Sony DSC-T10 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls
The DSC-T10 features a 3x Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar "folded" 6.33 - 19.0mm optical zoom with 38 - 114mm coverage (as compared to a 35mm camera.) The lens operates completely inside of the body. This is a high quality, all-glass lens constructed of 11 elements in 9 groups with 3 aspheric elements and 1 prism.
The DSC-T10 is equipped with a newly-developed 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 is 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.
The DSC-T10 employs a 5-point Multipoint auto focus system with a low-light focus assist illuminator. The working focus range is from 50 cm (19.7") to infinity in normal mode and in Macro the coverage is from 8 cm (3.1") to infinity. Using the Magnifying Glass Mode it can focus from 1 - 20 cm (0.4 - 8 in.) 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" to 9.2" (0.1-2.8m) using ISO Auto,
and up to 16.1' (4.9m) using ISO 1000.
The lens is protected by the sliding front cover when it's not powered up. Sliding
the cover down turns the camera on, sliding it up turns it off.
On the top is the Play/Still/Movie mode switch, microphone, the on/off power switch, Shutter
release, and the Super SteadyShot button.
The back is dominated by a large 2.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels of
resolution. It's the viewfinder and is also used for image review, sharing and
accessing the menu system. This is a transmissive / reflective hybrid 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:
On the top is the zoom lens control, the Wide button acts as the Index
button and the Telephoto button acts as the Enlarged button in playback. Just below the zoom
control is the Monitor button, it turns the LCD backlight on and off and controls the amount of
information that is displayed. 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 below and to the left of the 4-way selector lets
you quickly change the image size in record mode and acts as the image delete button in
playback. The button to the right allows you to adjust Exposure compensation in record mode and
starts a slideshow of your pictures in playback mode.
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.
Located on the side with the battery is the Memory Stick Duo card slot. The DSC-T10 has 58 megabytes of internal memory and supports any capacity Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Pro Duo card up to 4GB. Data can be easily copied back and forth between the internal memory and flash cards.
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
Power is supplied by a Sony NP-FT1 3.6v 2.4WH InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack. Sony quotes
a battery life of approx. 250 images. The battery is replenished out of the camera with the
included AC battery charger.
The optional Sony SPK-THC sport jacket (US$99.99) lets you take the DSC-T10 to the beach or pool, without having to worry about it getting wet. It features a sturdy, damage resistant design, and is water resistant to a depth of ten feet, making it ideal for light marine photography. It is also perfect for rough weather conditions, like rain, sleet or snow.
The SPK-THC water-resistant buttons allow full access to all camera controls while in the case, so you'll never have to compromise picture quality. The included strap helps keep your camera close at hand, both in and out of the water.