Sony 7.2 Megapixels!

Just purchased a Sony Cybershot DSC-P150 for use in the field. It is one of the first pocket cameras with 7.2 Megapixels and I found it at Amsterdam Schiphol airport for 270 pounds sterling, 430 Euro. They wanted another 50 Euro for a leather case (no thanks. You must also purchase a 250 MB Sony Memory stick to make any serious use of it (the 32 MB stick that comes with it will hold just a few photos in the “fine” mode). Sony Memory Stick is a bit more expensive than compact flash – I paid 69 pounds for the faster Memory Stick Pro – you need the PRO version if you want to store short movies in MPEG-4. I tried the stills & movie functions on a trip to Chicago – fotos were BRILLIANT. The quality of the MPEG-4 video wasn’t bad either – you can only record for a few minutes, but the built-in microphone is terrific. It can also be mounted on a (mini)-tripod for photos that need stability. Battery is an internal rechargable, which shows you to the minute how much “juice” is left. Went out snapping all day and the battery-life was fine – hardly below half way. Is the photo quality noticeably different from the other Sony 5 Megapixel cameras? – yes it is, and some of those cameras are more expensive than this one. I really like the pocket format and the 3X digital zoom. Flash is fine for most instances – and has a red-eye remover.

Now here is something for the journalist who wants good quality JPEGS but doesn’t want to be noticed – Doing a photo shoot with a Sony DV-CAM and a tripod in Chicago was different – security guys came out of buildings and asked me to stop filming their private property!  Posted by Hello

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