Summary: I have had this for 4.5 years. It is still working and until recently, I hadn't felt I needed a decent new camera. So now after this ling time, I can buy a real nice camera since I hadn't through money away for the last 4.5 years. People are talking about "LCD White Death" and once I had the same problem.
Summary: I bought this camera in 2005 as a refurbished item in the Sony store for $125.00 (reg price was $180 back then) For 5 years it has been the best camera I have ever owned, taking the most clear photos. Good flash even in dark and shaded places such as nightclubs, the photos come out bright & clear as a bell. The photos look like postcards-very professional. I dont know why people give it mediocre reviews. They must have the settings wrong.
Summary: I purchased the Sony DSC-S40 for $199 in July of 2005 and it performed very well for several months. The addition of a memory card and lowering the resolution allowed me to take more pictures than I could ever need at any one time. Picture quality was superior to my previous digital of similar pixels and the movie feature worked far beyond my expectations.
Terrible low light performance that seems to get worse as time goes by.
R. Martinez, Amazon
24 May 2009
Summary: Having this for more than 3 (5?) years I can say that it's merely adequate. Night shots and dusk shots are disappointingly grainy. But then again the rule of thumb for cheapo point and shoots is that their low light performance is generally bad. And good luck if there's movement. And for some reason I get the sense that it's gotten worse if that's possible. Shots with plenty of light are good.
Summary: This camera was working just fine until last week when the display went blank. I really like the camera and was hoping to keep it for a long time. I bought SONY because of my past experience on other products such as TV, stereos, DVD but unfortunately SONY really disappointed me with their digital camera quality. I was not expecting a Japanese made product such as Sony to be of such low quality (for the display).
Summary: We received this camera as a Christmas gift in 2005. Nearly three years later, it's still ticking. This definitely is not a great camera -- we dealt with the white screen issue (though we were able to fix it eventually by using the 'tap method' that one reviewer recommended) and it sometimes takes blurry photos (as other reviewers have mentioned). The zoom is also somewhat weak -- I was hoping for more. On the positive side, battery life has been good in our experience.