May 19, 2009

Sony Cybershot DSC-S950 Review

I have many good things to say about this camera, but I would rather start out with the negativity and finish this review on a good note. Let me start off by saying that when I first received my camera the flash bulb was not working at all. This was quite frustrating considering this should not be a problem that is overlooked by the quality control department. Rather, they should have found it to begin with as I doubt it was damaged in the shipping process. However, I was able to get it replaced and was able to keep this one until the new one arrives.
With that said, I am very impressed with the picture quality that this camera is offering. When it came to taking indoor pictures, I decided to test it out by using an automatic shutter mode and taking a picture of a five dollar bill. I made sure that the $5 was totally within the frame. When reviewing the picture, I found that you could actually still read the "United States of America" very clearly. When it came to the outdoors, it did not disappoint either. I used the 4x zoom and took a picture at a long distance of some trees. I found that you could see the trees and details much more clearly in the pictures than I could with my own eyes. Just to clarify, I do not have bad vision either.
There are some other issues that the camera has that I do not like very much. I found that when you are using higher ISO settings your photos will drop in quality very rapidly. In fact, if you are intending on using ISO3200, you may find that the camera will take pictures of worse quality than a cell phone camera.
One other small issue is that the camera does not come with a Carl-Zeiss lens. Almost all of Sony's cameras do and I have used many Sony's in the past that came with one. When I received this one, I just assumed it also had one. It was a pretty big surprise to find out that it didn't come with one. Sure, I could have paid a little bit and got one. However, I could have just put that money towards a camera that was a little bit better quality and received one as well. It just did not make sense that this is one of the few Sony's that did not include such a lens.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone looking to take high quality pictures without having to spend too much for a camera. I am using mine alongside a 8GB Memory Card, this holds roughly 1900 pictures at full resolution. It will also hold about 5.5 hours worth of video which I have been finding more use for here recently.
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Sony Cybershot DSC-S950 10MP Digital Camera

I've always been a fan of Sony products due to is designs. Whether its a camera, TV, stereo or an MP3 player, a Sony product is bound to be beautifully designed. Recently, I have had the privilege of reviewing the Sony Cybershot DSC-S950 10MP digital camera (black). Here is my take of this compact point-and-shoot model.
This model has a 10.1 mega-pixel image sensor that enables you to capture high resolution images. Capture the finest details of a shot and crop away knowing that you will still get a high resolution image. The Sony Cybershot DSC-S950 10MP digital camera also has a 4x optical zoom for close-ups and taking images of subjects at a distance.
On the back, there is a spacious 2.7-inch LCD display that produces crisp previews of the shots. It also comes with auto-stabilization that prevent blur pictures caused by camera shakes. This model has eight ISO settings (100-3200) that helps you capture the perfect shot under various lighting conditions.
The design of the Sony Cybershot DSC-S950 10MP digital camera plays of some geometric shapes. The camera is an almost perfect rectangle with slightly rounded corners. The perfectly round frames around the lens are silver in color, creating a nice contrast against the matte black background. The flash consist of a slim and discreet rectangle shape next to the logo. Weighing at just 1.2 pounds and 0.9-inch in thickness, you can easily carry it with you wherever you go.
Although the Sony Cybershot DSC-S950 10MP digital camera may not be the most advanced when it comes to performance and features, its good looks may be good enough of a reason for many of us to get one. It is a perfect choice if you are looking for a compact, and stylish no-frills camera. If you are looking for more savvy and feature-filled compact model, consider the Canon PowerShot SD110IS digital camera.
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May 6, 2009

Sony Cybershot DSC-S950 Detail

-10.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
-4x optical zoom; SteadyShot digital image stabilization
-2.7-inch LCD screen
-Face Detection; in-camera retouching tools
-12MB built-in memory; capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media (not included)
-Aperture: Auto: f2.6/f5.1(W), 2 steps; Program Auto: f2.6/f5.1(W), 2 steps
-Display: 2.7 inch LCD
-Power Source: Lithium-Ion NP-BK1
-Storage Media: 12MB internal Flash Memory, optional Memory Stick Duo Media, optional Memory Stick PRO Duo Media
-Optical Zoom: 4x
-Digital Zoom: Smart Zoom, Precision Digital Zoom, Off
-Minimum Focal Length: 5.8 millimeters
-Maximum Focal Length: 23.2 millimeters
-Focus Modes: 9-Area Multi-Point Auto Focus, Center Auto Focus, Focus Preset (0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m, Unlimited distance)
-Focus Type: 1/2.3 type Super HAD CCD
-Exposure Compensation: Plus or Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
-Picture Quality: 10.1 megapixels
-Shooting Modes: Auto, Easy, Program Auto, High Sensitivity, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow
-Shutter Speed: Auto: 1/4 to 1/2,000; Program Auto: 1 inch to 1/2,000
-White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, Flash
-Light Sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
-Minimum Flash Range: 0.5 meters
-Maximum Flash Range: 7 meters
-Included Flash Types: Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Flash Off
-Viewfinder: No
-Width: 3.75 inches
-Depth: 0.94 inches
-Height: 2.25 inches
-Weight: 4.8 ounces