Sony DSC-T33 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33

Review posted 9/15/2005

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With a depth of just one-half inch, the new Cyber-shot T33 packs a range of powerful features into Sony's second thinnest model to date (the Cyber-shot T7 is even thinner.) It sports a large 2.5-inch LCD viewfinder, occupying about two-thirds of the back of the camera, so friends and family can gather round and enjoy images the moment they are captured.

The T33 has sophisticated auto-focus and auto-exposure options to help get the picture right the first time. It allows you to choose from nine settings to match the scene - whether it's twilight, portrait, landscape, snow, beach or even fireworks - so it is easy to shoot high-quality images even in challenging lighting conditions. And due to Sony's Real Imaging Processor™ circuit, the T33 is lightning fast. It shoots bursts of up to four full-resolution images at three frames per second. The T33 also comes equipped with Sony's anti-reflective Clear Photo LCD screen, which significantly reduces unwanted glare in brightly-lit environments and delivers vivid color reproduction. The camera's large 2.5" screen is optimized for easy viewing and sharing of images with friends, even at wide angles - whenever, wherever.

Ten pre-set picture-taking modes also make it easier to get the perfect shot, without having to make any adjustments. Select "Magnifying Glass" for macro shooting up to 1 cm from your object or "High Speed Shutter" to catch fast-moving action like your mom's tennis match.

Sony's Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry, in the Cyber-shot T33 is lighting fast, so it can shoot full-resolution images at one-second intervals. And with approximately 180 shots per charge of the camera's InfoLithium™ battery, you can snap away to your heart's content without fear of running down the power.

With this new camera, you not only get the still image but the video too. With an optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media card, shooting high-quality video is simple. MPEG-VX fine mode lets you record motion video with audio at 640x480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second, up to the capacity of a compatible media card. A 1-gigabyte Sony Memory Stick card can hold up to 12 minutes of VGA-quality 640 x 480 MPEG video and 384, 5-megapixel JPEG Fine images.

Once you have captured the perfect pictures and MPEG videos, don't let them sit in your camera or PC. Share them with your family and friends. Connect the T33 to a Sony DPP-FP50 digital photo printer and view your favorite photos as a slideshow on your television or turn them into postcards, calendars and much more.

DSC-T33 Major Features:

  • Sony 5 Megapixel effective CCD image sensor
  • Carl Zeiss "folded" 3x Zoom (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
  • Stylish, durable and ultra-thin aluminum body
  • Magnifying Glass Mode for subjects as close as 1cm (0.4 in.)
  • MPEG Movie: 640x480 VX Fine w/audio at 30fps (Memory Stick Pro required),
    640x480 VX standard at 16fps, length limited only by media
  • Auto, Program AE plus 9 Scene modes
  • Live histogram display in capture and playback modes
  • 5 Area Multi-point AF; auto or selectable Spot AF point
  • 2.5" TFT color (230,000 pixels) LCD Screen with Auto Brightness
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400 equivalent
  • Adjustable color saturation, contrast and sharpness
  • Noise Reduction: Automatically cleans up long exposure images
  • 14bit DXP A/D Conversion - allows a wider dynamic range from highlight to shadow
  • Flash with Auto, Fill, Forced Off, and Slow Synchro (Red Eye reduction available)
  • USB 2.0 high speed Auto-Connect to host computer
  • Rechargeable InfoLithium battery and Cyber-shot Station camera dock included
  • 32MB internal memory + Memory Stick Duo & MS Duo Pro cards
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible

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Sony DSC-T33 Specifications

Image Device: 1/2.4" 5.1 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD
Still Image Sizes: 5M 2592x1944
5M(3.2) 2592x1728
3M 2048x1536
1M 1280x960
VGA 640x480
Recording Media: 32MB internal memory
Memory Stick Duo Media or Memory Stick Duo PRO Media up to 2GB
Zoom: Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar "folded" (internal) 3X Optical, 6.7 - 20.1mm (38-114mm equivalent)
11 elements in 8 groups, 3 aspheric elements
Smart Zoom™ Feature: 0 - 12.0X (at VGA resolution)
Digital Zoom: Precision, 0 - 2.0X Range, 6X Total
Filter Diameter: n/a
Auto Focus: 5 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual
Minimum Focus Distance: 19.7" (50cm)
Macro Focus Distance: 3.1" (8cm)
Magnifying Glass Mode: 1-20cm (0.39-7.9 in.)
Shutter Speed: Auto: 1/8 - 1/1000 sec.
Program Auto: 1 - 1/1000 sec.
Aperture Range: F3.5/F5.6 (W); F4.4/F10 (T)
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Color LCD: 2.5" 230K pixel hybrid LCD Screen
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synchro Red-Eye Reduction: On/Off
Flash Effective Range: 0.1 - 1.6 m (3.8 in. - 5 ft.) Wide angle
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash
Burst Mode: 4 frames @3fps (5M JPEG fine), 9 frames @1.2fps (5M JPEG fine), 100 Shot (VGA/JPEG std.), 1.1fps
Picture Effects: Sepia, Black & White
ISO: Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400
Scene Modes: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Beach, Snow, Magnifying Glass Mode, High-Speed Shutter and Fireworks
Self-Timer: 10 Seconds
Video Output: NTSC/PAL Selectable
Still Image Modes: Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), Burst, Multi-Burst
MPEG Movie Mode: MPEG VX Fine with Audio (640 x 480 at 30fps),
(MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick Duo PRO media)
MPEG VX Standard with Audio (640 x 480 at 16.6fps),
Video Mail (160 x 112 at 8.3fps) with Audio
Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
USB Terminal: Supports USB 2.0
Cradle Compatible: Yes, included
Compatible Battery: Sony InfoLithium NP-FT1 3.6v 2.4Wh (680mAh)
Supplied Software: Picture Package™ for Sony v1.6 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), USB Driver (SPVD-012.1), Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)
OS Compatibility: Microsoft® Windows® 98, 98SE, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home and Professional

Macintosh® OS 8.5.1, 8.6/ 9.0 - 9.2/ X (10.1.5 or later)

Supplied Accessories: NP-FT1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery, UC-TD Cyber-shot Station, A/V, USB, DC-in Multi-connector Cable, Wrist Strap, Software CD-ROM
Dimensions: 4" x 2 3/8" x 27/32" (99.4 x 60.9 x 20.7 mm)
Weight: 5.3oz (150g) Body with Battery, Media and Wrist Strap
NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.

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