"First Look" review posted for Sony DSC-P9.|
(Tuesday, March 12, 2002 - 08:01 EST)
Dave examines Sony's just-announced update to the DSC-P5 digital camera...
This certainly must be the season for new Sony digicams. (Trust me, the other manufacturers will indeed be getting me some of their newly-announced products to test very shortly as well!) This time, it's an update of Sony's subcompact DSC-P5 model, updated with a 4 megapixel sensor, multipoint autofocus, and Sony's "record as long as you want" MPEG HQX movie mode.
Overall the Cyber-shot DSC-P9 is very nice little package - I really like Sony's thin, elongated design for subcompact cameras. They're thin enough to fit easily into even the smallest pockets, yet the longer form factor makes them easier for US-sized fingers to grip them.
No conclusion yet, as the unit I had to look at wasn't ready to have it's pictures subjected to close scrutiny, but the rest of the camera is very nice. (Stay tuned, Sony's promised a production-level camera very shortly, and I'll update the review with a full suite of test images and my usual analysis at that point.)
Check it out!