Was looking for a point-and-shoot digital camera that didn’t have a lot of issues with battery life. It seemed like Canon was the way to go for the most part, but it was difficult to find one that was rated well that had an optical viewfinder but under the $200 mark. Splendidly, the Cybershot DSCW120 popped up with decent reviews and was a Sony. But the big deal was the optical viewfinder, which would save battery a bit by not letting the LCD to draw power.
What I found is that this camera actually has a whole bunch of really great features. One of my favorites is that every picture I’ve taken yet has been clear. This probably is due to the Steadyshot stabilization. It’s probably from the built-in gyro and the electronic stabilization called Double Antiblur, but it’s one of the things that is missing from most cameras on the lower-end. And if you hand moves the slightest in the shot, then the picture ends up terrible.
The other great feature is the Smile shutter feature. You can set it up to automatically take pictures when it detects a smile. What’s interesting about this, is that this actually means that the camera itself can detect faces and smiling. Facial recognition by cameras isn’t something new, but it’s always been a more high-end feature. I haven’t had a chance to test the flash yet nor actually set it up for night shots but so far I am definitely impressed what the camera’s performance.
You can also set it to take pictures for display in 1080HD, and set up a slideshow directly from the camera if it’s plugged into the television with music and everything. You can also print from it, but I haven’t tested this feature yet so I don’t know how it works. Also, this camera uses nine different points for focusing instead of the five point focus system that most cameras use.
Overall, in the short time period I’ve had to play with this camera, I have to say that it’s definitely worth a little bit of extra for optical viewfinder and the features but it’s also a great camera for between the $150USD to $200USD price point.