Sony Cyber-Shot W55

The Good Solid image quality and performance; brushed-aluminum faceplate is a pretty touch for a budget model.

The Bad Plastic body; review button is not easy to press.

The Bottom Line It's not the fanciest camera, but quick performance and solid images make this sub-$200 shooter a worthwhile pick.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Image quality 8.0
7.4 Overall

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Review

Sony Cyber-Shot W55

In the field of budget cameras, a little extra cash can go a long way. For instance, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W35 is a fine snapshot camera for less than $200. It delivers decent photos, performance, and design, but it's not much to look at, and its LCD screen is woefully small. For only about $20 more, Sony offers a pleasant upgrade in the Cyber-shot DSC-W55. It's the same 7-megapixel, 38mm-to-114mm-equivalent 3x zoom camera with an attractive, brushed-metal face and a larger, 2.5-inch LCD screen.

Against slimmer, more stylish cameras such as the significantly more expensive Cyber-shot DSC-T50, the W55 won't win any beauty contests. Behind the pretty face hides a blocky, half-plastic compact camera that's built more for ease of use than for fashion. Its 5.1-ounce body, at less than an inch thick, fits easily into almost any pocket. With the exception of its irritatingly recessed power and review buttons, the W55's controls feel large, responsive, and easy to manipulate. A small optical viewfinder sits just above the camera's 2.5-inch screen, a useful feature that adds to the camera's function-over-form design.

The DSC-W55 performed quite well in our lab tests, starting up in only 1.3 seconds and firing off shots every 1.4 seconds thereafter. With the flash enabled, that interval increased to 1.7 seconds, still an impressively short wait. In bright light, the shutter responded quickly for its class, lagging only 0.5 second. With our low-contrast target, however, that time tripled to 1.5 seconds. Burst mode also lagged, snapping four full-resolution photos in 2.9 seconds for a disappointing frame rate of 1.3 shots per second.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Sony
  • Digital Camera Type compact
  • Weight 4.09 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 7.2 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 10.2 mm (1/2.5")
  • Optical Sensor Type Super HAD CCD
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