Summary: I like everything about this camera; size, ease of use, view finder, resolution. After a few years it started to malfunction for no reason in particular. I'd turn it on and the lens would go in and out, in and out, and it would tell me to turn the camera off and then on again. Didn't solve the problem. Since I had all the battery, memory sticks and etc for this model, I ordered a used like new one to replace it.
Took good pictures, but died young.- warranty svc denied
J. Buckles, Amazon
8 May 2012
Summary: After less than six months the flash has died with the apparently ubiquitous "E:91:01" error. After trying all the "reset" options to no avail, I'm going to have to send it in for service. I wouldn't have high expectations for a $40 camera, but after paying over $200, and with the "Sony" name, I expect better. Picture quality and ease of use are pretty good, but Sony needs to "have words" with their contract manufacturer.
Summary: Having enjoyed the camera for about a year, I learned after turning it on that the telescopic lenses started to actuate back and forth several times before being prompted to turn the camera off. This repeated itself numerous times. It turns out the lenses rings became out of tolerance and the pressure on each individual lenses triggers this action. It is not worth sending in for repair. From here on out it will be Nikon or Panasonic.
Summary: When I first got this camra about 2 years ago I loved it. It took the best pictures I had ever seen and after some studing it was pretty easy to use too. Then one day out of now where after using it all the time for 8 month (taking pic of my new son) it one afternoon just stopped working. The LCD screen wopuld not turn on.
Don't buy the Sony Cybershot 7.2 mega pixels camera!
C. Renne, Amazon
13 February 2009
Summary: I got this camera for Christmas 2008 and in less than one year the lens cover stopped opening when I turned on the camera. I had to manually tap the lens cover to make it open, and when I turned off the camera the lens cover will remain open so I had to again tap it to make it close. Most of the pictures come out blurry and grainy. The photo quality is poor. I would not recommend this camera to anyone.
Summary: Six months after purchasing this camera the lens fails to open leaving me with a $200.00 (more when you consider memory stick and case) piece of junk. Google "How to fix a stuck lens on a Sony DSC-W55" and you will see what a common problem this is. My advice is to steer clear of all Sony products as they appear to care little about quality.
Summary: I bought this late last year for use on the road and really liked the pictures it took. I didn't use it terribly often, but always kept it in a protective case and never once dropped or otherwise harmed it. Earlier this month the unit that holds the liquid crystals inside the screen somehow started leaking. As I said this camera was not put into any situation where this should happen, therefore it is probably a manufacturing defect of some sort.
Summary: Well even though my first cyber-shot broke within the first year, I have bought three more with no problems--until this one. My 14 year old daughter got this one for Christmas and it lasted about two weeks. Now when you turn it on, the lens goes in and out and the only thing you can do with it is view pictures that were already taken. Hopefully Sony will warrant it....
Liked the camera until the LCD screen inexplicably stopped working
19 October 2007
Summary: I actually enjoyed the camera and thought it took pretty good photos. That was for the seven months that it worked. During a trip to Europe, I took some pictures, turned the camera off and then turned it on again a few minutes later to find the LCD not working. It was a bummer, but I thought not a big deal as I would have it taken care of under warranty when I got back to the states.