Sony DSC T90 Review

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Sony DSC T90 Ease of Use 9
Features 8
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality9
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 9
Lowlight 8
Macro 8
Value for Money 8
12 Megapixels
4x Zoom
3 inch LCD Screen
93.6 x 57.2 x 15mm
128g

Overview

The Sony Cybershot DSC T90 is a tremendously slim and sleek looking digital camera. Its other main attraction is the 3 inch, touch controlled LCD screen. You may also like the High Definition movie mode Sony has incorporated into the Cybershot DSC T90. The camera has 12 megapixels and a 4x optical zoom lens.

Why Buy The Sony DSC T90

This camera is one for anyone who is style conscious and is attracted to the high tech, touch controlled LCD screen. It also takes a good snapshot.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

12
4x
3 inches
93.6 x 57.2 x 15mm
128g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

8cm
Yes
No
Lithium ion
Memory Stick™ Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo™

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

Outdoor 1 (Medium Zoom): The Cybershot DSC T90 gets off to a good start. Colours are true even in direct sunlight and the sharpness of the photo is good for such a small camera and lens. The picture is free from any major problems.

Outdoor 2 (No Zoom): This photo is another decent effort. Again sharpness levels are good for such a small lens. I cannot see any darker areas creeping into to the corners of the shot as you sometimes notice with very small lenses.

Outdoor 3 (Maximum Zoom): Zooming all the way in and I am still happy. If the photo is blown up for a large print I can see plenty of detail and definition in the shot. There is only a small fall off in focusing towards the edges and this should not be noticeable at all in smaller snapshots.

Outdoor 4 (Building): Overall I have been impressed by the sharpness of my outdoor test shots. They are of better quality then some of the Sony digital cameras I have reviewed recently. In this shot the brickwork is in sharp focus. Once again there is little fall of in focusing as you move out towards the edges of the shot.

Portraits

Outdoor Portrait: I like this picture. It has a bright feel to it and the colours work well. The photo is crisp too. Most digital cameras perform well in this quite basic test, but you should have no problem with your portrait shots in good light.

Indoor Portrait with Flash: This is another encouraging effort. There is plenty of brightness in this shot as well. Colour levels are retained and this is another good effort.

Indoor Portrait without Flash: Considering the lighting was quite bright when I took this picture it is disappointingly dark. From time to time you will find yourself out of the range of the flash or the flash is not permitted. So you may miss out on the occasional photo in darker conditions with the Cybershot DSC T90.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Macro: If you look carefully you will see the Sony logo is reflected back into the lens from the reflective surface of the watch. This will not be a problem with nature type macro shots, but you may need to cover the logo for close in shots of reflective subjects. There is also a touch of purple fringing in this picture. Other than that this is a good effort

Colours: The colours work well. I especially like the contrast levels in my shots with the lighter blue of the skies and the darker greens of the foliage.

ISO 400 and ISO 1600: If I push the ISO settings up noise does become an issue quite quickly. This leads to a loss of definition in the shot. Darkness also creeps into the corners.

Summary

For such a small digital camera picture quality is good. I found no major problems and the Cybershot DSC T90 can handle most snapshot opportunities.

See sample images link arrow

Style

The Cybershot DSC T90 is one of the most stylish and sleek digital cameras you can find. It is also just about the slimmest camera too. It is available in five colours (black, silver, blue, pink and brown). It has a sliding lens cover. The fact it has so few buttons helps to accentuation its sleek look.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Par

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.3 seconds
12.6 seconds
0.5 seconds
14.67 seconds
2.72 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy Many people will find the touch control offered by the camera will help to make it easy to use.

Points I Like

Ease of use - design and style - build quality

Where it Could Improve

11MB of memory is not enough to test out the camera

Verdict

If style is important to you then the Sony Cybershot DSC T90 is likely to impress you. For such a small digital camera picture quality is good and this camera offers something a bit different from a lot of run of the mill models.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

menu setup

playback home menu

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Review Date

May 2009

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