Summary: I love the camera - its very easy to use and takes great pictures. The only drawback is that my computer (Vista) system is compatible and I need to take the memory stick to the store to have my pictures developed - which is the reason why I bought the camera in the first place to save money on developing pictures.
Summary: good: this camera takes excellent wide angle shots bad: batteries do not last long. some cameras have had faulty image processors. I bought this camera because the first one I bought had a faulty image processor that disabled the camera.
Summary: I have been collecting Sony's Mavica series, both FDs and CDs. This is the first time I purchased the CyberShot series. The camera is a lot smaller, with similar functions. The picture quality is same with the same easiness of taking photos. With Sony's memory stick, it is a lot smaller and easier to transport it. Initially it could upload pictures to my computer (XP Pro), but lately the computer cannot recognize it.
Summary: I like the camera very much. What is especially nice about it is the size. Yes it is rather large, but that is a plus when you are a large handed person and this is one of the most comfortable cameras that I have tried out to handle. The buttons aren't microscopic and the lens makes a pleasant handhold also. Smaller is not always better. The one thing I do not care for is the response time when taking a picture and also when viewing pictures that have been taken.
Summary: This is a really good camera, but there are some drawbacks. The large lens and overall design fits well in you hands, if you have small hands. The 505's image quality is very good and often opt for the lower resolution images (1856x1392). The low light capabilities are quite good, but you end up having to take one or two shots before finding the best as there is no enhancement of the LCD image prior to a shot.
Summary: Ive been a photographer for a number of years and when I decided to change my equipment I thought serously about digital cameras. Being a graphic artist I and working with design in photoshop I found that this camera really suited my needs with its versitality. One problem I found was that in low light situations I found that the lcd screen was too dark for my liking. If any one out there found a way around this please let me know, I will apreaciate this.
Summary: Great color reproduction. Impossible to take night shots in low light conditions. However, color accuracy is my priority as I photograph mostly orchids. I tried the Sony DCS-S75 and it did great on yellows and oranges, but failed in the pinks and lavenders. The Olympus C-3040 was terrible with color accuracy as was the Kodak 4800. The Sony DSCF-505V is the best I have found so far.
Summary: It has many nice features... the best of which being the TIFF compressionless capture. The only problem is that you can only fit 4 of these onto a 32mb stick. The normal JPEG pictures are good, but the compression does show through. In the earlier model of this camera you could control the amount of JPEG compression that the camera uses. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a way to do so on this newer model. It does have trouble with motion pictures...