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This Sony Cyber-shot is a good reliable camera. It has a few good features to mention. The 7.2 Mpix are plenty for a snap and shoot sort of a camera, anything over 5 is normally good. It has a nice big screen to see what you have captured and is very easy to move from one picture to the next when viewing. The feature of the slide down front is good as it protects the lens a bit more than other cameras.
There are a couple of things I have found not to like about it. Firstly when trying to take a picture at night the flash of the camera flickers three to four times, which after a couple it becomes too much and people close their eyes. The other thing I found to be not quite as good it that if your object you are trying to shoot is moving, even if it is only slightly then it will blur, bit annoying when on holiday and you only see the sight once!
Overall a decent camera with good features, including B&W, Sepia etc. Would be good for a light camera for taking around with you
Ok, Im not an expert on photography but wanted a camera that would take quality pictures with out streching the bank balance to much, I immediatly started looking around for cameras, and looked sraight to Sony. Having had a sony camera before, i knew they would be reliable and good value for money. It was then I discovered the Sony CyberShot DSC-T9 it comes in different colours, you are able to get, Silver (matt) black (matt) and pale pink(matt), I originally wanted the Pink but was told by the shop assitant that the pink scratches off, and it ends up looking scruffy, so his suggestion was to go for silver, and I agree I like it, its classy simple and it means if i was to go off pink it wouldn't matter!
What I like about this camera is that is 7.2 megapixals, now it doesn't sound alot when you hear about these 10. and even 12 mp but I have found that its perfectly adequate, and takes excellant pictures that arn't grainy and are crystal clear.It also lets you change the mp option so if you wanted to upload to say facebook but didnt want to waste ages doing so a lower pixal resolution helps! It also has a 3X optical zoom, a 2X digital zoomm which is great when you want to focus in on say the boat in the distance. It comes with auto focus and anti shake tchnology which is gret if your like me and constantly shake when tking a picture, it puts and end to all those blurred photos. It also has no lens, just a large 2.4" LCD screen with an internal flash, its great it means the camera is slim and there isn't a bulky lens to worry about!IT also has the use of a carl zeiss lens which apprently is quite good, although i don't really know!
It also has the option of different colours such as sepia black and white negative etc for those extra special times! It also has the standadfeatures such as a mode fo close up detailed items, as well as a sport mode(so you can capture fast moving things) party mode, beach mode, fireworks etc
Also another nifty feature is that it puts your pictures onto a slide show which allows you to, put backing music to it. It comes with cables that allow you to connect it to the television and it charges just by taking the battery out and placing it on the ocking stand which is great it means you dont have to connect your camera up!
I woul throughly recommend this camera for the ametur photographer, as I feel it is great value for money and is packed with added extras! Don't expect it to be a dazzling all singing all dancing camera but this modest little thing is great for someone wanting to capture those key moments in life
oh and by the way I don't know what is says £345 at the top the camera certainly isn't that infact it can be bought for £116 and even £88 on ebay! SO ignore that at the top!
I set myself criteria for my next camera and these were:
A big screen, dont need an eyepiece (very old fashioned), Sony Memory Stick (already have other Sony products so could share chips), minimum 3x optical zoom, Lithium Battery, Macro settings, >3 Megapix and the T10 was the camera for me, or so I thought.
It has the advantage of being pretty slim and it will fit in a top pocket just like the ad says, which is very convenient and does encourage you to carry it around and use it to catch the un-suspecting moments. It is like only 160 odd grams and comes in silver, black and white. Turning the camera on and off is great; you just slide the front of the casing up and down. All good so far.
The specifications are impressive to match its 7.2 megapixels. Bear in mind this uses a huge amount of memory so you need to buy the largest memory stick (the small duo type) you can afford, as it doesnt come with one. The 58Mb internal memory is probably handy if you forget the memory stick or its full, to capture those last few vital shots
The screen is the best feature, all of 2.5inches and is very bright and pretty clear. The three times zoom is adequate, if it is much greater no-one can hold the camera steady enough to avoid shake without a tripod. The digital zoom of up to 14X, if you turn down the pixels, is usually a waste of time on any camera as there is such deterioration of the image. It has the Sony Image Stabilizer, which may make a difference, but Im not really convinced
The Carl Zeiss lens is a great name but look at the lens! It is tiny, peeping out the front of the casing. It is a clever design, as it must zoom up and down inside the casing rather than in and out protruding from the front like a conventional camera.
The battery life is excellent and probably will take the advertised 250 pictures if you dont keep turning it on and off, playing with the menu settings and re-viewing your captured moments. You can only charge the battery out of the camera for some reason.
There are numerous pre-sets in addition to auto: the usual twighlight, soft snap, landscape, snow etc etc. The ads carry on a bit about the high sensitivity mode of ISO1000 equivalent well great, except the quality of the pictures is as good as useless as it would be with a real ISO 1000 conventional camera grainy and dingy.
The autofocus modes are centre-weighted, spot and multi-point and this seems pretty convincingly accurate. You can play with the white balance in addition to auto: the usual fluorescent, incandescent, cloudy etc, fun for effects but I find you cant really improve on auto.
You can increase/decrease the exposure which can be useful if taking pictures into or against the light or from a dark into a light area or vice versa, etc etc.
Once youve mastered the sequence of pressing the right buttons in the right sequence the menu settings are actually quite logical.
The movie mode is fun but as with most movie modes on compact cameras, it is only any good as a toy for embarrassing friends. Then there is the flash, oh dear, and this is where my first frustration kicked in it is pathetic, the range is so limited.
In addition to being so feeble it is millimetres away from the weeny lens so what do you get RED-EYE and I mean in capitals. Ive tried everything, different distances, subject distraction techniques, the subject being off centre or looking away, taking from different angles, trying at different ambient light levels disaster, pre-flash red-eye reduction makes little difference. This must be a design fault and is most unfortunate. The other problem is occasional sort of flare blotches, I think it is probably dust in the air caught in the flash but Ive never known it with any other camera.
Frustration number two - my pictures just aint sharp, Im sure its not just me. They are not sparkly bright and sharp as they should be and a good proportion are just sort of dull and wish washy, maybe lacking some contrast. Ive tried to take control shots on all settings, exposures, speeds, sensitivity, with and with image stabilizer, you name it Ive tried it. I know the lack of an eyepiece takes some getting used to as you dont have your nose to rest the camera against, but somethings not right. The screen certainly shows your shots at their best advantage but when you view them on you pc what a disappointment.
Ive tried a mini tripod to take control shots, and whilst only a bit sharper they just arent up to scratch, in my eyes anyway.
I have been back to a couple of dealers and they are puzzled. A Sony shop says my pictures are as good as can be expected. I have read a few reviews on the www and on several the red-eye is often mentioned.
Lastly it is all too easy to partly cover the tiny lens, as it is quite close to the top left corner just where I am used to holding a camera. It really is a badly thought out design altogether.
After all this negativity there is one redeeming area and that is the macro settings. Close up shots can be stunning - good, sharp, clean, bright and crystal clear. This wasnt much comfort when I mentioned it to a dealer as he said most digital cameras (not people) take stunningly good macro shots anyway. Oh well I was pleased with myself.
Well this purchase was an expensive mistake, around £200 - I have passed it over to someone who enjoys all the different settings and effects for me I just want a point and shoot camera that takes excellent pictures without too much thought with the ability to tweak settings in difficult light conditions. Well thats what my Sony DSC-VI did until someone dropped it, now that was a real stunner for quality pictures.