Sunday, November 19, 2006

The new toy!

After much humming around, I finally gave in and we went shopping for another new gizmo for our trip. Ian had hinted at it in his recent blog. We went shopping for a new point and shoot digital camera a couple days ago!

Don't get me wrong, my DLSR has served well to this point but there are times, many, when you just want to whip out something small and discreet, take the shot and move on. Taking a DLSR out just attracts too much attention sometimes. So, after much research and narrowing down the multitude of options out there to about 10, we headed out to the electronic paradise downtown with spreadsheet in hand and did the hands on, practical test of all these cameras.

My biggest requirements were small and fast, and of course, decent quality shots. Everything else would be an added bonus.

So the 10 cameras on my radar list were:
1. Sony T50
2. Sony T10
3. Sony W100
4. Sony W70
5. Samsung L70
6. Ricoh R5
7. Pentax A10
8. Pentax S7
9. Nikon S7
10. Nikon S8

Soon enough, I was down to the Sony T10 and the Sony W70. The T50 had touch screen which was cool but not practical. The W100 had lots of features, but useless since I'm buying this camera to be fast and easy. The features come with my SLR. The Samsung was no where to be found, apparently there is no demand for it. The Ricoh has a 7 times optical zoom! Amazing but again, not what I was looking for. Never tried the Pentax A10 (had received bad reviews) and the S7 had terrible slow response speed when taking photos. Both Nikons were so so but nothing really sold me on them.

So, the Sonys. I was surprised it was narrowed down to those two since I was never a real fan of Sony cameras before this. But, both the T10 and W70 had for the most part what I was looking for. Compact and fast. I had read that the T10 was pretty good but had not so great quality in low light situations. The W70 had great reviews all around. So which one did I end up picking? The T10!!! Why you ask? Because it looks sooo coool. :D I know, it's sort of a shallow reason to pick it but it wasn't solely based on that so it's ok. :)

I've been playing with it a bit and I must say I really enjoy using it. I love the fact that you can turn it on just by pushing the front slide down. Fast. Movie quality is decent and you can zoom in and out while filming! I also really like its size. Fits in my pockets and is quite discreet. Really, really happy with the purchase!

Here is a photo of our latest addition all in white!

A non edited shot of Chilli in low light conditions. Colouring is a bit off but otherwise okay. Yes, he sleeps ALOT!

A macro shot of Chilli in daylight conditions. Great details!


At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooo, sweet camera, I just sold my old Sony DSC-M1 on ebay for $220 so now I'm looking at a compact digital camera as well :) Thanks for the camera reviews, defeinitely narrows down the playing field there's just too many choices these days :D .

Glad you're liking the sony, I just bought a 4GB Memstick duo for my PSP but have not really maxed the usage out of it :D.

So are you guys still heading to zanzibar?


At 3:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jenni,

Why are you stuck in M'sia for so long? Where are you heading to next?

Anyway, Carmel just turned 2 last weekend. She's been forming lots of sentences (she speaks in 3rd person), and she's going through potty training.

Hope you guys are doing well.


At 8:57 PM, Blogger Jenni said...

Slee: I heard you're thinking T50! DO IT!

Wow, 4GB, I only have one for the T10 and am taking a while to fill it out. Although, a few movies for the PSP and there goes 4GB!

Yep, Zanzibar is next actually. We'll be posting details soon!

Evie: Hey! I had e-mailed you back.


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