Sony DSC-T5 Review
Features & Controls
The DSC-T5 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 8 groups with 3 aspheric elements.
The DSC-T5 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 closeups. 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 flash has a working range of: approx. 0.1m to 2.5m (3 15/16 inches to 8 feet 7/16 inches (W)
approx. 0.5m to 2.0m (1 feet 7 11/16 inches to 6 feet 6 3/4 inches) (T) when ISO is set to Auto.
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 shutter release, the on/off power switch, mode switch and the microphone.
The back is dominated by a huge 2.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels of
resolution. It's the viewfinder and it's also used for image review and accessing
the menu system. This is a trasmissive / reflective hybrid display for use even in
the direct sunlight. Sony's "Clear Photo LCD" technology provides higher resolution,
contrast ratio and brightness. Images in the LCD will have up to a 40% improvement in
color reproduction than previous models.
On the top is the Mode switch with positions for Review, Record and Movie. 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. 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 I/O/docking cradle connector is on the bottom. If not using the
optional CSS-TNA Cyber-shot Station™ cradle, 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 a jack for the optional AC power adapter.
Located on the side with the battery is the Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot. The DSC-T5 comes with a 32MB of internal memory and can use any capacity Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Pro Duo card up to 2GB.
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.
(The top figure is for Fine quality, the lower figure is Standard quality)
Power is supplied by a Sony NP-FT1 3.6v 2.4WH (680mAh) InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack. Sony quotes a battery life of approx. 200 images or a viewing time is approx. 150 minutes. The battery is replenished out of the camera with the included BC-CS3 AC battery charger.
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