Thursday, December 18, 2008

the decision

My main concern with the SX1 were the screens (see postings below). I made up my mind, if I get the SX1 I will shoot mostly in wide screen so I have the full size of the displays to view. The 10 MP 4/3 mode will be used for panoramas. I view my fotos on a wide screen notebook and a full HD tv for pictures and video clips. Since the test and review of the SX1 swivel screen has a very positive outcome I will live with the crappy viewfinder. The picture quality is ok since it is similar to the SX10 I tested.

The clips from users of the SX1 in full HD mode were good and compared to my VGA clips form the S2IS a huge improvement.

One of my dreams were always to make a static video from a beach with the waves coming in for some time and then have it looped in life size on a huge screen (I am talking wall size via a projector) to have the impression that the beach is in your living room.
Viewing this in VGA resolution on a SVGA projector 2 meters high is a start but the quality was not what I wanted. So with full HD video and a big full HD TV I will at least have a window to the beach on the wall and since prices for full HD projectors starting to fall below 1000€ it is just a matter of time until my dream comes true.

But I am not sure I buy now, I might wait because from March 3-5 2009 is the PMA in Las Vegas and
Sony should bring out a replacement for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10,
Panasonic should bring out the replacement for the Panasonic DMC-TZ5,
Olympus should bring out the replacement for the Olympus SP-570 Ultra-Zoom,
Kodak should bring out the replacement for the Kodak Z1012 IS,
Fuji should bring out the replacement for the FujiFilm Finepix S8100fd
and the FujiFilm Finepix S100FS
It will be interesting to see how the competition reacts to the SX1

If there is nothing better than the SX1 then she will be my next camera because a full HD video mode with a 20x optical zoom and IS for just 200€ on top of a good camera is a price I am willing to pay.