Back in the 80's and 90's, if you wanted to buy any type of home electronics or gadget, you looked to Sony. You could be pretty confident that whatever you got was pretty novel or innovative, and was likely better than the competition.
Lately though Sony has really sucked. Case in point: years ago when I bought a Sony TV I got a Sony credit card to get really favorable financing, accumulating points along the way. Turns out despite modest use of the card I had accumulated a useful number of Sony points which I decided to redeem for a pocket camera. I'm not trying to replace my Nikon D80, but for going out to dinner or bars or anywhere you don't want to lug a DSLR, a pocket camera would be handy.
I shopped around on their reward site and found one I thought looked decent. 8.1 megapixels, great features, etc. The retail price for this camera, on Amazon, is about $300 so I figured that would be right in the sweet spot. I got the camera last week and what a piece of crap. I mean really a piece of crap. If I had paid $300 for this camera, I would be furious. The pictures are so grainy and out of focus they're unusable. My iPhone takes far better pictures, but doesn't have a flash. I'm returning the camera and will look elsewhere. Its sad the inventor of the WalkMan and one of the pioneers in digital photography has fallen so far. No more Sony for me.