The first thing you notice about the Sony W55 is the large LCD monitor on the back panel, it’s bright, works well outdoors and gives you all the information you would want to see. Boost flash range while reducing redeye; attaches via the tripod mount and fires when the onboard flash does. These are all scene modes; pick the situation and the camera uses the proper settings. If you really start flipping through them, you’ll see a low res placeholder followed by the high res image a half second later. They didn’t look as strongly tinted when I printed them as they did on-screen, but I’d still have preferred a bit less coloration in some of my indoor shots. Browse Related Browse Related. A beginner will find they can start shooting right away in the Automatic or Program modes, while the more advanced user will find the Creative modes interesting to use; permitting shots in more challenging conditions.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W Digital Photography Review

Browse Related Browse Related. Above that is the built-in flash.

Though battery life is pretty good, I still recommend picking up a separate battery and keeping it freshly charged and on-hand for extended outings. Its g body, at less than 25mm thick, fits easily into almost any pocket. At the bottom of the photo is a hole through which you’ll thread the power cord for the optional AC adapter.

In burst mode the camera took just four photos in a row at a little over one frame per second. Works great comes with charger battery and cord. No, in single shot mode Yes, in burst mode.

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In macro mode you’ll be able to get as close to your subject as 2 cm at wide-angle and 30 cm at telephoto. More important changes come in areas you can’t see on a spec sheet, particularly high-ISO high light-sensitivity image noise. The DSC-W55’s battery life numbers are well above average for this class. In this mode, the camera boosts the ISO as high as in order to get a blur-free photo. It’s easy to hold and operate even with one handwithout a lot of buttons to confuse you.

With output level function. If you want more flash power you can use the external slave flash that I mentioned earlier. The ultra-compact camera market is filled with tough competitors. Continue to next page 01 The standard Sony menus reveal a fairly mediocre feature set, but are easy enough to use.

That’s not too bad, eh? Worst case buffer clearing time. This helps reduce the time required to take a picture. That’s the underwater case Sony calls it a “Sportspack” above, see the table further down this page for a full list of accessories. Time per shot, averaged over 4-shot buffer depth.

Now this won’t matter for most people, but if you shoot under mixed or unusual lighting, you may sonu to consider ds-cw55 camera with custom white balance. Despite being an ultra-compact camera, the W55 supports a full suite of accessories, including conversion lenses and an external slave flash.


While not a giant leap over its predecessor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 is still a capable, ultra-compact camera that I can recommend to just about everyone.

The first thing you notice about the Sony W55 is the large LCD monitor on the back panel, it’s bright, works well outdoors and gives you all the information you would want to see. Since the camera lacks a dscw-55 white balance setting, shots dec-w55 mixed or unusual lighting may have a color cast, as you saw in my photo tests earlier in the review.

Download speeds are extremely fast. The W55 starts up in a little over 1. Shot to shot cycle times are good, at about 1. Sports Pack lets you take underwater shots while snorkeling or swimming! All in all, the Sony W55 struck me as a pretty nice little camera.

Sony Cybershot DSC-W55

It’s available in silver picturedblack, blue and pink. Since the conversion lens adapter has slny mm threads, you can also use Sony’s various filters on the W55, just as you could on the W50 before it. It’s overlay style, which means that it sits on top of the image you’re composing or reviewing.

Will the W55 do just as well?