I bought a Sony DSC-N1 digicam yesterday because, on paper, I loved its specs:
- 3" LCD display
- 8 mpixel
- Compact design
- Great battery life
- underwater case as an accessory
- and the use an innovative touch screen to control all camera settings.
On top of that, the DSC-N1 had a great review on Steve's Digicam. With all of these features going for it, I felt confident purchasing the camera. As with every Sony product, the price was not the most competitive - $499 - as a comparison a canon SD 550 costs $360.
Unfortunately, the DSC-N1 has a design flaw which caused me to promptly return the camera after 2h of use. Photographs takes with the DSC-N1 are displayed in the gorgeous 3" wide LCD screen at an unacceptable resolution - heavily pixelated. The resolution is so low that you wonder if the photograph was taken properly, the resolution is so low that you might as well not have a preview display of the image. What a waste of the gorgeous 3" display.
To make matters worse, the preview image displays for only 1 second, not enough time for you to properly see the photo and determine if a re-take is necessary. You cannot increase the preview time and you cannot increase the preview quality. You need to switch models from Capture to Playback in order to properly see the photograph you just took. Having to switch from capture to playback just to preview the photo is not acceptable.
Sony managed to render a potentially great camera useless by failing to recognize how people use digital cameras - previewing the photograph is one of the main benefits of using a digital camera.
Lesson learned - I am back to Canon for a P&S companion to my 5D - camera of choice either an SD 550 or an S80.