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Old Sep 19, 2003, 7:20 PM   #1
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Default DSC-F828 pages visible now in Japanese

http://www.sony.jp/products/Consumer...828/index.html

Even the ALT/TITLE text is Japanese.
But the URLs aren't, and yield some clues.
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Old Oct 3, 2003, 2:02 PM   #2
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thanks so much for the japan 828 link.i've been holding back ftom buying the digital rebel in order to compare picture qualityof the two, and now i've decided to wait for the 828. sony usa is sure taking a long time to give us some samples. appreciate it. wil
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> thanks so much for the japan 828 link

Here's a couple of links to sample pictures on that
site Image1 and Image2.

Noise and resolution are OK but unimpressive.
If production F828's aren't dramatically improved
over this, typical results may be little different than
the 'F717. Know-it-all speculation is that 8Mp is too
high for an APS-size sensor. It's a sure-fire way to
avoid false-color artifacts, however

> i've been holding back ftom buying the digital rebel
> in order to compare picture quality of the two,


Ditto. And in the 6MP prosumer war, we have yet to
hear from Nikon. It's getting a bit late to hit the
holiday market, which is usually a timing target unless
you can't supply the necessary volumes. Canon clearly
is able to supply in volume. Sony is presumably able to
as well, or they wouldn't have scheduled a November
(formerly October?) release.

> sony usa is sure taking a long time to give us some
> samples.


The key thing to watch for is reviews on the nitty-gritty
sites like DPReview, that actually include res-charts and
detailed noise measurements. If Sony has a mis-fire in
the 'F828, they may attempt to restrict samples to the
"pretty picture" review sites, and "manage" the news
until after the holidays.

Is the 'F828 available in Japan now? I get that impression
from the Sony-Japan site. And if not released anywhere,
why doesn't the Sony-USA site have comparable
content on the F828?
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> And in the 6MP prosumer war, we have yet to
> hear from Nikon. It's getting a bit late to hit the
> holiday market, ...


Well, no sooner said than this news rolls in...

The [Nikon] digital camera price drops, which are
from $50 to $300 below the prices initially set when
the cameras were first announced, are as follows:
  • Nikon Coolpix 2100 digital camera - originally $249.95,
    now $199
  • Nikon Coolpix 3100 digital camera - originally $349.95,
    now $299
  • Nikon Coolpix 4300 - originally $499.95, now $399
  • Nikon Coolpix 5400 - originally $799.95, now $699
  • Nikon Coolpix 5700 - originally $1199.95, now $899

Nikon is admitting that the 5700, a marginal 5Mp digicam,
is no longer competitive. Whether they are flushing
inventory for an imminent replacement, or just trying
to prop-up sales until they can release one, is anyone's
guess.
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