Sony Vi? Looking for compact companion to Digital SLR.

Discussion in 'Sony' started by JD, Feb 22, 2004.

  1. JD

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    I have a digital SLR (Nikon D100) and I am looking for a smaller compact
    digital for when I don't want to lug the big one around.

    I've been doing some looking, and I like what I hear about the Sony V1. As
    compared with the Canon G5 and Nikon 5700, which seem to be the rough
    equivalents on the high-end compact side, it seems faster (one thing about
    the digitals that drove me crazy before my Nikon D100 was the slow lag time
    or write speed or whatever the correct term is for the time from (1) when I
    press the shutter to when the shutter takes the photo, and (2) the time it
    takes to write the photo and allow me to take the next one. I'd had some
    earlier coolpix models that were really annoying. I read that the Sony v1 is
    one of the better compacts from this standpoint. I'm not sure how the more
    recent Coolpix models and Canons compare on this point).

    I also like the fact that the Sony has up to 800 ISO equivalent, when the
    others just go up to 400.

    They seem pretty similar on other points.

    The down side is the sony memory stick...I can't use the same media that I
    use for my Nikon, so that will increase the cost. That's a pretty big down
    side, actually.

    Anyway, I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. I don't care about
    huge megapixels -- 4o r 5m is fine. I do want auto bracketing of at least 3
    shots -- I use that on the D100 all the time -- take 3 and delete the two
    lousy ones.

    I did wonder why Sony just dropped the price of it...are they gearing up to
    come out with a new model? I hate when I buy a model and then they improve
    on it a month later....!!!

    So....thanks for comments and suggestions.
     
    JD, Feb 22, 2004
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  2. | I have a digital SLR (Nikon D100) and I am looking for a smaller compact
    | digital for when I don't want to lug the big one around.

    the v1 is quite compact, as the lens barrel retracts when the camera is
    turned off. it also has shutters that automatically cover the lens when the
    barrel retracts - i like this feature a lot because i find it annoying
    having to cap and uncap the lens every time i use the camera.


    | earlier coolpix models that were really annoying. I read that the Sony v1
    is
    | one of the better compacts from this standpoint. I'm not sure how the
    more
    | recent Coolpix models and Canons compare on this point).

    from the reviews i read, the v1 is still faster than the nikon or the canon
    "equivalents". the camera feels really fast in every situation and the
    shutter lag is almost unnoticeable!


    | I also like the fact that the Sony has up to 800 ISO equivalent, when the
    | others just go up to 400.

    one other advantage of the sony is that it presents lower noise levels
    compared to the other cameras in its segment.


    | Anyway, I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. I don't care
    about
    | huge megapixels -- 4o r 5m is fine. I do want auto bracketing of at least
    3
    | shots -- I use that on the D100 all the time -- take 3 and delete the two
    | lousy ones.

    well, i was thinking of buying the canon g5 but i changed my mind and bought
    the sony v1 instead. what really made me give up the g5 was some really
    annoying flaws that i read about in some forums:

    - the lens barrel blocks part of the optical viewfinder; it also blocks some
    light coming from the flash

    - the cap that protects the lens keeps falling off as it doesn't fit very
    tightly

    - considerable amount of noise even with iso 100


    also, one thing i thought is that the sony would be easy to carry as it has
    no protruding parts when turned off.


    | I did wonder why Sony just dropped the price of it...are they gearing up t
    o
    | come out with a new model? I hate when I buy a model and then they improve
    | on it a month later....!!!

    well, i suspect that maybe the price dropped due to the introduction of the
    dsc-828... but it's just my guess.

    i suggest you read the review of the sony v1 at www.dpreview.com as they
    compare it with the canon g5 and the nikon 5400, if i'm not mistaken.
     
    paulo ribeiro, Feb 23, 2004
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