Summary: I loved this camera. The image quality is better than anything I've seen in it's price range. Then, I spent a moderately windy, but not particularly dusty, day taking photos of the new Graf Zeppelin at Moffet Field. Ever since, there have been several tiny spots of dust that have gotten on the inside of the lens. They create an indelible ghost image, most noticeable on pictures with blue sky background, and especially when the lens is zoomed out.
Summary: I sure do wish I could be one of the 5 star reviewers of this camera but alas, you'll only get two from me. Prior to owning this camera I had an Olympus Camedia which took fantastic pictures but was slow to to start, had a long lag time between button press and snap, and a fairly long time before the next shot would take. Because most of my photography is of kids snowboarding and playing hockey, this was a serious drawback.
Summary: The camera was an excellent one, it took very high-quality pictures; however, it broke a little more than a year after I bought it, it wouldn't power on for an unknown reason, and it was exactly 14 days out of the one-year warranty! The repair cost is rather expensive: $184. I would rather buy a new one than to send it for repair.
Summary: If you have kids and want to take pictures of them inside, then do NOT buy this camera. It takes great pictures outdoors. Indoors, most of my pictures of my kids are blurry. I have to take five or more pictures to get one that comes out ok. If your kids are moving while you're trying to take their picture, forget it, they won't come out.
Summary: I've had this camera since March '05 and have nothing but great results with it. The camera was a gem up until last month when it just suddenly stopped working. Some sort of malfunction with the lens thus preventing me from taking any sort of decent picture. It's now in the repair shop with Sony and hopefully will be back in time to capture my son's first birthday on the 24th. Am noticing a trend though with the various mechanical complaints.
Summary: I'm blown away by the positive reviews of this camera. It doesn't snap the picture when you hit the button, and the delay is ridiculous when you are trying to shoot pictures of children. It takes too long to reset after the flash goes off. I find that it really only takes consistantly good photos outside on sunny days, mainly because you don't need to deal with the flash. Indoors in low light, forget about it. I don't even waste my time trying.
Summary: I got this camera to replace an older sony digital camera, an F55. I thought 6 years later their product would be much improved. It is a beautiful looking camera, nice LCD, lots of features, BUT blurry pictures and almost impossible to use inside. For some reason this camera (and I tried all sorts of settings) produces a "soft" (out of focus) picture all the time, and inside it's blurry.
Excerpt: Hi, Ich entschied mich aus Tradition zur S70 und vielen Testberichten und Siegen zur Sony Cyber-Shot W 5. Ich will hier auch nicht lange über die Bedienung, Installation usw. berichten, das haben meine Vorgänger zu genüge gemacht. Und mit der bin bzw. war ich ganz und gar nicht zufrieden. Dabei werden die Bilder nicht natürlich, entweder zu hell oder zu dunkel.