Full Reviews Posted for Sony DSC-P30, DSC-P50!|
(Friday, April 6, 2001 - 22:53 EDT)
IR 'first-looks' of two Sony compact digicams get updated to full review status...
Back before PMA, we posted a brief "First Look" review for Sony's new compact digicams, the Cybershot DSC-P30 and DSC-P50. Virtually twins, about the only differences between the two are in the sensors: The P30 has a 1.3 megapixel CCD, while the P50 sports a 2.1 megapixel version. Our initial impressions of these new models were pretty favorable, and after running them through all our tests, we didn't find anything to change our minds about them.
The P30 and P50 to represent what we think will be a trend in consumer digicams, filling in the middle ground between bargain-basement cheapies with limited feature sets, and high-end 'prosumer' models. These cameras aren't the cheapest in their respective resolution classes, but aren't the most expensive either.
They both offer good value, with pretty rich feature sets, good image quality, and a very easy to understand user interface. They strike us as good choices for people who want good picture quality and enough flexibility to be able to handle more challenging shooting conditions, but who don't want or need a lot of fancy exposure modes and elaborate controls. We've given up trying to be market prognosticators, so won't try to predict the market success for the new models. If you want a solid digicam at either the 1.3 or 2.1 megapixel level though, you can't go wrong with either model. Check out the reviews (P30, P50) for all the details!