I purchased this camera about 4 years ago and have used it heavilty since. Its extremely compact and very durable. design as with all sony products is stylish and does everything you need it to.
although its only 5.1 mega pixels the quality of the photos it takes are great i believe partly due to its high quality lense. Ive compared photos taken with this camer to some larger professional grade cameras and im my oppinion this beats them hands down.
in terms of durability this camera has been everywhere with me in the last 4 years, its been dropped, stood on. splashed with water/rain many times and covered in sand and still works as good as it did on day one. you will still struggle to find cameras of this size and quality and i regularly find that although its an older device and feature wise lacks some of the features newer cameras have, people still comment on how impressive and compact it is. highly recommended.
I purchased this camera from the internet. Brand Spanking new from sony direct saving me heaps of money. It is neat compact and light to carry. I was going on a world cruise to Athens Egypt and indonesia back to Australia. It took some magnificent photos. Now I'm no photographer so I have to leave it all to the camera to know what it is doing and this one did just that.
I would point and shoot and it would deliver me a perfect photo if not I could see straight away and delete. On this trip I took over 300 photos all of which are perfect and some are spectacular. What more can I say.
I wouldn't be without it now. It fits in my handbag and goes with me everywhere you never know when that perfect moment for a photo may arise.
Its automatic setting does all the hard work for you.
After having a Canon A95 which I carried around with me in Australia earlier this year, I passed the camera to my sister so she could capture pictures and movies of her children. And she certainly has used it extensively. However, that left me with a problem that I was to encounter later in the year - a trip to the States.
I know I'm not a good photographer so I decided on getting something that just worked but at the same time took decent photos and movies.
I was going to plump for the Fuji F-10 but it seemed bulky despite the rave reviews.
I settled on a Sony DSC T7. After having read the reviews, I knew I had made the right choice. So, I'll keep this brief.
Firstly, this camera is available in one of two finishes - silver and black. Mine came in black and it looks fantastic.
The camera is just a little bigger than a deck of card but only half a centimetre thick - that is truly thin. You can easily slip it into your shirt pocket or, for ladies in their purses. It weighs 120 grams comparable to a mobile phone.
There is no optical viewfinder to squint through. You have to use the glorious 2.5" LCD display on the back of the camera. The display gives you as much or little information as you require. The number of shots left, battery life, light balance etc. All in all, for me, some of these functions I would never use.
Fortunately, the camera defaults to auto mode. You can take some pretty spectacular pictures. Word of warning though. If you take pictures of people indoors or at night, remember to have the red eye reduction facility on. People look demonic with red eyes!
The auto-focus is very quick. Powering up time is amazingly quick as well. I was able to catch some fantastic shots before other people's cameras had powered up.
There are various program modes which change the settings of the camera - for example, there's a beach mode, portrait mode etc. For the more technically minded, you can alter ISO settings, aperture etc.
Movie mode - the camera takes some pretty good movies. However, don't expect DVD quality. It's pixelated and the sound is tinny.
The package also comes with a USB/Video adaptor so you can display your photos and movies onto a television set.
So, bad points?
Battery life suffers when using movie mode or taking lots of pictures. Remember to buy a spare battery (Sony ones are £40 but you can pick up equivalents for half the price).
When you capture movies, even a 1GB card can only hold 12 minutes of footage. You have to remember to use Memory Stick Duo cards only. The Duo Pro ones are recommended for movies. These cards aren't cheap but look around on the net and you can pick up a 1GB card for £50. The camera comes supplied with a 32MB card but you can only fit 10 photos on it so invest in a larger card.
This camera attracts a lot of attention whenever I produce it. Onlookers can't believe it's a camera until they see the results for themselves.
All in all, this is a superb little camera for holidays, days/nights out etc. Do not expect it to perform like an SLR!