December 30, 2003
New Year New Toy

I treated myself to a new toy for the New Year: a new digital camera. After around six months of on-and-off research into digital camera technology I finally plumped for the Sony Cybershot DSC-V1.

My new toy for the New Year

The best price I could get it at was at the Amazon shop - and you may find a very thorough review of it at DPreview too - a review that compares it quite closely with two other cameras in its class - the Canon PowerShot G5 and the Nikon Coolpix 5400 - both slightly better all-round in terms of technical specification - but it was the relative compactness, speed of operation and price of the Sony that sold it to me.

Check out some galleries of Sony DSC-V1 pics here and here.

I’m really looking forward to my new toy!

Posted by jag at December 30, 2003 07:15 PM

A friend of mine has this very model; seems to be absolutely happy with it - I hope it meets your expectations.
Incidentally, of all the digital film processing companies I’ve used, the one operated by at has proven to be one of the best (no, not affiliated with it - I’m just a picky student) - order your photos online on one day, and most of the time, they arrive by next morning. Pretty baffling turnaround, and their photo calendars are pretty impressive. Have fun!

Posted by: Alastair on December 31, 2003 01:01 AM

Hi Alistair: thanks for the tip re - I’ll definitely give it a go. I’ve never tried a service like that before as I have had a succession of crap digital cameras that would not produce images of sufficient quality for print - so I used to take snaps for website use only. Now that I’m getting a nicer camera - I shall certainly be interested in printing (especially for my Mum!)


Posted by: Jag on December 31, 2003 01:45 PM

Looks a lovely camera! Size definitely matters though (if it’s too bulky you just won’t bother carrying it around with you, or at least that’s what I found with my old camera) so I can see why you went for that over the other two.

I still have daydreams about someday owning a G5 though :) I probably will too … when they’re about ten years out of date ;)

Posted by: Pewari on December 31, 2003 06:54 PM

Hi again Pewari, agree with the point about dreaming for the G5 - without a doubt the Canon is the best of the three in its class - but it was the cheaper price of the Sony - and as you quite rightly pointed out, its size and speed of “switch-on-to-shot” that made all the difference to me. Still - for web use it shouldn’t make much noticable difference - and for print use: well I’m hoping that it won’t be noticed. After all - what you don’t see you don’t miss!!

Posted by: Jag on December 31, 2003 07:22 PM

Blimey nice camera

I’m sticking with my little digital dream Epsilon 2.1

for a while though which is perfect for the web and my covert tube shots. It even has a little microphone and web cam.

The shots seem to print OK to - well up to A4 size, not sure how they would be on anything larger as I’ve not got a printer to cope with anything larger anyway ;-)

Posted by: Annie Mole on January 1, 2004 09:13 AM

That Epsilon 2.1 looks like it’s quite good value. The Amazon reviews are a bit mixed though. Still - too late - I’ve ordered my Sony now.

Posted by: Jag on January 1, 2004 01:27 PM

I carry a Sony DSC-72 which I ordered from amazon and I am happy with my toy. Annie, I wonder how you get away with taking pictures on the tube. All my attempts usually result in people look profoundly interested in my business.

Posted by: Remi on January 7, 2004 11:31 PM

Remi: perhaps there is an art to being discreet! I, too, suffer the same problem most of the time!

Posted by: Jag on January 9, 2004 12:43 PM

I will have to learn the art. Too often I miss out on some good moments because of this.

Posted by: Remi on January 11, 2004 09:56 PM

great place

Posted by: Klaus on December 15, 2004 10:02 PM
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