Yes, its SONY's electronic engineering strength and many years of heritage from Konica Minota.
DSLR is heavy but I carry it everytime I go out. But in the end I found I don't need to use it everytime I go out because of the type of photography I like to take ( landscape, scenic views and Macro photography). That's why I want a point and shoot as backup. I don't need 10 Magapixel, 3200 iso and 1/4000 shutter speed to just capture some candid snapshots with my friends.
I want to give unbiased information to the TS. The reason I said sony alpha wasn't because i'm using it. It's because the SPOT metering and Stabilizing functions which are missing from CANON entry level DSLR.
However all DSLR camera systems are good enough for photography. That's why I don't see the need for anyone to change system.
If the picture is not good I'd blame myself rather than changing system.
Nikons have it, even the cheapest D40. And stabilisers, you dun need it for short focal lenghts. Anyway, there are plenty of systems out there and I was informing the TS that if he did not make the right choice at first, he may require to re-invest in a different system which he may feel better for him at a later stage. And that would cost dearly. So do think carefully and enjoy your tool.
Anyway, if the TS does not need a DSLR, yeah, why not go ahead with a Prosumer and just shoot. But when the bug has bitten you, you'd want a tool which can deliver much much more.
Since u are actually a little int in the dSLRs, i suggest u to get the S9600. Not too sure if they will come out with another model to replace this one, but this model actually replaced the S9500 (which i had) not long ago. Well things get replace (a better model coming up) anyway right, just the the D40 and D40x story.
For S9600, u can use its hotshoe for external flash. When i had my S9500, i use a cheapo suntax flash (~$30?). And it worked well . I played ard with many diff filters (IR, ND, C-PL, softener, etc), and usually at 58mm (the size of the filter thread) the price will be cheaper compared to the dSLR lenses which can be usually 62-77mm. End of the day, S9600 maybe able to satisfy some of ur wants in a dSLR. Tilitable LCD can be useful also.
But of course if u wanna compare quailty and stuff, S9600 will lose out to dSLRs. Pricewise, u can work out the sums, the winner is clear.
Somemore, u are saying that u will usually use it for tour. For S9600, likely u maybe only bringing a little other stuff (maybe some filters, flash, or batteries). But for dSLR, i leave it to ur imagination (depends on ppl of course). S9600 is pretty small compared to dSLRs, not forgetting that S9600 actually can use AA batteries, so not much worries of energy crisis (imagine charging dSLR batteries...) as u had more options.
S9600 will be my choice out of the 3 models u mentioned. This review is strictly personal, as i am a happy user of S9500. End of the day, the decision is urs. Have fun shooting!
cameras are not made of tofu
does this affect any photo that will be taken?
which camera maker makes everything themselves?
dun tell me they also produce the glue also? whats with all the MIC, MIJ stuff?
One of my flashes is a Made in Indonesia (Olympus FL-50). It is definitely not cheap and it is very high quality. My other flashes are all Made in Japan, the second most expensive one (Olympus T32 Made in Japan) has a broken battery compartment. It broke by itself after about two years of use due to manufacturing error.
My camera is Made in China (Olympus E-500) it is not too expensive and definitely not bad quality.
One of my lenses is Made in China, I had to change within warranty to a new one because the sample I got was not up to my expectations. The replacement is definitely much better. My other lenses are all Made in Japan, all very high quality, the most expensive one had to be serviced after a few weeks when I detected an error in the electronics firmware (Made in Japan).
Conclusion? None. Maybe that having something Made in Japan is not a 100% guaranteed quality assurance. Things can be broke even if they are Made in Japan. I do agree that it feels like a Made in China thing has not the same quality but I think if some things were not made in China some of us would not be able to buy a dSLR today. I give them a chance anyway and stop looking for where my gear is made. At least it is not part of my decision when selecting equipment.
No personal views are ever unbiased. They are always based on personal experience, adjustments to your gear, hear-sayings, roumors, personal needs, knowledge of your own gear, of photography in general and so on. To give unbiased information is really difficult, so far I have not read one on any forum.
Last edited by OlyFlyer; 15th May 2007 at 04:49 PM.
well gotta agree that by assembling in thailand, the price of e car is cheaper.
ok back to topic.
I just went down to "hand on" S6500fd, S9500 and S9600.
The difference of S9500 n S9600 is really very very mininal, from a look of it i cant even tell if it's S9500 or S9600. I believe the pic quality of S9500 n S9600 shld be very very close. Am I right?
N now the qn is if we compare S6500fd n S9600, which one has e better pic quality from the eye of an expert... If I dun rem wrongly, S6500fd will have slight advantage over S9600 that it has lesser noise at ISO 800 n above? However, I like the build of S9600. it's much firmer plus the dial jog.
Care to comment?
So what is more important to you - handling or image?
You may also want to consider how much effort/time you are willing to spend post-processing your pictures. Some picture can spend hours on their images. Others like myself (lazy bugger), won't want to spend time, if at all on post-proc. Just like for some, all the technicals mean the world to their decision. That is why you will always have the gearheads. Personally, I'd prefer to go for what does the job and gives me the most satisfaction my way.
(If you find that biased, then too bad.)
1. What is important to you? Holiday shots + family shots? You really don't have to worry about either. Comfort and ease-of-holding/use will probably be what matters then.
2. Pixel count - if this is something you are concerned about, then get the one with the most. ... because there are some people who'd count pixels...
3. Are you going to print a lot into A4, S8R sizes? If yes, some prosumers grain very easily. But, if the occasional (est <10 pcs 4R a month) is all you are going to do, then no issue at all.
Hope this helps.
Since u comparing abt iso usability, i think technically the 6500 will be better.
from what i know, the S9600 has the hyperutility (some sw to convert RAW files, if u don want can give me, haha...) in the package and a faster low light focusing speed when compared to S9500.
in terms of the noise iso issue, why not u try shooting both cams at the iso1600 at a a dark area in the shop and zoom the pics at 100 percent to see if u like them?
cameras are not made of tofu