just got back from Best Buy............
and played with the Sony 717. I must say, it handled much easier than I anticipated. The zoom control on the left was a little awkward, but not an insurmountalbe problem.
on ANY camera, I'm gonna need my specs to work the tiny buttons and it was a real hassle to remove the glasses for using the view finder.....them specs back on...specs off.....specs on......specs off......I felt like I was in a bad scene from the Karate Kid until I discoverd the diopter adjustment in the view finder.
that alone may sway me to the 717.
I'm holding out until I can try the DSC-V1 and give it a try, but the 717 is looking real attractive.
PS....I've pretty much ruled out the Mavica.
thanks again to everyone for the input!
Followed this thread - WOW you guys know your stuff ! ( I am a point and shoot type of girl)
I can only comment on what I own and how I feel about it. Our first digital was the Sony Mavic for the floppy disk (that was about 6 years ago). We were thrilled with the camera (at the time) and it's durability, and ease of use -- the kids even used it! The camera still works
We now have the Cyber-shot 3.3 DSC-F505V with the Ziess lens - (my camera), my husband has the DSC-9P with the underwater pack.
I think ease of use for the individual and quality that you are happy with should be a determining factor in your purchase also.
My husband HATES my camera, yet loves his for ease of use.
I am very happy with the Sony product -- wish you the best of luck in your shopping.
Let us know how you make out --- and most of all post us some of your results! lol
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