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The Best Digital Camera - Sony Cybershot with Advanced Features
I was looking to replace my faithful Olympus Stylus 35 -70 mm Zoom Film Camera (you can laugh all you want at my film camera) which I bought in 1996 while visiting Japan.I never had a problem with that camera in the more than fifteen (15) years that I have owned it, but as you know film cameras were going out of style with the emergence of the ‘new kid on the block’ – Digital Cameras.
So I must have mentioned it in casual conversation to one of my brothers and then - what a huge surprise! (it wasn’t even my birthday or any special occasion) – he bought me a Sony DSC-W310 Digital Cybershot Camera.
I have had this digital ‘point-and-shoot’ camera for close to three (3) years now and what a joy it has been! In fact, it makes amateur photographers like me look like pros.I have taken really beautiful photos for nearly everything; my Squidoo lenses, my 40th birthday party, two (2) friends’ birthday parties, a vacation visit with friends from another country and more…
The Sony Digital Cybershot Camera has SOOOOO MANY useful and modern features, that you won’t need a new camera in a very, very long time. Here are some specific things I like about this camera:
- Viewing options:
- I can view my photos either on my computer
- (normal view, thumbnail, slideshow)
- or on a big screen television (TV). Just by connecting my camera to my computer with the USB cord that is included or to my TV with the A/V cable that is included.
- (For Windows and MacIntosh users)
- Photo Uploading:
- You can upload photos from your camera to your Blog or other media services such as, YouTube, Photobucket, Dailymotions, Picasa Web Albums & Shutterfly. You can even email your photos or print them.
- Photo organization:
- You can view your photos in the folders you already created and the photos are also automatically organized for you by year, with Sony’s digital analyzer. It also does an automatic face recognition search so that you can group photos about the same or similar persons
- (this is fairly accurate but sometimes off)
- . There’s even a cool calendar feature that allows you to see how many photos were taken in any given year, by month and date.You can view them as thumbnails or larger photos as wide as your computer/laptop screen.
- You can enlarge images you want to photograph up to 4 times the original size and this can be easily done while you’re taking your shot with the zoom button
- (what I really love is that there are actually nine (9) zoom possibilities, aside from the actual image size which is 1x)
- - 1.3 times, 1.5 times, 1.8 times, 2 times, 2.5 times, 2.8 times, 3.3 times, 3.5 times and 4 times the size of the image.
- Making photo CDs:
- You can create a CD of photo memories, as a gift for someone, by inserting a blank CD in your computer/laptop and just dragging and dropping your chosen photos onto the CD.
- Photo fixing:
- Sony allows you to fix your photos too! It will autocorrect for you or you can manually crop images, insert dates or adjust for red eye reduction, brightness, sharpness etc.You can even set a photo you really like as your desktop/laptop background.
- Playback Button:
- With the old film camera, I had to wait until my film was developed to see how the photos came out.I can’t tell you how disappointed I was sometimes when I had that film camera and what was supposed to be a highlight shot /really good picture came out blurred. With this Sony digital camera you can press the playback button to see how a photo shot came out. If it didn’t come out to your liking you can delete that one photo or several photos and take it or them again.
- Battery charger:
- Recharging the battery is really easy & the battery charger is compatible for people who live in regions where the power supply is within 100 Volts
- (like USA)
- to 240 V
- (good for Caribbean or UK with 220 volts).
- There is also a charge lamp which makes it easy for you to know when the battery is finished charging.
- Remaining Battery life feature:
- Tells me the strength of the charge in my battery so that I can make good decisions about when to recharge and not have my battery die on me when I need it most.
- Memory Card:
- Since I take a good bit of original photos to place on my lenses (articles) that I write for Squidoo, having a Memory Card makes it easy for me to take photos, move them to my Squidoo folder on my computer and just pick out the photos that I want from the camera and leave the rest on the Memory Card.
- (I couldn’t cut out specific photos from my film camera, I had to develop the whole film; what a difference technology makes)
- HELP features:
- Help is literally ‘a-click-away’. You can get help while you have the camera attached to your computer/laptop by just clicking on ‘help’ or you can go to the well-organized ‘Handbook’, which is in a pdf file format. There is also a simpler pocket sized ‘User Manual’ that has just the basics to get you started and keep you functional without all the fancy ‘bells and whistles’ features.This serves as my quick ‘go to’ reference, is easy to understand and is not at all cumbersome.
Frankly, with all these advanced, useful and practical features, this Sony digital camera is in a class all by itself. There are other features I haven’t even explored yet!
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Nice to the point review.
Useful & practical accessories for your Sony Digital Camera!
If you use your camera a lot an extra battery would come in handy. While one is charging you use the other one. So you will always have 1 fully charged battery.