First Look: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350
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First Look: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

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A sweet little wide-angle compact, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 should make a lot of snapshooters happy.

[ Background music ] >> Josh Goldman: Hi I'm Josh Goldman Senior Editor for CNET reviews and this is a look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSEW350. It's a 14 megapixel camera with a 26mm equivalent wide angle lens, 4X optical zoom with stabilization and a 2.7 inch LCD and that's all packed into a fairly small body. The W350s controls and shooting options are basic and uncomplicated so it's definitely a camera for those that do more point and shoot photography. On top is a power button and shutter release which can be tough to find without looking because its flush with the body and there's no real tactile feedback. The rest of the controls are on back and are pretty straight forward. There's a switch here on the right lets you chose from still shooting modes intelligent auto, program auto and scenes as well as an easy option that locks down all but a couple of settings and enlarges onscreen text. Then there's a sweet panorama option for one press panorama shots, though the results are not as good as those from Sony's Exmor R cameras. The last position is for its movie mode which can record at 720 P HD quality and you have use of the optical zoom lens while recording. As for shooting performance the W350 has a low shutter life for its class however it takes about 3 seconds to refresh between shots. Photo quality overall is very good up to ISO 400 but photos were useable even at ISO 800 and to some degree ISO 1600, though they'd have to be used very small. The biggest issues were general softness of subjects and clipped highlights. [ Background music ] >> I'm Josh Goldman and that's a look at the sweet little Sony Cyber-shot W350.

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