
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"Just BEWARE if you don't have a memory card this camera only holds 5 pictures on the internal memory!"
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"memory for 20-30 pictures, thought wrong."
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"smile shoter is nice but not alwayscase good and memory stick good."
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"We were disappointed with the lack of a memory storage card (had to buy one separately after the fact), and you also have to beware of shutter lag with point and shoot digital cameras, such as this CyberShot."
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"No problem with battery life, or inserting or removing the memory stick."
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"This camera also uses a Duo PRO Duo Card, a very small memory card, not the SD cards which are cheaper, easier to find, and are just as fast."
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"Overall for about $130 I paid for the camera ($22 for the additional memory), I am very satisfied with it."
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"The built in memory is good enough for about 15 pictures at lower resolution."
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"I do love that I can use my memory card reader and hook it up to my PS3 and view my photos with ease, and they look absolutely AMAZING!"
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Photo

Photo:
"I missed numerous once-in-a-lifetime photos on a trip this summer because they looked fine when reviewed on screen but blurry when downloaded."
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"I missed so many wonderful photos because of this."
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"It takes horrible photos inside, and I never feel like I have the nice and sharp pictures that I am looking for."
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"The battery life is great and takes great photos and video."
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"It takes fast photos (especially without the flash) and it's proven to be very reliable."
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"There are a lot of cameras out now with far higher megapixel ratings than this one, but it still takes some outstanding photos and is very easy to operate."
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"I missed so many wonderful photos because of this."
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"It takes really good photos at night without flash."
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Price

Price:
"Based on lower than expected quality for the price, I would not recommend this camera to anyone."
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"It has some limitations and problems, but for the money (and for being a point and shoot) it is great."
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"Good working camera for the size and price."
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"Great camera, great price, to bad it got stolen"
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"This product is perfect for what it can do and for the price."
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"With all the other settings the pictures are VERY nice for the price of the camera!"
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"All in all I do like and recommend it, it is a great purchase for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"In fact, beyond 3x optical zooming quality is compromised."
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"I got this camera after upgrading from a Kodak Easyshare 4.0 (which I loved) and I am so disapointed with the quality of pictures."
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"Based on lower than expected quality for the price, I would not recommend this camera to anyone."
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"I took a bunch of pictures indoors and the quality was ok, but not great."
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"The sound quality still isn't that great, but much much better from my older camera."
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"The quality of the pictures is terrific."
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"The picture quality is great even for larger prints."
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"Saying all of this, I have been pleased with the camera and have taken professional quality pictures."
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"Very good quality pictures and very easy to use."
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"Video quality is great (again, mainly used in concert setting), and battery lasts a long time, and is easily recharged."
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Screen

Screen:
"I had a Sony Cybershot s650 and it was the worst, I had it for five days and used it for two before the screen stop working sony needs to take that model off the market so i decided to get another, after looking around there was no other brand that i like, so i got a Sony Cybershot w120 and i must say that it is much better."
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"Perfect, love that there is a view finder as well as a large digital screen"
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"However, this screen is VERY easily scratched!"
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"The camera has a nice display screen on the back of the camera."
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"The buttons are easy to get to and the screen is clear and bright."
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"There are other loads of features - you can connect the camera to a HD TV and the camera somehow manages to show a great picture on the big screen."
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Setting

Setting:
"The worst feature is the flash -- on most settings you cannot override and make the auto flash work if there is any light in the room... so all my indoor photos are way too dark."
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"I keep my house rather dim, and my previous cybershot did terrible in low light settings."
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"One thing that we found out is that in Auto setting it gets confused when you have a dark and well lighted spots on the same shot - like shooting a face with side light on it."
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"I tried using the Face Smile setting, which was a little confusing in the beginning, but after playing around, was actually really cool."
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"The macro setting is excellent and the rechargeable battery lasts a long time."
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"With all the other settings the pictures are VERY nice for the price of the camera!"
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"And the camera itself is extremely easy to use- point and shoot settings."
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"Video quality is great (again, mainly used in concert setting), and battery lasts a long time, and is easily recharged."
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"It takes great pictures in all kinds of settings and the macro feature is awesome."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"In summary:Pros:-Inexpensive-Lots of controls for those who need them-Good for still portraits-Battery life, good for more than 100 shots with about 50% using flashCons:-Very slow shutter lag when used with flashOverall, this camera has been disappointing."
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"Shutter lag is a problem, especially trying to get shots of grandkids."
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"We were disappointed with the lack of a memory storage card (had to buy one separately after the fact), and you also have to beware of shutter lag with point and shoot digital cameras, such as this CyberShot."
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"The Smile Shutter Mode does work but its a bit tricky when you try to use it on several subjects since you have to detect everyone faces for the Smile Shutter to work properly and this is not as easy as it sounds."
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"I've been in love with the Carl Zeiss lenses for years now, but my older Sony digital had such a slow shutter I was missing pics of my son."
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"I read a few professional reviews that said the DSC-W120 had better-than-average shutter lag for a pocket camera."
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"In summary:Pros:-Inexpensive-Lots of controls for those who need them-Good for still portraits-Battery life, good for more than 100 shots with about 50% using flashCons:-Very slow shutter lag when used with flashOverall, this camera has been disappointing."
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"So easy, even a lead singer can use it (to take my picture with the drummer).Another fun feature is the smile shutter."
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"Among its many features, also has two other nice touches: face detection, and smile shutter which detects your subject's smile and takes the picture."
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"The smile shutter is a fun tool."
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Size

Size:
"I'm not a photography buff so I wanted something that was small and not necessarily the best but would still take nice pictures."
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"Good working camera for the size and price."
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"It has perfect size (not too big, not too small), battery last for long time and it makes pretty nice pictures."
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"It's small and cute!"
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"Small and easy to use."
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Speed

Speed:
"But I was still disappointed with the speed, as it was little or no improvement over my old camera."
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"I've had HP cameras before and there's NO comparison Great pictures, fast and easy download to computer, great zoom, good video!"
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"I've been in love with the Carl Zeiss lenses for years now, but my older Sony digital had such a slow shutter I was missing pics of my son."
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"It has fast ISO of 3200, which is great for low-light and moving objects."
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"In summary:Pros:-Inexpensive-Lots of controls for those who need them-Good for still portraits-Battery life, good for more than 100 shots with about 50% using flashCons:-Very slow shutter lag when used with flashOverall, this camera has been disappointing."
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"A little slow in between taking pictures other than that i have not seen any negatives to this product."
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"This camera also uses a Duo PRO Duo Card, a very small memory card, not the SD cards which are cheaper, easier to find, and are just as fast."
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"Amazon shipping was fast and the package arrived with no damage at all."
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Video

Video:
"When recording a video, it will be interrupted when you accidentally rotate from the VIDEO symbol to any CAMERA symbol, which is frustrating, especially because mine isn't that old, yet rotates too easily."
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"One problem is that it does not let you zoom in or out while you are recording a video."
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"Does nice video as well."
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"The battery life is great and takes great photos and video."
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"On a trip to Alaska we used it for movies of the trip and they came out beautifully."
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"It will take a great picture and it will also record video with sound."
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"Nice movie feature."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The camera has a weak zoom motor."
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"It is a super comfortable camera, its compact size make easier to use and carry without occupying a great space, Its functions are brilliant specially its 4x zoom lens and the Smile Shutter is fantastic and another great things is the capacity of memory we can expand using a Memory Stick Duo Duo Pro up to 16GB."
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"exelent for sun pics but not good resolution with zoom."
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"One problem is that it does not let you zoom in or out while you are recording a video."
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"I love this Camera, but it's zoom is.... less than expected."
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"The zoom feature is nice to use as long as its a photo you have already taken."
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"Carl Zeiss 4x Optical Zoom Lens is great for sharp, detailed long shots and quickly frame images for better composition -- great for family sports, outdoor fun, and travel photos."
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"Especially since the video this camera takes is as good as any regular video cam that I have messed with... And let us zoom in and out while we shoot videos - it's probably not very hard to do...July 2009."
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"The compact size makes it easy to carry around, it has a large screen and the 4x zoom comes handy."
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