Sony CyberShot DSC-W50 – Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Last update: Comparison review @ Popular Photography Magazine (added on 20.10.06)

Sony has announced the release of Sony CyberShot DSC-W50, a 6.0 megapixel (CCD) point-and-shoot digital camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens (38 – 114mm equivalent), a 2.5″ LCD Screen and it is only 23″ thick. The camera will be priced at $250 and with $20 less you can buy Sony CyberShot DSC-W30, the same camera with 0.5″ smaller LCD screen.


>> REVIEWS (last updated: 30.10.06)

Popular Photography Magazine compared the Sony CyberShot DSC-W50 to the Olympus FE-190 and wrote;
“Overall, the Olympus feels better built than the Sony, except for the 2.5 inch LCD. Sony rules here. There’s a hard protective layer above the Sony’s LCD, while the Olympus LCD can be pushed and smushed with a slight touch.Both are slower than more pricey cameras with image processing, with the Sony having a little bit faster shot-to-shot time in shooting mode. In Playback mode, the Olympus is brutally slow, taking over a second between images, while the Sony zips along with almost no redrawing lag.Burst mode? Sony’s barely got one, firing off three shots without flash in just under 2 seconds, while there is no burst mode of any sort on the Olympus.Ease of use? Olympus gets the nod here. The FE-190 truly is point-and-shoot easy. Turn it on, and it’s ready to take your snapshots.”

ImagingResource reviewed the Sony-Cybershot-DSC-W50 and wrote;
“Exposure remains under automatic control, something novices will appreciate, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with more tricky subjects. It’s a very responsive camera, with low shutter lag in daylight conditions, and excellent shot to shot speeds. It also sports very good battery life, a very capable movie mode, and excellent download speed. Finally, Sony makes a line of accessory lenses, filters, a slave flash, and even an underwater case for it as well, greatly expanding your options beyond what you’d normal expect from a compact digicam model. The bright 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the W50 is user-friendly and hassle-free. If you’re looking for a good “take anywhere” camera with great versatility and good color and tonality, the Sony DSC-W50 deserves a close look.” reviewed the Sony-Cybershot-DSC-W50 and wrote;
“Both the indoor and outdoor portraits have many good points. The images are clear and sharply focused. This really does apply to the indoor portrait where the shot is a lot sharper than I have managed with most digital cameras I have tested. The DSC W50 does a very good job in bringing out the detail in the shot… The macro shot is o.k. If you are planning to use this camera for the occasional macro shot then you should be able to produce some very acceptable photos.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Sony-Cybershot-DSC-W50 and wrote;
“The Sony Cyber-shot W50 is a good all-around performer. Weighing-in at just under 6 ounces (including battery and Memory Stick Duo), the W50 is both pocketable and stylish while still providing the optical viewfinder that its competitors frequently omit. With very good image quality, 6-megapixels of resolution, versatile sensitivity range, high-quality movies and an MSRP of under $250, the Sony DSC-W50 is a very good value.

CNET reviewed the Sony-Cybershot-DSC-W50 and wrote;
“As we said about the DSC-W30, the photos have decent exposure and dynamic range, without the blown-out highlights produced by many cameras in this class. Colors are accurate but slightly oversaturated, especially the reds and oranges. Noise is the biggest issue with these models: while barely visible at ISO 80, smearing from the noise-reduction algorithm becomes evident at ISO 200 and starts to develop severe color shifts at ISO 400 and beyond. It’s better than nothing if you can’t use the flash, however.”

DCRP reviewed the Sony-Cybershot-DSC-W50 and wrote;
Pro: Very good photo quality in most situations, Low noise levels for its class through ISO 400, Compact, stylish body comes in silver and black, Snappy performance, Large 2.5″ LCD display (though resolution could be better), AF-assist lamp, good but slow low light focusing, Above average battery life, Nice movie mode, Optional conversion lenses, filters, and underwater case, Support for USB 2.0 High Speed protocol
Cons: Color saturation changes at ISO 800 and 1000; noise levels limit you to small, mediocre quality prints at those settings, Redeye, focusing can be slow at telephoto end of lens or in low light, Unimpressive continuous shooting mode, No manual controls; custom white balance and shutter speed controls needed, as shown in the photo tests, No Mac software included”

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 20.04.06)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Sample Picture Gallery @ DCRP


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 and DSC-W30 News Release


Sony has re-engineered its W-series of top-performing Cyber-shot digital still cameras to embody the virtues of a traditional camera style and satisfy modern tastes for sleek, compact design.

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