Sony DSC-P1 10/10
Sony DSC-P1 is one of Sony's acclaimed range of Cybershot digital cameras.
It has a resolution of 2000x1500, about 3.3 megapixels, more than enough
for most uses. There is absolutely no noticeable loss of quality when
expanding pictures up to A4 size on the max resolution (unlike 2 megapixel
cameras, where you do notice just a small loss of quality). Unlike Nikon's
Coolpix 950, you do not have as much control of the picture, most of the
settings are auto (like the shutter speed), but you can control the flash
and exposure settings. The optical zoom provides a reasonable amount of
magnification. There is also a digital zoom. Like other Sony products
it takes Memory Sticks to store pictures. You can even get these in 64
MB size. Consequently you can choose to store many pictures on it even
in uncompressed format. You also have more space to store videos (this
Sony can capture 160x120 videos) and to store commentry (the camera has
a built in microphone so you can describe your pictures).
DSC-P1 is easy to use and begin small, you can slip it into your pocket
easily (something you can't say about the majority of digital cameras).
It connects to you computer via a quick USB interface. Downloading several
pictures takes little more than a few minutes. Basically when you connect
the camera to the USB port, just go to Windows Explorer, and your computer
will see the Sony DSC-P1 as another disc drive. This saves you from taking
out the Memory Stick and putting it in an adapter (which costs extra).
The major plus point of this camera is the Lithium Ion battery. It lasts
for at least an hour sustained use with the LCD on. Thanks to Sony's infoLithium
technology, you can tell how much longer (to the nearest minute) the battery
would last. When will other digital camera makers follow Sony's example!
picture quality is great, but you need some light, otherwise the colours
are not accurately reproduced and look a bit washed out. Other than that
you could not go wrong with this camera. It also stylish with it's silver
finish and functional with a wide array of features for the budding photographer.
It has received many other good reviews from other sources. I can see
why. At around £600 it is not cheap, but then again digital cameras
are generally more expensive than their film counterparts.