Excerpt: The W55 is an ultra-compact, point-and-shoot camera with a 3X zoom lens, 2.5″ LCD display and the usual 3x optical zoom. Compared to the previous DSC-W50, it boots 1MB up, has nearly twice as much built-in memory and a little more battery power. Compared to DSC-W35 it has the same lens, same megapixels but a larger LCD.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 ($199) is an updated version of last year's popular DSC-W50 digital camera. That means that the W55 is an ultra-compact, point-and-shoot camera with a 3X zoom lens, 2.5" LCD display (there's an optical viewfinder too), VGA movie mode, and more.
Pros: Very good photo quality, low noise levels through ISO 400, Stylish, compact metal body, comes in four colors, Low noise through ISO 400, Large 2.5" LCD display, Optical viewfinder (a rarity in this class), Robust performance, AF-assist lamp; accurate (but slow) low light focusing, Great battery life, Plenty of built-in memory, Support for conversion lenses, filters, and external flash, USB 2.0 High Speed protocol supported
Cons: Images can be "fuzzy" at times due to noise reduction, especially at higher ISOs, Redeye a problem, Needs more manual controls, especially for white balance and shutter speed (see photo tests to see why), Low resolution LCD, Unimpressive burst mode, Flimsy plastic door over memory card / battery compartment, No Mac image browser included, Full manual only on CD-ROM
Conclusion: The Sony DSC W55 is one of the less expensive, pocket sized digital cameras. It has a lot of good things going for it and if you want a digital camera that offers all the usual features and good value for money as well then this is certainly an attractive option.
Pros: Value for money, Add conversion lenses, Viewfinder, Overall picture quality, Large internal memory
Summary: This is a good compact camera that we enjoyed using. Up to ISO 200 it produces fine images. It has selectable aspect ratios and it can take pictures in the right ratio and pixel dimension for widescreen high definition televisions, (16:9 and 1920×1080 pixels) but be warned, what is good for the telly is not necessarily good for printing. Even a high definition TV is a relatively low resolution device.
Pros: The macro performance of this camera is particularly fine. We used the camera for some close, detailed work where we would normally use a DSLR with micro lens and we were well satisfied with the results. Closest focussing distance is 2cm.
Cons: The printed manual is inadequate and the on-screen display is very difficult to use to set camera parameters. The full handbook is on a CD which we think is cheap skatery and is deterring owners from getting the best out of their camera. The menu system is so user-hostile that it is difficult to work out how to do something as simple as change the ISO setting.
Summary: It's typical of Sony that the Cyber-shot DSC-W55 is a classy looking number. Our model came finished in a cool silver colour scheme and decorated with subtle details that make it appear far pricier than £147.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot W55 – Sleek & Affordable The Cyber-shot W55 is technologically advanced and yet easy on the pocket – the new Sony Cyber-shot W55 is a great all-rounder. This digital camera takes high quality photographs with precision and definition, thanks to the 7.2 effective megapixel sensor and Sony’s Real Imaging Processor.
Excerpt: We had high expectations of Sony's CyberShot DSC-W55. The CyberShot DSC-W30 (Labs, Shopper September 2006) was our favourite camera of 2006, and the W55 is newer, higher up Sony's range and costs less. The two cameras are largely identical to look at, except that the W55 has a bigger 2.5in screen and is available in a range of colours.