Excerpt: In the brace of new Cyber-shot W models that Sony unveiled earlier in the year, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150 falls squarely in the middle in terms of both price and features. Given its "middle child" status, the W150 also arguably provides the most bang for your buck of any of the five new W cameras: you can get a bit more resolution by spending more, but in terms of zoom range and screen size, the W150's 5x Carl Zeiss lens and 2.7-inch LCD are top of the series.
Pros: Fast AF, no perceptible shutter lag, Higher ISOs clean and usable, Enough playback tools to keep you entertained for awhile, Truly impressive battery life
Cons: Red channel clipping a real problem, Auto white balance is disappointing indoors, Flash shots full of red eyes, Menus still complex, confusing, and laggy to page through
Summary: Sony's new 8.1-megapixel DSC-W150 and 10.1-megapixel DSC-W170 models feature Carl Zeiss® 5x optical zoom lenses with wide angles of view, 30 mm - 150 mm and 28 mm - 140 mm, respectively, and 2.7-inch LCD screens along with eye-level viewfinders. Other feathers include Face Detection AF technology, Sony's Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization, D-Range Optimizer, "Smile Shutter", etc.
Excerpt: The Sony
Cyber-shot DSC-W150 ($249) is a compact camera
with a 5X optical zoom lens, image stabilization,
2.7" LCD display, optical viewfinder (yay),
VGA movie mode, and more.
Pros: Very good photo quality; ISO 800 still usable, 5X optical zoom lens with nice 30 - 150 mm range, Optical image stabilization, Compact metal body comes in four colors, Large and sharp 2.7" LCD display; good outdoor and low light visibility, Optical viewfinder (though it's tiny), Snappy performance, Well-implemented face detection and Smile Shutter features, Elaborate playback mode includes redeye removal tool, "face filter", special effects, and fancy slideshows, Suppo...
Cons: Noise reduction smudges fine details, even at ISO 80 (though it's not too bad), Redeye a big problem (but at least you can fix it), Lens is on the slow side, Clunky user interface, No manual controls, 10 minute movie clip limit, Flimsy plastic door over memory/battery compartment; can't access memory card while camera is on a tripod, Very slow battery charger included, Not much built-in memory; full manual only on CD-ROM
Summary: We are impressed. The black model that we had for testing is handsome. It has a high quality feel and appearance. The inclusion of an optical viewfinder is a plus, even if it is small and restricted in the coverage of image area. It has the usual gimmicks of face detection and the so-called “smile shutter” which serve no real purpose. We have yet to try the connection from camera to high definition television, but we expect to do that before the camera is returned.
Pros: The picture quality is good, with fine resolution and colour rendition. At ISO200 noise reduction is well judged, although there is some blurring of fine detail. The pictures are as clean as any we have seen from an 8 megapixel camera.
Cons: There is no proper printed instruction manual, only a pamphlet that doesn’t even tell the user how to change the ISO setting or exposure compensation. If Ricoh, for example, can provide a 210 page printed manual then Sony should do no less. And we do not care for Sony’s Memory Sticks — they are too expensive and fiddly to read in a PC card reader.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W150 combines innovation and style With High-Definition image quality, remarkable functionality and stylish looks, the Cyber-Shot W150 is a great all-rounder. Ideal for those starting out in digital photography, this camera makes it easy to shoot beautiful photos that capture your special memories.
Summary: Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-W150 is a fairly decent compact cameras with a few niggling issues. Aside from some purple fringing it captures good shots. The interface and shot taking can be extremely slow at times, which is frustrating.
Pros: Sharp pictures, 5x optical zoom with stabilisation, smile shutter is kind of nifty
Cons: Slow interface, sluggish shot-to-shot time, purple fringing and haloing issues
Conclusion: La Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150 è un’eccellente fotocamera digitale compatta, una tra le migliori tra le ultime presentati dal produttore. Dal design elegante, è munita di sensore da 8,1 MP, stabilizzatore di immagine, sensibilità fino a 3200 ISO, rilevamento dei volti, Smile Shutter, uscita. Il display è grande e con un’elevata luminosità. La memoria, invece, è scarsa.
Pros: Smile Shutter; Intelligent Scene Recognition; Face detection; Stabilizzatore di immagine