Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Sony DSC-P1: (3 megapixel ultra compact class) Sony really have done the ultra compact digital camera thing the right way. Hot on the heals of Canon's Digital IXUS (S100 ELPH) the P1 may not be quite as small but it's equally well put together, has a bigger 3x zoom lens, a 3 megapixel imager (vs. the Canon's 2 megapixel) and produces excellently metered, sharp, colourful images with bags of dynamic range.
Pros: Good image quality, outstanding dynamic range, excellent metering, Great colours, only slightly lower resolution than its much bigger Zeiss clad brother the S70, Good auto white balance (improved from the S70), Stylish, pocketable, robust with excellent build quality, Unsurpassed 3x zoom lens (for the physical size of the camera), Automatic lens cover (flat face when powered off), Fast zoom, Improved auto focus (over the S70/F505V), Excellent InfoLithium battery pack ...
Cons: Slightly slow startup, significantly slow scrolling between images in playback, Some Barrel distortion at wide angles, Nasty chromatic aberrations at full wide angle in extreme circumstances, Few choices for the shutterbug (though this camera isn't aimed at them), Poor macro abilities (compared to the S70 & F505V), Limited low light ability (2 second longest exposure), Noisy lens extension / zoom mechanism, Lack of "in between" JPEG modes (something around 800 KB), Sm...
Conclusion: I very much like the P1, though. The supplied 8Mb memory card may be a joke, and the camera may not be very economical
on card space generally, which may put a dent in the P1's usefulness as a travel camera. But apart from that, this
little trucker's difficult to beat for general image quality and ease of use.
was already happy when I opened the box. After three years of running
the site, I had finally received a Sony camera for review,
from Sony directly! But what made me even happier was the camera
itself -- the Cyber-shot
DSC-P1 ($799) turned out to be a joy to use, and everyone I
showed it to had the same level of enthusiasm. It reminded me of
when I was showing off the Canon Digital ELPH -- people just said
"wow, that's really cool!
Pros: Great design from body to menus- Sony Style, for sure., Uncompressed TIFF mode, Great bundle (except for skimpy Memory Stick), Cool extras like Clip Motion, image rotating/resizing, Great movie mode w/sound, USB support, Optional Marine Pack allows underwater photography
Cons: Memory Stick -- included card too small, not a big fan of proprietary memory cards, Macro and night shots could be better, No real manual controls, Would like exposure information in playback mode.
Conclusion: Cet appareil photo numérique compact est un parfait exemple de la capacité de Sony a réaliser des miracles en miniaturisation. Sa qualité et son design en font un excellent outil, malgré quelques faiblesses qui le réservent au grand public.