Summary: I've had this camera for a couple years and it takes excellent pix. Better color than all my friends' digital cameras (more true-to-life). Would have given it 4 stars for price/quality, but I got the dreaded white-screen last week. Couldn't find a fix in the trouble-shooting pages in the manual. Thought I'd have to throw it away, but I went online and found a solution (not from Sony). Just tap lightly with your knuckles on the "Cybershot" logo on the front.
Disappointing: many blurry photos and digital noise
17 December 2005
Summary: I have a 3.1 megapixel Olympus C-3020. Bought it about 3 years ago for about $350. My biggest complaint was the lag time between turning it on and being able to take a picture, about 30 seconds in my case. Aside from that, it took very good pictures. I wasn't too concerned with megapixel size back then as I use Genuine Fractals software to increase the size of the picture while keeping the quality high.
Summary: First of all, let me say that I am NOT a camera bug or a photographic expert (neither digital nor film) so this is a new learning experience for me. I am very impressed with this product. It delivers professional results and is easy to use. Newbees like me can get great results with the AUTO mode, then when you have the time to do so, you can experiment with the manual settings for custom results.
Perfect camera for auto click & shoot photographers.
Karen S. Kelly, Amazon
17 December 2005
Summary: What a great little camera. Perfect for my needs. I take photos of jeans for my A1Jeans.com store. Also used it for some "before" photos of my daughter's new (and not so clean) apartment, in case we need them come time to get back her deposit. The menu lettering is very tiny & my eyesight is not so great, so my only complaint is having a hard time reading menu options.
Summary: I'll begin with the short review, since I know some of you just want to know the basics: -Takes excellent pictures in close up, zoom, and at all times of day. The only time the picture is compromised is at full zoom if you are trying to shoot without a tripod. The candlelight setting can also turn out sort of orange if there is enough light in the room, in which case you can simply change to another setting. -The camera is light and extremely portable.
Summary: I had the same problem as a previous reviewer. The camera stopped working pretty much the same day as I got it. It turned off randomly by itself, with the lense cover open. However, since the lense was open, the camera would not turn back on until after very many tries. Then, it would only turn on in review mode, but as soon as you switch it to camera mode, it would shut off again. I thought my camera was defective so Amazon.com sent me a replacement.
Summary: There is a workable solution to the white screen of death problem, as offered by A. Jacobe as a comment to Rachel Ellen's Sept 4, 2006 post. This is a good camera when it's working but unfortunately, while within it's Sony warranty period, my S40 suffered 3 episodes of the white-screen-of-death (apparently, based on other reviews, this is not an uncommon problem and is seemingly, a design/software flaw that Sony is not acknowledging).
Summary: I got this camera for one hundred and seventy seven dollars here at Amazon. It packs alot of power for a small camera at a very low price. Here's what I like about it: * Small compact size. I wouldn't exactly say this camera is meant for you pockets (although it would fit) as it's thicker than the slim design cameras that you may have seen. However, the thicker frame is what I like about it.
Summary: Well, just got this camera 2 days ago. Used it quite a bit for my daughters swimming lesson this morning. My old Sony DSC-S50 was just too big to be convienient and finally we upgraded to this newer model. Photos - excellent. I used a 2.1 MP for so long, a 4.1 really is a lot crisper. Cropping in photoshop leaves a much better image now. Video - excellent. Memory Stick Pro on FINE mode makes for excellent video with sound. Sure does chew through the space though.