Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700
3 February 2009
Summary: Part smart-looking snapshot camera, part 4GB portable digital photo album, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700 will satisfy those who like showing off their pictures as much as they like taking them.
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Excerpt: Touch screen cameras certainly are nothing new at this point. But for everyone except jaded camera reviewers, it seems that the novelty of being able to tap your way through settings changes on a huge screen hasn't worn off. Biases about whether or not a touch interface does more to get in the way of ease of operation than it makes up for with cool touch-responsive integrations aside, there's still something a bit "sci-fi" about a camera with little or no physical...
Pros: Possibly the most stylish camera on the market, Huge internal memory is easy to access with supplied software, Auto focus speed among the best available from a point-and-shoot, Auto options galore: face detection, smile detection, blink detection, Touch screen idea is still neat after several generations
Cons: Menus are dense, confusing, and sometimes redundant, Terrible fringing issues in boundary areas can ruin shots, Erratic metering and white balance, Noise beyond ISO 200 hasn't improved much over older T cameras, Average flash performance, battery life, Premium price may limit appeal
Summary: The £299 price tag may make potential buyers shy away from the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700, but this great-looking camera offers enough features - most of which are flat-out fun - to merit serious consideration.
Summary: The DSC-T700 is a well-rounded compact camera that can also moonlight as a digital photo album. It might be a little pricey for a 10.1-megapixel camera, but its excellent playback functionality is arguably worth the extra dosh.
Pros: 4GB inbuilt memory, excellent touch-screen LCD display, stylish design, improves on its predecessor in all areas
Cons: Expensive for a point-and-shoot unit, some minor imaging issues
Summary: This camera is a surprise. We took one look at it and thought: “Party fashion accessory” and expected nothing from it. However, behind the eye-catching, feminine appearance there lurks a decent camera. The touch screen goes beyond the gimmicky into the seriously useful, but we’re not sure that we could live with a camera that always looks smudgy with finger prints.
Pros: The image quality is surprisingly good. Resolution is good up to ISO200 and noise is well controlled with no tendency to turn into ugly black blobs in shadows. Response times are fast enough and the implementation of the touch-screen control is about the best we have seen.
Cons: Auto white balance is erratic, particularly in open shadows where the camera errs towards the amber end. We are developing a deep loathing of Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick which is expensive, unique to Sony and doesn’t work in any of our three multi-card readers. This means that picture transfer must be done by attaching the camera to a USB port. Ridiculous.
Summary: Let us get one thing out of the way: if you are a control freak or a real stickler for image quality, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700 is not for you. It's a point-and-shoot camera with a tiny sensor, after all. This means that you cannot manually control the shutter speed and aperture, and that the photos it produces can indeed look sub-par up close.