Features & Controls
By Josh Fate
To help aid in capturing steady, blur free hand-held photos, Sony has included their Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system, which is a lens-shift device that uses two gyro-sensors that detect hand movement, and then the camera automatically calculates the compensation needed to provide a clear, crisp image.
The built-in flash has modes for Auto flash, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Synchro, with Red-Eye Reduction On or Off. The flash has a working range using ISO Auto: Approx. 0.26' - 9.19' (0.08- 2.8m) Wide / Approx. 1.64' - 7.55' (0.5 - 2.3m) Telephoto. Using ISO 3200 will extend the range to 18.4 ft. (5.6m) at Wide angle or 15.1 ft (4.6m) at Telephoto.
With this 3.0-inch, 230,000 dot Clear Photo LCD Plus screen taking up the entire back of this ultra-compact, it is used for all of the camera's controls as well as framing and viewing your images. 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. All of the controls are onscreen, and you make menu selections by touching the desired value on the screen with your finger tips or you can use the included stylus "Paint" pen.
The I/O port is on the bottom next to the battery/memory card door and the metal tripod mount. The included cable has outputs for USB 2.0 high-speed transfer to the computer or connection to a PictBridge printer, and Audio-Video for display on a TV (video signal can be set for NTSC or PAL standard).
A big upgrade that Sony has included on the T99 is the ability to use either Sony's memory stick or SD/SDHC/SDXC type memory cards. Data can be easily copied back and forth between the 32MB internal memory and flash cards.
Powering the T99 is a 3.6V, 630mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery. Sony claims that this tiny battery is capable of supplying the camera with enough power to capture 230 images on a single charge. Also included is a small, portable quick charger to you ready to shoot anywhere.