The Good Compact and portable; solid mix of snapshooting basic and manual features; accepts accessory lenses; captures 30fps VGA movies.
The Bad Manual aperture limited to two settings; tiny screen with tinier icons and text; weak photo quality.
The Bottom Line This snapshot camera delivers a bit more than the basics but offers merely adequate photo quality.
Sony Cyber Shot P
This 5-megapixel, 3X optical zoom member of Sony's Cyber Shot budget line is, aside from its larger sensor, a clone of the 4-megapixel DSC-P73 and costs just a few dollars more. Snapshooters who want ease of use plus basic manual controls will find pretty much all they need in the compact DSC-P93--except great photo quality. Nicely curved lines signal Sony's trademark Cyber Shot design. Even though it's solidly built, the compact DSC-P93 is highly portable, weighing 8 ounces with batteries and media. A shiny silver petal-shaped indentation for your right thumb helps with hand placement to keep errant fingers from blocking the flash.
A mode dial sits atop the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-P93, next to the power button, with access to both standard shooting options as well as scene modes. The dial clicks in nicely to each setting, but it's a little too easy to activate the rear zoom lever while switching modes. Minimal control buttons--flash, macro, self-timer, image size/delete, and display--on the rear of the camera are comfortably arranged.
But as has been the case with the Cyber Shots from the beginning, the 1.5-inch LCD is small and the display information even tinier--so tiny that people with less than excellent eyesight may have trouble identifying the display's icons and other data. On the other hand, the menu is bright and clear with easy-to-understand icons and text. Likewise, the optical viewfinder is of the Lilliputian variety, and aside from a bit of distortion, it's bright and clear, as well as usable in a pinch.