Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55

Last Update: Video Review by GoodGearGuide (added on 18 July’07)

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 is a compact point-and-shoot digital camera features 7.2 megapixel, 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 38-114mm), and a 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera is measuring in at 90 x 59 x 23 mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 in), weighing 147 g (5.2 oz) and it’s running on Lithium Ion rechargeable battery.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

>> REVIEWS (last updated: 18.07.07)

GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 and writes;
“A solid all around compact camera, Sony’s Cyber-Shot DSC-W55 will appeal to users looking for a no-fuss entry into the digital photography market.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Unbeatable reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 and writes;
“Although the DSC-W55 doesn’t offer any unique features, it is a solid digicam that is a quick performer and displays great colourful and crisp images that can’t be grumbled at. ”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 video review by TigerDirect;

CamerasUK reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 and writes;
“I found it difficult to find fault with the Sony DSC W55. For a pocket sized digital camera it is relatively inexpensive. Despite that it has all the regular features you would expect to find and is well worth a close look.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 and writes;
” The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W35 is definitely a contender in the low priced point-and-shoot digital camera.”
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 and writes;
“All in all, the Sony W55 struck me as a pretty nice little camera. It seems well-built, is easy to use, yet offers enough special modes and options to handle the bulk of shooting situations most consumers are likely to encounter. ”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 and writes;
“Overall, we found the DSC-W55’s photos clear and pleasing. Despite the slight softening of some finer details, photos looked crisp. Colors generally reproduced well, though users should remember to switch to the tungsten white-balance setting when shooting indoors”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotoReview reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 and writes;
“Despite some reservations about image sharpness and resolution, provided you only print your shots to snapshot size, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 should be a capable slimline camera with the style and functionality many everyday photographers will enjoy.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 and writes;
“Overall the DSC-W55 took photos of very good quality. They were well exposed, with saturated colors, very little noise, and minimal purple fringing. Photos did seem a bit soft at times, with a bit of fuzziness on fine details …”
Rating: N/A

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 29.04.07)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 Sample Photos @ CamerasUK
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 Sample Photos @ DCRP


– Download Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 User Instruction Manual
– Download Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 Handbook Guide


The slim, compact DSC-W55 and DSC-W35 models will sport 7.2-megapixel imagers and precision Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lenses. They combine traditional, eye-level viewfinders with large LCD screens for easy framing and viewing of photos. The W55 camera will make a splash in Caribbean blue, pale pink, elegant black and sleek silver with a 2.5-inch LCD screen wrapped in a metal body, and the W35 camera will shimmer in silver with a two-inch screen.

The new DSC-S700 and DSC-S650 cameras will also feature 7.2-megapixel imagers, and will shine in classic silver. The former model will house a 2.4-inch LCD wrapped in a metal body and the latter a two-inch screen.

All four new models feature 3x optical zoom capability, blur-reduction technologies (ISO), and substantial internal memory for shooting without a media card. Their storage capacities can be expanded further with optional 8GB Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo flash media cards for the W-series models and 4 GB Duo media cards for the S-series models.

“Now that digital cameras are personal items, it’s common to have more than one camera per household,” said Phil Lubell, director of marketing for digital cameras at Sony Electronics. “Our new models are solid performers that will be easy for novices to digital photography to use and at the same time meet the needs of more advanced users.”

Capture the Mood
High sensitivity is featured on all of the cameras to reduce the chances of taking blurry photos, especially in low light situations. With settings up to ISO1000, you can shoot at higher shutter speeds to capture the candles on a birthday cake or the city lights without using a flash.

On the W-series cameras, Sony’s Clear RAW noise reduction technology helps reduce picture noise common to low-light exposures. Sony’s AF Illuminator also facilitates these models’ ability to shoot well in low light. A special light is thrown on subjects before taking a shot so that the camera’s imager can better detect contrast. The end result is well-focused, clear pictures, even in low light.

Shoot At The Speed of Life
These new models feature quick start-up, fast shot-to-shot times, and long battery life – up to 380 shots on a full charge of the W55 and W35 cameras’ Lithium ion battery, and 460 shots on a full charge of the S700 and S650 models’ optional, rechargeable AA batteries. The cameras’ sophisticated auto-exposure and auto-focus features work fast so you get the picture right the first time.

No More Guesswork
All models incorporate a function guide and resolution guide. When menu icons are selected, a simple text explanation is displayed on the LCD screen. This function guide is readily-accessible through a convenient mode dial. The resolution guide is helpful when deciding on the best resolution for prints. When you select the resolution in the menu, a pop-up screen provides the ideal print size for that particular setting.

In stores in February, the W55 model will be available for about $200, the W35 for about $180, and the S650 for about $150. The S700 ships in March for about $180. Options will include batteries, travel chargers, lenses, filters, sports packs, and cases. All models can be purchased online at, at Sony Style retail stores (, and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin on Jan. 23 at

72 Responses to “Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55”

  1. SAURABH says:


  2. Marie says:

    aww. i have the same problem too. i did the solution but too bad nothing happens, can you please post a video. heehee. it’s christmas and we don’t have camera. PLEASE HELPPP! THANKS

  3. Randi says:

    It worked! Just bang the camera anyhow and you will see the f****g result! YOHOOOOOOOOO!!

  4. Sherrie says:

    Amazing!! it worked – had the same problem. HAvent been able to use it in months! Thanks Sandra 🙂

  5. david says:

    Same problem of “access”, then turn power off & on again”.

    Moderate bangs did not work, nor pulling on the lens, nor twisting it.

    Pushed on the lens (too hard?) & now the original problem is cured, BUT it doesn’t focus, & makes a ratchetty noise when turning on & the lens moves forward.

    So, don’t overdo it.

  6. Theresa says:

    Best Buy also told me it wasn’t worth fixing the camera, so I gave it to my 19 month old to play with. After about 15 minutes of slamming it, and turning it on and off, my genius baby fixed it. It’s been working for about a month now, without a problem.

  7. John_bi says:


    I had the same problem, “Turn the power off and on again”, I could see old pics but couldn’t take new pics.

    I found a solution at this Support for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55 site

    Good luck to all of you.

    Great site

  8. Chris says:

    Had the same problem, read the above comments, tried to resolve…. and now my camera is completely fucked. This DID NOT work for me.

  9. sum says:

    by chance is your lens sticking out a little bit?

  10. sum says:

    Try pulling the lens out only when the motor is working with you. Once the lens is fully out align the front lens so it is horizontal. What happens is it gets out of alignment and need some help getting back into it. Once in alignment you can turn it off and on no problem and the lens should fully go in on its own. Your access prompt should disappear also.

  11. Abase says:

    WOW! First I did not believed all this hit it stuff! But when I finally tried – it worked! Amazing!!! 🙂

  12. ish says:

    i had the same problem.. gave it a few knocks and suddenly it started working.. ta!

  13. Casi says:

    I have the sony cybershot model dscw55 and when I plug it into my computer it recognizes the device but it won’t come up with options for me to download my pictures, please help!

  14. Mac says:

    My Camera had the typical side effects. I finally pulled the lens out to where it was aligned to go back and forth. When i turn it on, the lens goes in and out 3 times, then gives me the message. And yes i’ve been banging on it…

  15. neha says:

    i have sony cybershot 7.2mega pixel dsc w-55 camera..
    my computers detects my pen drive but whwn i connect my camera to the same port it says…problem installing the hardware…which and from where to download any driver if required …plz help me out..

  16. patty says:

    Hello The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. …. how do i fix a black screen problem on my sony cyber-shot 7.2 mega pixel

  17. Kendra S says:

    THANK YOU!!! I thought for sure I would have to buy a new camera. TApped it on the counter and BINGO it works! Mine went out during my daughters 6th birthday party. Thank heavens for a good cell phone camera. Still would have been nice to have the camera working. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

  18. mufaro namibia says:

    whamm i bashed mine on my palm and twisted it a bit to make sure and whaaam it worked. let me see if i can fix the next one.

  19. Muffy namibia says:

    wowwwww this works. i was sitting on two cameras and i banged them whammm and it works cool. this is how i used to fix a number of things and was not popular bout that. this time i fixed it. thanks guys

  20. leah says:

    Access keeps coming up on the screen when i switch on. How do i get rid of it.

  21. newmum says:

    thanks so much I had the same problem with the access screen. Your a life saver, I’ve got a 2month old…and can’t afford a new cam, so I’m so relieved it works again!!! THANK-YOU!!!..think of all the money you have saved us all from having to buy new cameras!!!

  22. Yvonne says:

    So the camera was taken by my daughter to the beach…dreaded “access” message, black screen saying power off, lens was cocked half open and wouldn’t move when she came home.

    Well, I tried everything else from resetting the factory setting to manually resetting the camera via the power/battery/menu buttons to no avail…blew compressed air, vacuumed, changed battery…repeatedly slid strips of paper around the lenses to dislodge the grit, nothing.

    Figured it was a loss since it was a few years old anyway, repair charge would be ridiculous.

    So I banged it tentatively —then I went and got a slim paring knife and worked the lens up and down….nothing.

    Decided what the heck and whacked it down three times HARD on the granite counter-top.

    The lens grinds open, shut, all the way open, “access” goes away, screen comes back.

    Camera WORKS again!! THANK YOU fellow camera whackers, I wouldn’t have had the guts to do it without ya!

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