Something for everyone
Sony have been touting their range of Cyber-shot™ digital cameras in time for the Christmas rush. There’s certainly something for everyone in their range, be it an everyday pocket-able camera for happy snaps, or a professional tool to ensure that you stay at the top of your field. Sony have broken down the range into four groups.
First, there’s the professional compact range, which they say offers professional grade performance in a form factor that will easily slip into your handbag or pocket.What’s more, they range from around 20 to 24 mega-pixels, which is more than enough to produce some really high resolution shots. They’re not exactly cheap though, with the range starting at £549.
Second, you’ve got the High Performance range, which thankfully comes in a lot cheaper at around £279 to £399. For that money you get between 16x and 30x optical zoom, depending on the camera, with a megapixel rating of 18.2. They can all shoot video in full HD as well, and feature built in GPS for geo-tagging your holiday snaps.
Then there’s the “Portable and Powerful” range which offers ultra-portability in a price range that’s affordable. All of the cameras in this range shoot pictures at a minimum of 14.1 megapixels and are, according to Sony, “world’s smallest and lightest camera”. All this in a price range of £79 to £179. That being said, optical zoom ratings are low, due to the size and shape of the cameras. The cheaper ones have a 4x or 5x zoom, while the most expensive ones in the range can only manage a 10x optical zoom.
Lastly, you’ve got the “Slim and Stylish” range. Sony call it a range but there’s only one camera currently available in it; the DSC-TX20. It shoots pics at 16.2 megapixels, and features a 4x optical zoom. It also packs in water, dust and shock protection, in fact, it’s certified waterproof up to 5m, so perfect for days by the pool. It also shoots HD movies and features a quick one second power-on time. The DSC-TX20 weighs in at £289.
This all sounds to me like a pretty impressive range, but what do you think? Which type of camera suits you best, and why? Answer in the comments below.