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Sony M1 photo quality issue

The Sony M1 looks decent and feels quite good in use but the biggest concern is the photo quality. I taught the optics/image sensor in this camera was near identical to the T1/T3/T33, however after looking at the photo samples I can't figure out why the M1 photos look so terrible in comparison(very fuzzy and soft images). Sample photos posted by Jeff Keller at dcresource: I used to own the T1 and photos didn't look half as bad, but the M1 photos look dissappointing. Bad sample? M1 owners out there could you confirm this?

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The DSC-M1 does not like movement. If held very still or with a tripod, the pictures come out quite clear and crisp. If hand held, about 1 in 5 of my photos come out without being fuzzy or soft. Pictures taken with low light also come out "soft".

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I love my M-1...My Pics are all sharp.I love the video as well.Very nice to send 20 sec MPEG4 on AOl...may not be DVD quality but not herky jerky either.I also love the design.

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Tips on how to buy a digital camera for your photography needs

With so many digital cameras and each one seemingly having its own special features , ratings and advantages, it's important to look at what you need out of a camera before going out and buying one. It's also important to know what the numbers the salesperson is talking about actually means.

#1 What type of camera do you need?

There are basically four types of camera's to choose from.


COMPACT - If mobility is your main concern and you don't worry about being able to control the features manually I would say go for a compact camera. This is the most popular type of camera and is very easy to use.

The spectrum of this type of camera is huge ranging from a cheap aim and shoot to relatively expensive camera's that has most of the user control of a much more expensive camera.

The image quality ranges from horrible to excellent , so it's important to research what your buying. Generally my rule of thumb is , the larger the camera , the better the image quality.

ENTHUSIAST - These types of camera's try to be a midway between a compact and a SLR camera. The image quality is comparable with a high end compact camera and the features like manual controls normally resemble a slr camera more than a compact camera.

As the name implies this is a good camera for users that want to move towards a hobby photographer. Moving from this camera to a slr is easier than to move from a compact to a slr camera as the features are very similar. Image quality is good to excellent and

SUPERZOOM CAMERA - These camera's are normally very similar to a enthusiast camera but includes at least a 10x optical zoom. Most of these camera's also include image stabilization which is a must when zooming above 5x. The image quality on these camera's are good to excellent and for the price it is a good buy.

DIGITAL SLR - These are the best and most expensive camera you can buy. The price ranges from high to ridiculous and the most people who use this camera are professional photographers and advanced hobby photographers.

They include many manual controls and have the option of attaching many lenses , filters , flashes and other accessories. Unless you are going to be using manual settings and need excellent quality for your pictures , I would not really recommend you buy a dSLR camera.

#2 What to look for in a camera

There are basically 12 things to look at to ensure you buy a good digital camera for you needs.

  1. Sensor Size / Mega Pixel Rating
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  3. Digital Zoom
  4. Image Quality
  5. Recycle Time
  6. Ergonomics
  7. Image Storage Options
  8. Accessories
  9. Features and Controls
  10. Battery Life
  11. Connectivity
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#1 - Sensor Size

There is a great misconception that the bigger the MP rating , the better the picture. This is a half truth. While a 1MP camera does not offer the same image quality as a 10MP camera , it all depends on what your going to do with your images. For printing a ID sized photo , the 1MP will do the same job as the 10MP camera.

If your going to be printing normal photo's , a good size to look for is anything above 6MP. Unless you want to print poster sized photo's , you don't need a 13MP camera. The extra Mega-pixels are useful for when you want to crop photo's without losing too much of the image quality.

#2 - Optical Zoom

Optical zoom is the type of zoom you want. It means that the lens enlarges the photo and thus , the image quality is not reduced.

#3 - Digital Zoom

Digital zoom is a marketing tool. What it does is physically enlarges to picture like zooming in on a photo when it's on your computer. This reduces the amount of pixels in the picture and ultimately reduces image quality.

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The image quality does not necessarily relate to the sensor size. A 13MP camera can take horrible photo's while a 7 MP camera can take better photo's. The only real way to judge the image quality is to look at pictures taken from that camera.

There are many factors that influence image quality including the lens quality and the sensor quality.

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The recycle time is the time that the camera needs between two consecutive shots. This is not a major factor if your going to be shooting mostly still images , but if you are for instance planning on shooting sport events , then your going to want a fast recycle time.

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If you have large hands like me , your not going to want to use a small camera with small buttons. Basically hold the camera you are planning on buying and see how it fits to your hand. Also check where important buttons are situated and try pressing them to get a feel of how the camera handles.

A good rule of thumb for me personally is if I can hold and operate the camera with one hand , it's going to handle well.

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Although most camera's use SDHC cards these days , its necessary to check what cards you can use as some cards are more expensive than others.

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Check to see what accessories the camera supports like if it can take lenses and filters , is it tripod mountable , can you attach a external flash and so forth. You should know which accessories you are looking for. Don't be told by a salesperson what you need.

Two accessories that is a must is a camera bag and a lens cap if it's not included with the camera.

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Most camera's use a usb interface to connect to your computer to download the pictures. Check to make sure you won't need to buy a dock or cables separately for cost considerations.

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