Being impressed by prices of these toys here in Japan, I decided to
finally buy one. This decision was quite easy, but it implies much
harder one - which one to choose. Looking at my money availability and
what do shops here offer, I have five possibilities:
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X (EOS 400D in Europe),
Pentax K10D or
Sony α 100.
Well it's hard choice. However for now I prefer something with shake
reduction, what limits selection to either Pentax or Sony (or some of
the others with lenses which do the same). And from these two, Pentax
looks like much better choice. As this will be my first SLR, I don't
have to stick with same vendor to be able use my equipment, but I'm much
more interested in availability of add-on lenses and other stuff. And in
this are seem to win Nikon and Canon. So that are points for the other
side of the match.
I played with all these cameras in shop, but I really didn't find any of
them much better than others. I just take few shots and nothing
surprised me there. And I was able to switch them all from Japanese to
English quite quickly ;-). So this step did not decide anything. Reading
various reviews also didn't help much, as each camera has advantages and
For now my temporarily winner is Pentax, but I think I should find some
more convincing arguments before buying it :-).
PS: I know there exists a bit cheaper variant of Pentax branded as
Samsung GX-10, but I haven't seen it anywhere here in shops.