Thoughts about DSC-W300?
I'm hoping to go on an international study exchange next year, and thought that it's probably a good time to pick up a new camera (the last digital camera I bought was an HP PhotoSmart from maybe 5+ years back, and the current camera that I've inherited is an old Fujifilm from roughly the same era).
In general, I've heard some fairly good things about the W300, and I'm intrigued by its manual mode. Flipping through a PDF version of the manual that I found, it appears that you can set the aperture and shutter speed settings to a certain degree. While I am no serious photographer, I would like some freedom to play around a bit if possible. My sister has a W55, but I don't think that the W55 is a fair comparison for the W300 despite them bearing the same series designation.
It seems that many people, although put off by the high megapixel count, have found the camera pretty decent, even at higher ISO levels. Perhaps because the camera uses a larger CCD sensor (compared to the T300, which I was originally looking at, which uses a smaller sensor)? That, or there are some effective noise reduction algorithms being applied... Regardless though, the review at Luminous Landscape that I read still shows that the W300 manages to maintain a relatively high level of fine detail.
I'm considering purchasing a camera at the end of July or early August. Are there any W300 owners here who might care to comment?
Currently, is it a fair statement to say that Sony's best offering in the compact point and shoot market is the W300?
I do have to admit that I am a little bit bias towards Sony right now because of the money I've already sunk into a those Memory Stick Duos for other devices.