Sony DSC-T3 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T3

Features & Controls

The DSC-T3 features a 3x Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar "folded" 6.7 - 20.1mm 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 8 groups with 3 aspheric elements.

The DSC-T3 employs a 5-point Multipoint auto focus system with a low-light focus assist illuminator. The working focus range is from 50 cm (19.7") to infinity in normal mode and in Macro the coverage is from 8 cm (3.1") to infinity. Using the Magnifying Glass Mode it can focus from 1 - 20 cm (0.4 - 8 in.) for incredible closeups. You can also manually select one of 5 focus distance presets from 0.5m to infinity.

Sony DSC-T3

The built-in flash has modes for Auto flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Slow Synchro and Flash Cancel. The tiny flash has a working range of just 3.8 in. to 5.25 feet (0.1 to 1.7m) in wide angle when ISO is set to Auto.

Sony DSC-T3

On the top is the shutter release, the on/off power switch and the microphone.

Sony DSC-T3

The back is dominated by a huge 2.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels of resolution. It's the viewfinder and is also used for image review and accessing the menu system. (This is an actual screen picture, it has not been faked.) The zoom lens controls are top right, the Wide button acts as the Index button in playback, the Telephoto button acts as the Enlarged button in playback. Just below the zoom control is the Monitor button, it turns the LCD backlight on and off and controls the amount of information that is displayed. The Mode switch on the side has positions for Movie, Record and Playback. The MENU button calls up or dismisses the onscreen menus. The 4-way selector lets you navigate through the menus or select images during playback. Pressing it in the center accepts selections. In record it lets you select the flash mode, macro focus, self-timer and Quick Review mode. The button below and to the left of the 4-way selector lets you quickly change the image size in record mode and acts as the image delete button in playback.

Sony DSC-T3

The I/O ports are on the back side of the docking cradle and include a USB 2.0 high-speed port for transferring images to the computer.

The Audio-Video Out port lets you display images and movies on a TV. The video signal can be set for NTSC or PAL standard. Audio is monoraul.

On the right end is the jack for the AC-LM5 battery charger / power adapter.

Sony DSC-T3

Located on the bottom with the battery is the Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot. The DSC-T3 comes with an 32MB MS Duo card and can use any capacity Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Pro Duo card.

The higher performance MS PRO Duo cards are required for recording movies in the 640-Fine VX mode. This mode captures VGA video at 30 frames per second.

Sony DSC-T3

Sony DSC-T3

Power is supplied by a Sony NP-FT1 3.6v 2.4WH (680mAh) InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack. Sony quotes a battery life of approx. 180 images or a viewing time is approx. 150 minutes.

Sony DSC-T3

Placing the DSC-T3 on the supplied Cyber-shot Station provides a quick and easy connection between the camera and a TV for easy viewing, or a USB supported computer for MPEG video and still image transfer. It also supplies power to the camera for charging the battery.

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