At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I want to share few notes so far on
the free loot one of my new gifts from Sony:
Cybershot: I was completely prepared to fall in love with this little baby, but it hasn’t quite been love at first sight. I’d say we’re still in the getting-to-know-each-other stage.
Here’s my first impression:
- size – it’s tiny. Really, really tiny. It looks like a cell phone and it actually fits in a cell phone holder.
It’s so small my daughter wants to send a picture of it to Cute Overload.
- touch-controls on the lcd screen – I can change settings and do nearly everything without ever hitting a button by navigating on the lcd screen. It’s easy enough even for my big undainty fingers.
- features – in spite of the tiny size, it does a whole lot. The specs are impressive, and it does everything I was hoping: macro, zoom, built-in flash with several modes, night shots, landscape, etc. All of the standard choices are there, plus some fancier ones like ISO. I haven’t even begun to explore the possibilities in the album and scrapbooking mode which is built right into the camera itself!
- video – yes, this little cutie actually does video with sound. Again, don’t let the size fool you. It’s a real camera, not a toy.
- on board memory – I love this about the Cybershot! Although it can take a memory stick, you just don’t need it. There’s 4 gigs of memory built in! That’s enough for nearly 1300 photos at the highest resolution (10 megapixels!) or up to 25,000 at the lowest setting!
- smile shutter – it really works. Set the camera to Smile Shutter mode and point and shoot. Then make funny faces at your kid. Even though you already pushed the button, the camera won’t actually snap the shot until the subject smiles. For real. I’m not kidding! You can set the sensitivity so that it will settle for a pleasant relaxed face, or set your standards higher: “We’re not done until you give me a big smile, young lady…”
- tiny buttons on the back – the Play button and the Scrapbook button are tiny and flat, making them a real challenge to push. I have to use my thumbnail. The zoom buttons are also on the back, but these are rocker-style switches and are easy to operate.
- charger – to use the included charger, you have to take out the battery pack. This is a bit of a hassle. I suppose this could be an advantage if you shell out $59.99 for an extra battery pack that can be on the charger while you are shooting, but I don’t want to do that. The adapter which lets you just dock your camera on a charger is $49.99 extra. If it looks like a cell phone, why can’t it come with a charger that’s as easy to use as a cell phone charger?
- unintuitive navigation – I won’t say it’s overly complicated, but navigating all the options and settings is going to take some practice. I guess that’s the price you pay when there is so much magic in one tiny package. One thing that is extremely helpful is the brief explanation of each function that pops up when you tap the icon.
As you can see, there are far more pros than cons. I think the Cybershot and I have real potential, so I’m willing to work on the relationship.
Just one more quick note: I have to say that Sony was utterly classy in the way they planned and handled the Mommy Blogger event. There was no pressure to post about any of it; there wasn’t even any heavy hinting. They seem to be just that confident in their products, that they know we’ll be excited enough to share the joy. And they’re right to feel that way. This was as close to a negative review as I’ll be getting. Just wait til I tell you about the other two cameras.
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