Since several months now, I’m seriously considering buying a new digital camera. My current one is a Sony DSC-P73, but I’m not satisfied with the picture quality anymore.
I began noticing it after we went to Istanbul. Some (not all) of the pictures looked very noisy, way too much than I would normally expect from a 4MP compact digicam. Was it the high temperatures that somehow damaged the lens? Did I simply not notice the noise before? I don’t know, and the fact remains I want better quality pictures.
So I began looking around on tah Intarweb, reading reviews etc. to catch up to the latest developments in the world of digital photography. The choices are really slim, because I’m looking at cameras from Sony only (being as good as the only ones usable with Sony’s Memory Stick). Although I was first looking at compact cameras, I began to think that, well, as long as I’m going for a compact one, I’ll still have noise on my photos. And was thinking… the few times I use a digicam are when I’m on holidays abroad, or at special events, right? So a camera for me doesn’t really need to be all that compact. So I broadened my ‘buyer spectrum’, and was looking at DSLR’s as well. You know, the huge ones 🙂
But that’s a bit overkill. And a bit too expensive. Than I learned of that middle-class kind of camera, the ‘bridge’ cameras. And then my eye fell on the DSC-H2. Over at the site for digital photography, it had gotten a very positive review [ dpreview.com ].
And in fact, these types of digital cameras are combining the best of both worlds. Excellent picture quality (big lens), mid-pricing and somewhat portable.
So, my mind was made up. This is the camera I want. I went searching for actual prices and places to buy it in Belgium, and as excited that I already was about getting a decent camera at last, I saw that on PixMania this camera [ pixmania.be ] came with a 512MB memory stick and a carrying bag for less than most of the other online shops offered it ! This was a done deal 🙂
I strolled around the net some longer in search of some sample photos besides the ones on dpreview, and just then, Flickr came with this new feature [ flickr.com ]. Great quality shots for non-professional users, don’t you think?
Finally, when looking at the list of Sony cameras on dpreview.com, I checked out the dates of when the cameras were released. The predecessor of the H2, the H1, was released in Feb-04, and the H2 in Feb-05. So my logical thinking circuitry predicts that maybe a new version -H3- might be released in Feb 2007. I don’t think that’s too crazy an assumption 🙂
I’ll wait a few more months, but then I’m really getting an H 🙂
Update: For those of you not into Sony, but well into other SLR-like camera brands, I strongly recommend Canon’s S3 IS [ dpreview.com ]. It has about the same release dates as the Sony, so maybe they too will be announcing a successor shortly…?