by Albert Hines
(Newcastle, Ontario, Canada)
I own the Sony CyberShot DSC- S950 and choosing the right camera for yourself can be a very difficult thing to do. After a significant amount of research in March of this year, I made my way over to my local Best Buy, and after a bit of digging, I settled on the Sony CyberShot DSC-S950.
I knew I wasn't looking for anything too high-caliber or pricey, and the Sony CyberShot DSC-S950 seemed to be the perfect camera for yours truly. Was I right in my assumption? Let's find out.
First, we'll start with the good. Keeping in mind that I was in the market for a basic, point-and-shoot digital camera, the Sony CyberShot DSC-S950 turned out to be exactly that. It takes very crisp, basic photos at 10.1 megapixels, has a nice, functional flash, a handful of great settings allowing it to work flawlessly inside and out (although I found indoor shots were more of its niche), 4x optical zoom, and a gorgeous full-color screen.
Based on what I was looking for, performance and capability wise, the Sony CyberShot DSC-S950 met my needs accurately, and in that sense, turned out to be a fabulous purchase.
On the flip side of things, I can think of a few knocks against this particular model as well. For starters, the DSC-S950 is a little bigger and bulkier than I had hoped it would be, and if you ask me, that's a bit of a drawback. If I want a point-and-shoot camera to take with me on the go, I want it to be as slim as possible and fit comfortable in my pocket.
Furthermore, after frequent use, I have found that the lovely display screen scratches quite easily, and the black paint on the camera's outer parts has begun to peel a little bit. Does this affect camera use? No, but if I'm shelling out over a hundred dollars for a piece of technology, I at least want it to look nice and polished.
However, beyond those small flaws, overall, I am relatively happy with my purchase. I have been using the CyberShot DSC-S950 digital camera for approximately eight months now, and in that time, I have snapped thousands of quick, gorgeous shots.
With a USB cable, software, and a wrist strap, the Sony CyberShot really is the whole package for beginners. If you're looking to take pictures as a profession, or are simply in the market for top quality, I'd advise you to look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you're simply buying a camera to capture memories and snap the occasional shot, you really can't go wrong with the Sony.
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