Sony DSC-W5 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5



Record Mode Screens & Menus



Sony CyberShot DSC-W5

Here is the Auto mode screen display. Minimal information is displayed and only a few parameters such as image size or recording mode can be changed. Upper left is the zoom lens gauge which is displayed momentarily whenever you change the focal length. The image size is "5M"egapixels, the image folder is 101, there's space for 46 shots, a graphical icon of the Memory Stick's available space, in the center are the Auto Focus area target marks and the S AF on the bottom indicates Single-AF focus mode.




Sony CyberShot DSC-W5

This is a "P"rogram AE screen. Top left shows the battery level (full). You can see icons for exposure compensation set to "-0.3EV", the ISO speed is set to 100; white balance, sharpening, contrast and saturation parameters are at other than default values.




Sony CyberShot DSC-W5

When you half-press the shutter release the AF marks will turn green indicating the area of focus, it will also show the selected shutter speed and aperture.



Sony CyberShot DSC-W5

Here's the screen when using Manual mode, it allows users to select both the shutter speed and aperture value, and displays the Exposure Value to inform you if you are about to take an under or over-exposed picture.



Sony CyberShot DSC-W5

The realtime histogram can be toggled on/off by the Monitor button.





Sony DSC-W5

When you rotate the mode dial a "virtual mode dial" is displayed. Select from: AUTO, Program AE, Manual, Scene Modes (Night, Night Portrait, Candle, Snow, Beach, Landscape, Portrait) Movie and Playback.



Sony DSC-W5

Record options for Program or Manual mode:

    Image Size - 5M, 3:2, 3M, 1M, VGA

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering by +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF, 0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m or Infinity

    Metering - Multi-pattern (default), Center or Spot

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash

    ISO - Auto or fixed at 100, 200, 400

    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard

    Mode - Normal, Burst or Multi Burst

    Multi Burst - 1/7.5, 1/15 or 1/30 (option appears only when mode is Multi Burst)

    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low

    Picture Effect - Off, Sepia, Black & White

    Saturation - Default is 0 but may be + or -

    Contrast - Default is 0 but may be + or -

    Sharpness - Default is 0 but may be + or -



Sony DSC-W5

Press the 4-way controller "left" to see a quick Review of the last image captured. For full review options you need to turn the Mode Dial to Playback.



Sony DSC-W5

The screen in the 640 Fine Movie mode. Fine mode is VGA resolution 640 x 480 full screen @ 30fps with audio and the length is limited only by the space available on the memory card.

Sony DSC-W5





Sony DSC-W5


Movie resolution can be set to 640 Fine (30fps), 640 Standard (16 fps) or 160 for E-mail (160x120, 8.3 fps), these movies will playback in a smaller window. The advantage is that the file sizes are smaller and more practical for email purposes.

Movie menu options:

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering by +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF, 0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m or Infinity

    Metering - Multi-pattern (default), Center or Spot

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent or Incandescent

    Picture Effect - Off, Sepia, Black & White




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