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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 - Test Shots - Full Res Crops

By Cliff Smith



Our Score:


A range of test shots are shown over the next few pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality. The following pages consist of resized images so that you can evaluate the overall exposure. For those with a dial-up connection, please be patient while the pages download.


1/160th sec, F3.5, ISO 64. At the minimum sensitivity setting the image quality is superb, with plenty of detail, smooth accurate colour rendition and no visible image noise.


1/250th sec, F3.5, ISO 100. At 100 ISO the image quality is still very good, but there is a slight unevenness to the colour rendition in the darker areas.


1/160th sec, F5.6, ISO 200. At 200 ISO there is some visible image noise in all the darker areas, but the overall picture quality is still very good.


1/400th sec, F5.6, ISO 400. At the maximum sensitivity setting the image is quite noisy, but the overall exposure and colour rendition are still good enough to produce a usable image.


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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