|The Sony DSC-W1 is a very successful digital camera, it can't be commented on in a negative way. Alright, for me personally I would like to see the camera equipped with a 28-100mm lens in stead of starting with a 38mm one, however technically seen and after using the camera in practice there is hardly any reason to complain. The compact beautifully designed housing lies comfortably in ones hand and is solidly finished.
The new W1 offers a lot more convenience because of the large monitor, a 2.5 inch size and digs in the heels of the competing models of manufacturers like Canon, Nikon and Olympus. The combination of convenience and enhanced settings packed into a nice and handy body seems to be the most successful formula. The camera models handling this formula are guaranteed to selling successfully in practice.
The recording quality of the W1 and the related print quality leave nothing more to wish for. The images look fresh, with vivid colours and rich detail. In fact an end result that might be expected from every digital camera. The Sony is operated with great ease. Navigating through the menu is handy and well-organised, thanks to the application of the large sized monitor.
The optical zoom is, as said before, standard, being a 3x optical zoom. In fact not very special, and maybe the competitors will make Sony put in a 4x optical range into the new generation or a wide angle. The resolution of 5 Megapixels offers every freedom for making enlargements. Beside that image editing is possible and enlargements of a crop to a 10x15 size print out belong to the possibilities. The different resolutions offer a great choice, the compression is rather limited with two choices, but sufficient. Sony didn't dare to pay attention to the RAW format beside the JPEG compression. It wouldn't look bad on the W1!
The speed at which the camera starts up, and the speed of realising the first image is impressive. The times of slow start-up times and having to wait a while before being able to capture the first image are over as far as Sony is concerned. The features of the W1 in short: speed, rapid image process, excellent focus even under difficult circumstances, large display of 2.5 inch and a very successful energy management.
As far as we are concerned the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W1 is a direct hit. From the beginning of the test until the end there has not been a dissonance and we can only ascertain that the W1 is an excellent digital camera, highly recommendable!
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