Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80

Wow, it wasn’t all that long ago that I bought the Sony DSC-W100 as my personal point and shoot for the times when I didn’t want all the heft an notoriety of pulling out a bigger camera. I thought the camera was impressive then with 8 megapixels, 3x zoom, and great picture quality, but this camera takes it one step further with 12.1 megapixels, Super SteadyShot and higher ISO control. Keeping up with cameras is more expensive than keeping up with computers!

Designed to make photo-viewing crystal clear, Sony today announced a
new line of digital cameras featuring a high-definition component
output.  These new Cyber-shot W-series cameras offer direct connection
to an HDTV, which is ideal for integrating full 1080 HD photo-viewing
into a home theater.

Imaging resource reviewed Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 and wrote:
It’s hard to call the Sony W80 the bottom rung in the W-Series because it only gives up a few pixels for a lower price. Otherwise the Sony W80 has all the bells and whistles, making it a terrific bargain. It has a Bionz processor, face detection technology, High ISO, Super SteadyShot, in-camera editing, and HD output signal. The Sony W80 does give away detail to hold onto color at higher ISO settings, but most users won’t mind that tradeoff, particularly if you only plan to make 4×6 prints. The color that the Sony W80 holds at ISO 1,600 is pretty good. HD output — particularly when played as a slide show with the built-in special effects and music — was stunning on the Sony W80, but only for stills. This isn’t an HD movie camera, and it even has trouble playing VGA movies through the dock accessory. But to see any HD output from this camera, you’ll have to buy an accessory cable, dock, or dock/printer. Packing that big a technoload (new word, sorry) into such a small package at such a low price makes the W80 an easy Dave’s Pick.
Read whole review here

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