If you drop in here often, you know I just made the move from 35mm to digital with the purchase of a Sony Cybershot DSC H5 camera. My 35mm Nikon is still my choice for wet or dirty (as in mud or sand) adventures, but so far I am pretty impressed with the Sony.
It is not a DSLR. I had considered DSLR's, as their prices have become much more reasonable, but it wasn't price so much as this simple fact...
I'm tired of changing and carrying multiple lenses around! It's the 21st century for crying out loud, can't we have just one lens that does it all...or at least most of it?
I am willing to trade off some extreme capabilities that I might need a few times for a chance to travel light and still get the shot.
For a shakedown cruise, I took the DSC H5 on a walk around my place. Here are a few shots with commentary...
This Gulf Frit larva was munching passion flower leaves beside my little barn. This is a natural light shot, midday, handheld. The H5 will focus as close as .75 inch when set on macro. I was not that close here, but this was using the macro feature.
After the Gulf Frit, I stepped back onto the porch for my Bubba Keg insulated mug as I needed a swig of ice water (unsweetened of course). This deer was grazing about 75 feet away. I zoomed in to the 12x optical maximum for the shot. The H5 has "image stabilization" software inside to correct for handshake and it worked fine here. I thought the camera handled the dappled light situation well too.
Here's a flubbed shot just to keep it honest. I would not have screwed up this shot with my old Minolta SRT-201. With manual focus only, I would have cut right through the coreopsis flowers and focused on my subject...the egret fishing at my pond.
The H5 focused on the flowers since they were in front of the bird. Most autofocus cameras would do the same, so that's not a camera fault. The H5 has 3 different focusing modes plus the manual option, so this shot could have been done correctly. The photographer should have realized this would happen.
Operator error is not the camera's fault.
...the H5 told me to say that.