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My wife bought this camera as a present for herself two years ago, and we are still using it on certain occasions although we have upgraded to a DSLR. We have the Black version, although I understand that it also comes in red and silver.
I love the wide screen that comes with the camera. The unique thing about it is that it is touch screen and allows the users to select from a wide array of options and customizations to suit users preferences. There is a small plastic pencil which comes with the package that can be tied to the camera to be used to click on the touch screen.
The features that come with the camera are excellent. One of the main features I loved personally was the face detection function which allowed the user to focus on faces of targets before snapping away.
The flash and window of the camera slides down when pushed by the user at the front of the camera. I didn't really fancy this and after awhile the slider sometimes became stuck and as such you wouldn't be able to take your pictures.
The quality of the pictures have been good even in low or high light conditions. If you know how to use your settings you are likely to take better pictures. However, even if you stick with the automatic functions, the 8.1 megapixels which come with the camera do an ok job.
Being a Sony product, the memory card is a Memory Stick and as such you would need to get one from Sony and it makes life slightly more challenging as you are unable to use the card reader which you have with most PCs. However there are many external card readers that cater for this.
It is however a very good looking camera and sturdy to say the least. I have been using it for a few years and have dropped it a couple of times so I can say that in that sense it is durable.
I have the Sony DSC T100 in black which is a very nice looking colour. The large LCD screen is perfect for taking pictures. There are many functions that are customizable as well as pre programmed photo shoot modes you could yuse in different conditions. A feature which I like is the face detection which allows the camera to detect faces and focus the picture around them.
The slide up cover feels firm and sturdy and the same goes for the camera as a whole. This camera doesn't feel too bulky at all to hold and carry. In fact, it's actually quite slim considering it's specifications. However, it can feel plasticy on some parts.
Although nowdays there are many cameras out there which have better performance (there always will be), the design of the Sony T100 more than makes up for it. If you like taking top quality photos whilst using a nice looking camera, this would be a perfect choice!
What a fantastic camera in a perfect colour. I took this camera to the Edinburgh Tattoo was not disappointed at all. The photos came out exceptionally well even in the dark, the clarity was spot on too. I bought this off the Internet for £229.00 with a pouch and a 1GB sony memory stick. I would not hesitate to recommend this little beauty to anyone because not only that it has an amazing optical zoom and is 8.1 Mpix what more could you want. Go out and buy one is what I can say.
Well to be honest Im not the biggest fan of the T series industrial design, however it is a satisfactory model and I would ultimately recommend it to general photographers. The model I bought was the silver model which was basically brushed metal, measuring 3.5 x 2.25 x 87 (WHD in inches) and weighing 6 ounces (170.09 grams) with the battery and the memory stick.
At the front of the model, there is a subtle branding which isnt too eye catching or overwhelming and generally fits with the overall style of the camera. The colours available are, silver, red and black. If you slide the front panel of the camera down you will notice that the camera will power up and you will see a flash, the lens and mic and AF Illuminator sensor. Note that the Zeiss Vario-Tessar glass is a 5x non-protruding optical zoom.
The DSC-T100 is an average size for a modern camera and can easily fit into your pocket, however it is easily scratched especially the 3-inch LCD screen at the back. The LCD screen itself takes almost all of the space on the camera making viewing easy and effective.
At the top of the camera there is a shutter button which has a power playback key and it also has a battery/memory card compartment and an available tripod mount attachment.
Sony announces that the camera is capable of HD which can be outputted to your HD television, however you would need to purchase an additional accessory with the appropriate HD connectors. You can buy this accessory for £59 at http://shop.sonystyle-europe.com/ which enables you to use video out and a remote whilst also charging your battery. This for m however seems a rip off and I would waste my time and money buying this accessory for the price.
The kit that comes with the camera usually includes a strap, rechargeable battery and or charger, a hydra-cable, a printed Manuel and a CD ROM to accompany. The basic software for the camera is also included in this CD ROM. Normally no memory stick or duo card is included but you can but a 1GB FOR AROUND £15 when you shop around.
Sensor 1/2.5 " Type CCD
7.2 million effective pixels
Image sizes 3264 x 2448
2592 x 1944
2048 x 1536
640 x 480
3264 x 2176 (3:2)
1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Movie clips n/a
File formats JPEG
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
5x optical zoom
35-175mm (35mm equiv) Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
3x optical zoom
38-114mm (35mm equiv)
Image stabilization Super Steady Shot
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Precision 2x, TTL 6x
AF area modes 9-point
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance AF: 50cm
Macro: 80cm (tele) 8cm (wide)
Magnifying Glass: 1-20cm (wide)
Macro: 25cm (tele) 8cm (wide)
Magnifying Glass: 1-20cm (wide)
ISO sensitivity Auto
Exposure compensation +/-2EV in 1/3EV stop increments
Exposure bracketing n/a
Shuttter speed Auto: 1/4-1/1000
Aperture F3.5-5.6 (wide) F4.4-10.0 (tele) F3.5-5.6 (wide) F4.3-10.0 (tele)
Scene modes Twilight
High Speed Shutter
White balance Auto
Fluorescent 1, 2, 3
White balance fine tune n/a
Self timer 2 or 10sec
Continuous shooting 100 shots, 2.1fps, 8MP (max)
Image parameters Color modes: Natural, Vivid, Sepia, B&W
Range: 0.1-3.7m (wide) 0.8-2.9m (tele) Auto
Range: 0.1-3.0m (wide) 0.25-2.5m (tele)
LCD monitor 3.0-inch
230,000 pixels 2.5-inch
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage Memory Stick / Pro Duo
31 MB internal memory
Power Lithium-ion battery NP-BG1
Weight (no batt) 172 g (6.1 oz) 159 g (5.6 oz)
Dimensions 91.8 x 59.2 x 22.3 mm (3 5/8 x 2 5/16 x 7/8 in) 89.7 x 55.7 x 22.8 mm (3 9/16 x 2 3/16 x 7/8 in)
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100 is perfect for the general photographer whos interests include basic snap shots, however I would not recommend this camera to people who intend to use it for semi-professional or professional shots since its features and specs are somewhat limited and the overall quality of the shots are less than professional. Its supposed HD enabled capacity is a major plus to this camera and maybe its only real positive with substance.