A Camera to Buy; a PC to Skip
Byline: Mark Kellner, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Sony Corp.'s $349 Cybershot DSC-P93 is the kind of camera you want to have when traveling around and taking a lot of photos. Two weeks ago, I did just that, and the camera discussed in this column just before that trip surpassed expectations.
First, it's small enough to carry around easily, especially when coupled with a small carrying case that can hold the camera, an extra set of batteries and perhaps an extra MemoryStick card or two. The case I used, with the romantic name of LCM-PHA retails for $50; other cases cost as little as $20.
Second, and most importantly, it takes great pictures. I spent five days seeing important historical sites in Israel. Climbing through Jaffa, Megiddo, Capernaum, Tiberias and Qumran, let alone the Old City of Jerusalem, I discovered that the DSC-P93 lives up to its promise: The pictures taken were magnificent and the quality exceptional. And I didn't have to lug a heavy camera to accomplish the task.
I did gain an appreciation for the rechargeable batteries - and voltage-converting transformer - that were supplied with the kit. Using an adapter plug from my hotel, I was able to reboost the camera batteries each evening, making a day's worth of picture taking quite possible and easy. As noted before, one can use standard AA batteries for the same task, but it's better to use the Ni-Cad rechargeables.
I also liked having a 256MB MemoryStick to use; it's a good size for a day's shooting. I did download the day's pictures to my PowerBook each evening and erase the storage card. Both are essential moves to handle a lot of pictures and keep them around. Connecting the camera to the computer was easy with a supplied USB cable; however, photo transfers were done with the camera on, draining battery power. …