Sony DSC-W710/B 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

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  1. Mark Berela says:
    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent point and shoot, but you may outgrow it in several months, June 12, 2013
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    This review is from: Sony DSC-W710/B 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)
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    This little Sony camera is very compact and light, and is a good starter point and shoot at this price. I take lots of pictures, so I was able to put this camera through its paces over about a three-week period. Here is a run-down:

    The Good
    – Very light and fits in any pocket
    – Relatively low cost and does not “feel expensive”, so I do not hesitate to just toss it in my pocket or bag
    – Has proven to be rugged. Has survived abuse (per the above bullet) very well
    – Love the “Easy” feature. It detects background light, fast action, faces, and other photo situations automatically. You can override this feature in the menus option.
    – Has plenty of photo-taking options such as landscapes, beach, toy, b&w. As mentioned below in not-so-good, these features are pretty cumbersome to get to.
    – Picture quality is very good for this price range. There is no RAW file option, so you are totally dependent on the camera’s JPEG processor, which is okay but has a lot of interpolation. It is a little slow to process, but definitely adequate below $100.
    – Uses SD cards, not the proprietary memory stick that Sony had used in the past.

    The Not So Good
    – Very menu-driven, so it takes time to find a photo feature (such as toy, b&w, beach, landscape, etc.) and you could miss your shot. Best to stay in Auto/Easy mode since it does a decent job of choosing for you.
    – You have to navigate the menu to deactivate Easy mode before other options become available to you. This will slow you down a lot and may cause you to miss some shots. Ideally they would have any Easy mode on/off button on the camera itself.
    – The processor is slow, so there is a noticeable pause between shots. The continuous shooting mode labors through about one shot per second.
    – The post-processing and photo enhancing features on the camera are of limited usefulness. For example, it has a face enhancement feature that I found was only slightly effective. You will do MUCH better using your inexpensive desktop photo software to add enhancements. IMHO, this feature on the camera is more of a gimmick with primitive algorithms.
    – Sony has opted to use a non-standard USB connector. I like standard connectors that can be shared between devices. For this one, you will need to carry around the cord if you want to charge the camera’s battery or transfer photos using USB.
    – To charge, you plug in the camera. The battery is removable, but the camera does not come with a separate battery charger, so you have to use the camera as the charger. In other words, you cannot charge a spare while you are using the camera. There may be an accessory for this, but then you are spending extra $$ on a low cost camera.

    Recommendation
    If you want a low-cost, decent point and shoot, this is a good choice, particularly if you want to stay in easy mode most of the time. If you end up loving photography, or if you are already an experienced photographer, this camera will feel light on features and customization options pretty quickly.

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  2. A. Dent "Aragorn" says:
    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Little Cam that Could, May 24, 2013
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    This review is from: Sony DSC-W710/B 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)
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    I am not going to write a lot about specs but maybe I should note a few features:

    – Resolution up to 16.1 MP
    – 5x zoom
    – Accepts several types of memory cards: Memory Stick (Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo, Duo, Micro), SD, SDHC, microSD, microSDHC
    – Rechargeable battery, AC charger, wrist strap and semi-proprietary USB cable included
    – Small and light
    – Photo, 360-degree panoramic and 720p video modes
    – Tripod socket
    – Relatively easy to navigate menus
    – Some image processing capabilities
    – Several levels of ‘ease of use’ from nearly full automatic to allowing you to set some basic parameters

    This is a ‘cheap’ little camera price-wise but it’s a quality build takes surprisingly good pictures when use on full-auto and even better ones if the operator has some basic skills. Yes, it’s not a DSLR and it doesn’t support Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or ‘location’ but if you can live without it and you have a kid that wants a camera and don’t want to spend a lot getting him one, this is as good a pick as any.

    Yes, nothing is perfect. I do NOT like Sony’s insistence of requiring a non-standard USB cable for charging and data transfer. While you can get around it when it comes to your memory card’s file management, you must have a less common UC-E6 USB cable for charging the battery. And based on on my prior experience with a Sony Alpha, their tech support either don’t know or won’t tell you that you can buy a generic cable but will happily grossly overcharge you for a ‘branded’ replacement.

    I also wish the camera came with a case or a little bag, anything to protect it from scratches. Yes, we can supply our own and Sony will be happy to nickel-and-dime you a little and sell you the Sony LCSCSQ Soft Carrying Case for Sony T, W, and N Series Digital Cameras (Black) but I would have preferred to have it as part of the package.

    Not a negative at all, but it’s worth noting that you need to supply your own memory card because the camera ‘as is’ can only take about 3 pictures. It’s not a negative because you should be the one to decide what you want and in what size. After popping in a not so expensive Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card the camera tells me that it can take 4710 shots at the highest resolution. Not bad.

    To conclude, I like Sony’s camera a lot and I may end up buying another one for my wife who wants something very small that is ‘not a phone’. A case and a more standard USB cable would have made this a 5-star rating but 4 stars (I like it) is not too shabby.

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  3. 26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good camera, April 6, 2013
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    Liv

    This review is from: Sony DSC-W710/B 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)

    I got this camera on sale for $65 and think it’s definitely worth what I paid for it. At the retail price of $98, I think it’s an okay buy, but I probably would not pay that much for it. This is an entry-level camera with a handful of special effects. If you’re looking for a fancier camera that takes sharper photos, you should probably look at cameras over $100 retail. Even though it’s a 2012 model and not being made anymore, at the time I’m writing this review (4/6/13) I recommend the DSC-W650 model over this one for an extra $21 (or less). Though megapixels and zoom are the same as this camera, the nicer lens on the 650 will give you sharper pictures. That being said, this camera also takes some pretty nice pictures. Images on the LCD screen may appear low quality while taking a picture, but images definitely look sharp once they’ve been taken. The menu is easy to navigate and it’s simple to change between effects like toy camera and partial color mode. Videos look pretty nice as well. The camera is small and thin enough to fit in your pocket. The zoom feature, image quality, and special effects take this a step above many cell phone cameras. If you have a decent cell phone camera and don’t care about the special effects of this camera, I recommend looking for something more expensive or just sticking with your cell phone. For a budget camera though, you get a variety of nice features and good image quality. It’s good for kids and teens and for people who want something very portable and easy to use.

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