Sony Digital Camera

Educate yourself on all available features before you set out to buy a Sony digital camera. Pixels will influence the quality of the image, optical zoom will influence how close the objects appear in the image and memory, the number of pictures you can hold in your camera at one time. Knowing the purpose of the camera will guide you when picking a camera. Avoid the temptation to purchase the most inexpensive camera. When selecting your pixel size, opt for 2 megapixels (MPs) if you’re only using photos for web, 3 MPs if you plan on printing and 4 to 5 MPs for professional quality photos. When purchasing accessories, keep in mind that bundling will rapidly bump up the cost of your camera, so only invest in the accessories you think you will really need. These include photo paper, a good printer and memory cards.

The Sony W300 ($330) is one of the most popular the most popular Sony digital cameras. A tight titanium case and 13 megapixels of image resolution make this camera a favorite. The Sony W300 has a 3x optical zoom and a 2x digital zoom. Digital zoom zeroes in on the image taken by the lens (optical zoom) and can have a distorted appearance if abused. The Sony W300 operates in JPEG format, shoots MPEG videos, has a 2.7-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) screen, 15 MB of internal memory and is compatible with memory sticks.

For the more advanced set, Sony just unveiled the Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 ($500). This marvel has 20x optical zoom and can shoot dozens of panoramic images in an instant, then tie together 100 images in one second in its “panoramic sweep” mode.

Here are some features to look for in the Sony digital cameras, all of which are included in the Sony W300:

  • Smile Shutter: This mode automatically captures an image when somebody smiles, giggles or grins, so you don’t have to scramble for the shutter every time you spot the perfect shot.
  • Face Detection: Recognizes up to 8 faces and instantly corrects focus, exposure, contrast and flash to reduce common photo abnormalities such as unnatural skin tone, red eye and glare.
  • Optical Image Stabilization: Helps produce high quality images despite shake hands by minimizing blur. This feature can be used without the assistance of the flash.
  • Intelligent Scene Recognition: With settings of up to five scenes, this features automatically reverts to pre-adjusted settings.
  • EXTRA High Sensitivity Mode: Produces solid pictures even when shooting in dark environments.
  • Super HAD (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD: allows more light to pass through, increasing the detail of the photo and decreasing noise
  • Dynamic Range Optimization: saves more detail of shadowed or dark images

The Sony cameras also have features that allow for noise reduction, and pre-sets for environments such as twilight, fireworks, underwater and snow. Video features allow you to shoot movies in up 10-minute snippets. Auto focus allows beginners to make better use of the camera, and a 9-point focus mode enhances the focus of the picture by allowing you to follow visual cues to better set up your shots when you’re not shooting something at point-blank. A smart zoom feature automatically crops into your pictures, editing out the uninteresting parts, areas were there is little data to detect. The features just go on forever, including features for high-speed shooting, color correction and an easy shooting mode. While memory cards are highly recommended, if for some reason you don’t have one handy, 15 MB is possible enough for you to get away with using, assuming you aren’t using your camera for image storage.

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