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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530


$129.99 Released February, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Still images are crisp and clear - camera excels even in low light/indoor settings. Automatic contrast balancing performs very well - pictures rarely (if ever) appear washed out or over-saturated. Moving objects are surprisingly easy to capture - camera produces sufficient results at least 75% of the time.

The Cons:Lack of an optical zoom is disappointing considering the high megapixel rate - unit is limited to a 4x digital zoom. Lack of USB chargeability puts the camera at a disadvantage as compared to similar models from Canon and Fujifilm. Panorama mode is difficult to work with - fixed "one size" settings require near-perfect execution for a quality product.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530 is a low-cost digital camera. This camera's Face Detection feature detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp portraits.

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Product Shot 2 The iAuto mode of the Cyber-shot DSC-W530 recognizes scenes, lighting conditions and faces, and adjusts settings accordingly for clear images. The 2.7 inch LCD display (230K pixels) allows you to compose photos and view photos, as well as view menus. The Cyber-shot DSC-W530's 4x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer. This lens is 26mm equivalent wide-angle, which allows for group shots in tight spots. The PHOTOMUSIC feature combines images with music (4 tracks, 5 minutes per track) to produce slide shows with visual effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Active, or Stylish). The Cyber-shot DSC-W530's Sweep Panorama mode allows you to just press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction for a panoramic capture. When you do this the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment. This camera differs from the lower cost Cyber-shot DSC-W510 in it has a 14.1 megapixel sensor (instead of the Cyber-shot DSC-W510's 12.1 megapixel sensor, for images with more detail and contrast in up to 13x19" prints) and a high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens (as opposed to a Sony lens). This model differs from the higher cost Cyber-shot DSC-W560 model in that the Cyber-shot DSC-W560 has a three inch display and 720p HD Movie Mode, which captures video in 1280 x 720 at 30fps (as opposed to the Cyber-shot DSC-W530's 480p AVI movie mode, which captures 640x480 movies at 30fps). There are color options available for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530 digital camera.

Features

  • 14.1MP
  • 4x optical zoom
  • Sweep Panorama mode
  • SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Natural flash
  • iAuto mode
  • Face Detection
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard and Plus
  • Smile Shutter
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 26mm lens
  • 2.7" LCD screen (230K pixels) for previewing
  • Color options
  • VGA filming capability
  • Anti-blink function
  • High sensitivity mode (ISO 3200)
  • 480p AVI movie mode (640x480 movies at 30fps)
  • Soft Skin mode
  • PHOTOMUSIC
  • Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.3
  • Easy shooting mode
  • Includes Sony PMBP (Picture Motion Browser Portable) software
  • In-camera retouching tools
  • Intelligent scene recognition mode
  • Self portrait timer

Color Options

  • Black
  • Silver
  • Pink
  • Green
  • Blue

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Pros
  • 2

    Still images are crisp and clear - camera excels even in low light/indoor settings

  • 1

    Automatic contrast balancing performs very well - pictures rarely (if ever) appear washed out or over-saturated

  • 1

    Moving objects are surprisingly easy to capture - camera produces sufficient results at least 75% of the time

  • 1

    Hybrid Sony Memory Stick/SD card support is versatile and convenient - saves some users from having to buy a unit-specific card

  • 1

    Generously sized 2.7" LCD screen is clear and provides excellent viewing at all angles

  • 1

    High quality feel to the metal chassis and brushed aluminum on the front looks good

Cons
  • 2

    Lack of an optical zoom is disappointing considering the high megapixel rate - unit is limited to a 4x digital zoom

  • 2

    Lack of USB chargeability puts the camera at a disadvantage as compared to similar models from Canon and Fujifilm

  • 1

    Panorama mode is difficult to work with - fixed "one size" settings require near-perfect execution for a quality product

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