Sony DSC-W5 review posted|
(Monday, June 13, 2005 - 15:37 EDT)
As the lower-resolution sibling of the Sony DSC-W7, which we also reviewed recently, the Sony DSC-W5 offers all the same features, but with a 5.1 megapixel CCD (vs 7.0) and at a list price that's $100 lower.
As such, I'm a bit more enthusiastic about it than the more expensive W7, feeling that some of its minor shortcomings are easier to accept at the lower price point. Like the W7, the Sony W5 provides more manual exposure control than most compact models permit, yet is easy to use in full-auto mode, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with tricky subjects. The large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the W5 is user-friendly and hassle-free.
If you're looking for a good "take anywhere" camera with great versatility and excellent color and tonality, the Sony DSC-W5 deserves a close look, and for $100 less than the W7, it's a relative bargain. Read our review of the Sony DSC-W5 for all the details!