As with most digital cameras around the $100 mark, few reviewers evaluate the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180, a 10.1-megapixel point-and-shoot camera with a 3x optical zoom lens. Reviews we read say not to expect much. Some owner reviews say photos are grainy, while an Amazon user says pictures of people come out "oily & blurred." Elias Plastiras at GoodGearGuide.com.au says you'll probably be OK if you shoot in decent light and don't blow up the photos much. The consensus is that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180 is easy to use, but the main drawback is that it uses Sony's proprietary Memory Sticks rather than SD cards. Otherwise, there are some decent features for the price: smile detection, electronic image stabilization, a 2.7-inch LCD display screen and a lithium-ion rechargeable battery. There is no dedicated viewfinder, and the shutter speed is slow, reviewers say. In this price range, reviewers recommend the Canon PowerShot A490 (Discontinued).
Professional reviews are scarce for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180. We found good coverage from Australia's GoodGearGuide.com.au and a smattering of owner reviews at Amazon.com.
Reviewer Elias Plastiras says the Sony Cyber-shot DSC W180 is a decent value if you're a beginner, shoot in mostly automatic mode, don't mind slow shutter speed and don't intend to blow up photos very much. The main drawback is that the camera doesn't take SD cards.
Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC W180, Elias Plastiras, July 27, 2009
More than 40 owners weigh in at Amazon, with about a 50-50 split between positive and negative reviews. The complaints concern image quality; one reviewer calls colors "oily."
Review: Sony Cybershot DSC-W180 10.1MP Digital Camera, Contributors to Amazon.com