Sony DSC T900 Review

Ultra Compact

Picture
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.

See sample images link arrow

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


Shutter Lag Table link arrow

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

menu 1 menu-2

menu 3 menu 4

Top Rated Cameras in this Category

Sony DSC TX55 Rating 85/100

If the touch screen was perfect then the Sony Cybershot DSC TX55 would be a truly outstanding digital camera. As it is picture quality is hard to beat for such a small camera. Style and design is very impressive and the features on offer give you more or less everything you are likely to want in a point and shoot pocket camera and a bit more on top. It can be very hard to find the perfect touch screen so if touch control is important to you then this camera is well worth a place on your short list.

Read Review: Sony DSC TX55 Review

Panasonic DMC FX90 Rating 79/100

Panasonic offers some excellent digital cameras and can normally be replied upon to produce crystal clear photos. As with previous reviews of cameras in the FX part of the range the Panasonic Lumix DMC FX90 just does not match up to those usual high standards. Focusing is softer than it should be and you are likely to see the results of this even with relatively small sized prints.

Read Review: Panasonic DMC FX90 Review

Panasonic DMC FX70 Rating 79/100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC FX70 does not quite match up to the picture quality I am used to seeing from Panasonic digital cameras. It does have a lot of other plus points, but if you are looking for true clarity in your photos there are better pocket cameras around.

Read Review: Panasonic DMC FX70 Review

Related Pages

Sony DSC T900 Review Sony DSC T900 Specification Sony DSC T900 Sample Images Sony DSC T900 Features Sony Digital Cameras

Review Date

July 2009

Best Deals



Read a Review



Photography Courses

photography courses

Search By Price

Digital Cameras Under £50
Digital Cameras £50 - £100
Digital Cameras £100 - £150
Digital Cameras £150 - £200
Digital Cameras £200 - £300
Digital Cameras £300 - £500
Digital Cameras £500 - £1000
Digital Cameras Over £1000

Search By Camera Type

Simple and Easy Digital Cameras
Pocket Sized Digital Cameras
Extra Zoom Digital Cameras
Super Zoom Digital Cameras
Advanced Digital Cameras
Waterproof Digital Cameras
Compact System Cameras
Digital SLRs

Search By Camera Brand

Canon Digital Cameras
Fuji Digital Cameras
Nikon Digital Cameras
Olympus Digital Cameras
Panasonic Digital Cameras
Sony Digital Cameras

Buyers Guides

Digital Cameras
Memory Cards
Digital SLRs
Major Features
Shutter Times
Batteries
Where to Buy

More Guides

Local Guides

All Local Guides
England
English Counties
London Locations
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales

News Feeds

XML RSS My MSN My Yahoo