I've got a holiday coming up in two months that I'm really looking forward to, and have just realised that my digital camera is not going to be up to the job. I have a Sony Cybershot DSC-V1, which is about 6 years old and is down to about 5 minutes of battery life per charge (battery life was always pretty terrible).
I plan to be somewhat off the beaten path and while I'll probably never be too far from an outlet, I'd like to have the option. Here's what I need:
- Good quality (of course)
- Reasonably small (I'd love the photo quality of a DSLR, but don't want the size)
- Good battery life
- Manual controls. I don't care so much about manual focus, but would like control over things like shutter speed, aperture and ISO setting
- No more than about US$750, though I'd really like to spend less than that if possible (since I know I'll probably have to buy a new one in a few years' time).
I haven't looked into digital cameras for years, so I really have no idea what's out there. Any clever sugestions?
I've been reasonably happy with the DSC-V1, although it's slightly too chunky to be the kind of thing I take with me everywhere. Also, as I said, the battery life sucks and always has. An additional minor annoyance is the power brick I have to carry around to charge it. Something with a more elegant charging cable would be nice.