Sony DSC-T9 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9

First Look posted 11/8/2005
Full review posted 1/27/2006

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The Cyber-shot DSC-T9 is the first of Sony's ultra-slim "T" series cameras to offer both Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization and high light sensitivity. With these Sony technologies, the six-megapixel DSC-T9 delivers more detailed images with significantly less blur and graininess than typical point-and-shoot cameras. Optical image stabilization reduces image blur from hand movement, while high light sensitivity helps to lessen blurriness resulting from low-light conditions. The end result is better-focused, expressive images that look more like the way you see them, with the human eye.

Sony is the first manufacturer to incorporate an advanced lens-shift optical image stabilizer into a camera with an internal folded-path lens system. This is what allows for a compact form; the lens does not have to extend from the body of the camera. High light sensitivity (up to IS0 640) allows you to capture clearer pictures in available light, giving you the option to not use a flash, which sometimes creates unwanted glare or harsh highlights. As a result, images have greater atmosphere and more detail.

With a slim body only 0.8 inches thick, this compact powerhouse not only takes great pictures but also brings them to life with Sony's new Clear Photo Plus LCD screen and slide show function. The 2.5-inch LCD features astonishing vividness and greatly improved color reproduction compared to previous models. It is the perfect screen to show off your pictures as a slide show, which the camera creates for you -- without having to use a PC.

You can select from four different themes, such as "Stylish" or "Active," to play back your images, complete with dynamic transitions choreographed to your choice of music clips. Depending on your PC configuration, you can also upload your own music with the supplied software.

Sony CyberShot DSC-T9

The DSC-T9 provides six megapixels of resolution for high-quality images, a 3x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar optical zoom lens, MPEG movie recording, and 58 megabytes of internal memory for storage and easy transfer to an optional Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media card, now available in capacities up to two gigabytes.

As with other T-series cameras, you simply slide the lens cover down and the camera is ready to capture images in seconds. Despite the power consumption of the optical image stabilizer, Sony's Real Imaging Processor power management system helps this model to achieve exceptional battery life, up to 240 shots per charge. The high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity lets you quickly and conveniently transfer pictures and movies to your computer.

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 new 16:9 image mode that creates HDTV proportional pictures that perfectly fill the screen. If prints are what you want, then connect the DSC-T9 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-T9 Features:

  • 6-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 0.8" stainless metal body
  • Magnifying Glass Mode for subjects as close as 1cm (0.4 in.)
  • 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
  • 2.5" Clear Photo LCD Screen with Auto Brightness
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 640 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 AC charger included
  • 58MB internal memory + Memory Stick Duo & MS Duo Pro cards
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible
  • Optional Cyber-shot Station camera dock

The Cyber-shot DSC-T9 is available now for about $399 online, see the current pricing in our PriceGrabber buy box below.

The camera is supplied with an InfoLithium™ battery, battery charger, multi-connector cable, wrist strap and software CD-ROM. Optional accessories include the Cyber-shot Station™ cradle for about $80, a sports pack for about $100, and leather carrying case for about $40.

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The Cyber-shot T9 and a CD for size comparison.

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Compare the T9 and the Casio Exilim EX-S500

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Sony DSC-T9 Specifications

Image Device: 1/2.4" 6.0 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD
Still Image Sizes: 6M 2816x2112
6M(3.2) 2816x1872
3M 2048x1536
HDTV (16:9) 1920x1080
1M 1280x960
VGA 640x480
Recording Media: 58MB internal memory
Memory Stick Duo Media or Memory Stick Duo PRO Media up to 2GB
Zoom: Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar "folded" (internal) 3X Optical, 6.3 - 19mm (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: 1/4 - 1/1000 sec.
Scene mode: 2 - 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 Clear Photo LCD Plus
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synchro Red-Eye Reduction: On/Off
Flash Effective Range: approx. 0.1m to 2.8m (0.3 to 9.2 feet) Wide angle at ISO Auto.
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash
Burst Mode: 9 frames (5M JPEG fine), 100 Shot (VGA/JPEG std.), 1.1fps
Picture Effects: Sepia, Black & White
ISO: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 640
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
Compatible Battery: Sony InfoLithium NP-FT1 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 X (10.1.5 or later)

Supplied Accessories: NP-FT1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery, BC-CS3 External Battery Charger, A/V, USB, DC-in Multi-connector Cable, Wrist Strap, Software CD-ROM
Dimensions: 3 9/16" x 2 3/16" x 13/16" (89.7 x 54.9 x 20.6 mm)
Weight: 4.9oz (134g) Body; 5.8oz (185 g) Body with Battery, Media and Wrist Strap
NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.

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