Sony DSC-T30 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30

Review posted 7/26/2006

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Equipped with double anti-blur protection, the DSC-T30 is the ultimate Sony "ultra-compact" Cyber-shot model for capturing great photos in low light situations. The T30 provides 7- megapixels of resolution for poster size prints as well as a Carl Zeiss "folded" 3x optical zoom, VGA sized MPEG movie recording, 58MB of internal memory and a huge 3.0- inch high-quality LCD display. With its Super Steady Shot® optical image stabilization and high- sensitivity mode button, in seconds you can reduce the chance of taking a blurry picture the very first time.

The Super Steady Shot technology minimizes blur caused by shaky hands, while the its high light sensitivity (ISO 1000) mode reduces blur by shooting at faster shutter speeds. There's even added defense with Sony's Clear RAW™ noise reduction system, which kicks in to counter picture noise associated with high-sensitivity shooting.

This is Sony's first T-series model to feature selectable color modes. Choose natural mode for subtle color variations or vivid mode for more intense colors, depending on how you want to preserve the mood from your night on the town.

As with other T-series cameras, you simply slide the lens cover down and the camera is ready to capture images in seconds. Sony's ultra-fast Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry increases the camera's efficiency for quicker start-up, faster shot-to-shot times, higher-quality movie capture, and longer battery life. Its supplied InfoLithium® battery provides plenty of power - up to 420 shots per full charge. That's nearly double the performance of previous T-series models.

With the slide show feature, sharing your photos right on the camera's LCD is more enjoyable. You can even connect directly to your television with supplied cables. If you have a wide-screen home theater then you'll love the 16:9 image mode that creates HDTV proportional pictures that perfectly fill the screen. If prints are what you want, then connect the DSC-T30 to a Sony DPP-FP50 digital photo printer, or any PictBridge enabled printer, and print directly from the camera, no PC is needed. Don't think that you're limited to basic prints with this camera; you can even create postcards or calendars using the printer's supplied software.

Cyber-shot DSC-T30 Features:

  • 7-Megapixel CCD sensor with 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • Carl Zeiss "folded" 3x Zoom (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
  • Sony Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization
  • Stylish, durable and ultra-thin stainless metal body
  • MPEG Movie: 640x480 w/audio at 30fps, 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
  • 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Screen with Auto Brightness
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000 equivalent
  • Adjustable color, contrast and sharpness
  • Noise Reduction: Automatically cleans up long exposure images
  • 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 AC charger included
  • 58MB internal memory + Memory Stick Duo & MS Duo Pro cards
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible

The Cyber-shot DSC-T30 is available now for about $499 online.

The camera is supplied with an InfoLithium battery, battery charger, multi-connector cable, wrist strap and software CD-ROM. Optional accessories include a travel charger (BC-TR1, about $60), Cyber-shot Station (CSS-TNA, about $80), a marine pack (MPK-THC, about $200), and a genuine leather cover (LCJ-THA, about $40).

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The Cyber-shot T30 and a CD for size comparison.

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The Sony DSC-T30 and the 8-megapixel DSC-W100.

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Sony DSC-T30 Specifications

Image Device: 1/2.5" 7.2 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD
Recording Media: 58MB internal memory
Memory Stick Duo Media or Memory Stick Duo PRO Media up to 4GB
Zoom: Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar "folded" (internal) 3X Optical, 6.3 - 19mm (38-114mm equivalent)
11 elements in 9 groups (including 3 aspheric elements, 1 prism)
Smart Zoom™ Feature: Up to 3.6X (5MP), 4.5X (3MP), 5.6X (2MP), 14X (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)
Shutter Speed: Program Auto: 1 - 1/1000 sec.
Aperture Range:F3.5 - F10
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Color LCD: 3.0" 230K pixel TFT Hybrid LCD Screen
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synchro Red-Eye Reduction: On/Off
Flash Effective Range:ISO Auto 4" to 11.2' (0.1-3.4m), ISO 1000: 4" to 19' 8" (0.1-6m)
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash
Picture Effects:Black & White, Natural, Rich, Sepia
ISO: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000
Scene Modes: Beach, Fireworks, High Sensitivity, High Speed Shutter, Landscape, Snow, Soft Snap, Twilight, Twilight Portrait
Self-Timer: Off, 2 or 10 Seconds
Video Output:NTSC/PAL Selectable
Still Image Modes: Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), Burst, Multi-Burst, Auto Bracketing
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: Yes, by Supplied Multi-connector Cable, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed
Compatible Battery: InfoLithium NP-FR1 3.6v 4.4Wh
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-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery, BC-CS3 External Battery Charger, A/V, USB, DC-in Multi-connector Cable, Wrist Strap, Software CD-ROM
NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.

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