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Sony DOWNGRADED the Cybershot line.

Hi, all.
I'm a Cybershot user since 1998 (I still have the first one, DSC-F1).
As you can imagine, I was buying newer models to improve (more Megapixels, Zoom, larger memory Sticks, etc.).
My last one, was the DSC-F88 and I wanted a newer one.
I bought a DSC-WX1 because it was the best model available and I was really disappointed soon.
Sony removed the MANUAL MODE ! ! ! !

In daylight, it's almost the same.
At night, this camera is useless, because it has short exposure and is Automatic only.
It has a better and improved Sensor so it's better in low light, but my 5 years old DSC-F88 is still better because it can handle 30 Seconds Exposure.
This new TOY tries to make the same in 2 seconds!.

I believe Sony tries to sell the DSC-H models and the Alphas so limitations on Compact models will force consumers with higer requirements to buy a bigger and expensive model.

I returned the DSC-WX1 to Sony because of the poor results.
I will search for a compact digital camera somewhere else.

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It's not just their compacts

In reply to: Sony DOWNGRADED the Cybershot line.

If you look at their Alpha line, they have downgraded all the entry level cameras to lower than the previous models. They are pushing photogs to buying the higher end models to get the features that the previous models have had.

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Not just Sony

In reply to: It's not just their compacts

Panasonic with their firmware update to exclude OEM batteries. Canon gradually phasing out proper optical viewfinders forces one up to the G11 -- so that I now recommend friends to look for secondhand A series Powershots

And Sony -- well, if the continuing use of a non standard expensive memory format wasn't enough to warn you. A Korean friend bought a Sony camera in London and tried to download Korean-language manual -- barred because camera was bought outside Korea. My recommendation was to take the camera back to the shop.

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Not just Sony

In reply to: Sony DOWNGRADED the Cybershot line.

Canon did the same thing.
I have a Canon A560IS with manual controls that cost me $175.
Their last such camera was the A570IS.
Canon has completely eliminated all their low cost cameras with manual controls.
Gone are the A500, A600, A700 line of camera which had some manual control models.
Their replacements are the A1000 and A2000 line of cameras which have no manual controls.

You can still get manual controls on the big zoom models, and the two Premium models (S90 and G11).

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