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SONY Cyber-shot DSC-W55 Black 7.2 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

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  • 1/2.5" CCD 7.2 MP
  • 3X Optical Zoom
  • 2.5" 115K LCD
  • 640 x 480

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Sony's history of electronic innovation combines with legendary optics from Carl Zeiss to make phenomenal compact digital cameras. The 7.2MP camera has Carl Zeiss optics with a 3X optical zoom (plus a 2X digital zoom). The 1/2.5" Hole Accumulated Diode sensor allows more light to pass to each pixel for increased sensitivity and reduced noise.

Sony's Clear RAW Noise Reduction System aids in cleaning up the picture noise normally associated with high ISO photography. The High Sensitivity/ISO 1000 mode lets you take pictures in low light without a flash to preserve the mood and take great candid shots.

Multiple movie modes including VX Fine let you take 640x480 movies at up to 30fps limited in length only by the amount of available memory. Picture modes like snow and beach allow you get great shots no matter where you are.

  • newegg 7.2 Megapixel Super HAD CCD The 7.2 megapixel CCD captures excellent detail and definition for large picture prints and cropping. Sony's advanced Super HAD (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD allows more light to pass to each pixel for increased sensitivity and reduced noise.
  • newegg Carl Zeiss 3X Optical Zoom Lens Design A top-quality Carl Zeiss 3X optical zoom lens design helps the DSC-W55 bring distant subjects closer and lets you frame shots quickly for better composition—a real advantage for family sports, outdoor fun and travel photos.
  • newegg Large 2.5" LCD Screen The DSC-W55 provides a large, bright LCD screen for composing shots, checking results, sharing your photos on location and reading camera setup menus even in full sunlight.
  • newegg High Sensitivity Mode The innovative High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 1000) enables great shooting in low-light conditions. Sony's original Clear RAW NR (Noise Reduction) image processing technology helps suppress color noise accompanying high-sensitivity shooting.
  • newegg MPEG Movie VX Fine Mode Capture VGA (640 x 480) audio/video clips at a high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second) with length limited only by the capacity of your storage card.
  • newegg "Stamina" Battery Power Capture up to 380 shots with a fully charged NP-BG1 lithium ion battery—enough shooting capacity to cover a long weekend or even a whole vacation.

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55


Cyber-shot W Series
Cyber-shot DSC-W55



Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.5" CCD
Effective Pixels
7.2 MP


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length
6.3 -18.9mm (35mm Equivalent: 38 - 114 mm)


Shutter Speed
1/8-1/2000 sec. (Auto), 1-1/2000 sec. (Program Auto)
2s or 10s


Focus Type
Auto Focus
Normal Focus Range
50 cm to infinity
Macro Focus Range
2 cm


Flash Mode
Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Synch
Flash Range
ISO Auto: 6" to 12' 8" (0.2-3.9m)(W), ISO 1000: 6" to 23' (0.2-7.0m)(W)


Exposure Control
Program AE
Exposure Compensation
-2 EV to +2 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000

White Balance

White Balance
Automatic, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash

Viewfinder & Monitor

2.5" 115K


Continuous Drive
4 Shot at 1.1 fps (7.2MP JPEG fine), 64 Shot VGA at 1.3 fps (JPEG std.)
Tripod Mount
Scene Modes
Beach, High Sensitivity, Landscape, Snow, Soft Snap, Twilight, Twilight Portrait
Color Mode
Black & White, Natural, Rich, Sepia

Recording System

File Formats
Internal Memory
56 MB
Storage Media
Memory Stick Duo / PRO Duo


Movie Format
MPEG VX Fine with Audio
Movie Recording
640 x 480 @ 30 fps or 16 fps
160 x 112 @ 8 fps
Max. Recording Resolution
640 x 480


A/V Out


Lithium-Ion NP-BG1

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)
3.50" x 2.25" x 0.82" (89 x 57 x 23 mm)
4.2 oz. (116 g) Body; 5.1 oz. (147 g) including Battery and optional Memory Stick DUO Media
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55

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  • Daniel S.
  • 8/29/2007 5:13:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood Camera

Pros: This is my first digital camera, but I have tons of experience with cameras and would be called a freelancer in the photo world. For it's size the picture quality is simply amazing. A great point and shoot camera.

Cons: MSduo2 cards are more expensive than SD, but the prices are going down.

Other Thoughts: I wish I would have bought it at newegg. I was debating between the Casio Exilim Z75 and this, and I just decided for the little extra $$ I could be sure that a Sony product should be good.

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  • Erik P.
  • 5/1/2007 3:26:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat camera

Pros: Excellent picture quality, easy to use and very small. Very quick in burst mode.

Cons: Extra battery is 40 dollars.

Other Thoughts: Camera is not a pain like other cybershot cameras. Need to buy another battery.

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  • Zoran M.
  • 4/14/2007 10:57:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome camera BUY IT!!!

Pros: Excelent pictures, videos, sound, batteries, it is small, wery, wery fast.

Cons: 2GB memory card is filled wery fast (1.33h video and about 588pics at 7MP)

Other Thoughts: I should buy more memory and one more battery for long travels.
Black version is awesome.

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5 out of 5 eggsI'm happy with the first 24 hours...

Pros: Quick power-up time
Great image quality- the auto-adjust settings offer superb color.
Captures motion well in well-lit situations
very light

Cons: Small amount of internal memory- 56 MB fills up fast with 7.2 MP images
the lightness of camera makes me worry about durability- make sure you get a warranty.

Other Thoughts: I've been really happy with the pictures I took on the first day. Camera is not fussy about taking a picture like previous cyber-shot models. In the same day I took pictures outdoors and in a bar, and they all came out great (some of the bar shots were a little grainy)
If you want a camera for general point-and-shoot use, this one will do you quite well.

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