The Good High resolution; excellent image quality in brightly lit shots; lots of features.
The Bad Poor low-light image quality; slight shutter delay.
The Bottom Line While its performance isn't always stellar, the feature-rich DSC-S85 represents a good value among 4-megapixel digicams.
Sony Cyber Shot DSC S85
Packed with features and a high-quality, 3X zoom Carl Zeiss lens, Sony's 4-megapixel Cyber Shot DSC-S85 offers enough flexibility in its settings to keep any menu-loving photo enthusiast scrolling for days. But while you have plenty to work with, you'll want to keep your shooting outdoors--the image quality deteriorates in low light. Although we wish it came with a 32MB Memory Stick instead of a 16MB Memory Stick, which holds only seven images at the camera's highest-resolution setting, amateur photographers who like to shoot outdoors or with macro won't be disappointed.Packed with features and a high-quality, 3X zoom Carl Zeiss lens, Sony's 4-megapixel Cyber Shot DSC-S85 offers enough flexibility in its settings to keep any menu-loving photo enthusiast scrolling for days. But while you have plenty to work with, you'll want to keep your shooting outdoors--the image quality deteriorates in low light. Although we wish it came with a 32MB Memory Stick instead of a 16MB Memory Stick, which holds only seven images at the camera's highest-resolution setting, amateur photographers who like to shoot outdoors or with macro won't be disappointed.
Abundance of features
Pick up the black 16.9-ounce, 4.6x2.8x2.6-inch DSC-S85, and you'll be able to shoot just fine using its default settings. But this is definitely a camera for photo enthusiasts who want choices, with most of its functions easily reached through the clearly marked buttons and dials on the solidly constructed camera body.
There are five resolution settings, ranging from e-mail-worthy 640x480 to 2,272x1,704 for making large prints. After you shoot a picture, you have the option of resizing the image file or copying it to a second Memory Stick. And if you get an urge to shoot moving pictures, the MPEG EX Movie mode allows you to store almost 11 minutes of low-resolution, 160x112-pixel video on the included 16MB Memory Stick. At the higher, 320x240-pixel HQ setting, you're limited to about 40 seconds' worth of video clips. You can also create animated GIFs and annotate your still shots with audio recordings.
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