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Old Sep 14, 2004, 3:30 PM   #1
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A few last questions before I finalise my decision to buy the DSC-W1...

Does the W1 allow manual aperture setting? If so, what are the numerical limits?

Does it allow manual shutter speed setting? Again, what are the numerical limits?

Does it allow light metering? If so, what type (spot metering, centre weighted metering, multi zone metering or anything else)

Has anyone used the features? What do you think of them? What kind of results did you get? The reason I ask, is that I have decided that buying a digital camera will allow me to take up photography. The original reason was justto get agood camera to take some good quality photos with. But now I've decided that I would like to go a little further.I am a beginner as far as photography is concerned so I don't need the best camera out there, but nor do i want a limited one which I'll will out grow too soon. Hopefully the W1 offers features I can grow into. In a few years when I am better, I can think of getting upgrades - but right know I am looking at cameras in the W1 range.

I'm going to follow the lessons on http://www.morguefile.com/ver3/classroom.php.

What are the differences between the W1 and W12 - the Sony site says the W12 is slightly updated.

Thank you.
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Old Sep 15, 2004, 7:00 AM   #2
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Hi, most of the answers to your questions can be found in the review and spec. sheet at the bottom of this page. http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/w1.html

Basically in manual mode you can set lots of different shutter speeds but you can only set the aperture to one of two settings depending on what zoom you are using so this camera does not have Aperture or Shutter Priority settings.

The W12 is exactly the same camera apart from it's black (as opposed to silver) and you get a case and a spare set of batteries.

I have had the camera for about two months now and am quite pleased with the results. I love the LCD size and the fact that the camera is very quick compared to my old P92. It does feel very well made.
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