Sony DSC-T77 Review

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Record Modes & Menus



Sony CyberShot DSC-T77

The Home menu gives you direct access to all of the different menus on the camera.

    Shooting
    View Images
    SlideShow
    Printing
    Manage Memory
    Settings




Sony CyberShot DSC-T77

Here you can see Auto mode. This is a fully automatic 'point-n-shoot' exposure mode where the camera chooses all of the exposure settings for you. There are very few options available, like Flash mode, Focus, Smile shutter, Self-timer, iSCN, etc. For those who like access to more exposure options, the T77 also offers a Program AE exposure mode (not shown).



Sony DSC-T77

To select the camera mode, you simple touch the icon that is directly above the Menu 'button'. You can choose from: Auto, Program, Easy, High ISO, Movie, Landscape, Soft Snap, Twilight Portrait, Twilight, and SCN (Gourmet, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Underwater (requires optional housing), Hi-Speed Shutter).



Sony CyberShot DSC-T77

When you half-press the shutter release the AF system activates, and when successful, the focus brackets will turn green (one for each point that is in focus). The camera also displays a green 'Focus OK' dot at the bottom left corner along with the shutter speed and aperture values.



Sony DSC-T77

Display choices:

    Normal: - All exposure info enabled, button/options displayed
    Simple: - No exposure info, buttons/options displayed
    Image Only: - No exposure info, buttons/options Not displayed
    Histogram: - On or Off
    Brightness: - Normal or Bright




Sony DSC-T77

Record menu options in Auto mode:

    Image Size - 10M, 5M, 3M, VGA, 3:2, 16:9+, 16:9
    iSCN - Off, Auto, Advanced
    Face Detection - When Touched (tap the LCD when you want focus), Auto, Child or Adult priority
    Smile Detection Sensitivity - Low, Medium, High
    Rec Mode - Normal or Burst
    Exposure Compensation - �2EV in 1/3EV Steps
    Red Eye Reduction - Auto, On, Off
    Setup - Setup Menu


Sony CyberShot DSC-T77

Here you can see we have Smile Shutter enabled. This option is only available in Auto mode, and works like a Smile 'self-timer'. The camera will automatically release the shutter when it detects a smile in the frame. You can set the sensitivity of this feature via the record menu.




Sony DSC-T77

You can record motion video with audio at 640x480 (Fine 30fps, Standard 17fps) or 320x240 (8fps). The 640x480 'VX Fine' mode requires the use of Memory Stick Duo Pro media to insure that it can stream the data fast enough from the camera. Unlike most digicams that record sound with video, the T77 allows you to have full use of the 4x optical zoom while recording. These Motion JPEG format videos are saved as .MPG files.



Sony DSC-T77

Movie mode menu options:

    Image Size - 640(Fine), 640(Standard), 320
    Exposure Compensation - �2EV in 1/3EV Steps
    Metering Mode - Multi or Center
    Focus - Multi AF, Infinity AF
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1/2/3, Incandescent
    Color Mode - Normal, Sepia, B&W
    Steady Shot - On or Off
    Setup - Setup Menu


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