There’s fairly mild barrel distortion at the wide end of the W50’s 3X zoom lens. You can drill down to a month view… … or even a day view. Shot-to-shot speed was excellent, with a delay of a little over a second before you can take another shot.
Remove the three identical small Phillips screws on the bottom of the camera. Focusing speeds were good at wide-angle, but somewhat slow at the telephoto end or in low light (though the camera did lock focus every time). The W50’s burst mode is nothing to write home about, taking just three shots in a row at 1.4 frames/second. The focal range of the lens is 6.3 — 18.9 mm, which is equivalent to 38 — 114 mm. While the lens is extended, eject the battery as described in step one.
The MPEG Movie VX Fine mode takes VGA-sized video (that’s 640 x 480) at 30 frames/sec until the memory card is full, with sound. Though the LCD monitor dominates the rear panel, Sony managed to keep all the main functions close at hand and fairly easy to operate. The Cyber-shot DSC-W50 will be available in early March for about $250, and the DSC-W30 is available this month for about $230. Bundled accessories include rechargeable Lithium ion batteries (NP-BG1), charger (BC-CSG), USB and AV output cables, and Cyber-shot viewer software. They’re expensive ($45 a pop) and you can’t use «regular batteries» to get you throw the day in an emergency.