compact 2

Sadly the Sony HX5 compact I had bought from ebay developed a lens fault. Less that a week old and the lens seemed to jam. So back it went, I am nervous about something that seems to have a problem that early, especially when I want it to be a reliable backup. I still like the camera though, so I ended up getting a HX7 to replace it (ebay again). It is supposed to be an upgraded version, although I have found a couple of little surprises. The HX5 did bracketing (ok, so it was only ±1ev, but it was something). It still has the lowlight multi-exposure feature though, and the images still look pretty good. 16MP is really pushing the boundaries, even for one of these back illuminated sensors. Detail tends to blur (in odd patches) to resemble watercolour, but hey, it is still a nice little compact.