Sony DSC T900 Review

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Sony DSC T900 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
3.5 inch LCD Screen
97.9 x 57.8 x 16.3mm
123g

Overview

The Sony Cybershot DSC T900 is an innovative digital camera. It has a sleek, stylish design and is small enough to take anywhere. The large 3.5 inch screen is touch controlled allowing Sony to remove more or less all the buttons and dials from the Cybershot DSC T900. It has 12 megapixels and a 4x optical zoom lens.

Why Buy The Sony DSC T900

As well as the sleek design and touch controlled screen you will also find High Definition movies. The Cybershot DSC T900 is also quick to take a picture. Zoom can be increased when shooting at lower resolutions.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

12
4x
3.5 inches
97.9 x 57.8 x 16.3mm
123g

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 T900 starts off quite well. It produces a colourful photo. There is a hint of blue line picking up a purple tinge. Although all digital cameras find it tougher to bring out detail in shady areas the Cybershot DSC T900 struggles more than most in the darker areas of the photo.

Outdoor 2 (No Zoom): Picture quality is somewhere in the mid division for a pocket camera. With this shot there are one or two areas that lack a little definition. This is especially true in darker areas of the shot. You are unlikely to notice this if you make smaller prints.

Outdoor 3 (Maximum Zoom): With fewer shaded and dark areas the Cybershot DSC T900 produces a better shot with the lens fully zoomed in. I like the brightness and the colours produced in this shot.

Outdoor 4 (Building): Where the sun catches the walls of the building the colours are quite light. Sharpness is good without quite hitting the heights some pocket cameras manage.

Portraits

Outdoor Portrait: The outdoor portrait in daylight is the best of my three portrait tests. The colours are quite low key even though I used a white balance setting of cloudy to boost the colours up. You may need to try out different white balance settings to get the type of colours you like the most.

Indoor Portrait with Flash: I would have liked to have seen the Cybershot DSC T900 temper the amount of flash light it emits. As it stands there is quite a harsh burst of light and this reflects back off the face creating some shiny areas. There is also a touch of red eye showing.

Indoor Portrait without Flash: With flash turned off noise takes the edge off the definition of the shot. It looks to me that flash will be required when the light is less than perfect.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Macro: My macro test shot is quite good for such a small camera and lens. There is a hint of purple fringing where the light catches the edge of the watch.

Colours: I have no issues with the colours as such, but as you will notice with my outdoor portrait and building test picture colours can be a little washed out by brighter light.

ISO 400 and ISO 1600: Noise does creep into darker areas of shots or when the light is anything less than perfect. This can take the edge of the crispness of a shot.

Summary

Picture quality is o.k. for snapshots and I would say that is the market this camera is being aimed at. It does have one or two weaker areas, but these issues are only likely to be a problem if you are looking to make large prints.

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Style

I like the look of the Cybershot DSC T900. With no buttons on the back of the camera it has a very sleek look. The sliding lens cover helps with this too. You should have no problem slipping the camera into a pocket. There is a choice of black, silver and brown models.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Fast

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

0.22 seconds
11.19 seconds
0.55 seconds
13.33 seconds
2.7 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy If you are at home with a touch screen then you should have no problems with the Cybershot DSC T900.

Points I Like

Ease of use - touch screen - design and size - High Definition movies with stereo sound and zoom - low shutter lag times - build quality

Where it Could Improve

Very small internal memory

Verdict

There is a lot to like about the Sony Cybershot DSC T900. It scores highly for ease of use and build quality as well as more innovative and advanced features. Picture quality is good for snapshot sized prints.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

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Related Pages

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Review Date

July 2009

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