December 15, 2005

Breaks. Like. No. Other.

The days of gift-giving approacheth. Let me share one bit of advice:

Don't buy anyone a Sony digital camera.

My DSC-P150 just broke yesterday, after 14 months of occasional use. Sony's planned obsolescence worked to perfection here: the manufacturer's warranty is only 12 months. Way to go. Also, a friend of mine, who recently sold his Sony on eBay, was just informed by the buyer that his camera kicked the bucket after a week of use (apparently he sold it just in time). And the Sony owned by another friend of mine broke right before she was going to New Zealand, forcing her to do the unthinkable: take along a regular film camera.

So that's three Sonys that have broken in the past month that I know of. Curiosity got the better of me and I tried to fix mine (the LCD panel started flickering, and then just stopped lighting up altogether), so I dissected it and ended up repeatedly shocking myself, all to no avail. I hoped my Asianness would get me past the fact that I had no idea what I was doing, but alas, I was unable to repair it.

Besides, in my experience Canon cameras render images that look more similar to what my own visual memory looks like--whereas the Sony sometimes produces pleasing images, its colors (too much red) and contrast levels (crushed blacks) just don't come anywhere near the human eye's own renderings. Good riddance.

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