Full production-level update to Sony DSC-F828 review!|
(Thursday, February 5, 2004 - 15:31 EST)
I've *finally* posted the production update to my review of the Sony DSC-F828 uber-camera.
There's a lot to say about what I found, really too much to even summarize adequately here. The short of it though, is (a) incredible resolution, (b) enormously faster autofocus speed and shorter shutter lag than the competition and (c) excellent color, including much better handling of highly saturated reds and yellows than anything else I've seen (thanks no doubt to Sony's RGB+E sensor technology). On the downside, image noise is indeed higher than that of competing 5-megapixel models, and there is some tendency in the optics to produce the "purple fringe" phenomena seen in a variety of cameras to varying degrees.
Overall, a real technological tour de force, with a number of excellent characteristics and a few weaknesses. I ended up awarding it a provisional "Dave's Picks" status, recommending it for sports and action photography because nothing else out there short of an SLR comes close to it for responsiveness, and the long 7x manual zoom is a joy to use and super-fast as well.
Read the review for all the details!