Summary: I bought this camera after having a 3MP camera for a long time but was a little dsiapointed as pictures are not as great as I was expecting from sony with 8MP. In my opinion, the biggest disadvantage is that you can't zoom when recording video.
Summary: This camera's quite alright as a simple straight forward camera but was a bit of a let down only because I expected it to be an improvement and upgrade on my existing cybershot w5 which i brought about 4 years ago and has just died. They've sorted out some of the problems, such as the rotating button on the top which has a habit of having a mind of its own, and they've kept some good features like the big screen.
Summary: Not a bad camera. Useful 4 times zoom, face detection, image quality reaosnable but not up to that of my old 2005 sony P200, less sharp, less detail, more noise, although with image stabilisation all of them come out, some P200 ones are blurry. To be fair I've seen pictures from other far more modern cameras that are not as good as my trusty P200 which did receive outstanding reviews. Flash could do with more power. Good battery life, compact and easy to use.
Summary: I bought this camera a few weeks ago to complement my main camera which is a DSLR. I wanted something compact either to take out when not wanting to carry a bulky SLR and lenses, or to allow me to just have a big lens on the SLR and use this for landscape and portrait shots. After a bit of use I have a few gripes with it that its worth noting : The optical viewfinder is too small to be of much use though which is a shame - as one of the few compacts these days to feature...