Touch-screen technology and 10 million pixels, but are the pictures any good?
Sony is one of only a few manufacturers to use touch-screen technology in some of its digital cameras, which immediately makes its new N2 stand out from the crowd. The N2’s 3x zoom lens isn’t going to set the world alight but, with a 10MP sensor behind it, it’s a good combination for high-resolution snaps, especially with a top ISO speed of 1600 for low-light conditions. The built-in memory will hold five or 10 JPEG images – useful when your memory card’s full. The silver metal casing looks and feels well-made and the large LCD screen with its touch-screen technology means there’s little need for controls on the outside. The zoom is a bit fiddly, though, and isn’t designed for one-handed use.
The N2’s touch-screen menus aren’t as intuitive as those on the Pentax T20 but, as the Sony is mainly a point-and-shoot camera, you don’t need to visit them that often. There’s no viewfinder and, despite the large LCD size, you get a low-resolution view. The playback image is better, but it’s slow to load the large image files.
Although it’s got plenty of pixels, the N2 delivers average images. Noise is really only an issue when you stray above ISO 400.
Value For Money
The N2 carries a premium price, but for your money you get a robust, metal-bodied camera and touch-screen technology.
Aside from its touch-screen interface the Sony N2 is nothing special. A short zoom range and mediocre images let it down.
Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo
Auto mode, Fill-in mode, Slow synchro, Flash OFF mode, Red-eye reduction
Auto, Flash, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent
Spot, Multi-segment, Center-weighted
Auto, P, M, 8 Sc, Mov
3in touch-screen LCD, 230,000 px
7.9-23.7mm (38-114mm) f/2.8-5.4
10.1MP effective 1/1.7in CCD
96.7 x 61.1 x 22.7mm