Sony DSC-T3 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T3

First Look posted 9/1/2004

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Update 10/13/2004:
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T1 will still be available in the U.S.A.

The Cyber-shot T3 is Sony's thinnest digital camera to date (as of August 2004), measuring less than three-quarters of an inch. It incorporates an internal Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens that opens instantly when the camera is activated. The camera features a large 2.5-inch LCD viewfinder, occupying roughly two-thirds of the back of the camera.

The T3 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 T3 is lightning fast. It shoots bursts of up to four full-resolution images at three frames per second.

The camera is equipped with a Transflective Clear Photo LCD that improves the quality of image display by preventing reflected light from interfering with it. Moreover, the new LCD's higher contrast, brightness and resolution ensure more accurate color reproduction.

To keep a slim profile, the T3 camera's Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens operates internally rather than extending beyond the camera's body and its 3X optical zoom ensures great image quality. Equipped with a 0-4X SmartZoom (at VGA resolution), the camera allows you to focus in on the area of interest of your subject by cropping the image size and thus avoiding image degradation. It also has a Magnifying Glass mode in which subjects appearing on the LCD screen can be magnified up to 3.3 times. This mode allows you to see and capture details that would otherwise be difficult to confirm with the naked eye.

With optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ cards, the camera captures and plays back high resolution moving images. MPEG-VX Fine mode allows you to record MPEG video with 640x480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second, up to the capacity of the memory media card being used. With approximately 180 shots per charge of the camera's InfoLithium™ battery, you can snap away without fear of running down the charge.

Sony CyberShot DSC-T3

Whether placed next to a TV or PC, there's now a better place to put your digital camera other than a desk or table drawer. The supplied Cyber-shot Station USB cradle accommodates the DSC-T3 camera for playing back slideshows on a TV or transferring images to your PC while charging the camera's batteries. And when connected to a PictBridge™-compatible printer, such as Sony's PictureStation® DPP-FP30 digital photo printer, printing a specific image is as easy.

DSC-T3 Major Features:

  • Sony 5 Megapixel effective CCD image sensor
  • Carl Zeiss "folded" 3x Zoom (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
  • Magnifying Glass Mode for photos as close as 1cm
  • Still Image: 2592x1944, 2592x1728(3:2), 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 640x480
  • 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
  • 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, 100, 200, 400
  • Adjustable color saturation, contrast and sharpness
  • Noise Reduction: Automatically cleans up long exposure images
  • 14bit A/D Conversion - allows a wider dynamic range from highlight to shadow
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Fill, Forced Off, and Slow Synchro (Red Eye reduction avaliable)
  • USB 2.0 Auto-Connect to host computer
  • Rechargeable InfoLithium battery and charger included
  • Included Cyber-shot Station camera dock and controller
  • Memory Stick Duo & MS Duo Pro compatible to 1GB, 32MB included.
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible

It comes with NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery, AC-LS5 Battery, Charger, UC-TA Cyber-shot® Station, Camera Holder for Tripod, A/V and USB Cables, Wrist Strap, MSA-32A 32MB Memory Stick® Media, Memory Stick Duo Adapter, Software CD-ROM.

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The Cyber-shot T3 and a CD for size comparison.

Compare Cyber-shot T3 and Casio Exilim EX-Z55

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Sony DSC-T3 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
2M 1600x1200
VGA 640x480
Recording Media: Memory Stick Duo Media (32MB included), Memory Stick Duo PRO Media
Zoom: Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar "folded" (internal) 3X Optical, 6.7 - 21mm (38-114mm equivalent)
11 elements in 8 groups, 3 aspheric elements
Smart Zoom™ Feature: 0 - 4.0X
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 - 1.7 m (3.8 in. - 5.25 ft.)
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash
Burst Mode: 4 frames @3fps (5M JPEG fine), 100 Shot (VGA/JPEG std.), 1.1fps
Picture Effects: Sepia, Black & White
ISO: Auto, 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 16fps),
Video Mail (160 x 112 at 8fps) with Audio
Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
USB Terminal: Supports USB 2.0
Cradle Compatible: Yes, included
Compatible Battery: Sony InfoLithium NP-FR1 3.6v 4.4Wh
Supplied Software: Picture Package™ for Sony v1.0 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), SPVD-012.1 USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)
OS Compatibility: Microsoft® Windows® 98/98SE/Me/ 2000/XP Home/XP Pro
Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/X (10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3)
Supplied Accessories: NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery, AC-LS5 Battery, Charger, UC-TA Cyber-shot® Station, Camera Holder for Tripod, A/V and USB Cables, Wrist Strap, MSA-32A 32MB Memory Stick® Media, Memory Stick Duo Adapter, Software CD-ROM
Dimensions: 3.54" x 2.36" x 0.7" (90 x 60 x 17.8mm)
Weight: 5 oz (146g) Body, 6 oz (171g) w/Battery, Media, Wrist Strap)
NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.

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