Friday 06 September 2002

Sony does it (yet) again

Sony DSC-F77 digital cameraAin’t capitalism wonderful? It looks like my search for a fast, carry-everywhere digital camera is over. Today DPReview published Sony’s announcement of the four megapixel ultra-compact fixed lens DSC-F77 and DSC-FX77 (Bluetooth) models.

Measuring 92.6 x 71.0 x 27.0 mm (3.65 x 2.8 x 1 in), the DSC-F77 has about the same dimensions as the credit card sized Casio Exilim EX-S2 that was previously at the top of my list (admittedly the Sony camera is significantly thicker but it’s still a light, pocketable camera).

More importantly, the combination of four megapixels and a Carl Zeiss lens ensures that the Sony’s image quality will eat that of the Casio, or the Minolta Dimage X.

Trust Sony. This news comes a couple of days after their announcement of the DSC-F717, an update of their DSC-F707 which is generally regarded as the best five megapixel prosumer digital camera. And they’ve promised a raft of new models between now and Christmas. Sometimes I wonder why the other manufacturers bother. (Though, if they didn’t, it wouldn’t be capitalism.)

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If Sony made cameras that had options other than memory sticks for storage I would buy one in a second, but until then, I'm going with something I can slap a MicroDrive into.

Posted by John on 7 September 2002 (Comment Permalink)

1GB, 2GB, and 4GB memory sticks are on the way, John. (I don't understand the objection to the memory stick when the much lauded SD card is simply a memory stick knock-off). As for the MicroDrive, as sexy as they are, I'd worry about dropping it.

Posted by Jonathon Delacour on 7 September 2002 (Comment Permalink)

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