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gerhardz Nov 10, 2004 9:19 PM

Hi Everybody,

I was all set on getting a Sony W1. I love the big screen, high speed and ability to use normal batteries. Besides that, the reviews are all good. I'm not bothered by the softness issue as the sample pix I've seen on-line all seem fine to me.

This saturday I'm going on a holiday to the south of Spain, so I need to pickup a digicam before that time. Earlier today I went to the store to buy the W1....but guess what, they were all sold out:sad: Next shipment coming in next week...when I'm in Spain already :(

Tomorrow I'm going to check a few other stores, but assuming the W1 is really out of stock, what alternative should I consider?

The Canon SD300 seems to Match the W1 in many areas: high speed, large screen, some manual controls. However, I'm afraid this cam might be just a little too small for me to hold comfortably and the (limited) sample pictures I've seen online didn't impress me at all. Here I do see a problem with softness in the cornes. Any reactions on this?
Other cams I'm willing to consider:

- Canon S500: hate the small screen, and heard it's slow and has a bad battery life when compared to the Sony W1 (???). It does seem to take very good pix indoors and outdoors in auto mode (???)

- Sony P150: screen is smaller, the price is very steep, and I don't think I need 7mp.
As you can see, my mind is going around in circles and it's driving me crazy! :angry:

Can someone please enlighten me with some sensible feedback? I could really use some right now. What camera do I choooooose???

Thanks in advance!

jcol4 Nov 10, 2004 11:08 PM

Right now Ritz camera has the sony v-1 on sale for $299. I bought one and for the price it cant be beat.

CyberShotNut Nov 11, 2004 12:46 AM

Excellent price for the V1, I paid $499 when I bought mine.

CVonV Nov 11, 2004 7:27 AM

gerhardz wrote:

- Sony P150: screen is smaller, the price is very steep, and I don't think I need 7mp.
P100 then?

Z_oc Nov 11, 2004 9:57 AM

P100 pictures are identical to DSC-W1.

According to2 websites P-150 pictures capture more detail compared to the P100 and W1; pls keep in mind P100 and P150 use a proprietary battery.

Though I haven't used one, the Fuji FiePix E550 might be an option.... Steve's review is pretty postive. u can also check att and

Sorry if I've confused you only more... :-)

BTW, have a nice trip, whichever one you buy.

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