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For that record-of-the-moment shot,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: DSC-W830 Camera Purple 20.1MP 8xZoom 2.7LCD 720p 25mm Carl Zeiss (Camera)
For a basic snap camera the W830 is fine. Lots of tech features for various shooting modes but within rather limited shooting options and I think this what the majority of buyers for this type of camera want also I think the compact size is a strong selling point.
Outside on a bright sunny day it works perfectly and the zoom delivers good results. Movies and sound, for very basic shooting, are reasonable. The panorama option I thought was really rather superficial, far too short at a few seconds to do anything creative though maybe useful if you wanted to shoot a room interior or line of people. Nice of Sony to replace the rather ungainly zoom lever on the WX80 with a much more easy to use toggle lever on this camera.
The downside for me with the W-830 are not the images but a couple of other areas to do with the camera and Sony. The battery/card cover is rather flimsy and could easily be broken accidentally. It takes longer than I would have expected for the camera to get ready for the next shot. Sony persist in producing dedicated accessories for their products. Here you get a USB cable to connect the camera to a pc for charging or downloading images, this looks like a unique Sony connector (it wont even fit the slightly older WX80 camera) cable and as another review has said: don't lose it. Of course you can take the card out and download images with a reader but you can't recharge the battery without the Sony cable.
The Instruction Manual is just a concertina sheet of one-side printed paper and covers just the basic Basics. Even the two PDFs on the Sony website just repeat the same information (one PDF has it in several languages) to get any real information you have to click on 'Help Guide' and explore various pages. A worthwhile one is 'Before Use', then click on 'List of icons displayed on the screen'. Amazingly there are several dozen. Sony should really provide all the information in the 'Help Guide' as a PDF. I still have a 2004 Sony Manual to the Cyber-shot P100 (and to be honest I would still use the camera if the LCD screen was bigger) with 126 pages presented in numbered step-by-step illustrated instructions. The screen icons for the P100 numbered seventy-four!
If you want to take straightforward record-of-the-moment shots the W830 is as good as any other compact camera.