Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 Reviews

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 Reviews Imaging Resource has posted a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 review where they write: “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 is about as unique a digital camera as could be imagined. It packs a 3x zoom lens and high-resolution five megapixel sensor into a reasonably compact body, and offers generally good image quality as well as movies that are much better than average. The interface has been improved from the original DSC-M1, but still has quirks that could be ironed out. The interface is simply too complicated. The 5SEC mode seems to have no useful purpose, and the Hybrid mode may prove difficult for new owners to grasp and use. I’d like to see Sony change the camera’s design to simply allow a still image to be captured at any time, even if a movie is already recording, by pressing the Photo shutter button. More importantly, though, the M1’s zoom lever is far too small, too difficult to feel, and offers almost no tactile feedback. Other areas of the interface drew mixed opinions among the IR staff. I felt that the positioning of the four-way arrow pad on the LCD hinge was quite easy to reach with my thumb, but Senior Editor Shawn Barnett felt it was too difficult to reach.”

CNET has reviewed the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-M2, they gave it 7.4 out of 10, here’s an excerpt: “The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-M2 is a jack-of-all-trades and a master of some. Thanks to good image quality and a big, bright LCD that’s usable in sunlight, this hybrid still camera/camcorder update to the DSC-M1 remains a surprisingly good point-and-click 5-megapixel snapshooter–assuming you’re willing to pay a premium for a camera with a 3X zoom, no manual controls, and no bundled memory card. Besides some aesthetic and interface changes, the DSC-M2 isn’t very different from the DSC-M1. Both cameras have the same 5-megapixel sensor, the same MPEG-4 movie support, the same 3X zoom lens, and the same good image quality for photos and videos. The DSC-M2 is sleeker than its predecessor and has a few new functions, but under the case, it’s basically the same hardware as the DSC-M1. Regardless of its flaws, though, anyone who needs a pocketable camcorder and doesn’t want to sacrifice photo quality should consider this quirky shooter.”

Trusted Reviews has published a review for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 and advises: “For half the price you can get a camera that takes pictures and shoots video just as well, but is far easier to handle. The DSC-M2 may look cool and funky, and there’s no denying that it can take good pictures, but its shockingly poor handling, badly designed and over-complicated controls and limited battery life, combined with an inflated price tag, make this a big white elephant.”

Digital Camera Resource has reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 and write: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 is a point-and-shoot camera with a few nice extras. Those extras include an enhanced slideshow feature and an 1100 shot album that fills automatically as you take pictures. The album uses a memory bank that’s built into the camera. Oddly, there’s no internal memory for regular shooting, and Sony doesn’t included a memory card either, so that $500 camera just got more expensive. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 could use some manual controls as well, with white balance and shutter speed being the most desirable. One thing that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 does very well is movie recording. It records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with stereo sound until the memory card is full. Since the camera uses the MPEG-4 codec it takes a while to fill up. The camera even lets you use the zoom lens during filming! Again, Sony surprised me by leaving out even the most basic movie editing features on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2.

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