I owned a DSC-W5 and i'm very happy and satisfied with the quality of picture it produce...I think all your concern was not dat big issue...I thinks its not the fault of the product...As a intelligent buyer we should know what to buy. In all the review dat i read they mentioned that this camera is too much for a beginner.. May be ur right that it only has few scenes settings...i agree to dat..i suggest theyshould add portrait settings or may be sports settings...I use P mode as a replacement of Sports settings. And it did very good. Icompared my shot with my colleagues canon and olympus camera same shot in moving car..sony has the best shot.
This is a good camera...with good quality of picture..I warned u that dis is not for a beginner...for people who love to experiment with all the settings...