new to the digital age i'd like to purchase a digital camera and have considered the Sony cybershot DSC-W1 .First of all is this a good choice and is it easy to set up with pc,, my pc does not have a card reader fitted does this matter ??
Hard to recommend an individual camera - there are too many and they change weekly. Sony is a good brand, although the unique Memory Stick used by them is pricey compared to other memory types. Then camera will connect directly via the USB connector to your computer. If you are running XP operating system the this will show in my computer as a new drive. The software supplied with cameras is usually best left in the box, and one of the regular Photo editing softwares available be obtained instead. such as Photo suite /Paint Shop Pro/ PhotoShop Elements all at about £60/70 or 'The Gimp/Irfanview/which can be download free.[A Google search will reveal these and more]
LEGGGGY, I don't know much about the model camera you're thinking of getting but my second digital camera was a Sony and i was well pleased with it.
Most cameras come with a USB cable to download your photos to your pc but this can drain the camera batteries quite quickly. I use a USB 6 in 1 card reader/writer, If your'e running WinME or XP then it's just plug and play. If you get a card reader make sure it takes Memory Stick because i think that's what all Sony cameras use, but just check when buying the camera. Cheers, Chris.
LEGGGGY, If you're using either WindowsME or XP then all you need to do is just plug the USB cable into a spare USB port, Windows will install the drivers. If you're on XP and it supports USB2 then get a USB2.0 reader.
If you think that a particular camera may be the one for you why not go to the manufacturers website and see if you can download the relevant brochure or even the instruction manual. You can then see what it's like and help you to decide.
Yes, Memory Stick is more expensive than other memory card, but not prohibitively so. £16.99 (+p/p) from 7dayshop, No Vat due on this item. A USB Card reader from them would cost no more than a tenner.