Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828
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Great Camera except!!!
16 June 2009
Summary: I mostly use this camera for nature photography. I sell my photos so I always shoot in RAW, at ISO 64. And I use it with a monopod if the lighting is good or with a gitzo tripod. This is a good camera if you need to hike a long ways. A DSLR with lenses gets heavy after a while. But it's a good camera to use along side a DSLR. No one camera can do everything. This camera can do many things like solarization that DSLR's can't do.
Summary: I like the design of the Sony F-828 camera and I own two. This is the camera I use most in my photography hobby just because I love the camera design, size and lens. It is not too small of a body nor is it too big unless you want a camera to carry in a shirt pocket or purse. I like to have a camera to hold onto after using film SLRs for decades.
Summary: The next step up from my DSC-F707...primarily because I've always loved the swivel body and easily-navigated Sony menus. It didn't hurt that it takes both Memory Stick and CFII (generous 5GB). My use is primarily professional: promotional shots for clients, live events. Therefore, my camera usually has to be solid, quick and flexible.
Summary: I purchased this camera 2 years ago and still use it for most of my photography. The swivel lens is fantastic and gives much freedom when photographing subjects above head level or very low to the ground. This feature is also a wonderful alternative to a waist level finder. Pictures come out very sharp due to high quality Zeiss lenses and the menu is easy to navigate. The only problem with this camera is the small LCD screen and difficult manual focus feature.
Summary: Some controls, like the "red eyes reduction", are misplaced and to long to reach. Should have been placed in the "instant menu" instead of the setup menu. The F828 is feature rich. It has a great manual zoom lens and very good optics. The nightshot feature is incredible and is worth the price of the camera. The 4 color chip has produced some photographs that are better than the ones from my Canon DSLR. This is a great vacation camera. The cons..
Summary: Ive been doing photography for nearly 10 years. It paid my bills at one point but now its more of an active hobby. Ive also given advice to many people as to what type of camera to buy. I have yet to have someone come back disappointed. I prefer film to digital but digital is cheaper. I didnt want a DSLR ( didnt want to pay 2k for one ). So I started looking at the 8M batch. I did a lot of research and read reviews at just about every site.
Summary: Fringe, Sminge...you are going to get great shots with this camera! I read about the purple fringe issue before buying mine but felt safe trying it thanks to amazon.com's generous return policy. It is now 2 months later and I wouldn't consider giving up my F828. It is true there is purple fringing in high contrast situations (like bright sun shining between small branches in a tree).
Summary: I owned the F717 for a year and then I upgraded to the F828. I have had the F828 for 4 months now and I have taken some very good shots with it. I love the new settings for color. You can have the camera display the "real" color or there is another setting that slightly saturates your images. This is called "standard" mode. I found I was always saturating my F717 shots via Photoshop so this is a welcome feature for me.
Summary: I bought this camera Jan. 31, 2004 and I loved it the minute I took it out of the box. I took about 600 pictures and was very pleased with the out come. I started reading about the purple and noise problem, I then started doughting the camera. I used Adobe 2.0 to enhance the photos, they were breath taking. I had some noise, very little & Purple, very faint. I still was not happy because everyone else was giving this camera a poor review.
Summary: I have seen the reports of purple fringing and noise. Here is what I've found. At high ISO settings (above 200) there is alot of noise (big suprise). I usally use the program mode and keep the ISO at 64 and my photos look great. I have not had the problem with purple fringing. I have tried and tried but I can't reproduce the problem. Is it as good as a $3,000.00 digital SLR? No, even though that's what it is constantly compaired to.