Sony DSC-T1 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T1

Features & Controls

The DSC-T1 is a true marvel of miniturization, inside of that ultra-slim (3.6 x 2.4 x 0.8-inch) metal body is a 5-megapixel imager, 3x zoom lens, a 2.5-inch color LCD, rechargeable Li-ion battery and high-performance image processing hardware.

Sony DSC-T1

The DSC-T1 features a 3x Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 6.7 - 20.1mm optical zoom with 38 - 114mm coverage (as compared to a 35mm camera.) The lens operates completely inside of the body. The sliding front cover protects the lens and also functions as an on/off switch.

The DSC-T1 employs a 5-point Multipoint auto focus system with a low-light focus assist illuminator. The working focus range is from 25 cm to infinity in normal mode and in Macro the coverage is from 8 cm to infinity. You can also manually select one of 5 focus distance presets from 0.5m to infinity.

The built-in flash has modes for Auto flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Slow Synchro and Flash Cancel. The tiny flash has a working range of just 1 to 5 feet (0.3 to 1.5m) in wide angle when ISO is set to Auto.

Sony DSC-T1

On the top is the shutter release, the on/off power switch and the microphone.

Sony DSC-T1

The back is dominated by a huge 2.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor with 211,200 pixels of resolution. It's the viewfinder and is also used for image review and accessing the menu system. Shown above is a photo of the actual screen display, it's gorgeous!

The zoom lens controls are top right, the Wide button acts as the Index button in playback, the Telephoto button acts as the Enlarged button in playback. The Mode switch on the side has positions for Movie, Record and Playback. The MENU button calls up or dismisses the onscreen menus. The 4-way selector lets you navigate through the menus or select images during playback. Pressing it in the center accepts selections. In record it lets you select the flash mode, macro focus, self-timer and Quick Review mode. The button above and to the right of the 4-way selector lets you quickly change the image size in record mode and acts as the image delete button in playback. Just below the 4-way selector is the Monitor button, it turns the LCD backlight on and off and controls the amount of information that is displayed.

Sony DSC-T1

The I/O ports are on the back side of the docking cradle and include a USB 2.0 high-speed port for transferring images to the computer.

The Audio-Video Out port lets you display images and movies on a TV. The video signal can be set for NTSC or PAL standard. Audio is monoraul.

On the right end is the jack for the AC-LM5 battery charger / power adapter.

Sony DSC-T1

Located on the bottom with the battery is the Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot. The DSC-T1 comes with an 32MB MS Duo card and can use any capacity Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Pro Duo card.

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

Memory Stick Duo Storage Capacity

Image size 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB Pro 512MB Pro
5 Megapixel 12 (23) 25 (48) 51 (96) 92 (174) 188 (354)
5M 3:2 12 (23) 25 (48) 51 (96) 92 (174) 188 (354)
3 Megapixel 20 (37) 41 (74) 82 (149) 148 (264) 302 (537)
1 Megapixel 50 (93) 101 (187) 202 (376) 357 (649) 726 (1320)
VGA 196 (491) 394 (985) 790 (1975) 1428 (3571) 2904 (7261)
Standard quality in parenthesis, all capacity figures are approximate.

Sony DSC-T1

Power is supplied by a Sony NP-FT1 3.6v 2.4WH InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack. The battery is charged in-camera with the supplied AC-LM5 AC adapter/charger and a fully depleted battery is recharged in 150 minutes.

Sony quotes a battery life of approx. 80 minutes (170 images) with the LCD backlight on and approx. 100 minutes (200 images) with the backlight turned off. Viewing time is approx. 130 minutes.

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