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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100

Features & Controls

Sony DSC-T100

The DSC-T100 features a 5x Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar "folded" 5.8 - 29mm optical zoom with 35 - 175mm coverage (as compared to a 35mm camera.)   The lens operates completely inside of the body. This is a high quality, all glass lens that is protected by the sliding lens cover, which also acts as the power On/Off switch.

The DSC-T100 is equipped with Super SteadyShot lens-shift system with two gyro-sensors that detect hand movement, and automatically calculate the compensation needed to provide a clear, crisp image. Sony was the first manufacturer to incorporate an advanced lens-shift optical image stabilizer into a camera with a folded-path lens system. This is what allows for a compact form; the lens does not have to extend from the body of the camera.

This model employs a 9 Area Multipoint auto focus system with a low-light focus assist illuminator. The working focus range is from 19.7 in. (50 cm) to infinity in normal mode and in Macro the coverage is from 3.1 in. (8 cm) to infinity. Using the Magnifying Glass Mode it can focus from 0.4 - 8 in. (1 - 20 cm) for incredible close-ups.

The built-in flash has modes for Auto flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Slow Synchro and Flash Cancel. The flash has a working range of: approx. 4 in. to 12.1 ft (0.1m to 3.7m) in Wide angle when ISO is set to Auto, or 4 in. to 25.2 ft (0.1 - 7.7m) using ISO 3200.

Sony DSC-T100

On the top is the shutter release, the on/off power switch, and the Play mode button.

Sony DSC-T100

The back is dominated by a huge 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels of resolution. It's the only viewfinder and is used for image review, sharing and accessing the menu system. This is a transmissive / reflective display that's visible even in the direct sunlight. Sony's "Clear Photo LCD" technology provides higher resolution, contrast ratio and brightness.

Controls on the back are minimal. At the top are the Zoom controls (which act as the magnify and index options in playback mode). Next is the Menu button calls up and dismisses the onscreen menu system. The 4-way controller allows you to navigate the menu as well as scroll through your stored images in playback mode, pressing the button in the center accepts menu selections. Pressing "Up" controls the amount of information displayed on the LCD, "Left" enables Macro focus mode, "Down" sets the self-timer, and "Right" changes the flash mode. At the bottom is the "Home" button, which pulls up the Home menu with options for shooting mode, playback mode, Home screen, etc.

Sony DSC-T100

The I/O and docking cradle connector is on the bottom. The included cable has outputs for USB 2.0 high-speed transfer to the computer or connection to a PictBridge printer, Audio-Video for display on a TV (video signal can be set for NTSC or PAL standard), Audio is monoraul and there's also a jack for an optional AC power adapter.

The T100 is the first "T" series model we have seen form Sony to feature high-definition video output for viewing images on your HDTV.

Sony DSC-T100

Located on the side with the battery is the Memory Stick Duo card slot. The DSC-T100 has 31 megabytes of internal memory and supports any capacity Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Pro Duo card up to 8GB.

The higher performance MS PRO Duo cards are required for recording movies in the 640-Fine VX mode. This mode captures VGA size video at 30 frames per second.

Approx. Storage Capacities

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100

Sony DSC-T100

Power is supplied by a Sony NP-BG1 3.6v 960 mAh InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack. Sony quotes a battery life of approx. 340 images or 170 minutes. The battery is replenished out of the camera with the included AC battery charger. This handy charger has fold-away prongs for easy storage - no more lugging around an AC cord either.

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