Canon SD800 vs Sony DSC-T100...as hybrid camcorders
I too am curious what people find. Specifically in terms of video performance. For
me the digital camera will be an upgrade from the Canon S45 we have and the
convenience of video/stills in a pocket size recording to memory, not tape or
disc, is very promising. That is, I think it will make a non-video person (the
old me) into a video-person.
I've read that the Sony DSC-T100 can zoom while filming, whereas the Canon
800 IS cannot. A friend has the latter...so I'v confirmed that. But he does do a
lot of quick filming. Stop, zoom, start filming again. Possible work around?
Need to see Sony's focusing while zooming...plus see if zooming is audible on
On his Canon I've seen bright lights occasionally create a vertical streak of light
that runs up and down completely through the frame...and stays there. Pretty
bad, but not always there. But both the sun and lights in a cafe triggered this.
On the Sony side special memory looks a little more costly. Can get 8GB for Canon
for $69 at Frys, 2GB for Sony is $59 at Circuit City. 8GB should really cover a lot
of "movie" and I think is what makes this a possible choice now for a "camcorder."
On the Canon 4GB or 1hr max for one movie should be sufficient for most things.
Even then start a new file (new memory card) if needed... Not sure if Sony has a
limit for file size per move.
Somewhat curious about sound on each...this rather than image quality might
be significant. The Canon seemed okay...the images I've seen of my friends
Canon were really pretty good. But then I'm not a HD convert yet...
Lastly any comments on the ability to easily upload film to an eMac would be
welcome. For Canon I think we need a $20 upgrade to QuickTime...and then a
copy of Toast or something for burning... I fear I've not researched software
well enough...and this might impact overall use more than I expect? Not too
worried about editing for now, just sharing and storing files. (I've heard that
in Japan some folks just use the memory sticks/cards as storage...not quite
cheap enough yet for that here but getting close. Still then no back up if card
is lost or corrupted...)