Summary: Bought this for my sister-in-law. Nice Point and shoot with nice editing features built in. Had lens motor problem after a short time. Sometimes lens won't come out...other times it's stuck in the out position.
Summary: Well, I'm a loyalist. I had a DSC-P52, and once that died, I got a DSC-W50. I was really pleased with that camera, but it was missing one thing that I really wanted--image stabilization. I picked up the W80 because it had just that, and 7.2 megapixels compared to the W50's 6.0.
Summary: I used to have an Olympus Stylus Zoom 80 digital cam and my finace bought me the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80I last year. I liked the Olympus, but it was an old model and I wanted more functionality in a camera. However, I am disappointed in the Sony Cybershot.
Summary: The Sony Cyber-Shot DSCW80 surprised me at first. The "twilight" mode yielded some very nice (hand held) low light shots and almost everything I took (indoors and out) looked nice on my computer's screen. When I had prints of some of the photos made the Bionz image processor reared its ugly head.
Excerpt: Being a photographer for 25 years, I found the functions on the Sony W80 to very non-intuitive. Even after reading the PDF instruction manual (I detest PDF manuals), I still wasn't completely clear on its operation and pathways to get to where I wanted.
Excerpt: So disappointed with the image quality. Too many pictures looked great on the camera, but was actually blurry on the computer. It does have a fast start up that is very nice. And it can take relatively decent pics in low level light. The video mode is great, and can be used even in low light.
Summary: The camera offers the latest in design and weight, but I had hoped more from it, especially since I was upgrading myself from by "archaic" Cybershot P72 (3.2 mp), which by the way, is still serving me well.
Summary: When I received the camera I found that I needed to buy a memory stick. I went to Best Buy to get one. When I walked in the door they had a display with this camera plus the camera bag ($40 at Amazon) as well as a 1GB memory stick ($45 at Amazon) all for $20 more than I paid for the camera alone.