Saturday, February 25, 2006

The latest digital acquisition

I wouldn’t have mentioned about this but for Jam. :-) Anyway, I just got myself a Sony DSCW5 DigiCam. This happens to be the second working digital cam in my home, but I couldn’t resist purchasing it since the existing one is fully automatic - the other (rather rosy) way to say that you just can’t tweak any setting to make the photo look the way you want.

Here’s the pic of the one I bought.

I’m right now tweaking with all the manual settings, with a photography book by my side, but I’ve already noted the following points… just in case if someone is interested in the specs.

The good things

2.5 Sq. inch LCD screen: Gives an awesome preview to the photo.
Sturdy: Read somewhere that it didn’t break after a 3 feet drop! It certainly isn't sleek and 'cool looking' and all, but gives a sturdy feel in the hand, probably due to its build.
Decent specs: 5.1 MPs, 3x Optical zoom, very low noise even at high ISO.
Scene modes: 7 scene modes, in addition to the auto.
Controls: Auto plus manual settings to tweak ISO, Aperture opening, Shutter speed, White balance modes, real fast boot, and minimum shutter lag.

The not-so-good things

Based on my basic experience with photography till now, here’s what I’m missing.

ISO: Would’ve great with ISO 50 and ISO 800 or more modes.
Focus: 3X is very average, more so since aperture suffers at zoom.
Shutter priority and aperture priority: Although this can be accomplished manually, auto settings for these would’ve been just great.

In all, I guess it comes as a great deal for someone who doesn’t want to go to the next level. Ofcourse, SLRs are a class apart and they come at quite a price tag. I’m hoping to move ahead to one in a year or two…

I've started a photo blog (A pixel entourage) that contains some initial images now. Expert photograhy tips and advice most welcome!


At Saturday, February 25, 2006 2:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Govar,
Congratulation for getting a new digicam...
How much did you pay for it?
I'm also planning to purchase a digicam...
Still confused wheather to go for Digicam or pay more and get a camcorder...
This is a usefull blog.

At Saturday, February 25, 2006 3:57:00 PM, Blogger Govar said...

@Girish: 13K, inclusive of two extra batteries (charger comes with cam), 512 MB extra Memory, and without bill. With bill it would've been 17K.

At Saturday, February 25, 2006 7:23:00 PM, Blogger Jam said...

See Govar,

I knew your blog would end up probably convincing someone that a digicam was a handy toy to have with you nowadays. And there we were thinking we couldn't change the world !!!


At Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Govar,
Thanks a lot for the information.

At Sunday, March 05, 2006 4:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the same Girish from PG?



At Tuesday, March 07, 2006 6:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Payne: Umm... dont think so. :)



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