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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 - Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2

By Cliff Smith


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While it’s certainly possible to hold the camera in one hand, it has such an awkward shape, and the controls are so inconveniently placed, that it is virtually impossible to hold it steady or to move it smoothly. No matter how you position your fingers the shape of the case refuses to sit in a comfortable position. There’s just nothing to get a grip on, and as a result the camera jiggles about whenever you try to press the shutter release or operate the zoom control, producing blurred pictures and shaky video. In the end you have to hold it two-handed, the right hand holding the main camera body while the left hand steadies it by holding the swing-out section carrying the LCD. If you’re left-handed then you’re going to have to learn yoga or something, because there is nothing on the right to hold onto.

There are other problems associated with the design as well. There is a jog dial located around the D-pad, which is used for in shooting mode to adjust exposure compensation and in playback mode for scrolling through your pictures. However it is far too sensitive, so it is very easy to accidentally brighten or darken your pictures, and extremely difficult and frustrating to scroll through your recorded images one at a time.

The rotating body also doubles as a power switch, but it is spring loaded so that it flips out with just a slight push. Unfortunately since there is no way of latching it shut it also has a tendency to flip open and switch itself on while in your pocket.

The control interface is also not-standard, and I personally found it to be extremely counter-intuitive, although to be fair this may be because I am so used to handling more conventionally designed cameras. The ‘mode’ button, rather than accessing different shooting modes as one might expect, instead activates the playback mode. Other controls are also just as puzzling. Spot metering gets its own dedicated button, as does recorded image size, but other options such as ISO, white balance and focus mode require a visit to the menu system. The menu itself is also rather confusing, with some options greyed out until other options have been activated. For example activating the multi-burst mode allows access to a separate menu choice for the frame rate. Wouldn’t it have been easier and less confusing to make the frame rate a sub-menu of the multi-burst mode option?

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Simon Baddeley

December 16, 2012, 12:05 am

How odd that this reviewer dislikes this little Sony. I've had three DSC-M2s now and use them to take stills and videos including self-portraits to illustrate my blog. The simple arrangement of three large buttons is the most convenient combination of still, review and movie I've come across in an inexpensive camera. I delight in the one-handed user-friendliness of this little gadget - which incidentally I treat in a cavalier way, carrying it my pocket on walks and when cycling, having it easily to hand. For me, and I don't think I'm physiologically out of the ordinary, its ergonomics are superlative. I just wish I could get a replacement soon as I'm forever wear this little hybrid into the ground, using successive models like a diary and a pen!

Mark Jones

October 4, 2013, 2:02 pm

I bought one of these a week or so back on Ebay UK and paid just GBP27 (USD43) for an "as new" camera still in it's box! Maybe 5MP doesn't ring anyone's bell these days but it's plenty enough for me. I just needed something cheap and cheerful, but high quality,for those occasions I don't want to lug around a Nikon D90 and an equally heavy lens. This is absolutely pocketable, takes well saturated, tack sharp pics with very acceptable video results. Yes, it looks very different from it's peers but the ergonomics cause me no problems at all and I quite enjoy shooting one handed and with that 360 degree flip screen it's perfect for selfies when required! I'm still exploring it and up until now have found/seen nothing to complain about a very well made and easy to use Sony.

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