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Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 4 to 5 Megapixel

3.6 star rating
                      3.6 / 5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $400.00

  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution5.26 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom3x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    35mm Zoom Lens38 - 114 mm
    Digital Zoom6x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro Focus Range2.36 in. to Infinity (w) / 11.81 in. to Infinity (t)
    Focal Length7.9 - 23.7 mm
    Camera Resolution5.26 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2592 x 1944 • 2592 x 1728 • 2048 x 1536 • 1280 x 960
    Video Speed30 fps
    Max Movie LengthWithout Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
    Video FormatMPEG-1
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f5.2 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed30 - 1/2000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Incandescent (Preset)
    Frames Per Second0.8 Frames
    Memory TypeMemory Stick • Memory Stick Pro
    Compression ModesFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG
    File Size (High Res.)2.51 MB (51 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.16 MB (about 800 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution123,200 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery Life340 Images
    Self Timer10 Sec.
    Mp3 Built In
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS 9 • Apple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows 98 • Microsoft Windows 98SE • Microsoft Windows ME • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Video Cable • Hand Strap • 32 MB Memory Card • Driver • 2 x AA Rechargeable Batteries • Battery Charger
    Release DateMay, 2004
    Product ID25249930

Product Description

High-end optics combine with everyday ease of use in the DSC-W1 Cyber-shot digital camera.
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
  • MPEG Movie VX video mode
  • Live histogram
  • PictBridge compatibility

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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mike a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: April 19, 2008

    Bottom Line:   
    We purchased this camera for casual snapshots during travels. Have had the same lens retraction problem that many have had with this camera, along with the accompanying "access error" message. Overall a disappointing result from a name consumers were once able to rely upon.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by bobby a Casual

    Date Reviewed: July 11, 2006

    Strengths:    big screen. at the time I purchased, good price for 5mp/

    Weaknesses:    the video function is just way too choppy! too expensive if it works for only 15 months.

    Bottom Line:   
    I trusted Sony - not anymore! After 15 months my camera just went dead. No power at all and it is not the batteries or power supply or my negligence. It just died.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $349.00

    Purchased At:   wal-mart

    Similar Products Used:   other sony cameras

    Type of photography:   People

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by bic a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: January 11, 2005

    Strengths:    2.5 inch screen,
    the fastest retractable lens i've seen on a camera,
    price for value

    Weaknesses:    the retractable lens getting stuck? don't know how many people have had this problem

    Bottom Line:   
    Can't say I've seen a better camera to offer so much at a reasonable price. The 2.5inch screen was what sold me. Plus, the Canon S400 was selling for the same price, but had a few less features, and smaller mega pixel size. I've had this camera for about 4 months. I vacationed for a week with it, and took over 150 pictures in 4 days. All of a sudden, when i turned off the power, the lens would not retract. It was stuck. I've read a review (on another site) of this happening to one other person. Don't know how common it is. But the Sony Service was great. Didn't pay a cent and they replaced the entire lens and had it back in my hands in 5 days..and that was because it was a holiday weekend. I'm giving this product an all-around 5..because the good customer service made up for the malfunction.

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    Price Paid:    $499.00

    Purchased At:   Henry's

    Similar Products Used:   Canon, Kodak

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by neilcf a Expert

    Date Reviewed: October 9, 2004

    Strengths:    Build quality
    Speed of use
    Viewing screen
    Quality pictures
    Good movie mode
    Compact size

    Weaknesses:    Memory Stick is getting cheaper but still a lot more than the other types.
    Wider choice of apertures and manual settings would be good.
    Included software is basic.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've used quite a few digital cameras now and they seem to be getting better and better. I ditched the excellent Canon A80 for this camera and apart from the lack of manual overides I don't regret it one bit. The Sony is so quick to use and the 2.5 inch screen is a dream. Th build quality is about the best I have seen on a digital camera (including the Fuji S2) and the quality of the results are excellent. Even the movie mode works very well.

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    Price Paid:    $249.00

    Purchased At:   Currys

    Similar Products Used:   Fuji S2
    Canon G2
    Nikon 3100
    Canon A80

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by RagingBull a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: September 15, 2004

    Strengths:    Great ergonomics, beautiful design, good battery life with only 2 AAs, very fast operation, very good image quality in manual mode, advanced 640x480 30fps movie mode, very accurate flash (doesn't under or over expose subjects), large and clear LCD, good macro shots, quality lens, low noise in pictures, and available lens add-ons.

    Weaknesses:    Flash is weak, no sound memo, limited manual focus, no manual WB, limited aperture choices, no shutter or aperture priority modes (though not really missing), prone to shaking (requires fast shutter speeds).

    Bottom Line:   
    Firstly, the ergonomics. Amazing. A little beauty, sturdy, small, lightweight and all controls are within very easy reach. One of the finest cameras I have ever seen in this category. In fully automatic mode, the picture quality is good for beginners but don't expect too much. Unfortunately the camera chooses relatively slow shutter speeds on auto (about 1/40). The camera is very prone to shaking because of its small size which can result in blurry pictures, that people tend to complain about.
    In Program or manual mode you can set: focus mode, metering mode, white balance mode, and ISO. Manual lets you control exposure settings as well. Program mode will let you change exposure values (+-2EV). The auto-focus is usually accurate and very fast. Manual options are very limited to 0.5m/1m/3m/7m/inf, but center-focus usually does the job. The "smart" 5 point auto-focus works well by default, but there are many situations where it could get lost, use it with care.
    Metering is either spot or matrix, both are very accurate. ISO speeds are 100,200 or 400 with very low noise (even at night) up to 200. 400 is also exceptable, especially in daylight. Auto mode chooses any value between 100 and 320 with minimal noise. White balance is either auto or 1 of 4 presets, but sadly no manual setting. However the presets usually do the job, or fine tune the results on your computer.

    Exposure: Aperture choices are limited. Only 2 choices at any focal lengths (f2.8/5.6 at wide or f5.2/10 at tele), it seems sufficient however. Shutter speeds are very diverse, from 1/2000 to 30 seconds with many inbetween steps (but fastest is 1/1000 in manual mode).
    If you know what you're doing with the aid of the light meter (and the excellent live histogram) you will get very beautiful images with excellent colors and good details.
    The Zeiss lens retract into the body very quickly when not in use, and are of high quality providing excellent colors and good detail, low CA. Unfortunately quite slow at f2.8-f5.2. Focal range is 38mm-114mm, not wide enough for many uses, but quite average nowadays.
    Low-light performance is great with long exposures outside on a tripod. Indoors the AF-assist lamp helps when its totally dark but is usually activated without a need and forces center-focus (can be disabled).
    Lastly, don't forget the great LCD, movie mode and extremely fast operating speeds.

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    Price Paid:    $360.00

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   Sony V1, many others.

    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

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