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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150 Review
by David Rasnake -  5/22/2008

In the brace of new Cyber-shot W models that Sony unveiled earlier in the year, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150 falls squarely in the middle in terms of both price and features. Given its "middle child" status, the W150 also arguably provides the most bang for your buck of any of the five new W cameras: you can get a bit more resolution by spending more, but in terms of zoom range and screen size, the W150's 5x Carl Zeiss lens and 2.7-inch LCD are top of the series.

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All of this makes the auto-exposure W150 an attractive option for casual users looking for a bit more horsepower than a basic point-and-shoot provides. Heavy emphasis on soft features – improved face detection, Sony's Smile Shutter system that snaps photos automatically when subjects are smiling, and too many playback tools and toys to list – also seeks to appeal to trend-conscious gadget buyers interested as much in the camera's flashy features and sleek looks as its outright performance. To this end, think of the W150, with its relatively modest price tag, as the über-gizmo on a budget.

Of course, we're soft feature cynics around here: I, for one, am much more interested in the hard facts of usability, performance, and image quality. With plenty of great cameras in this price and size range, the W150 clearly has its work cut out for it, and for this job, neat menu options only matter insofar as they lead to great images.


FEATURES OVERVIEW

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150 is a feature-packed 8.1 megapixel compact camera with a 5x Carl Zeiss zoom lens. The W150 brings many of Sony's latest technology to the table, including improved processing, dynamic range expansion options, and a boatload of soft features.

Sony made a high-profile entry into the world of smile detection technologies with its Smile Shutter package, and as before the W150 can be set to hold on firing the shutter until people in the scene are smiling. In the latest model, Sony has also added priority modes that let you give preference to capturing the smiles of either children or adults (a similar notion is applied to the W150's face detection system generally).

Questions of its overall usefulness aside, Smile Shutter works fine. Sensitivity is adjustable, and Sony's tightened up the performance and accuracy all around. But Smile Shutter can still be finicky at times: subjects have to be looking almost directly into the camera for consistent performance, have to show teeth when they smile, and the priority system can have trouble deciding who are the adults and who are the children (this may speak more to the immaturity of some my test subjects than to a problem with the camera, however). Overall, while Smile Shutter works better than ever, I'm still not completely convinced.

Although the W150 has an auto scene recognition option – Sony calls it "iSCN" – it's not as comprehensive in its range of adjustments as some competitive technologies. Primarily, iSCN scene recognition automatically detects backlit conditions (shooting into the sun, or shooting at dusk for instance) and applies the appropriately correction. The system can also be set up to take two shots – one with your settings, and one with the options that the W150 deems most appropriate, if this differs from your settings. If you're not insulted by the implication that your camera is smarter than you are, this can be good insurance for getting a usable shot.

Speaking of shooting, the Cyber-shot W150's basic shooting modes are as follows:

Playback options are typically extensive for a Cyber-shot, and include several convincingly polished filters (soft focus options, selective color, unsharp mask, etc.), the expected red-eye removal and crop/resize tools, and one of the most involved slide show modes seen anywhere on any camera. The W150 allows shooters to import music, select transitions and frame effects, and put together in-camera slide shows that rival those from basic image editing software (and which can then be outputted for public display through the Sony's component out).

In working through the Sony's rather long list of in-camera post processing options, I made a serious oversight in neglecting to test the most disconcerting tool the W150 offers: Happy Face Retouch. We commented extensively on the bizarreness of this in-camera post-processing idea, which uses face detection to pick out faces and then allows you to skew them into smiles. So what if Uncle Frank was miserable after being dragged out to your oboe recital, and didn't smile for a picture the whole night? A little electronic revisionist history will fix that.

Philosophical issues notwithstanding, the demos we saw of the technology at PMA gave everyone that the retouch was applied to a slightly demonic look – which may or may not have been worse than the surly expressions they were actually wearing. Unfortunately, without more data from the final implementation of this system, I can't say whether or not Sony ironed out some of this feature's fright factor. We'll make it a point to explore it in the next Cyber-shot that comes around.

Typical for Sony, the W150 uses an enormous connector that integrates A/V out and USB connection functions into a single bundled cable. Balancing this, however, the battery charger is conveniently compact.

For a detailed listing of specifications and features, please refer to the specifications table found at the bottom of the review.


FORM, FIT, AND FEEL

Device styling has long been one of Sony's strengths, and the W150 is no exception in this regard. If the basic look hasn't changed much in awhile, a quick glance at this camera, with its "rounded square" profile and brushed metal finish, confirms it as unmistakably a Sony.

Styling and Build Quality

While we've tended to classify Sony W models as "ultracompacts" in the past – owing at least in some measure to their point-and-shoot exposure control – the slightly heavy, slightly chunky W150 pushes the limits of what could be rightly called ultracompact in this age of truly tiny cameras.

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Even in the W series, Sony generally does a nice of job of conveying its signature "premium product" visual message – an idea that comes through loud and clear with the W150. Altogether, the W150 doesn't diverge much from previous generations in its basic shape and appearance, retaining most of the signature touches (metal accents, brushed finishes, subtle finish colors) that Sony has built its reputation for style and class in compact cameras on.

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A wobbly shutter button doesn't exactly inspire confidence, and too much slop in the lens barrel (see the "Lens and Zoom" discussion in the next section for more on this) also falls into the category of questionable build quality. These concerns are the exception rather than the rule, however, feeling especially out of place in light of the W150's generally tight construction.

Ergonomics and Interface

Although I like the W150's look and generally approve of its feel, there are some points to take issue with in the overall user experience. Owing in some measure to its boxy shape and lack of a real grip profile, the W150 can be difficult to use one-handed. While it goes against the trend of most recent compact digicams, I could almost see switching the mode dial and d-pad positions, as the mode dial is much easier to control single-handedly with a thumb given its location right under the zoom toggle.

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The d-pad is big enough to be comfortable for those with large hands and easy enough to use, but I'm feeling more negative than positive about the tiny round buttons (Menu, Home, Playback, and Slideshow) that surround it: without much beveling, they're almost too flat to depress, especially if your fingers are larger than average.

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I have to admit that I find the W150's mode dial, with its visually crowded mix of text and icons, a bit bewildering. With three auto modes (Program, Auto, and Easy, or as we termed for internal use, "Auto," "Auto-er," and "Auto-est") and smattering of scene presets directly on the mode dial, it's a little hard for novices to know where to put the dial to just take a picture (thankfully, Easy is the most logical guess, and a pretty good choice to boot). The technologically savvy won't be at all bothered by this arrangement – in fact, they probably won't even notice – but users who are intimidated by the mode proliferation and feature bloat of many newer compacts may find the W150 initially hard to come to terms with.

Sony's on-screen interface is extremely polished looking with its slick pop-up help options and gray-on-white sidebar icons. What I find unconscionable on this Cyber-shot W, however, is that the system seems to have become slower and more lag prone than ever. It's felt for awhile like Sony was giving preference to graphical flash over responsiveness in the Cyber-shot menus, but the W150 takes it to a new level with menus that take relatively forever to load and are plodding to cycle through. The most glaring example is unquestionably the transition from shooting to playback mode: on our test unit, it took more than six seconds (during which time the camera was black-screened and apparently unresponsive) to jump into the playback menu, and given that it happened regardless of how full the memory card was – or whether there was even a memory card loaded at all – I have to assume that loading all of those call-ups and functions on the playback side is to blame.

More generally, Sony has been hit or miss lately in terms of user experience with their compacts. Like many previous attempts, the W150's interface will appeal to gadget-happy users who like lots of technology to tinker with. General users may find the whole system a little more obtuse, and old-school photographers will almost certainly be downright annoyed with Sony's choice to preference graphical flash over speed or transparency. I'm also still not sure how to feel about the "Home" button interface concept that Sony continues to use, in which all of the camera's functions (some of them redundant with other menus) are consolidated under a single listing. On the one hand, it puts the entire range of menu choices under one umbrella; on the other, page after page of unclearly differentiated options is a bit much.

In fairness, a little time spent learning how to get around in the Sony's menus is time well spent. Many of its high-tech features are genuinely useful once you learn how to manage them. But if you're not interested in a device that probably won't feel immediately familiar, the W150 may not be a good choice (that is, unless you're only looking to shoot with basic settings in auto mode, where the Cyber-shot does better than fine and requires basically no management from the user).

Display/Viewfinder

The W150's 2.7-inch display, while contrasty and color- and exposure-accurate, gives up some fluidity to its competitors in low light. Gain-up is automatic, but the screen isn't particularly bright in either dark rooms or strong sunlight. The issue outdoors is at least as much a problem with glare as a problem with gain; perhaps an aftermarket screen protector/anti-glare film would help sort things out in this area. Otherwise, the display is a nice size that works well for the W150's interface arrangement.

Thankfully, the W150 is one of the few cameras in this class to continue to offer an optical viewfinder. Though it's no match for even the tiniest ultrazoom viewfinder, the W150's field of vision is relatively spacious when compared to those on competitive cameras. It's a long way from accurate (Sony doesn't list coverage numbers on their specs sheet, but I'd say that 85 percent is generous), but on bright days, especially, it's a photographic lifesaver.


PERFORMANCE

If the look is one part of the Cyber-shot signature, snappy performance is probably the other half of the equation. The W150 delivers this in spades as well, along with a bevy of features and options that allow customization of just about any aspect of this Cyber-shot's performance to suit your needs.

Timings and Shutter Lag

If you're looking for one reason to buy the W150, this is it: shooting speed. When pre-focused, shutter lag with this camera is lower than our testing methodology is able to accurately measure, coming in under .04 seconds. This speed translates to the AF system as well, with measured lock-and-fire times averaging .25 seconds using the default multi-area AF – rivaling the speed of some entry-level DSLRs from press to capture. In spite of some laziness in other areas, it's hard not to be impressed by the W150's speed where actual picture taking is concerned.

Power on to first shot comes in a reasonably quick 2.5 seconds as well; with that fairly big and heavy lens to extend, this isn't a bad time at all. Tested continuous shooting was also up to snuff, with the W150 pulling off a sustainable shooting rate of just under its advertised 2 fps. This is one performance area in which the lower-res W150 seems to have a definite advantage over its slower, high-res sibling, the W170.

Lens and Zoom

The W150 wears a wide-ish 30-150mm equivalent Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom. Lens speed is in keeping with class averages for this sort of thing, with a maximum aperture range of f/3.3-5.2.

Lens movement is smooth and quiet, though I was disappointed by the apparent build quality of the W150's Carl Zeiss zoom. The barrel exhibits a lot of free play (too much, in my opinion) throughout its range, feeling especially wobbly at the long end of the zoom. Moreover, the lens just doesn't feel well made: we've come to expect more from Sony.

Auto Focus

As noted in the timings review above, auto focus performance in general is one of the W150's strongest areas. Lock is lightning quick in good light regardless of the mode setting, and not bad on the accuracy scores to boot (our W150 was a bit prone to giving a slightly missed false lock on the telephoto side of the range). The W150 does seem to get in a hurry and miss against repetitively textured backgrounds in particular, but a quick to activate AF assist lamp makes indoor shooting nearly as fast as outdoor work.

Sony's standard array of AF modes are all available on the W150: the default multi-area setting, center-weighted and center-spot options, and the Sony-specific semi-manual AF settings, in which the user specifies the approximate distance to subject from a list of options and the camera focuses accordingly (great for locking the camera at infinity). The W150's feature-rich face detection system, which allows users to prioritize lock on faces of either children or adults (and does so with surprising accuracy), operates independently of the basic focusing mode choices.

If facial recognition technology does well, the W150 could use some fine tuning where macro focus is concerned. The camera's default auto-macro mode, which claims to automatically engage macro focus as needed, had real trouble detecting when closer focus would have been preferred, even when the subject was extremely close to the lens. For more consistent lock, the dedicated macro focus option is much better, but even it isn't trouble free: minimum focusing distance was inconsistent at best even with the full-time macro option selected, and the W150's closest consistent lock hovers somewhere around the rather far out 2.5-inch mark.

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Flash

The first thing that I noticed about the W150's flash is just how much I didn't notice it, which can be a problem insofar as the flash's placement makes it particularly easy to partially obstruct it with a finger. Full-power flash recycle times came in slower than average, at 8.1 seconds; average recycle times that often came close to four seconds in actual use hurt the W150's overall feeling of speed, and this Cyber-shot, like others we've tested, has a stronger tendency than many compacts to want to conserve flash power (perhaps as a cover for its somewhat slow recycle times) and boost ISO to comparatively high levels.

Simultaneously, exposure with the flash can be extremely harsh at times, even accepting the standards of judgment appropriate to tiny cameras. While it doesn't have traditional stop-based flash power compensation control, the W150's flash intensity settings (which allow users to select either lower or higher power in addition to the default normal setting) are a nice touch to this end: I often found the lower flash intensity setting useful for keeping hotspots and blasting to a minimum when shooting indoors at close range, and the lower power setting can be used successfully to provide more subtle fill in conjunction with other ambient light sources as well.

Finally, the lack of a dedicated red-eye reduction flash mode makes the W150 somewhat red-eye happy. Engaging a shooting menu option is supposed to provide automatic post-shot correction, and while it helps somewhat I still found myself needing to post-process (there's an in-camera post-shot removal option as well, which works somewhat more consistently) flash portraits for red-eye in three cases out of four.

Image Stabilization

Image stabilization is courtesy of Sony's Super SteadyShot system, which provides lens-shifting optical stabilization in addition to ISO boost options. Though the lack of manual controls made precisely controlled testing a little bit of a challenge, the optical system seems to perform as well as any other modern IS implementation in most cases, with shutter speeds around 1/20 at wide-angle being the apparent consistency floor for my use, at least.

It does seem that image stabilization performance could have been slightly better at the far end of the W150's telephoto range, with the system providing less assistance than expected on shots taken at shutter speeds generally well within the compensation range for a zoom of this length on most cameras (given that handheld shots with IS disabled looked almost identical, but tripod shots without IS were sharper).

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Obviously, we're not talking about terrible softness (usability for normal prints would be completely unchanged), and in actual shooting it's often hard to sort out whether the issue is related to sub-par image stabilization performance, soft optics, poor focus lock at telephoto, or too much noise reduction – to some degree, it seems the W150 is very slightly bedeviled by all four.

Battery Life

Owing in part to a slightly shorter review period with this camera than we usually undertake, I wasn't able to accurately test the W150's charge-holding capabilities: our review unit showed up with an apparently fully charged Sony InfoLithium pack, and after more than 200 shots, some video clips, and lots of features exploration, I still hadn't managed to exhaust it. CIPA claims for the W150 put the per-charge shot count around 400, and while these "ideal condition" numbers are invariably optimistic, I'd bet that with judicious screen use cracking the 300 mark would be a real possibility.


IMAGE QUALITY

If great performance has been the calling card of Cyber-shot cameras, equally weak image quality all around has, too often, been the "yes, but..." that follows our praise for excellent speed and responsiveness. With the latest Cyber-shot W models, however, it looks as though Sony has made some strides forward that make this one of the most well-balanced Cyber-shot cameras we've had our hands on in some time.

Exposure, Processing, and Color

Exposure with the W150 was about as dead-on as we've seen from any compact camera. With the standard dynamic range expansion option enabled, the Sony preserves highlights quite well, making for pleasing, well-balanced shots. The standard range of metering controls (multi-area, center-weighted, spot) are available for more involved metering tasks, but the Cyber-shot was accurate enough in this regard that I rarely felt the need to step outside of the default multi-area setting.

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Although the W150's default saturation is not as strong on the whole as the processing choices seen in some competitive Canon models, for instance, if the Cyber-shot's reds look a little too hot neither your eyes nor your computer monitor are deceiving you. Even with the appreciably more subdued default color mode and dynamic range options selection, pure reds are dangerously close to clipping, and it's remarkably easy to push the W150 over the edge into some out and out nastiness with the right scene.

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This behavior requires considerable judiciousness at times on the part of the photographer (turning Dynamic Range Optimization off altogether for any scene with lots of saturated reds is a good start), but without any kind of saturation-cutting "natural" or "neutral" color mode (what Sony has taken to calling "Real" color in its flagship models) corrective options are pretty limited in most cases involving lots of naturally saturated color to begin with.

Beyond the default color mode, users can select the contrast-boosting Vivid option, or Black and White and Sepia modes.

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As noted, the W150 utilizes Sony's Dynamic Range Optimization (DRO) technology, which claims to open up shadow detail without losing highlights. The system is enabled in what the camera calls DRO Standard mode by default.

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Even more range expansion is possible, however, by selecting DRO Plus mode, which uses a combination of real-time processing adjustments and post-processing to further bring out shadows and make highlights pop. Although it does bring out a touch more detail in high-contrast scenes, in shooting with the DRO Plus option enabled, be prepared for some fairly serious color and saturation shifts when compared to the standard mode.

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Blues are rendered in a way that's especially unnatural with this setting, and aforementioned concerns with red saturation are only made worse. Tack a lag of a few seconds onto each shot for the W150 to process the image with DRO Plus selected, and it seems to me at least that the costs here start to outweigh the benefits in most cases. Conversely, you definitely get a bit more range "straight from the box" on both ends of the spectrum with the DRO Plus option – a good thing in some cases, if you can accept its limitations.

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Of course, DRO can also be disabled completely, which gives a slightly more neutral rendering altogether.

White Balance

Under incandescent light, auto white balance on the W150 does a decent impression of a sepia shot.

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This performance continues to place the latest Cyber-shot among the weaker contenders in its class where white balance performance is concerned. Plenty of reasonably effective presets cover all of the bases, which is good given that there's no preset manual mode. On balance, poor white balance performance is a little limiting and frustrating enough to earn the W150 a negative mark in my book in this regard.

Lens Faults

The W150 5x Carl Zeiss lens is overwhelming good – it's nice and sharp through most of the range, with impressively little loss of definition at the edges. Color fringing is practically a non-issue (I was able to induce a bit in blurred backgrounds at full wide-angle), and while bokeh is a little too "beadlike" to be what I'd call pleasing, it looks much smoother than that seen from many compact camera lenses.

Barrel distortion can be noticeable at times, though it's far from the worst we've seen. Somewhat unusually, pincushioning at full telephoto is almost as pronounced, giving telephoto shots a noticeably puckered look.

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As I suggested in the last section, even when working on a tripod I could never consistently come up with the kinds of razor-sharp shots seen at wide-angle when using the W150 at the very end of the zoom range. Step-by-step comparisons down the range suggests that this lens softens up in the last few positions of its travel, and stopping the aperture down has little impact on the overall sharpness.

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While more than sharp enough for just about any casual use, the above shot and focus-point crop (taken at full telephoto, f/13, from a tripod) is as sharp as things ever get at the long end of the zoom. Ultimately, agonizing over slight sharpness loss of this kind is a technical consideration that borders on obsessive (especially for a compact camera), though the obsessively technical may want to take note.

Sensitivity and Noise

Finding the right balance in controlling noise has become a persistent issue for Sony compacts, but the company promised noticeable improvements in the aggressiveness of its noise reduction algorithm in the latest batch of Cyber-shots.

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ISO 1600, 100% crop

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Though it's still not class leading, after reviewing and comparing test shots it's hard to argue that Sony hasn't made a solid step forward in this regard. ISO 1600 is unquestionably grainy and soft with lots of fuzz around defined edges, but there's much less smearing and watercoloring than we've come to expect from Sony. Likewise, while it's a good ways from clean, ISO 3200 on the W150 certainly isn't a waste – printable snapshots are possible if you nail the exposure and can settle for smaller sizes.

Visible noise reduction still begins to soften up details almost immediately on the Cyber-shot, with an appreciable loss of very fine texture between the first two settings even. Still, comparing ISO 1600 crops from the W150 to those from a previous-generation Cyber-shot with the same 8.1 megapixel sensor (in this case, the T70) suggests that Sony has made some improvements in the amount of detail captured at higher sensitivities.

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Cyber-shot W150, ISO 1600, 100% crop

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Cyber-shot T70, ISO 1600, 100% crop

All in all, Sony deserves praise for listening to consumer concerns about this particularly weak area in previous Cyber-shots and making an active effort to improve it in the current generation.

Additional Sample Images

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CONCLUSIONS

In spite of all of the features it packs in, the Cyber-shot W150 surprised me in how cohesively it comes together. Performance qualms are all but nonexistent in this case, and red channel issues aside, you have to get down to the downright nitpicky to find much that will give casual shooters pause in the image quality department either.

The bigger question with the W150 is whether you can tolerate its gimmickry, which is admittedly a little forced at times and a little intrusive. Learn how to use the tools and some of them, at least, will serve you well. If you're a more conventional shooter, though, it's more likely that they'll just be irritating menu clutter and a drag on responsiveness when using the interface.

If I'm not entirely sold on the idea that more is better where soft features are concerned, on balance I feel that the Sony has fairly earned a strong, if not a completely resounding, recommendation on the basis of solid performance and high image quality. So long as you know its quirks, there's very little here to get in the way of consistently excellent photos.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150 Specifications:

Sensor

8.1 megapixel, 1/2.5" Super HAD CCD

Zoom 5x (28-140mm) Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom, f/3.3-f/5.2
LCD/Viewfinder 2.7", 230K-pixel TFT LCD; optical viewfinder
Sensitivity ISO 80-3200
Shutter Speed 60-1/1600 seconds
Shooting Modes Auto, Easy Shooting, Program, Movie, High Sensitivity, Scene
Scene Presets Soft Snap, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Twilight, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Smile Shutter, Underwater
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, Flash, Underwater
Metering Modes Multi, Center, Spot
Focus Modes Multi AF, Center AF, Spot AF, five approximate distance AF modes, Macro
Drive Modes Normal, Burst
Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Slow Synchro, Forced Off
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory Formats Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Internal Memory
15 MB
File Formats JPEG, MPEG
Max. Image Size 3,264 x 2,448
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video No
Battery Rechargeable 960 mAh lithium-ion
Connections USB 2.0, AV output, DC input
Additional Features Advanced D-Range Optimizer, Super SteadyShot IS, Red-Eye Reduction, Child/Adult Face Detection, Unsharp Mask, Happy Face Retouch, New Slide Show, Intelligent Scene Recognition, Auto Macro, Easy Shooting Mode, Improved Smile Shutter, Favorites, Face Search