I'm a fan of Sony products but not so much Canon's. It's been more than a decade since my last Canon SLR camera. Well, I basically stopped having a hand in SLRs since cameras went digital. Partly because of my concern with weight and also my enthusiasm for photography. Regardless, I took lots of photos with my digital cameras. I simply don't fancy carrying interchangeable lenses with me on trips!
Hence, this is a deviation from my common brands of cameras. I have had Sony, Panasonic, Casio Exilim and also Olympus digital cameras. I've yet had a Canon digital cameras despite many favorable feedback from it. Part of the reasons being that I didn't find any long zoom compact digital cameras from Canon which I like in the past. I found one when I'm not looking though... just this past weekend! And part of the reason why it caught my eyes were the colors they come in. Another factor which make or break a deal is "Made in Japan" factor! Yes, most of the cameras are Made in China or some other countries these days. Hence, when I come across one that's in my budget and also Made in Japan, the deal is more or less sealed! I guess you can call me snobbish, hehe ;-)
The other reason why I got it is because of its size & weight. I like a camera with 14x optical zoom to be light. Up to recently, I haven't found one that's in the compact department. The Sony I had with 15x optical zoom, although great as a camera, can be a drag when I'm out there for days for hours, like during my recent Expo trip. And in most cases, a high zoom does not entail a widescreen function with a 3.0" LCD! This one fits the bill totally! Bravo!!! At 215g (7.58 oz) with battery and SD card in, it's a breeze to carry this camera around! It'd be perfect if it comes with an extra battery! Since I just got it, I haven't had a chance to test out its battery life. I'm not worried though, most of the cameras these days, even the cheap range cameras, have decent battery power. This is not an issue at all.
As for widescreen camera, ie. one that offers panoramic setting, it's something I've come to rely on, especially when I was at the Expo. It is essential to have this function in order to take pictures of huge and wide architecture. You won't know what you missed until you've tried using one such camera; my old Panasonic DMC-LX2 has this and my cousin more or less lose interest in her camera after having handled mine a few times! It's no fun having to have your pictures cut off part of the building on the sides or to have less of a full mountain range. Same for pictures of airplanes! I must admit I've more or less lose interest in cameras that don't offer widescreen capability!
The 3rd great attraction for me is the HD movie recording! It captures HD video (720p) with stereo sound! Although I could use a 1080p video, this one is not my major concern since I hardly take videos. In addition, I'll be getting my first DSLR compact camera from Sony (NEX-7) as soon as the product is launched and that one has a 1080p video recording, hence, there's no need for that here. For video enthusiasts, you'd be delighted with the high zoom (14x optical!) video capability. Great for concerts and also sport events like the World Cup! Definitely a big plus factor!
Last but not least, the colors. I was looking for the fashionable purple color in my camera this year. Seems that after pink and lime, purple is the "in" color for gadgets. I like the shade of this camera. In fact, I also like the gold color. They are both unique and I did take some time to decide on the purple. Afterall, it's much easier to get a gold or champagne color camera from most brands but the right kind of shade for purple or violet is hard to come by! For most guys, this is probably not a big concern, but for ladies, a lot of gadgets, especially one which we travel with, is a fashion statement! Hence, choose wisely, ladies ;-) Black can be a tad boring as far as I'm concerned :-)
Compact, bright and light! A 14.1 MP point & shoot camera with HD recording, wide angle and 14x optical zoom! One of my latest additions, Made in Japan camera! Now, I can look forward to hiking without all the weight dragging up the mountains! Cool! Love the colors too! Comes in purple, gold and also black! Priced at around US$300 in the States!