Sony DSC-T50 Review
Features & Controls
The DSC-T50 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-T50 is equipped with a newly-developed Super SteadyShot lens-shift system with two gyro-sensors that detects hand movement, and automatically calculates 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.
This model employs a 5 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 closeups.
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 11.2 ft (0.1m to 3.4m) in Wide angle
when ISO is set to Auto, or 4 in. to 19.8 ft (0.1 - 6m) 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 shutter release, the on/off power switch, Super SteadyShot button,
Play/Still/Movie mode switch and the microphone.
The back is dominated by a huge 3.0-inch Touchpanel Hybrid TFT 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. You make menu selections by touching the desired value on the screen or you can use the included "Paint pen" stylus.
Controls on the back are minimal due to this model's touch screen technology. Only the Zoom
controls (which act as the magnify and index options in playback mode), Menu and Monitor buttons
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-T50 has 56 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-FR1 3.6v 4.4WH InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack. Sony quotes a battery life of approx. 400 images. The battery is replenished out of the camera with the included AC battery charger.
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