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Located left of the Shutter button on the camera’s top panel, this button turns the camera on and off. Technical Editor Richard Butler’s pick helped him capture his favorite images of the past 12 months: Founder Phil Askey on the first ten years. Our site is not optimized for your current browser. The Down arrow accesses the Self-Timer mode. There’s an odd effect on Marti’s skin tones though, with her skin going almost gray in places. Very compact and solidly built , the Sony W5 stops short of being too small for people with larger hands and fingers.

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Sony’s official ratings, not mine. We’ve never taken sides in the row over whether image stabilization should be provided in-body or in the lens, but we’ll now ddc the absence of in-body stabilization as a Con in our camera reviews.

Camera Memory Internal Storage Type. The data on this page includes sdc host of information on the images, including shutter speed, ISO setting, compression setting, etc.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 – digital camera Series

Never miss an update again! Dec 20, Snow and Beach modes optimize the camera for bright situations and prevent color loss from overexposure. Sony has told us that they generally only use the transflective screen on models without an optical viewfinder, like the T1.


Pre-Flash Metering With a momentary pre-flash, the camera illuminates the subject and sets exposure through the lens for accurate flash metering. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Positioned in the top right corner of the rear panel, this two-way rocker button controls optical zoom and, when enabled via the Setup menu, Sony’s “Smart Zoom” or Precision Zoom options.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5: Digital Photography Review

Good, in that the highlights from the flash aren’t blue-colored. Gear of the Year – Barney’s choice: Get up close with 5x optical zoom, and switch to Party Mode to get great shots without compromising on fun. Computational photography remakes phone photos, while Canon and Nikon embrace the camera design of the future. We will do our best D5 detail and noise: Pictar Pro makes your phone feel more like a premium camera It even adds a viewfinder.

Light Metering Multi Pattern. Low-Light Tests Good low-light performance, dzc moderately low noise and good color. A shame, the camera does really need this control to handle harsh lighting like this. Auto Focus Method Monitoring. Along with Sony’s other recent cameras, the W5 has one of the cleanest user interfaces I’ve seen, and will present few challenges to even the most novice user.

Very handy for checking focus or the expressions on people’s faces in group shots. Off the upper right corner of the LCD, this button controls the LCD display, cycling through the image with information display, the image with information and live histogram display, the image with limited information display, and no image display at all in all Record modes.

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A slightly larger window for the optical viewfinder is upper left of the lens. With many users creating very large albums using the new Live Album feature, Google has decided to double the image and video limit for albums in Photos. Free and open source Raw photo-processing software RawTherapee has been updated to version 5.

It also has an imager about the same size as the original W1, a 5.

Good low-light performance, with moderately low noise and good color. Slightly underexposed at eight and nine feet, then decreasing intensity all the way to 14 feet. Note though, that its flash tends to underexpose a fair bit, see the comments below about that. May be difference in tone of actual item.

Reproduction in whole or part in any form or medium without specific written permission is prohibited. The thumbnails below show a subset of my test images.