Summary: Before you buy a Sony Cybershot DSC W290 Google the following sony DSC W290 "turn the power off and on again". We purchased a Sony Cybershot DSC W290 Digital Camera from Amazon.com in March 2010. The camera began malfunctioning before it was a year old, the lens opening partially and not allowing the camera to operate giving a message "turn power off and on again" each time the camera was turned on.
Summary: I purchased this camera to fit in my purse for special occassions. Primarily a wedding. While it took good pictures for the first 2 months of ownership, it began to fail horribly thereafter. After having the camera serviced twice in less than 2 years, it is now dead again. Perhaps this is a lemon, but no one should have to pay $200 for a brick. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS CAMERA!
Summary: We bought this camera. twice. the first time within a week, we found it defective as one day we turned it on and half the screen/view-finder was blank. Ok, fine defective. We had otherwise liked it during that week it worked, so returned it and chose the same camera. This was during our wedding so having a camera was important. On our honeymoon, a piece of dust got into the lens housing, causing a black fuzzy blob to be in every picture.
Summary: This is the worst camera I have ever owned and I will NEVER buy another Sony again. I had a cannon elph for over 5 years and it worked wonderfully. Since pixel numerosity, HD, etc., have improved so much since I purchased that one, I thought I was "upgrading" to the Sony. The pictures were not bad with it and the video looked good, actually. I never abused it, kept it cased always when not in use, put screen protectors on it, etc...
Summary: My husband got me this camera for my birthday. I loved it at first. Then within about 4-5 months I had to send it in (under warranty-free) because the shutter wouldn't close all the way or open. They fixed it no problem, then about 6 months after that, it happened again. This time it wasn't under warranty and the base price to fix it is $90! Okay, this price is less than half the camera, not bad, but why should I keep paying if this is obviously going to be a problem?
Unreliable, Poor Video Quality, and Expensive Memory
Daniel Berntson, Amazon
30 April 2010
Summary: I've had a Sony DSC-290 for just about a year--I bought the camera for a trip to Europe last summer with my dad. The camera LCD stopped function in the middle of our trip (fortunately, we had brought along a spare). Video records with a purple vertical line whenever there strong light in the picture. I sent the camera back for repairs and got it back last fall. Since then, the zoom has stopped working and I have to send it back again.
Summary: Bought this camera after comparing few cameras in local electronics store. Small camera and pictures looked great on the camera LCD screen. When I bought it and actually used it, the picture quality was terrible on computer. I tried different settings - auto, manual. Tried under different conditions - indoors/outdoors. The pictures were not sharp at all. I compared the pictures with my 5 yr old Sony Cybershot P9 camera. P9 was much sharper. I contacted Sony.
Summary: Sometimes Sony puts out cameras that don't take pictures quickly or with good focus. The DSC-W290 does much worse than its predecessor the DSC-W300 on both counts. It frequently takes pictures that are blurry, despite taking too long between the button press and the picture actually being taken (during which time it's supposed to be optimizing the focus, amongst other things).