I have a new digital camera!

About an hour ago, I brought home my first digital camera! This baby’s a Sony Cybershot DSC-W1. About as large as a deck of cards, the specs are roughly:

  • 5.1 Megapixels.
  • 3x optical zoom.
  • 128MB + 32MB memory sticks.
  • Huge 2.5″ TFT-colour LCD viewfinder.
  • Optical viewfinder.
  • Macro mode for close-range shots.
  • Quick: less than two seconds between power-up and operation.
  • AA-type rechargable cells for power.
  • Can capture movies too!

I’ve buried my nose in the manual here, reading all about automatic focus, burst mode, preset modes, night photography, histograms, and a hundred other features this baby seems to have.

Steve’s Digicams – one of the most authoritative sites for digital camera reviews, has this to say about the W1:

The Cyber-shot DSC-W1 is an affordable yet high-performance 5-megapixel digital camera that offers a Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens, large 2.5-inch color LCD, automatic simplicity and advanced features that you can “grow into” later, housed in a very compact, stylish and durable metal body about the size of a deck of playing cards. The Cyber-shot W1 is the perfect camera for photographers desiring to step-up to a higher resolution and faster performing camera or for those who are just beginning to explore the wonders of imaging in the 21st century.

Here are two reviews of the W1: At Steve’s Digicams and CameraHobby. I’m going to have a lot more to say about this one once I’m through discovering all it’s got to offer! Yes, I’m excited! Can’t you tell?