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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 360 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 8.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Menu5.0   exceptional
Stabilization4.4   average
Video4.4   average
Screen4.3   above average
Color4.2   average
Quality4.1   average
Size4.1   below average
Cybershot4.0   average
Photo4.0   below average
Setting4.0   average
Image3.9   average
Battery3.8   above average
Light3.8   average
Performance3.8   below average
Price3.8   below average
Zoom3.6   below average
Lens3.5   above average
Shutter3.5   average
Speed3.4   below average
Memory3.1   below average
Indoor2.9   below average
Button2.8   below average
Focus2.7   below average
Flash2.0   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Battery

Battery:
"Not happy I am not being allowed to get a new battery charger as it only had a 30 day warranty."
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"I bought new batteries, a new charger, etc, but the problem persisted."
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"I contacted customer chat and did a power reset (hold power down for 15 seconds then wait one more minute and reinsert the battery) but the problem persisted."
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"The final straw was that the battery cover just broke after only 7 months of careful use and according to Sony's website, I have to pay to ship the item to them for them to fix it."
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"Ah...the application that comes on the CD (PMB) I highly recommend it (install it).The only drawbacks are: Battery life, and the screen catches a lot of finger prints."
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"The only downside that I have found so far is that you have to take the battery out to charge it."
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"Excellent battery life too."
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"The build quality of the camera appears to be fairly good, and the battery life is also very good as well."
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"You can still charge the w290 easy enough, you just have to remove the battery and put it in the charger, and for downloading there is a separate usb cable."
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"Of course, just turning on some lights helps the situation ; ) I also love that the battery lasts so long on one charge."
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"liked the quality of the pictures, but the battery life is low."
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Button

Button:
"Worst experience... On Off Button had issue."
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"-Picture button is really annoying."
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")Bottom line: exceptional value and without the image-quality issues I've read so much aboutI didn't rate this product 5 stars because of the shutter release button being tough to depress, which will cause problems for me perhaps forever but at least for a while."
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"You can before pressing the recording button but once you press it you won't be able to zoom.2."
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"Whenever I hand this camera to someone to take a picture of me, they are ALWAYS confused by the buttons."
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"The buttons are small and not easy to use with one hand."
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"buttons are somewhat small, but work for my hands (has an easy function for simplicity!"
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"-Zoom button is a bit of a pain as well."
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"It takes excellent quality pics, and even the stupid pics I took when I accidentally had my finger on the button were in great quality and I was moving my hand pretty fast at the moment of capture."
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"It also has tons of buttons and functions...please read the instructions or you really will screw the camera up."
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"The LED screen smudges very easily, and the selection buttons on the back are very small but manageable."
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Charging

Charging:
"The only problem is that it comes with a charger for the United Kingdom."
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"I bought new batteries, a new charger, etc, but the problem persisted."
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"The only downside that I have found so far is that you have to take the battery out to charge it."
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"I would use it for 15 minutes and then have to take a break to find an outlet to charge it up so I wouldn't miss a great shot."
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"The Camera is good but arrived with a Europeon charger which will not work here in the US."
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"You can still charge the w290 easy enough, you just have to remove the battery and put it in the charger, and for downloading there is a separate usb cable."
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"Of course, just turning on some lights helps the situation ; ) I also love that the battery lasts so long on one charge."
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"Pros: Small Lightweight Clear photos Minimal shutter delay Cropped and blown up photos are still clear Battery holds a charge for a good length of time."
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Color

Color:
"Even for different colors of the same model DSCW290, so it was confusing to me, and I am an avid reviewer of things."
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"The second complaint is the colors, especially red is all messed up."
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"First, I noticed after repeated visits to this site that there seem to be more reviews and a higher dissatisfaction rate here depending upon the color of the Sony W290 camera body."
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"Color and noise will be a problem."
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"I've taken nearly 500 photos already, and just can't believe the brilliant color of the photos from this Sony camera!"
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"It does take great pictures with crystal clear images and vibrant colors but one day it refused to focus when zooming in."
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"When taking pictures inside the house or at parties, the colors as well as focus is off."
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"The colors are brilliant!"
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"love the blue color."
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")- Is a bit chunky and big in size for a newer model of the Sony W generation- Cannot zoom for video modeWith all that said, it is still a nice camera- The picture quality along with the relatively high amount of megapixels (12.1) is superbWhen having taken a good photograph, the colors for a point and shoot are wonderful!"
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Control

Control:
"- Lack of shutter- or aperture-priority modes is *extremely* frustrating, especially if you're accustomed to having more control."
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"I have some photography experience, and I knew there weren't manual controls, but I still found it hard to know what the automatic settings were doing."
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"This w290 one has fewer controls on the body, they are hidden in the software but nowhere near the level you used to get with the DSC line from Sony."
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"Pro's:- Small, compact with easy controls."
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"The camera is nicely built with easy to use controls."
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"Other than that, the LCD display is excellent and the controls are easy to use (though it might be an issue with people with huge fingers).I also like that this Sony camera gives you the option of B & W Sepia color modes - something their newer models do NOT feature at all."
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"The menu is very easy to control."
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"Features are easy to understand and controls are of easy access."
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Flash

Flash:
"This camera doesn't do well without a flash at all, no matter how much artificial light is in the room."
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"The Auto does not work well and takes pictures often when you need a flash."
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"I even tried sticking several layers of opaque tape over the flash to see if that would work, but as expected, the results were inconsistent."
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"Many of my friends were surprised to find out I used a point-and-shoot for taking photos for my first child because the photos were very sharp and well focused (without using flash on the baby).Unfortunately, W50 died due to some abuse."
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"It was so easy to use and the twilight feature with no flash is amazing for those night photos!"
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"the interface is fairly easy to navigate although i did have a problem one night turning on the flash in a dark area because i couldn't see the screen so sony might want to take that into consideration."
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"The only issue for me, literally the only one, is that I have to hold the camera in its place for 1-2 secs more after I see the last flash to get the perfect pic."
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"Many of my friends were surprised to find out I used a point-and-shoot for taking photos for my first child because the photos were very sharp and well focused (without using flash on the baby).Unfortunately, W50 died due to some abuse."
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"Pros: easy manual zoom ability; macro setting (X 1.2); built in lens protection (retractible); manual override for flash, mode et al; great auto-focus feature."
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"Most recently, I tried to take a picture of my girlfriend moving her head while in the bleachers at a stadium at night with all the stadium lights on... the flash went off (it was on easy mode) and still she motion blurred AND out of focus, this is just unacceptable."
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"Night pictures are great without flash once you stable the camera."
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Focus

Focus:
"The easy mode produces terribly pictures and the intelligent mode nevers focuses on the right subject."
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"It's pretty hard to focus without accidentally snapping a pic."
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"At first I thought it had to do with the variable light distorted and morphed by the waves above, but even on cloudy days there were the same focus problems."
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"The Ugly:While this is a great camera (and underwater housing combo) for what I needed it to do, the most annoying and frustrating drawback is the fact that the focus while shooting movies is extremely poor."
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"The macro function is also not as good as the F10, losing focus at about twice the distance from the subject."
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"The resolution at 720 Fine was not quite as sharp as the F10, and the autofocus searched excessively."
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"When taking pictures inside the house or at parties, the colors as well as focus is off."
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"It's pretty hard to focus without accidentally snapping a pic."
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"The camera is good option for quick focus and shoot amd without too many complex operations."
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"A dark subject on a light background, or the reverse; nothing seems to be good enough to hold focus all the way through, or even just for more than a couple of seconds."
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"Sometimes Sony puts out cameras that don't take pictures quickly or with good focus."
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Image

Image:
"I know this is a problem with the screen resolution of my PC, but nonetheless, before I could figure this out, I used to get very disappointed with my camera after transferring the image to my PC."
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"Blurry pics, horrible under low lights."
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"While other cameras tend to have significant blurring when the subject moves at all, this CyberShot manages a crisp image almost every time...avoiding missed shots and frustration when trying to capture the activities of a small child!"
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"Is always seems to have the same problem, When i first got it the pics were great for at least a few days."
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"Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 12 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Blue)When I broke my last camera (also a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290) while I was on vacation, I replaced it with another Sony DSC-W290."
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"-Picture button is really annoying."
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"My favorite Sony Cyber-Shot cameras are: 1) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Dark Red) (which a good friend owns); 2) Sony Cyber-shot DSCW120 7.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot (Silver) (which I own)."
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"The colors were a little improved, but not a lot, and certainly nothing that matched the photo quality of images taken with either the DSC-W230 or the DSC-W120.Additionally, and I don't know enough about the technical side of photography to explain this well; but in the images taken of buildings the building itself looks small."
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"good image quality, nice feel"
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"Great quality pics."
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"It does take great pictures with crystal clear images and vibrant colors but one day it refused to focus when zooming in."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"- Decent battery lifeCon's:- Poor indoor low light results- Mediocre video- Prone to breaking downIn summary: If you would like to capture cherished memories of your family, I would not recommend this camera."
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"The main drawback with this camera is indoor or low light photography."
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"After trying all the settings on this camera I failed at getting useable indoor pictures."
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"I don't recommend it for indoor use as much."
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"Yeah, it's $90 more, but I think that's more than worth it to correct the Sony's horrible indoor picture quality--plus the DMC-ZS3 adds a TON of extra features (and 12x zoom)."
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"Most frustrating was that when I took pictures indoors, the pictures were really grainy, and the focus just couldn't get very sharp."
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"5) This is probably the only P&S that takes brilliant indoor pictures (even in dim lighting), mostly due to the iAuto mode."
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"The camera compensates nicely for indoor low light."
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"Second, it seems unreasonable to me that such wide variation in satisfaction with picture sharpness and indoor lighting can be a result of production quality control."
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"Great outdoors, Bad indoors."
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"HOWEVER, bring it indoors and it doesn't perform anywhere near as well as my old 5.1 megapixel Sony DSC-P93A."
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Lens

Lens:
"Wish i would have bought a camera with zoom lens during filming, my only regret."
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"The camera began malfunctioning before it was a year old, the lens opening partially and not allowing the camera to operate giving a message turn power off and on again each time the camera was turned on."
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"This camera worked for 11 months then lens assembly failed to operate."
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"Worked for 2 months after repair and now the lens assembly has failed again."
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"You would not consider me a photo buff so I do not need to be able to make all of the lense, film speed and shutter adjustments."
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"If all long distance photos have soft or blurry edges, that may indicate a faulty lens."
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"The lens is excellent and the setting are more than sufficient for a small camera."
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"I love the wide lens and the huge field you're able to capture."
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"The picture quality is great and the wide angle lens is fun to experiment with."
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"Love the wide angle lense and the 3 screen."
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"This camera has one of the best lenses and takes better pictures than a friends 15 Megapixel camera."
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Light

Light:
"Blurry pics, horrible under low lights."
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"- Decent battery lifeCon's:- Poor indoor low light results- Mediocre video- Prone to breaking downIn summary: If you would like to capture cherished memories of your family, I would not recommend this camera."
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"The main drawback with this camera is indoor or low light photography."
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"prosquick cam, cheap, great functions, video hd 720, good perfomance, great batery, great lcd, awesome bang for the buck, no rivalsslim, good looking, great overallm2 with adapter and micro sd with adapter works fineflash is great for night pics, they look very niceconsimage quality sucks, is not the best at all, even at great light the pics are kinda blurry, not great detailstupid sony pro duo sticks, are expensive and sucksvideo hd is not compatible with dxvaonly mp4 video is supported, old sony cam recorded mpeg2, it would be nice having optionssony pro duo clones do not worktaking more than 5 pics in burts mode creates a great lag, but is because of the memory speed, it should have more ram and internal memory for cache"
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"In another case I tried to take photos of dolphins off of the bow of a fishing boat at high noon (plenty of light) and the camera was unable to properly focus."
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"it functioned well in a low light setting although i was disappointed that there was no zooming in video mode, something to fix in my opinion."
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"Of course, just turning on some lights helps the situation ; ) I also love that the battery lasts so long on one charge."
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"Fully zoomed out, it takes excellent pictures in bright, outdoor light."
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"The first shot I took, in Easy mode with adequate light a steady hand and 3 feet from my son, came out blurry."
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"For example turn off the flash and this camera adjusts the shutter speed to produce perfect available light photos."
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"I've had it for a couple months - easy, fast, light, portable - NO issues!"
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Memory

Memory:
"It's also reporting, Error formatting memory stick, even though the memory stick has already been formatted."
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"Problem is happening with multiple memory sticks."
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"It was also missing a memory card."
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"I recall us having problems formatting the non-Sony memory cards purchased with each camera."
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"- Decent battery lifeCon's:- Poor indoor low light results- Mediocre video- Prone to breaking downIn summary: If you would like to capture cherished memories of your family, I would not recommend this camera."
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"This is annoying to have to buy new memory seeing as though I already had several SD cards from previous cameras."
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"Hoping my excellent, but aged, DSC-W120 will at least last through this trip so that my memories will be captured in beautiful photographs."
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"We have used the video aspect to capture whale watching trips, weddings, trips to Disneyland, and just when we want to have access to great memories shared with family and friends."
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"cons: thick memory chip (has to be sony and $$$ go to ebay)pros: great pics easy to use great videos"
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"I liked that it uses the same battery and memory stick,so they are interchangeable."
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"The video quality is amazing, if quite short even with the extra memory stick."
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Menu

Menu:
"The menu is very easy to control."
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"If you see many blurry pics you can fix this by turning the top knob to the EASY menu."
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"One of the reasons I got this camera is because I was familiar with the Sony menu system, so as far as I'm concerned it's easy to use but this is more opinion than fact."
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"After reading manual I had to have the deluxe Cybershot so I bought the W290 for me with more advanced features and easier to use menu plus better zoom than W220."
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"She said she liked it so we keep both :-) I liked the W220 until I got the W290 with easier menu and more features such as underwater, (we hope to go back to the Philippines and Swim with the Fishes) and other open shutter ability on a tripod to take low light photos similliar to SLR capabilities."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"The pictures we took outdoors on a cloudy day didn't turn out well."
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"Next day was sunny with white fluffy clouds and a blue sky; in other words, perfect outdoor picture-taking weather."
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"Fully zoomed out, it takes excellent pictures in bright, outdoor light."
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"The camera works relatively well in outdoor, open events and for the casual shot."
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"Great outdoors, Bad indoors."
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"It is a very easy camera to use and I liked the larger viewing window, but I was only happy with the photos taken in sunny light outdoors."
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Performance

Performance:
"And several of my friends have commented that their more expensive camera's do not perform as well."
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"The W290's daylight performance is acceptable... not fantastic, but I could live with it."
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"Basically I am NOT happy with the performance, slow in been ready from shot to shot, face detection does not work all the time, skin tones tend to be yellowish, auto focus is not 100% correct."
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"I have owned several digital cameras and they all performed well to the point I upgraded to a newer one."
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"Otherwise, I a very pleased with this camera's performance! "
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"love the look and the performance."
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"I purchased a Sony CyberShot camera and was satisfied with the performance."
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"Overall, I am very satisfied with the performance of this camera for a couple hundred bucks."
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Photo

Photo:
"Furthermore because the Menu button doesn't work, when I play back my photos, I am unable to delete pictures directly from the camera and thus can only edit photos out after having transferred it onto my computer."
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"Sony issues:1) NO ZOOM ABILITY in video mode.2) Very soft photos - inconsistent photo quality."
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"Unless you are really moving when shoting photos this camera simply eliminates problems with your unintended camera movement."
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"i did purchase this camera before 2 weeksAnd picture quality is very sharp and cleari tried to capture some photos in night..but in night can't get clear picture..but this is not erroralso i took one HD video....really video clarity is also awesome"
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"But to my greatest surprise and disappointment, W290 takes photos that are much worse than W50."
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"It was so easy to use and the twilight feature with no flash is amazing for those night photos!"
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"In general , it works well but sometimes goes out while taking photos."
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"For the size and original price, as well as longevity, ease of use, and the great quality of photos, both these cameras are beyond excellent."
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"This was my first digital camera and had nice options while taking photos"
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"Great little camera, takes lovely photos"
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"All in all it is a good camera for family photos and close up shots."
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Price

Price:
"I have had a lot of cameras, and put them through some rough treatment, I hate writing reviews, but seriously, spend your money on a camera by a company that actually specializes in making cameras like canon, pentax or kodak or something."
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"I give this camera of 5 rating because you can't have everything perfect for the price range in which we purchased this camera."
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"This camera isn't good value for the money."
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"* HD (720p) video (superb video quality for this price range, though the audio isn't great)."
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"Negatives:* Won't zoom while shooting videosFor the price (it was on sale at 20% off), nothing comes close."
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"The Sony DSC-W290 is very hard to beat in it's price range!"
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"I'm very happy with my digital camera- saved me a lot of money! "
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"Very happy with product and price."
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"For the size and original price, as well as longevity, ease of use, and the great quality of photos, both these cameras are beyond excellent."
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"They are just as good, and better value for the price."
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"Great Camera for the price ! "
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Quality

Quality:
"But due to the user-unfriendliness and poor picture quality, I can't recommend this camera."
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"Worst of all is that the picture quality just isn't very good."
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"The folks complaining about picture quality simply don't understand that the smaller lens size of any portable camera will reduce quality significantly."
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"I bought it as a cheap point and shoot camera to slip into a pocket and not worry if it gets damaged or lost and produces good quality shots that I can use."
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"It is much slower than my Kodak cameras and the picture quality is not as good."
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"Even though it's a 12mp the quality is not that good."
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"For the size and original price, as well as longevity, ease of use, and the great quality of photos, both these cameras are beyond excellent."
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"Very Pleased with this transaction all the way around, from purchase to shipping to quality of item, All Good!"
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"good image quality, nice feel"
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"Great quality pics."
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"Of course, it will affect the quality, but at least I'm glad I have the option.3) The zoom is perfect not just for landscape images, but also on the macro setting."
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Screen

Screen:
"I know this is a problem with the screen resolution of my PC, but nonetheless, before I could figure this out, I used to get very disappointed with my camera after transferring the image to my PC."
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"Ah...the application that comes on the CD (PMB) I highly recommend it (install it).The only drawbacks are: Battery life, and the screen catches a lot of finger prints."
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"We had one like this before and the veiw screen broke when someone put it in their back pocket, so beware it did not get hit just twisted when that person sat down."
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"Now for the knit-picky things,There's no viewfinder, and the screen doesn't work very well in direct sunlight."
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"For some reason they are right up against the right side of the 3 screen which causes a problem and you have to either reposition your finger or use your nail to press the buttons I mentioned."
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"That does not necessarily mean that my image is bad, but there's no way a P&S can compete with an SLR.2) The LCD screen is really nice and shows you a great picture!"
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"The HD video is really nice even up on the big screen."
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"The display screen is a nice size for viewing and the setting options are easy to read, navigate and understand."
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"Love the wide angle lense and the 3 screen."
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"The Canon is smaller, but the Sony has a bigger, nicer LCD screen."
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Service

Service:
"If the issue persists; unfortunately, service will be required, as the Camera is out of the warranty period."
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"Well the only problem is that is really hard to do if it is either not working properly or it is in service!"
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"Sony's customer service relations is surprisingly terrible."
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"Even though it was my fault and the warranty was void as it was an accident, Sony service center repaired it for free and shipped it back within a week."
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"They told me that something is wrong with my PS3 and told me to contact PS3 Customer Service."
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"I have had excellant service from the Sony products that I have purchased during my lifetime."
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"Excellent service from Amazon."
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"I returned this unit and will buy the cannon SD780.shame - wanted the wide angle view and the big zoom :-(Thank you amazon for a great costumer service experience."
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"However, thanks to Amazon great customer service, we were able to send it back without a restocking fee so we took a chance at the W290.This camera takes very good pictures."
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"An outstanding product, good price, and fast service."
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Setting

Setting:
"Unfortunately, I used this camera to take pictures of my evening wedding and barely got any decent pictures as it doesn't seem to do well in low-light, even though there is a specific setting for it."
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"Overall nice results though night shots still a challenge .. may be I need to get the settings the correct setting"
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"After trying all the settings on this camera I failed at getting useable indoor pictures."
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"it functioned well in a low light setting although i was disappointed that there was no zooming in video mode, something to fix in my opinion."
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"However, once I brought those flowers inside and put them in a vase, I couldn't get a decent shot using ANY of the myriad settings, with flash or without."
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"I have some photography experience, and I knew there weren't manual controls, but I still found it hard to know what the automatic settings were doing."
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"I have made three Europe trips so far and I must say I don't regret buying this camera at all.2) It has got multiple settings for choosing image size, which means if I'm short on memory on the SD card, I don't need to delete photos."
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"I primarily have it set on the automatic setting, and this camera delivers excellent quality pictures on nearly every shot."
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"It takes beautiful shots on the smart setting which is what I mostly use to capture quick shots."
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"The lens is excellent and the setting are more than sufficient for a small camera."
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"The display screen is a nice size for viewing and the setting options are easy to read, navigate and understand."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"In the same room, my ancient SAMASUNG Digimax S700 takes way sharper pictures than this SONY junk!"
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"The resolution at 720 Fine was not quite as sharp as the F10, and the autofocus searched excessively."
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"I purposely tried to make the Sony screw up and couldn't, I'm amazed, perfect sharp, clear photos every time!"
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"Super easy to use, great picture quality, and looks sharp!"
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"I love it for sharp close ups."
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"Many of my friends were surprised to find out I used a point-and-shoot for taking photos for my first child because the photos were very sharp and well focused (without using flash on the baby).Unfortunately, W50 died due to some abuse."
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"The color is a very sharp, ice blue, I love it."
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"For out-doors picture, with good light conditions, the pictures are great and sharp."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"I have normal-sized hands and fingers, but have a terrible time telling if my index finger is on the shutter or not."
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"You would not consider me a photo buff so I do not need to be able to make all of the lense, film speed and shutter adjustments."
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"We just had a baby and sometimes it's hard to catch his smile, however with the smile shutter it automatically takes a picture when he smiles."
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"- Lack of shutter- or aperture-priority modes is *extremely* frustrating, especially if you're accustomed to having more control."
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"Pros: Small Lightweight Clear photos Minimal shutter delay Cropped and blown up photos are still clear Battery holds a charge for a good length of time."
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"For example turn off the flash and this camera adjusts the shutter speed to produce perfect available light photos."
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"There's the goofy smile detection button on the top, as well as on off and shutter."
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"Anyway, for the price point, this camera has very good, fast shutter response (low shutter lag) which is great for pictures of the dog."
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Size

Size:
"While other cameras tend to have significant blurring when the subject moves at all, this CyberShot manages a crisp image almost every time...avoiding missed shots and frustration when trying to capture the activities of a small child!"
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"This camera is feature laden and a great size, but it fails in the one basic area most people buy a camera."
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"The buttons are small and not easy to use with one hand."
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"I love the w290 but it isn't perfect: It is not as small sleek as a Canon Elph but I think the pictures and especially videos are much better - and that's why I love the Cybershot."
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"It turns on quite quickly and takes nice photos, the only small complaint I have is that it is a little bigger than I would ideally like from a compact camera"
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"This is a bit of a frustration as well.+The camera itself is amazingly small for it's high resolution and hi-def video capabilities.+Its construction is solid and the black looks pretty slick.+Great bang for the buck camera."
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"For the size and original price, as well as longevity, ease of use, and the great quality of photos, both these cameras are beyond excellent."
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"Pro's:- Small, compact with easy controls."
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"The lens is excellent and the setting are more than sufficient for a small camera."
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"buttons are somewhat small, but work for my hands (has an easy function for simplicity!"
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"The display screen is a nice size for viewing and the setting options are easy to read, navigate and understand."
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Speed

Speed:
"You would not consider me a photo buff so I do not need to be able to make all of the lense, film speed and shutter adjustments."
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"Picture taking is slow, I don't recommend using if you have kids or animals and want that perfect smile bark."
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"Basically I am NOT happy with the performance, slow in been ready from shot to shot, face detection does not work all the time, skin tones tend to be yellowish, auto focus is not 100% correct."
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"We love it, it takes great pictures, takes them fast, and havent had any problems, battery life is great, however we bought another battery because we didnt want to be screwed if one was dead because we forgot to charge....highly recommend but get another battery...always nice to have a back up."
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"It's also pretty fast, has a wide-angle lens, and is a good compromise between a high-end dSLR and a low-end cheap camera."
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"Fast shipping & good packaging."
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"Downloading pictures has been fast and easy."
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"For example turn off the flash and this camera adjusts the shutter speed to produce perfect available light photos."
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"I've had it for a couple months - easy, fast, light, portable - NO issues!"
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"It takes excellent quality pics, and even the stupid pics I took when I accidentally had my finger on the button were in great quality and I was moving my hand pretty fast at the moment of capture."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 12 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Blue)When I broke my last camera (also a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290) while I was on vacation, I replaced it with another Sony DSC-W290."
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"My only issue with this camera is Image Stabilization, it isn't as good as Canon's."
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"My favorite Sony Cyber-Shot cameras are: 1) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Dark Red) (which a good friend owns); 2) Sony Cyber-shot DSCW120 7.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot (Silver) (which I own)."
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"I'm very proud to said that this is one of my best buys of all time, this cameras has a really nice resolution so in pictures and video, the stabilization option it has great, the optical zoom take pictures very closely from objects in long distances respect than others."
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"The HD video movie mode is wonderful but even though the stabilization software is great be careful when 'zoomed in' and taking video."
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"The stabilization software appears to work great, almost completely eliminating the unstable 'hand'."
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"We love the Stabilization, it works as stated."
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Value

Value:
"This camera isn't good value for the money."
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"If IS isn't an issue for you then this is a great value for the money, nothing else comes close to it's still image and video resolution for the price."
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"They are just as good, and better value for the price."
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")Bottom line: exceptional value and without the image-quality issues I've read so much aboutI didn't rate this product 5 stars because of the shutter release button being tough to depress, which will cause problems for me perhaps forever but at least for a while."
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"I think that this product is an exceptional value for the money."
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"The positive thing about the camera is that if you don't mind the grainy images then it's a great value for the money."
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"good value for money."
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Video

Video:
"- Decent battery lifeCon's:- Poor indoor low light results- Mediocre video- Prone to breaking downIn summary: If you would like to capture cherished memories of your family, I would not recommend this camera."
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"This was really upsetting since the videos were of my son's first few days in the hospital and coming home for the first time."
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"Sony issues:1) NO ZOOM ABILITY in video mode.2) Very soft photos - inconsistent photo quality."
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"The only feature missing is availability of zoom in the video mode."
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"The Ugly:While this is a great camera (and underwater housing combo) for what I needed it to do, the most annoying and frustrating drawback is the fact that the focus while shooting movies is extremely poor."
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"The video quality is perfect but sometimes I get a glitch or 2 in some of my videos."
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"great sound on the videos"
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"Also, the wheel to change the picture to movie mode is easily moved, so just taking the camera out of its case can change this selection."
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"The picture quality has surpassed our expectations, and the video features have been perfect."
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"One other things that would be nice are to have a zoom function in video mode, and to be slimmer."
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"The pictures were not bad with it and the video looked good, actually."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I do know the specifications are different on the DSC-W290 and the DSC-W230, but I don't know the effect the difference would have, nor do I know if my complaint is even related to the zoom abilities of the camera."
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"Wish i would have bought a camera with zoom lens during filming, my only regret."
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"It's really a waste that I have to give up this great camera because of the zoom problem."
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"Unfortunately, you cannot zoom at all once you begin recording."
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"This has been a great feature for capturing my camera shy toddler.+Picture quality is pretty high.+Video quality is pretty high, and I don't mind not being able to zoom."
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"The only feature missing is availability of zoom in the video mode."
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"Good zoom."
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"I would have liked to be able to zoom in better on things farther away from me,especially when I am taking wildlife pictures,but it is not possible with this camera."
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"12.1 MP is below standard on high-end Androids, 5X zoom (especially one as blurry as on this camera) is a joke, and many devices now can zoom during filming and capture fast-action shots with ease."
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"It's really a waste that I have to give up this great camera because of the zoom problem."
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"Pictures taken without the zoom still comes out great."
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