"Model numbers go up; Feature set goes DOWN!"1.0 starson by udawggy
Pros: Cheap. Takes AA Batts.
Cons: Diminished features.
Summary: I'm not a camera snob- just a guy who loves a good, all-around point and shoot.
I had a DSC-S600, the camera before this one. I figured that with the model numbers going up, the feature set on this series of cameras would improve. Well I was wrong, and there are some problems with this unit that will be having me return it tomorrow, GLADLY paying a restocking fee and chalking it up to my ignorant trust in a name brand company.
Stuff I do like:
• They did upgrade from 6MP to 7.1MP. Not that I would ever shoot that high anyways, in favor of disk space usage (99% of the time folks just want good snapshots. How often have you really printed out an 11x17photo lately?). But there are more pixels if you want.
• Small LCD screen (2in.) saves batteries- big time!
• It takes AA batteries. I use rechargeable AA's and get and insane amount of use ( >400 shots). When in a bind, or another country you can just pick up AA's when the batt is dead and keep going. Try that with a proprietary battery!
Now the CONS! These are actually steps BACKWARD!!!
• Camera feels VERY cheap- not sturdy at all.
• Movies resolution has been halved from 640 by 480! ONLY the minuscule 320 by 240 is avail. now!!!
• Movies are .avi's now, not .mpg's
• The audio is distorted at conversational levels. Oh, and it doesn't play back the audio when reviewing a video on the unit. No speaker?
...and the real kicker?...
• YOU canNOT USE A STANDARD USB CABLE LIKE ALL OTHER CAMERAS do! Instead, the cable is a normal USB connector on 1 side, and some NEW connector that LOOKS similar to standard Mini-USB. If you loose or misplace this special cable, you're screwed!
Unfortunately none of these important cons were mentioned on any review site I found. So I'll be returning this tomorrow.
Hope this helps you in your decision! Have a nice day.