Posted November 17, 2009 - 02:16 PM
Reasons I wouldn't buy a Sony, even though they're solid imo, not great, is because their picture quality is normally not as good as Canon's nor Nikon's. That includes the colors in their photos and just the overal sharpness as well as the advanced technologies that they don't offer as nicely in comparison to Canon & Nikon. The video quality is also generally not nearly as good as Canon's on their digital cameras, BUT, I will admit, the zoom is generally always better on the Sony's and the screen's are usually bigger, however, thus making the digital camera itself bigger as well. So some people like way bigger screens & thus bigger cams, but I don't mind sacrificing a slightly smaller screen for a much smaller and portable sized camera like the Canon ELPHs.
All in all, as I said again, seemingly almost every product in electronics, including digital cameras here, some have their strongpoints and they have their weakpoints as well. You as the consumer, a smart one hopefully, should investigate all kind of models, prices, & brands, & features, & ultimately decide what matters most to you? Picture quality? Performance? Zoom? Video quality? Sound quality? Etc.
Keep in mind, pretty much almost every time more times than not, you won't find a camera that has the best in absolutely every category, but you must choose which one has the best in what features and what you personally value/prioritize more.
I personally value picture quality, performance, video quality, sound quality, & size more than anything, small/portable size, so that's why I always go with Canons mostly and Nikons would be my second choice. If I wanted to sacrifice some picture quality & video quality as well as some better features and technologies, I'd go with the Sony probably for zoom purposes & a bigger screen, though it makes the camera much bigger as well so that's a no no for me personally.
By the way, erik & to the rest of you in general, anyone who's looking to buy a new digital camera or investigate where best to buy it. I HIGHLY suggest if you didn't know already, to look at amazon.com for digital cameras there and the one you want/are looking for specifically if there is one or more. A lot of times, trust me, they will have greater prices there than at a real life store like BestBuy or etc & I don't know if all the time, but most of the time, there is no charge of shipping or tax or if there is, it's hardly not even close to as much as what BestBuy charges or some other places. Amazon is fantastic.
Also, I encourage you all to be smart buyers when making a pretty solidly priced purchase such as a digital camera, to look around as much as possible. Read all the reviews you can, from customers as well. Keep in mind, obviously unfortunately opinions may vary and some people sometimes even lie for the bad cuz they're haters or they have a legitimate grip or they praise the product falsefully because they're secretly working for the company to make it look good or something or they're just fanboys or they do have a legitimate praise. It's up to you to take as many of those customer reviews, put them together, read through the more sophisticated ones and decide what's most likely true. It's not that hard to do & of course, more importantly, try to look around as many review videos from people, especially experts on your camera, whether through video, or written. Through various websites, but also YouTube has a ton of important information and REALLY try cnet.com for sure.