"First Look" review (NO sample photos though) posted for Sony DSC-P51! (UPDATED)|
(Wednesday, February 20, 2002 - 18:02 EST)
Hands-on with Sony's first P-series digicam with a 2x optical lens...
Dave here: This one is the slightly bigger brother to the DSC-P31. It's also a two megapixel design, with very similar features, but sports a 3x optical zoom lens, and an expected street price of $300. The P51 sample I tested was at an earlier stage of development than the other new models they sent me, so Sony asked me not to share test photos from it yet.
All the rest of the information is there though, and this looks like a nice step up from the P31. (I *really* like zoom lenses, think they add so much to the average person's photography that everyone should spend the little extra to get one.) At $300 though, the P51 will have more competition in the marketplace than the P31, competing against existing units like Fuji's little FinePix 2600, which did very well this last Christmas season.
Like the P31, the P51 is also powered by AA batteries, and comes with two of the high-power Sony cells and a charger. Check it out!
UPDATED 2002-02-20 18:30ET: Our friends at Steve's Digicams have now posted their own DSC-P51 first look...