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. Jen says:

    This isn’t really a comment it is more a question. My pictures I take with my camera files are too big. Why is that. The files are huge. I can do anything with pictures with files that big.

  2. Jen.. That because you have a 7.2 megapixel digital camera ( I assume you’re using the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55). You’ll need a photo software to resize your photos. I’m currently using Photoshop to edit my digital photos. But the software is quite expensive, if you just want to use it just to resize your photos then I think you’re just wasting your money.

    Try to donwload the Google Picasa photo software here: It’s quite good and it’s FREE.

  3. Tee Jay says:

    Irfanview does a great job of viewing and resizing images.

  4. Howard says:

    You can quite easily set your W55 to shoot at lower file sizes. In any taking mode, just depress the button below the four-way controller on the back of the camera that doubles as the delete button in review mode. Your default of 7 MP will be highlighted. Scroll down the selections until you have the size needed. You can get very nice 4 X 6 inch prints at your 3 MP or even 2 MP settings. Your files will be smaller and you’ll use less card write time and space. Just remember to set back to the larger sizes if you ever want enlargements.

  5. peter shute says:

    More a question. On starting up camera notice “Access” appears on screen. I follow directions to switch off power and then turn back on, but it stll refuses me access. ANY ideas please.

  6. ed says:

    I cant download the pictures of my cybershot!!, the sony software does not recognize them, it says that they are not in a picture format, but i see them while they are in my camera…..what can i do about it? is there any other program I can use??

  7. Stevie says:

    Im having the same problem with the access showing and it wont let me do anything besides look at my old pics. Did you figure out what is wrong with the camera?

  8. Sandra Cooke says:

    I had the same problem on Xmas eve…and that is probably one of the least opportune moments to lose use of your camera.

    Has anyone been able to advise you how to fix that problem??


  9. Francesca says:

    I had the same problem too. It says access then restart and nothing happened…someone could fixed the problem????? Thanks

  10. Sandra Cooke says:

    I took the camera to Best Buy camera Dept. where I bought it, to see if anyone had suggestions as the warranty had expired about 30 days prior. The young lady walked it over to the Geek Squad counter and they told her it would cost less to just buy a new one than to repair it.

    I went home and did more research and fixed it myself. It cost nothing to repair and the camera has been working fine for the past three days.

    The lens is jammed and won’t open all the way. You have to bang on the camera and/or tug on the lens to release it from whatever is causing it to jam when it opens. I started with gentle tapping and tugging…but ended up giving it three good whacks on a tile floor and yanking on the lens like I was going to rip the thing right out of the camera. It kicked on and has been fine ever since. If Geek Squad knew that they could probably make some extra cash fixing the Sony Cybershots….

  11. Marc says:

    Thank you Sandra,
    it helped also in my case.
    I gave it a good bang on the left side of the camera and suddenly it worked.

  12. Jason says:

    Hi, Thanks for the info. I had the same problem. Could view & delete old pictures, but couldn’t take new ones. I didn’t tap the camera at all. I looked at the front of the lens and it was off square just a fraction.. I lightly twisted the lens to correct the off set. Works Perfect!~! Now it might not last forever, but If it happens again I know what to do. Now I’m hitting eBay to see how many broken cameras I can buy LOL

  13. Derrick E. Hall says:

    I did exactly what you did and it worked. Good luck on that ebay buying blitz [LOL] and thanks a lot.

  14. Megan says:

    I am having the same problem right now.
    So should I hit my camera? I’m scared of breaking it even further. It also says access then turn off and on again.
    But that doesn’t work. I don’t know what to do!

  15. Mayme says:

    I think that the W55 is okay its not great when you take pictures outside it looks like a regular picture but not how the internet shows it when it comes to the inside the pictures are sometimes dark or to bright and there are small dots all over the picture. But then again maybe there is something wrong with it and when I fix it will be beautiful.

  16. Kay says:

    I had the same problem and read all the comments and tried banging it and that didn’t work so, when I pushed the on and off button I held the lens so it couldn’t come out and forced it down and then turned it on again and it works for now.

  17. Felicity says:

    Same problem, same solution, same result – now it works. Thanks for the tip, Sandra Cooke!!!

    Amazingly I recently was shown that I could repair my faulty Nokia cellphone the same way: with a hard tap on the flip-up.

    I never would’ve thought that bashing a delicate electronic device would have such a satisfying result, but there you go…

  18. Becky says:

    Thank you, this has fixed my camera also! Genius.

  19. Ci says:

    Thanksss Sandra Cooke!!!
    It’s working :o)
    Same problem and same solution!!

  20. Lori says:

    My camera did the same thing about halfway through vacation, wish I knew that all it needed was a good yank on the lense to fix it!
    Thanks so much for the advice!

  21. Alex says:

    Brilliant !
    And I’d been telling the kids not to mess with it!

  22. stacy says:

    Omg, these comments saved my camera! it’s thte day before homecoming and my camera was having the same problems! after about 10 minutes of hitting it, trying to force the lens to the side, and pulling on the lens, i tried putting my hand over the lens so it wouldn’t come out when i pressed the on button, and turned it on and it worked!

  23. jenn says:

    WOW….worked for me too. Thanks to all you out there.

  24. Kelly says:

    Same ordeal same result!

    I was having the same problem, though wasn’t a fan of bashing my camera on the ground; I had paid $300 for it. ^^; But, I pushed on the lens a bit when it was extending and voila!

    It automatically went back on. I turned it off again and tried to turn it on again, to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. It was doing the access thing again. I pushed on the lens again and it worked again. I then left the camera on for a bit. Haven’t had a problem yet.

    Wish we had known this before our vacation; my boyfriend was a tad bit upset. 🙁

    Thanks for the advice!!

  25. Tracie says:

    Excellent results! Thank goodness for google and those of you who posted earlier. I was on my way to buy a new camera!

  26. Debi says:

    I misplaced my stuff to download photos to my computer. I was so relieved to find an inexpensive device called a Converter Drive. I just put the memory card into the Converter Drive, plug it into the front of my computer and my printer software takes it from there.

  27. Eileen says:

    Thanks Sandra, I just fixed the problem which I have had over 1 year ago. Last year I called Sony and they asked me to buy a new battery, it seems to me that it is a common problem with Sony cameras you would think that they would know about it.

  28. tai says:

    thank you so much sandra for your sound advice!!! you are a lifesaver. i’m so glad i came upon this site. as soon as i read the posts, i did just what everyone did, and viola! la camera is working…

  29. Kenny says:

    Hi all,

    Same issue, and same result!! Just give it a bit of a whack…. Awesome!!
    Thanks for all the advise!!

  30. John says:

    Same for me too – camera has been sitting on my desk for 8 months – was about to just buy a new one – made one last effort to find a fix, I found your post, banged the bottom of the thing on the floor and pulled/twisted the lens a bit and HOORAY I can’t believe it.

  31. Irma says:

    My camera is showing a message that says “turn the power off and on again” I do what says but still with the message. I cannot take pictures with my camera and I do not know how to fix it…how can I fix it??!!??

  32. Adnan says:

    Thanks a lot for the tip Sandra; I was quite skeptic but hey! it turned out to be a great advice; it worked on my camera. Thanks again for the tip.
    PS: I called Sony people and they wanted £112 for the repair (The price of the camera was £120); I cannot believe that all it cost me is to bang the camera twice on the table with a touch on the lens and is now working fine.

    NB: I was quite disappointed that the Sony people wanted that much of money and yet I have barely used it+it seems that the problem is quite common with this range of camera; they should be aware about it and report it to the customers. Mind your way of making business, Sony; you risk to lose loyal customers!!!

  33. Julio says:

    Thank a lot Sandra, I couldn’t belive now it is working perfect!!!!

  34. Katelyn says:

    Why is this working for everyone else but me?! and whats worse i have 2 sony broken cameras 🙁

  35. Karl Oscar says:

    thanks a lot, first I had my doubts..
    But then it worked out perfectly.
    hit it hard on the left!

  36. heather says:

    Same exact problem! banged it hard against my hand and it worked perfectly! Thanks!!

  37. How do you set up the date so it can appear on the pictures?

  38. Sarah says:

    The same problem, access message/turn power on then off again. Ive tried pulling the lens, banging the camera, pushing in the lens..nothing works :*( Im going overseas in 3 weeks & really dont want to buy a new one..Ive only had this one for!! Any other suggestions??

  39. nico says:

    This shure did the trick just wish you could fix a lot more things this way, would have made the world a better place..

    Baie dankie

  40. D R says:

    I had to REALLY give mine a WHACK against the open palm of my hand. Once I got TOUGH with it, it worked just fine. What did I have to lose? I already had a dead camera – what could I do to hurt it? Kill it more?

  41. briPod says:

    Sandra Cooke

    I love you to bits <3

    so glad to have the wee fella workin again

    if you come to edinburgh, i’ll buy you a pint !!!


  42. Juila & Crystal says:

    We were enjoying a nice day at the beach, and suddenly, after being on a towel on sand for about 2 minutes, it stopped working. I tried to turn it on and it said access while the lense went in and out. This happened to me before, but I had sent it in to be fixed under warranty. It was no longer on warranty so, I didn’t want to send it in. I came across this site, and was so glad I found Sandra’s post. At first i was scared, but tried it a little, and it didn’t work. Then, my friend Crystal, gave it a good pull and twist on the lense and voila! it worked! I am so happyyyy thanks Sandra!

  43. Alicia says:

    does any one know how to download pics from a Sony Cybershot with ouy installing the PMB software. I can not download it on my computer. I didn’t think I was going to have such a problem with this new camera. thanks for your help

  44. Moroccoboco says:

    O MY ALLAH!!!!!!!!!!
    we are in the middle of nowhere in morocco and your brilliant idea made our life. thank you sooooo much CHUKRAN

  45. Ayesha says:

    my sony digital camera fell is getting off in the middle frequenty.i recharged my battreries but no use.can u tell me what should i model is DSc-W35.plz help me

  46. kelly says:

    thank you for the advice. I banged this camera 5 times against tile and then ripped the lens out. So the lens was moving but the focus was still off. turned it off, took the battery out, and reloaded. It works! 🙂

  47. Em C says:

    Just wondering whether anyone had the same problem as me…

    I’ve had the sony cybershot DSC-W55 for a while now but one day, the flash decides to go haywire on me and stops working. Sometimes it’ll go off and the picture will turn out fine, but majority of the other times, the picture either turns out too bright or too dark to see. Anybody know how to fix this problem?

  48. Sarah says:

    OMG this works. Ive been trying for an hour and then, really frustrated I banged it for all it was worth against the computer table and it worked! THANK YOU SO MUCH 😀

  49. Joan says:

    The sound on my Sony DSC-W55 has stopped working. No beeps. No sound on video. Any suggestions?

  50. Stephanie says:

    I banged my camera several times on my desk, and it worked! (Note: light taps don’t work. Hit harder! Sony cameras are pretty durable, so don’t worry about damaging it!) Thanks for the tip!

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